Local and state talking points


Sprint releases 452 employees, more cuts expected

Sprint Corp. announced it had cut 452 jobs from its Overland Park, Kansas headquarters Friday, bringing the number of total cuts this year up to over 900, according to the Kansas City Star.

According to the article, Sprint had previously released 477 employees. The terminations Friday largely affected those at a closed call center.

Redbelly snake removed from Kansas list of threatened species

The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission voted 6-1 in favor of removing the redbelly snake from the list of Kansas Threatened Species, according to an Associated Press article Saturday.

The vote took place Thursday, and now identifies the snake as a “species in need of conservation.” According to the article, this was even after at least one committee found the snake’s population had not improved in “several decades.”

San Francisco radio stations ban “Royals” during World Series

Two San Francisco radio stations have agreed not to play the song “Royals” by Lorde until the end of the World Series between the Royals and Giants, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Giants fans reportedly requested the removal of the song from the lineups of 104.5 KFOG and 96.5 KOIT.

According to a statement by KOIT program director Brian Figula, the song was removed.

“Our listeners told us to do it, so we did it,” Figula said in the statement on the KOIT website. “As of 4 p.m. today we’ve removed Lorde’s ‘Royals’ from the our playlist until the end of the World Series. Go Giants, beat the Royals.”

Police use tear gas and pepper spray at New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival

Police dispersed crowds at the 24th annual New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival Saturday, using riot equipment and tear gas when festival goers turned hostile, according to a CNN article.

While police officials would not give specific numbers, CNN affiliates reported dozens of arrests and multiple ambulances being summoned.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.