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Tabatha Mills

Tabatha Mills

Tabatha Mills, Anchor/Reporter

Tabatha Mills is a Bakersfield, California native. She spent most of her childhood on a farm, in a ballet studio or on the basketball court. All three still hold a very special place in her heart. Given her basketball background she's very excited to now live in Lawrence, the home of the University of Kansas Jayhawks.

Tabatha attended college at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. She majored in agribusiness and minored in agricultural communications, journalism, marketing, and theatre. After graduating she worked in the California rodeo system as a marketing and public relations manager. She then interned with the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida as an on-field in-game coordinator. After that, she found herself in front of the camera working as an anchor and reporter in east Tennessee. That was until that fateful day that she applied at 6News and knew from the first email she received from News Director Lindsey Slater that she wanted to join the 6News team!

Outside of work, Tabatha enjoys volunteering for various organizations whenever she can. She loves working with children and given her chipper attitude, they love working with her. She also enjoys the arts and all they encompass. From music, to movies, to art exhibits. There's a good chance you can find her enjoying something arts related.

Tabatha said it is her goal every day to bring a smile to someone's face. If you've ever spent 20 minutes with her, you'll probably leave with one.

In ending her bio, she had a few things to say. The first, something her father says to her nearly every day: "Gabba Gabba Hey."

The second, her favorite: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. You're playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williamson

You can find Tabatha on Facebook here and follow her on Twitter here.
Authorities will seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing five people in a quiet south Kansas City neighborhood.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the decision in a news release Friday. Brandon Howell is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the September 2014 killings.

Prosecutors allege Howell beat an 86-year-old woman and her 80-year-old husband before fatally shooting three others outside their homes.

Howell was arrested hours later. Prosecutors said he had fled in the couple's SUV. The couple initially survived but died after being taken off life support.

Michael Barrett, the director of Missouri's Public Defender System, didn't immediately return an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

On Friday, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced a jury convicted 24 year-old Texas resident Julius Aaron Fugate of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felony criminal threat.

 

In October 2014, Fugate reportedly forced his way into a home on the 200 block of North Michigan Street.  A woman was home alone with her children when she heard a knock at the door by two men armed with guns.  The men pointed the guns at the woman and demanded to know where the “drugs” were located.  The men also ransacked a bedroom in the house where the victim’s two year old son was sleeping and also held a gun to the victim’s one year old daughters head.  Throughout the incident, the suspects reportedly terrorized the woman by pulling a trigger multiple times, resulting in a clicking noise.  No bullets were fired during the threats.  Before leaving the home, the suspects told the woman they knew what her children looked like, where they lived, warned her they would return.

 

Fugate faced 55 to 247 months imprisonment for the aggravated robbery conviction, 31 to 136 months imprisonment for the aggravated burglary conviction and 5 to 17 months imprisonment for the criminal threat conviction.  His sentence will be dependent on prior criminal history.  He is being held without bond until his sentencing hearing on October 9.

 

 

The second suspect in the case, twenty-three year-old  Duane D. Russell, will have a status conference hearing on December 1.

A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City last year has testified that he wishes he could have killed more.

Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who is acting as his own attorney, called himself to the stand, where he was also cross-examined by the prosecutor.

Miller has admitted that he killed the three in April 2014, but says he was compelled to act because of his belief that Jewish people are trying to wipe out the white race. None of the victims was Jewish.

He detailed Friday afternoon how he went to the two sites and shot the people because he thought they were Jews.

He later rested his defense.

A Kansas judge is suggesting that the independence of the state's courts is at stake in a dispute over an administrative policy imposed on them by legislators.

An attorney for District Judge Larry Solomon of Kingman County on Friday asked District Judge Larry Hendricks of Shawnee County to strike down a 2014 law changing who selects chief judges in the state's 31 judicial districts. Solomon is chief judge in the 30th District in south-central Kansas.

Hendricks had a hearing in a lawsuit by Solomon against the statute and said he will rule soon.

Judges in each district now pick their chief judges. The Kansas Supreme Court previously did.

The state contends there's no attack on judicial independence.

But lawmakers tied the court system's budget to preserving the policy change.

The University of Kansas adds an interim coordinator to their staff to help provide resources for students who are victims of sexual assault on campus.

The Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, which investigates reports of sexual assault, is assembling a team to make sure students involved in these incidents have resources available to help protect them on campus, and keep them focused in the classroom during on-going investigations.

“When people are in the course of an investigation or they file a complaint, it’s kind of just the things the university can put into place to ensure safety and to ensure continued access to educational opportunities.  This role is tremendously important to that because you’re interfacing with these people right after fairly traumatic situations.  They’ll stay at home, they’ll skip classes and sort of end up dropping out of college and stuff and that’s what we’re trying to prevent,” said Michael McRill, interim measures coordinator. 

Three new investigators will also be added to the team replacing former IOA employees. Throughout the summer McRill said he also worked on making the website more student friendly. 

 

Friday, 28 August 2015 16:59

Coming Up: Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

The 36th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival will be held in Historic South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 30.

Explore arts and crafts booths run by local non-commercial artists. Children’s activities will also be available, including a bounce house, an arts and crafts booth and Snapp’s Mini-Horse Pony Rides.

Live music will be played throughout the day at the William Kelly Bandstand.  Featuring:

Noon -  Lawrence City Band

1 p.m. - The Beer Bellies

2 p.m. - Billy Ebeling & The Late For Dinner Band

3 p.m. - Spirit Dancer - Dennis Rogers

4 p.m. - Lonnie Ray Blues Band

This event is free and open to the public.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by eight to 877.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 675 rigs were seeking oil and 202 explored for natural gas. A year ago, with oil prices nearly double the prices now, 1,914 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained three rigs.

Louisiana lost six rigs, New Mexico was down by two and Colorado, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania each decreased by one.

Alaska, Arkansas, California, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were all unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City last year has taken the stand in his own defense.

Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who is representing himself, did not address Friday what happened the day of the shooting. Instead he tried to present evidence to back up his beliefs, which the judge has disallowed.

Miller has admitted that he killed the three in April 2014, but says he was compelled to act because Jewish people are trying to wipe out the white race. None of the victims was Jewish.

Miller also told jurors the prosecutor had "a slam dunk" and he knew they would put him on death row.

The judge has warned Miller about sticking to rules about what evidence he can present.

Kansas and Nebraska will extend for one year an agreement that allows Nebraska to pump more of its share of the Republican River while ensuring Kansas eventually gets all the water it is due.

The Republican River Compact Administration, which includes Colorado, announced the agreement Thursday. It extends similar agreements reached for the past two growing seasons.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Nebraska expects to pump about 35,000 acre-feet more than its share would allow in 2016. In return, Nebraska will pump enough groundwater to Harlan County reservoir this winter and spring to help Kansas through the 2016 growing season. .

Officials say the agreement allows both states to use the water when it's needed, and lets Nebraska replace the extra water when it's not being used for agriculture.

 A Kansas court is having a hearing in a judge's lawsuit against an administrative policy imposed upon the state's judiciary by legislators.

The hearing Friday afternoon in Shawnee County District Court concerns a 2014 law under which the district judges in each of the state's 31 judicial districts pick their chief judges. Before the law, the Kansas Supreme Court chose them.

District Judge Larry Solomon of Kingman County contends the law violates a provision of the state constitution giving the Supreme Court general administrative authority over the judicial branch. Solomon is the chief judge in the 30th District of south-central Kansas.

The Republican-dominated Legislature passed another law earlier this year that attempts to make the court system's entire budget for the next two years dependent upon the policy surviving.

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