News Briefs: Feb. 22


The Riley County Police Department began the annual High-Visibility Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign, in which law enforcement across Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will be “extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools” and will especially look for drivers who are not buckled in or are texting or speeding. In 2015, 13 Kansas high schoolers were killed in car accidents and in those accidents, nearly 40 percent of the victims were not properly buckled in, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

A Missouri veteran was charged Tuesday with “attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization,” according to the Kansas City Star. Undercover FBI agents arrested Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., 25, of Columbia, Missouri, on Friday after a months-long investigation. The Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Attorney’s office said Hester was planning a terror attack on Kansas City’s transportation system on Monday, which Hester said would be “a good day for Muslims worldwide.”

The Department of Homeland Security clarified its new immigration enforcement procedures and policies under President Donald Trump’s administration Tuesday. According to the New York Times, immigration officials will now more aggressively prosecute and deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes in the U.S., regardless of the severity of the crimes. The department plans to hire 10,000 new immigration and customs agents and build new detention facilities for the processing and deportation of illegal immigrants.

Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigned from the news organization Tuesday after a video surfaced in which Yiannopoulos appears to dismiss pedophilia, according to the Washington Post. In the video, Yiannopoulos jokes about his own sexual encounters as a 13-year-old and suggested children as young as 13 could consent to sex. The video led publisher Simon & Schuster to cancel Yiannopoulos’s upcoming memoir, and the Conservative Political Action Conference cancelled an appearance by the former Breitbart News editor. Yiannopoulos issued an apology Tuesday on Facebook, in which he said he regrets his humor may have come across the wrong way.

I'm Rafael Garcia, and I'm a 2019 K-State graduate in journalism and former editor-in-chief of the K-State Collegian. I believe that much of the world's problems come from a lack of understanding of other people, but by telling other people's stories and finding the good in the world, I think we can increase our understanding and appreciation of each other. Questions, comments, concerns, news tips? Email the Collegian team at