News Briefs: March 29


Royals starting catcher Salvador Perez will be out for four to six weeks after a knee injury. The Kansas City Star reports that at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, team manager Ned Yost announced that Perez had torn his medial collateral ligament, or MCL, while carrying luggage up stairs. The news comes one day before the Royals are set to open their 2018 season against the Chicago White Sox. Yost said Perez was “distraught” and hoped for a speedy recovery.

Kansas House Bill 2789 would, if passed, allow school staff to carry concealed guns while working. The bill would give Boards of Education in Kansas the ability to decide which staff members could conceal carry on school grounds. ABC News noted the bill calls for districts to provide firearm safety training. The bill must now go through a House Committee on Insurance and then pass a vote in both the Kansas House and Senate. If passed, the bill will take effect on January 1.

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are believed to have been poisoned at their front door. They are still in critical condition in a UK hospital. After the attempted murder of Skripal and his daughter, United Kingdom investigators are trying to determine where the two came into contact with the suspected nerve agent. NBC News reported that many UK politicians have blamed Russia for the attack and the UK has since expelled all Russian diplomats.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been cut off from the internet by the Ecuadorian embassy in which he has been residing. NPR reported Wednesday evening that Ecuador cited concerns with Assange’s refuge placing strains on international relations. Assange currently has a warrant out for his arrest in the UK for “failing to surrender in court.” The Ecuadorian response reportedly follows tweets from Assange stating there was not enough evidence to link Russia and the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal. Additionally, Ecuador stated that a written contract with Assange will restrict him from harming international relations through statements made online.