May 26 2023
Episode 9: Crime & Community
0:39 The City of Topeka has seen 17 homicides in the year's first five months. In addition, several shooting incidents in the city and county have gained attention, including one at a South Topeka bar that injured one person, left more than 70 shell casings behind, and led to seven arrests. Shawnee Co. District Attorney Mike Kagay visited Eye on NE Kansas to update his investigation role and offer his perspective on recent crime. Kagay said a common thread in the violence is the absence of conflict resolution skills. In most instances, he said, these are not random acts of violence. 6:41 The 2023 legislative session is in the books. It ended in a flurry of vetoes and override votes — some successful, some not. House Speaker Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, returned to Eye on NE Kansas for a post-session briefing from his perspective as the leader of the House Republicans. 14:20 United Way of Kaw Valley's Day of Giving is June 7. On that day, the community will be encouraged to contribute to UWKV to support any of a dozen focus areas. Many of those areas will have a corporate partner offering to match donations. Among the focus areas is basic needs. Melissa Goodman with Mirror, Inc. visited Eye on NE Kansas to explain their organization partners with United Way to meet basic needs through their Works for Success program. 19:12 Topeka's Fiesta marks its 90th anniversary this year, with a few changes to accompany all the great traditions. Fiesta Topeka chairperson Deborah Ortega and Travis Lamb, principal of Holy Family School, visited Eye on NE Kansas with an overview of what's planned. 23:33 What started as a benefit for the family of a man who lost his life to cancer continues today to support the youngest fighters. The Rock Chalk Roundball Classic is celebrating its 15th year. Voice of the Jayhawks Brian Hanni started it. He visited Eye on NE Kansas with one of this year's "Starting 5," Nolan Anderson, age 5, and his mom Amanda.