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Parent discusses daughter studying abroad in coronavirus-hit area: Podcast

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Powerofflowers/iStock(NEW YORK) — What would you do if your daughter was abroad in one of the areas most affected by coronavirus?

That scenario became a reality for Tami Kinley, whose daughter, Lily, attends Franklin University in Ticino, Switzerland. Ticino shares a border with Lombardy, a region of Italy hit hard by COVID-19. So far, more than 600 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Italy.

 Kinley told ABC’s Cheri Preston on ABC News Radio’s “Perspective” podcast she wasn’t worried about the virus when news first broke about the virus.

“I didn’t pay any attention to it, honestly,” Kinley said. “I just thought, well, this is something over there and it’s sort of coming over here.”

But it wouldn’t be that way for long. Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) confirmed one case of the coronavirus in the canton of Ticino, where Lily’s school was located.

Kinley says she spoke to her daughter on the phone shortly after they found out about the case.

“I’ll be honest,” Kinley said. “I didn’t go to sleep until 4 a.m. on Monday after I spoke to her.”

 Franklin University responded to the growing number of cases in and around Ticino by cancelling all school travel outside of Switzerland.

“While we recognise how disappointing this decision is for students and their families, the health and well-being of our students and faculty remain paramount,” said Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Sara Steinert Borella in a statement.

The administration thought the decision would have disappointed students, but Kinley believes spirits remained high.

“I think there is some angst and anxiety, but they’re all together,” she told ABC News Radio. “They had a — I don’t know what this means — a ‘corona party’ where they cooked food.”

Kinley also says she and Lily received an outpouring of support from friends and family, thanks to a Facebook post she wrote.

“The link that I posted was actually a Franklin University disease specialist who has a child at Franklin, ” she says. “He was basically saying everybody put this in perspective. It is what it is. Be smart, be aware, and be logical. I sent the link to calm myself down and to calm others down and it worked.”

Even though Kinley is separated from her daughter by thousands of miles and the Atlantic Ocean, she hopes the anxiety doesn’t get the best of her or the rest of their family.

“What I’ve told my kids is support, and live life. Don’t let this cripple any of us,” Kinley says. “Do I worry sometimes? Yes, but I’m a mom!”

Listen to the Tami Kinley discussing what it’s like to be the parent of a student studying abroad in a coronavirus-hit location on ABC News Radio’s award-winning news magazine program, taking you beyond the headlines of today’s stories and trends.

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Shooting at popular area leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

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ollo/iStock(KANSAS CITY) —  Police in Kansas City, Missouri, made an arrest in connection to an early morning shooting at a popular area that left one person dead and four others injured.

Around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, someone in a white SUV opened fire on Mill Street in Westport.

One man was killed, three men and one women were injured, according to ABC affiliate KMBC-TV.

Officers in the area shot at the car as it drove away. The alleged shooter was taken into custody from the bullet ridden vehicle, KMBC reported.

Anyone who has video or information on the shooting are asked to call the homicide unit at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS.

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Lake effect snow winds down in New York as severe weather and flooding threatens southern US

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ABC News(NEW YORK) —  Lake effect snow will begin to taper off later Saturday, but additional accumulation will be possible in parts of New York and northwest Pennsylvania, where locally 3 to 8 additional inches of snow are possible.

There are still some winter weather advisories and some lake effect snow warnings for parts of the greater Jamestown, Syracuse and Watertown, New York, regions for Saturday.

There are also some winter weather advisories posted for the southern Appalachians for snow that is moving through the mountain range. Only a couple of inches of snow is expected there.

The lake effect snow is being driven by cold air moving over the Great Lakes.

Parts of the Midwest and East Coast are dealing with that blast of cold air. Wind chills Saturday morning from Chicago to Detroit to Syracuse, New York, are in the single digits. In the Northeast, wind chills are in the teens and 20’s from Washington D.C. to New York City and Boston.

Meanwhile in the West, attention turns to a frontal system that is moving inland Saturday. Heavy rain will move into the West Coast of Washington and Oregon as snow moves into the Cascades and northern Rockies.

Then on Sunday, snow will move throughout Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California and Wyoming. Locally, heavy snow could make driving conditions difficult in the mountain passes.

A significant cooldown will make it all the way to Los Angeles this weekend, where rain showers and possible thunderstorms will impact the area. Additionally, up to 2 inches of snow is possible in the Los Angeles mountains.

Through midweek, 1 to 2 feet of snow will be possible locally in the highest elevations of the Cascades, northern Rockies and Sierra mountains. Six to 12 inches of snow will be possible through Wednesday in some of the ranges from California to Wyoming and into Colorado.

As this entire system moves east by Monday and into the rest of the week, a part of it will redevelop and bring the next concerning weather event. Heavy rain is in the forecast for parts of the Midwest and into the deep south.

There remains uncertainty of exactly where the heaviest rain bands will be. There are drastic geographical differences between the major forecasting models Saturday morning.

However, there is a strong signal for yet another heavy rain event in parts of the Tennessee Valley and Southern U.S. next week, which has already experienced flooding this month. A reminder, places like Birmingham, Alabama, are 11.71 inches above its year-to-date rainfall average, more than double its average for the time period. Atlanta’s accumulation is 9.72 inches above its average.

If the heaviest rain tracks close to some of this region, flooding could quickly become a concern in the upcoming week.

Additionally, it looks as though severe weather will likely move into parts of the South beginning on Tuesday.

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CBS suspends production of 'Amazing Race' amid coronavirus fears

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Elizabeth Morris/CBS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — CBS has suspended production of the reality TV series “The Amazing Race” over coronavirus fears, a representative for the network told ABC News.

According to a statement, production of the series, now in its 33rd season, has been shut down “temporarily” and only as a “precautionary measure.”

Nobody involved with the show has contracted the virus or shown symptoms of the disease, the statement continues, and “all contestants and production staff are in the process of returning home.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home,” the statement concluded. “The health and well-being of the Racers and the production team are our top priorities.”

Only three episodes had been filmed when production was suspended, and participants had only visited England and Scotland, a source added. No new start date has been announced.

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has infected dozens of Americans and thousands across the globe, in countries including China, South Korea and Italy. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that Americans should prepare for a “significant disruption” from the virus.

“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Tuesday at a news conference.

Messonnier added that Americans should prepare for its arrival and wash their hands and stay home when sick to avoid the possibility of contracting or spreading the virus.

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“Gaslighter”: Dixie Chicks tease a long-awaited new single, album

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L-R: Emily Robison and Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks; Rick Kern/WireImage

Dixie Chicks fans have been waiting a long time for new music from the trio, but it seems as if that wait is finally coming to an end. For over a year, the band has been hinting on social media that they’ve got a new, Jack Antonoff-produced album in the works. 

Over the course of several months, more details began to fall into place: It seems as if the Chicks are planning an album called Gaslighter, with a single of the same name to be released. 

Friday, the band posted some exciting news to their recently wiped and revamped Instagram page: They uploaded a picture of a black screen with the word “Gaslighter” on it, as well as a definition of the term: “A psychological manipulator who seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a group, making them question their own memory, perception or sanity.”

“3.4.2020,” the band wrote in the caption of the post.

Additionally, the post — and an identical Instagram story — features a half-second clip of the single, including the three band mates singing the title in harmony. A link in the Chicks’ Instagram story takes fans to their website, which reads, simply, “Dixie Chicks 2020” and invites fans to sign up for updates. 

While the band is still keeping their cards pretty close to the chest, it’s apparent that something — most likely, their new single — will come out next Wednesday, March 4. 

When they do release their next album, it’ll be the first full-length original project from the Dixie Chicks since 2006. The band effectively got benched by country radio after frontwoman Natalie Maines spoke out against President George Bush and the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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