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‘A tireless advocate for mental health’: Remembering Eric Harkness

A driving force in the mental health community is being remembered by advocates across the state.

Eric Harkness was part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at the local, state, and national levels. It’s why his death by suicide, comes as a shock, to all who knew him.

They tell us no one knew Eric was struggling at that level. They say he was strong for others, hundreds of others.

Governor Laura Kelly, called him a tireless advocate for Kansas, and advocates say it was a devastating discovery.

“I couldn’t, I could not believe it to be true,” said Sherrie Vaughn, NAMI Kansas Executive Director.

“Numbness, numbness really,” said Nancy Ross, NAMI Wichita.

“Shock, utter shock,” said Terry Larson, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

They say Harkness was funny, bright, and a listener. He was the current NAMI Kansas Board President, and also served as the President of the Kansas Mental Health Coalition... Read More

Nellis airman killed in rollover crash; 4 others injured

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An Airman from Nellis Air Force Base was killed, and four Airmen were injured in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday, according to Nellis Air Force Base. It happened on U.S. 95 northbound and Clark County Mile Marker 107 around 5:18 a.m.

“Nellis leadership is deeply saddened by this morning’s accident and the loss of one of our own. Our focus now is on caring for them, their families, and their Wingmen. We are grateful for the quick actions of the first responders and medical professionals who are caring for our Airmen.”

NHP said the men were driving in a 2001 gray Dodge van when the left rear tire of the van experienced a blowout causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. When the driver lost control, the van began to rotate and ran off of the roadway to the right. The vehicle entered the dirt/rock shoulder and overturned. Multiple passengers of the vehicle were thrown from the van. ... Read More

Local high school teen fights for his life

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A Liberty High School student is in the fight of his life after being diagnosed with a large brain tumor. Liam Edge, 16, has been flown to Texas to undergo treatment which could not be performed in Las Vegas.

Edge’s family say his symptoms came on suddenly five days ago when his left side became paralyzed, he started vomiting and wasn’t responsive. Since then, the family’s life has been turned upside down.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with the unexpected medical expenses... Read More

BOOM: Road crew blows up street

Construction crews set off blasts that broke up a road in Fauquier County, Virginia on Friday and Monday. The state’s Department of Transportation is working on the route as part of a safety improvement project... Read More

A wrinkle in the FaceApp fun: is the Russian-owned app safe?

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH)– Throwback Thursday has turned into wrinkle Wednesday because of the resurgence of photo editing app “FaceApp.”

Social media has seen a surge in photos people are posting of their aged selves.

But is it safe? Cyber security expert C. Matt Curtin says no. However, he say no free app is, and he does not use any on his phone.

“If you take a look at the terms of service that come with most of these [apps] that are free, you are giving away literally everything and giving the ability to do anything they want in most cases,” said Curtin. “If you are not paying for the product, then you are the product, and that’s something that people just don’t want to pay attention to.”

FaceApp was launched in 2017 by developer Wireless Lab OOO based out of Saint-Petersburg, Russia, according to FaceApp’s terms page. ... Read More

Horses die in Northern Nevada roundup

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Federal land managers say 14 wild horses were euthanized during a roundup in northeastern Nevada.

The roundup took place at what is called the Triple B Complex which is spread across a large area north of Ely and south of Wells.

In all, more than 800 horses were removed and will be shipped to federal holding facilities.

During a 2018 roundup at the same complex, 30 horses died or were euthanized and nearly 1,400 were rounded up.

The Bureau of Land Management says the roundups are necessary because of an overpopulation of horses... Read More

SAD STORY: Cat with firecrackers strapped to paw has leg amputated

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An animal rescue group in Pittsburgh says someone strapped firecrackers to a cat’s front left paw with rubber bands and set them off, causing such severe injuries the animal’s leg had to be amputated.

Humane Animal Rescue says on its Facebook page that two good Samaritans brought the cat in over the weekend after finding it limping around on the mangled, bloody leg.

Meet Pickles This poor girl came to us over the weekend after being brought in by good samaritans. Upon closer…

Posted by Humane Animal Rescue on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Based on how the wound had begun healing, officials at the rescue say the injury likely happened on the Fourth of July... Read More