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Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain For Many…Some Not

Good morning…thunder, lot’s of small (non-severe) hail and occasionally heavy rainfall have highlighted the morning thus far…the heaviest will wind down over the next couple of hours and move away. See details on the earthquake in Chile last night in a special weather blog that I wrote yesterday evening.

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UG official says uniform approach to open carry regulation not feasible

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — If a bill in the Kansas Legislature is passed, cities and counties would not be able to regulate open carry gun laws. Some say a uniform approach would limit confusion, but others say it strips away local control.

Since the time before Kansas became a state, cities have had the ability to regulate open carry of guns. Several communities, including some here in the metro, want to keep it that way.

“Let the local communities allow that local control to help decide this issue, don’t mandate it from the state.” said Mike Taylor

Taylor spoke with FOX 4 by phone Tuesday because he’s in Topeka lobbying on behalf of the Unified Government.

“We’re able to regulate the open carry of guns on our city streets by city ordinance, and we think we have the right to do that and in our community it’s a smart thing to do and this bill would take away that right,” explained Taylor.

Joe’s Weather Blog: SPECIAL-Chile Earthquake

A massive earthquake has occurred in Chile and tsunami warnings have been issued for parts of areas in the Pacific Basin.

The earthquake was measured at 8.0-8.2 per either the USGS or Chilean authorities in an area that is known for big earthquakes and tsunami generation in the past. The earthquake occurred near Iquique, Chile in the open waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean

To put this earthquake in perspective…the earthquake over the weekend in the LA area that did minor damage was a 5.1. Assuming the 8.2 number is valid for the Chile quake this evening…the difference in terms of the energy released from the two quakes is almost 45000 x’s greater in the Chile quake compared to the LA quake!

Andrew Wiggins declares for NBA Draft

LAWRENCE, Kan. – On Monday afternoon, with his parents and his brother Mitch by his side, Andrew Wiggins announced that his freshman season would be his only one as a Kansas Jayhawk. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year announced in a news conference inside Allen Fieldhouse that he will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Wiggins has been atop mock draft boards since his arrival in Lawrence last summer as the No. 1 recruit in the country, making Monday’s announcement fairly anti-climactic.

His historical freshman campaign was capped by All-America honors from five different outlets, membership on the elite USBWA Freshman All-America Team and now concludes with the decision to forgo his last three collegiate seasons to take his talents to the professional stage.

“This wasn’t an easy decision for me,” Wiggins said at his news conference. “College goes by so fast. I can see why people stay all four years.”

KU football player arrested for alleged aggravated sexual assault

LAWRENCE, Kan. – A University of Kansas football player is facing charges after a woman claimed he sexually assaulted her during the early morning hours.

Early Sunday morning police arrested a KU football player after a 19-year-old woman reported she was with the suspect and several other people when he sexually assaulted her. Between the hours of 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. the victim claims she was with the suspect inside a vehicle and was passed out due to intoxication when she said he forcibly fondled her without her consent.

The 21-year-old KU player was arrested near 15th and Crestline Drive, and then booked on a charge of Aggravated Sexual Battery.

The Associate Athletics Director for the University of Kansas confirmed Monday, that 21-year-old Mark A. Thomas, of Brooklyn, New York, has been suspended indefinitely, from KU’s football team in connection to this investigation.

Joe’s Weather Blog: Royals And Storms

Today is Opening Day (essentially) in MLB and after 91.7″ of snow this season in Detroit…you’d think we’d have crazy weather issues there…but actually today will be great with game-time temps in the 50s up there!

KC’s 36 Hour Forecast:

Today: Clouds give way to sunshine…windy again (maybe not to the extreme as yesterday) Southwest winds gusting to 30 MPH switching towards the west and gusting to 20-30 MPH during the afternoon. Warm again with highs in the middle 70s to almost 80°. There is a marginal chance of some thunderstorms with the cold front coming in later today (<20%)

Tonight: NW winds will bring in colder air…skies should be partly to mostly clear with lows by daybreak near 32°

Tallgrass Creek to Open New Continuing Care Neighborhood on April 3

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- A Thursday, April 3, ceremony will mark Tallgrass Creek retirement community’s opening of memory care and post-acute rehabilitation units at its new continuing care neighborhood in Overland Park, KS. The continuing care neighborhood, which opened its first phase late last year with assisted living, now has a total of 104 apartments and suites and brings unprecedented holistic Person-Centered Care assessment to Kansas.

The addition of this continuing care neighborhood fulfills Tallgrass Creek’s commitment to residents and their families in providing all levels of health care at one site.  With baby boomers turning 65 at a rate of 8,000 per day, the new neighborhood also meets the demands of a growing senior population.

WHEN/WHERE:

Thursday, April 3, from 4 – 6 p.m., at Tallgrass Creek, 13800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park. Tours of the new neighborhood will be held from 4 – 5: 30 p.m.