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Trump International Hotel Arson Not Political

The man charged with setting two fires at the Trump International Hotel on Wednesday was not politically motivated, officials said on Thursday. Roger Fraley, who was arrested at the scene, is charged with arson and burglary.

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“Evidence at the scene and information gathered by investigators suggests that this incident was not politically motivated,” Clark County Fire said in a statement. Nearly four dozen fire personnel responded to the scene around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. One fire was in the women’s restroom on the pool deck and the other was in the hallway on the 17th floor.

Both fires involved two toasters and some combustible material. Neither fire set off the sprinklers but both fires did activate the smoke alarms. A security guard at the hotel suffered minor injuries while apprehending Fraley. Fraley, who told investigators that he had been looking to cause mischief, is being held on $90,000 bail.

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2017 NFL Draft: Who is Dan Skipper? 5 things to know about the Arkansas offensive lineman

Dan Skipper was a constant presence, and often an intimidating force, on the Arkansas offensive line over the past four years. Skipper became an All-SEC performer over his final two seasons at tackle for the Razorbacks. Now, he hopes to be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Selections begin at 8 p.m. ET Thursday with the first round. Friday brings Rounds 2 and 3, with coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET. The draft s final four rounds at Saturday, beginning at noon ET.

RELATED: Live updates, rumors, schedule for 2017 NFL Draft[1]

Skipper is projected to be drafted on Saturday as a swing tackle prospect who will have to battle to win a roster spot, according to NFL.com[2]. Here are five things to know about former Arkansas Razorbacks offensive lineman Dan Skipper.

1. Dan Skipper is physically imposing

At 6-foot-10, Skipper is likely to be the tallest player in the NFL next season if he makes a roster. His build could go a long way toward Skipper getting opportunities in the NFL, though it s equally possible to be a detriment. Weighing 309 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, Skipper has been able to maintain a weight that allows him to remain athletic for his height. With long arms and good strength, he can present a tough matchup for defenders who aren t exceptionally quick. His size also made him useful on special teams.

However, Skipper s size can leave him looking clumsy against sack specialists while in pass protection. He lacks ideal foot quickness, which is not unusual for his size, making it difficult for Skipper to remain engaged in pass blocking.

2. Dan Skipper has experience at both tackle spots

Skipper played a ton of snaps in the SEC West over his four seasons with the Razorbacks. Quickly adapting to college football, he became a starter as a true freshman. He started the final 47 games of his career, the second-longest streak in Arkansas history. Skipper s starts came all over the offensive line 26 at left tackle, 13 at right tackle and eight at left guard. His experience at several line positions will be attractive to NFL teams. It s rare that a two-time first-team All-SEC performer has a familiarity with so many spots.

3. Dan Skipper is a special teams star

Thanks to his height and long arms, Skipper was a standout on special teams with the Razorbacks. He blocked seven field-goal attempts in his career, two shy of the FBS record. Arguably the most memorable play of his career, in fact, was a blocked kick. Skipper got his hand on a 28-yard attempt last September at TCU on what would have likely been a game-winning field goal for the Horned Frogs. Arkansas went on to win in double overtime.

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4. Dan Skipper is a bouncer

Skipper spent his offseasons at Arkansas working part time for a private security company as a bouncer at live music venues. He told SEC Country last fall[3] about one of his most interesting encounters on the job.

There was one old boy who I kicked out for breaking one of our rules. He decided to hop the back fence and come in again. Then he decided he wanted to fight me, so I handled that. Then he came back again and decided he really wanted to fight. That was actually that was a good one. But yeah, he was 86ed. He jumped the fence to pick a fight twice. I can t even fathom what would make someone want to do that. He was picked up with very easily.

5. Dan Skipper is a married man

Skipper married Mackenzie Moore last month in Fort Worth, Texas. He proposed on top of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium last August[4]. The couple met at Arkansas.

References

  1. ^ Live updates, rumors, schedule for 2017 NFL Draft (www.seccountry.com)
  2. ^ according to NFL.com (www.nfl.com)
  3. ^ told SEC Country last fall (www.seccountry.com)
  4. ^ on top of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium last August (twitter.com)

Brownback wants $24 million to keep guns out of psychiatric hospitals

Gov. Sam Brownback wants more than $24 million over the next two years to keep guns out of state hospitals, frustrating lawmakers who question how such security measures can be put into place by a July 1 deadline.

Lawmakers and Brownback have the power to change the law and avoid spending millions but attempts to amend it have faltered. A 2013 state law allows concealed weapons at public hospitals and college campuses beginning July 1. That includes the state s psychiatric hospitals in Larned and Osawatomie. Guns may be kept out if buildings provide security measures such as metal detectors and armed guards. Storage for weapons may also be provided.

In a budget request released Thursday, Brownback asks for $12.5 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1, and $11.7 million in the year after, to meet the security requirements. The request includes $810,000 in one-time costs for metal detectors. About 180 full-time armed guard positions would be needed, amounting to $11.7 million in annual costs. Lawmakers voiced frustration with the Brownback administration over the request during a joint meeting of the House and Senate budget committees. They appeared skeptical that the metal detectors could be put in place and guards trained by July 1.

I think it was pretty apparent there has been no planning and no real effort to get prepared for July 1. There s no training program in place, Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore, D-Kansas City, said.

The budget request doesn t include any money in the current fiscal year for training.

If we re going to train existing personnel who are not authorized to carry now, they re going to have to get into training. We re going to have to pay for that before the fiscal year is up, Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka, said. Attempts to change the gun law have so far not advanced through the legislative process. The Kansas State Rifle Association has opposed exempting hospitals from the current law. Under questioning from lawmakers, the governor s policy director, Brandon Smith, said the governor is not lobbying for a particular change in the law.

The Legislature as a whole supports exempting hospitals from allowing concealed weapons, said Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park.

Give them an exemption, let the signs stay up and have that feeling that there are no guns on mental health campuses, Denning said. It s unclear whether Brownback would sign such an exemption if the Legislature changed the law. Tim Keck, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, told lawmakers on Wednesday he wants an exemption. Keck made the comments during tours of Osawatomie State Hospital and Lansing Correctional Facility.

Patients are at the facility involuntarily, locked in their units undergoing what Keck called active treatments where staff are engaged with the patients and the patients are involved in groups throughout the day.

And so I want you to take note of that because we have asked for a continued exemption on concealed carry, Keck said. Brownback spokeswoman Melika Willoughby wouldn t say whether the governor supports the concealed carry law as it is currently written or wants state hospitals to be exempted. She said the governor will review any legislation sent to him. Wolfe Moore questioned whether lawmakers would be able to gather enough support to override a veto.

Considering the muscle the NRA is willing to flex, I think override is what becomes very difficult, Wolfe Moore said.

The budget request doesn t include the University of Kansas Hospital in metro Kansas City. The hospital will have to allow guns on campus beginning July 1 unless it pays for security measures.

Denning said he favors an exemption for the KU hospital because it competes with private hospitals and needs similar regulations to stay competitive.

Contributing: Bryan Lowry of the Kansas City Star

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