May 20, 2020 4:15 PM

Marshall: Time to hold China accountable for COVID-19

Posted May 20, 2020 4:15 PM
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By NICK GOSNELL
Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON — Kansas First District Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall wants to be sure China is held accountable for its role in allowing the COVID-19 pandemic to spread across the globe.

"I don't know whether they purposely let this virus go, or they just were trying to cover it up," Marshall said. "There's a whole lot of there there. This bill gives the President the authority, the power to shine a light on China as well as the World Health Organization and expose this cover up for what it is."

The goal is to get the Chinese to be honest with the rest of the world.

"We are going to require China to close their wet markets," Marshall said. "It's going to help bring the pharmaceutical supply chain home as well as put sanctions on China. Things like freezing their assets, travel bans, visas, those types of things, as well."

The reason the U.S. still needs China as a part of the economic world is it's too large a market to leave on the table.

"What we have to do is hold them accountable for their commitments to the trade agreement that we worked so hard with President Trump to get done in January," Marshall said. "We are keeping an eye on that. We're trying to make sure that we're continuing to ship out milo from across Kansas as well as wheat and cattle, all those types of things."

Making sure that even in the face of the pandemic, China keeps their economic promises is going to be an important part of keeping the global economy afloat going forward.

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May 20, 2020 4:15 PM
Police: Kan. felon jailed for shooting that left man in critical condition
Dickey photo Shawnee County. He has previous convictions for theft, burglary and criminal threat, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections

SHAWNEE COUNTY  – Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Wednesday morning shooting in Topeka and have made an arrest.

Just after 2:00 am, the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center received a call of a possible shooting in the 100 block of NE Coachlight Drive, according to Lt. Matt Danielson.

Officers arrived on scene and located a victim later identified as 47-year-old Royal T. St. Clair of Topeka  in a home that had been shot. Medical personnel arrived and transported him to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police on the scene of the shooting investigation early Wednesday photo courtesy WIBW TV

On Wednesday afternoon, police took a person of interest in the shooting investigation  into custody in the 400 block of SE Rice Road.

After questioning, police arrested  24 year-old Austin J. Dickey on requested charges of  aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon. St. Clair remains in critical but stable condition at an area hospital, according to police spokesperson Gretchen Koenen.

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SHAWNEE COUNTY  – Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Wednesday morning shooting in Topeka.

Just after 2:00 am, the Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center received a call of a possible shooting in the 100 block of NE Coachlight Drive, according to Lt. Matt Danielson.

Officers arrived on scene and located a victim in a home that had been shot. Medical personnel arrived and transported that victim to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police released no additional details including the victim's name.