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Armed men steal truck in North Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. - Police are investigating a robbery that occurred Friday afternoon in North Wichita.  Officers were called to the 5-hundred block of West 21st Street just after 2 PM. Wichita Police Sgt. Joe Kennedy says a 26-year-old man told investi

Man arrested following Topeka arson

TOPEKA, Kan. – A 32-year-old man was taken into custody Friday evening in connection with arson in northwest Topeka.  WIBW reports Christopher Mehmel was arrested by Topeka Fire Investigators shortly after the fire on the 1400 block of NW Jack

Appeals court rules against Kansas in voting rights case

WICHITA, Kan. - Thousands of prospective voters in Kansas who did not provide citizenship documents will be able to vote in the November election under a federal appeals court ruling late Friday that upheld a judge's order. The ruling upholds U.S. Di

Merritt wins first start as Indians beat Royals 7-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ryan Merritt retired the final 13 batters he faced in five strong innings in his first big league start, Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Friday night. Merritt (1

FEMA says no to Kansas for disaster aid

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA), has turned down Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's request for disaster aid from spring storms. A statement from the state Adjutant General Friday said FEMA's decision applies t

City of Wichita makes upgrades to Keeper of the Plains

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The City of Wichita is in the process of undertaking upgrades for the Keeper of the Plains in order to improve accessibility, safety and enjoyment of the downtown attraction.   During the project, sections of the Keeper pl

Democrat predicts Kansas tapping road funds

TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas Democrat says the state is likely to divert additional funds from highway projects to balance its budget. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declined to say Friday whether he would propose the diversion of highway funds to other gove

Kansas agency approves settlement in boy's 2013 death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas officials have approved the state's $100,000 share of $412,000 settlement Friday in a federal lawsuit over the death of a 4-year-old northeast Kansas boy. The State Finance Council agreed Friday to pay the money to Nao

Nursing home provider sues state over Medicaid applications

WICHITA, Kan. — A skilled nursing home provider is suing Kansas on behalf of 21 patients who risk being thrown out of its facilities because the state has allegedly not timely processed their Medicaid applications. The Evangelical Lutheran Good Sam

WBJ: Cargill to Build on Wichita Eagle Site

WICHITA - The Wichita Business Jounral reports that Cargill officials have announced plans to build a new home on the current Wichita Eagle site downtown at 825 E. Douglas. Cargill is leaving its current headquarters at 1st & Main. Cargill's dec...

Eligibility: Judge Notifying Kansas Voters

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A federal judge is taking a hands-on approach to the notice Kansas will send to thousands of voters informing them of their eligibility to cast a ballot in November. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Friday gave Kansas Secretary o...

TX joins KS & NJ: No Refugees, Please

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas, joining Kansas and New Jersey, has formally stopped helping the U.S. government provide aid and services to refugees, citing alleged safety concerns. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said last week that Texas would withdraw from the fed...

Wichita: Man Threatens McDonald's Workers

WICHITA - A man wearing a yellow rain jacket and driving a black car made threats at two fast-food restaurants. The first incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. Friday at the McDonald's at Central & Hillside. Officers made contact with a 48-year-ol...

Grad Students in KS: Obamacare Casualty

TOPEKA - The Kansas Board of Regents says graduate student employees at state universities will lose their health care subsidies starting next year as a result of a recent opinion by the Internal Revenue Service regarding health insurance. The IRS issued ...

WSU student has TB

WICHITA - The Sedgwick County Division of Health reports a student on the Wichita State University campus has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. The county says in a news release that measures are in place to stop the spread of the disease. The risk of WSU

Deputy injured in chase and standoff in south Wichita

WICHITA - Sedgwick County Sheriffs and Wichita Police involved in a police chase and a standoff in south Wichita.  It started around 1:30 a.m. Friday.  A Sheriff deputy was injured when his car rolled during the chase. He was taken to the

AAA Kansas says OPEC decision won't change Kansas gas prices

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Organization of Oil Producing Countries or OPEC met in Algiers and agree to cut production from eight hundred thousand barrels a day to a level between thirty two and a half million and thirty three million barrels a day. That's a

Drug enforcement operation arrest in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, Kan. - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation along with the Pittsburg Police and the Crawford County Sheriff's Office made an arrest in a drug enforcement operation.   Investigators told WIBW News in Topeka that a warrant was served in 

Buxton doubles, triples in Twins' 7-6 victory over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Byron Buxton tripled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Thursday night. After Salvador Perez's pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the ninth pulled the

7 Afghan military students AWOL from US posts

FORT BENNING, Ga.  — Officials say seven Afghan military students in four different states have been absent without leave since earlier this month. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports U.S. Navy Defense Press Operations commander Patrick L. Ev

Judge cancels contempt hearing for Kansas Secretary of State

WICHITA, Kan.  — A federal judge has canceled a contempt hearing for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach after he agreed to concessions that will fully register and clearly notify thousands of people that they can vote in November. The rulin

Army names new Fort Riley commander to replace fired General

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The Army has named a new commander at Fort Riley, Kansas, to replace an officer who was fired Monday, just weeks before soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division deploy to Iraq. Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin is assuming command of

Kansas woman convicted in killing of man who was burned

COLUMBUS, Kan.  — A Kansas woman has been convicted of killing a man whose burned body was found after he reported that the woman was threatening to kidnap her children from foster care. The Joplin Globe reports that Crystal Galloway, 37, of S

Kansas man arrested after brief chase back to his own home

TOPEKA, Kan.  — Authorities say a fleeing Kansas motorist has been arrested after driving to his own home and trying to sneak inside. Officials said that the man drove off Wednesday night when a Shawnee County deputy attempted to pull him over

Authorities: Hays officer killed man in self-defense

HAYS, Kan.  — Authorities have cleared a western Kansas police officer of wrongdoing in a shooting death. Ellis County Attorney Thomas Drees said in a release Thursday that no crime occurred because the Hays officer was acting in self-defense

Guilty plea in shooting that led to death of Kansas police captain

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  — A man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a shooting that a Kansas City, Kansas, police captain was investigating when he was killed. DaQon Sipple, 18, pleaded guilty Thursday in Wyandotte County court to charges i

Kansas sets date for closing juvenile correctional facility

TOPEKA, Kan. — The state plans to close a juvenile correctional facility in western Kansas in March. The Kansas Department of Corrections earlier this year announced plans to close the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility because of a declining nu

UPDATE: Missing Wichita Boy Found; Safe

--UPDATE-- The missing boy has now been located, and is safe. = = =  WICHITA - Wichita Police are searching for 12-year-old Devin James who has been reported missing and was last seen in the 2300 block of North Dogwood near 21st and Amidon. ...

Goddard school named on prestigious list

GODDARD, Kan. - The US Department of Education released its list of National Blue Ribbon Schools, and Challenger Intermediate School in Goddard has made the list.  KAKE News spoke with Challenger Principal Jess Herbig who was very happy about the 

Steam iron to blame for Eastborough fire

WICHITA - A fire damaged an Eastborough home Monday afternoon, now the Wichita Fire Department has found a probable cause for the fire.  KAKE News spoke with Battalion Chief Stu Bevis who said the fire likely started because of a malfunctioning steam

FBI releases 2015 crime statistics

WICHITA - A government report released this week breaks down Wichita's crime statistics.  The FBI's "Crime in the United States" did not include Wichita in the 2014 report, but the 2015 report does.   Analyzing the data,

Kansas reports record low infant mortality rate in 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas is reporting that its infant mortality rate decreased in 2015 to the state's lowest annual figure ever. The state Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday that there were 230 infant deaths last year for a mortality 

Report: Kansas has two days of cash reserves

TOPEKA, Kan. — A study indicates that the Kansas government would run for only two days if forced to use only cash reserves. The Wichita Eagle reports that Pew Charitable Trusts analyzed cash reserves for all states and estimated how long they coul

Royals win, but officially eliminated from postseason

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The World Series champions have failed to make the postseason for the fourth year in a row. Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon keyed an eighth-inning rally and Kansas City beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Wednesday night, but the Roy

Kansas man indicted over fire targeting co-worker

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A civilian employee accused of setting a co-worker on fire at a health center at Kansas' Fort Leavenworth is facing an additional charge in a new federal indictment. Grand jurors on Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, indicted

Former Lawrence mayor admits to stealing from food pantry

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A former Lawrence mayor has admitted to stealing money from his old job as executive director of a food pantry. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 33-year-old Jeremy Farmer pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Topeka t

Police ID Kansas City parking lot shooting victim

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  — Authorities have identified a man killed in a Kansas City, Kansas, parking lot. Police said in a news release Wednesday that the victim was Clarence Buford, 21, of Kansas City, Kansas. Officers responding to a shooting fou

Kansas to drop some proposed changes to state worker rules

TOPEKA, Kan. — Gov. Sam Brownback's administration says it intends to withdraw a proposed regulation limiting the amount of sick leave state workers could donate to peers and a rule reducing the opportunity to appeal annual employee evaluation r

Teen faces charges after reported assault at Kansas school

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan.  — Authorities have charged a teenager in connection with a reported sexual assault at a high school in suburban Kansas City. The Johnson County district attorney's office said Wednesday that the boy, 15, is charged w

Woman Attacked & Robbed in SE Wichita

WICHITA - A 24-year-old Wichita woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday night where she reported being assaulted and robbed while she was walking in the 700 block of south Christine. The victim says she got up and ran but the male suspect caught up to her ...

Local Authorities Looking for Impaired Drivers

WICHITA - Wichita police and the Sedgwick County sheriffs department announce a crackdown on impaired drivers this weekend. In cooperation with Sedgwick County Emergency Management Services, the DUI Victims Center of Kansas, and the Salvation Army, a DUI checkpoint

KHP: 600+ Speeding Tickets Last Weekend

TOPEKA - This past weekend, the Kansas Highway Patrol joined other law enforcement agencies from across a six-state area to address the issue of speeding on our nation’s roadways. The enforcement ran from Friday, September 23, through Sunday, Septe

Offensive chalk messages on college sidewalks

LINDSBORG, Kan. — The Kansas Army National Guard is investigating after a private admitted to being involved when chalk messages, including some that were racially offensive, were written on the sidewalks of Bethany College. The 19-year-old apologi

Harvey County man hit by truck driven by 12-year-old

WALTON, Kan. - A 71-year-old convenience store employee was hit by a truck in Walton, Kan.  It happened after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, the man was picking up trash outside of the store.   A pickup truck driven by a 12-year-old hit the man and crashed

Fatal car vs. semi accident in Seward County

LIBERAL, Kan. - One man is dead after a traffic accident on US 54 in Seward County.  The accident happened after 7 a.m. Tuesday on US 54 12 miles east of Liberal. A car driven by 62-year-old Michael Riedel of Liberal crossed the center line and hit

Lawyers who challenged Kansas gay marriage ban awarded $295K

TOPEKA, Kan. - A federal judge has directed Kansas to pay $295,000 to attorneys who successfully challenged the state's ban on gay marriage in a lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree on Tuesday approved a request from American Civil Liberties

Police falsely implicate Wichita woman

WICHITA - One Wichita woman was falsely implicated in a crime by the Wichita Police Department.  It happened earlier this month when Katherine Martini was shopping near 29th and Rock road.   An image from surveillance video of her exiting a 

Mass casualty drill scheduled at Wichita airport

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Services will participate in a Virtual Tabletop Mass Casualty Incident, (MCI), at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, 2193 S. Air Cargo Road, Wednesday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Royals top Twins 4-3 in 11 innings on Burns' sacrfifice fly

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Burns' sacrifice fly scored Raul Mondesi in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Tuesday night, staving off postseason elimination. The defending World Series champions are five gam

Kansas budget director: Across-the-board cuts not planned

TOPEKA, Kan.  — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's budget director is telling state agency secretaries that Brownback isn't planning to propose across-the-board cuts in their budgets next year. Budget Director Shawn Sullivan sent an email Tue

Kansas Supreme Court to hold special session in Hutchinson

TOPEKA, Kan.  — The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases next week in Hutchinson after spending part of the day visiting area schools to discuss the role of courts in civilized society. The special session at Hutchinson C

Second man charged in Kansas killing

BELOIT, Kan.  — Prosecutors say a second man has been charged in a central Kansas killing. The Salina Journal reports that the latest suspect to be accused in the July 2015 death of Darrell Hill is his ex-son-in-law, Merlyn Hoesly, 56, of Simp

Kansas universities outline effects of potential budget cuts

TOPEKA, Kan.  — The Kansas Board of Regents say the bulk of a potential 5%, or $28 million, cut in state aid for universities in the system would affect the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Kansas State Universi

Harvey County seeks funds to aid victims of mass shooting

NEWTON, Kan. — Officials in Harvey County are looking for federal money to assist victims and first responders affected by a shooting at a Hesston factory this past February. The Harvey County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force has applied

Kansas substitute teacher admits sex contact with ex-student

MANHATTAN, Kan.  — A Manhattan, Kansas, businessman who once was a backup quarterback at Kansas State faces November sentencing after admitting in court that he had improper sexual contact with a former high school student. Zachary Burton, 38,

KS Judge: Tell Voters Fall Ballots Will Count

WICHITA - A Kansas judge has ordered Secretary of State Kris Kobach to notify thousands of people who hadn't provided documents proving their citizenship that they will be allowed to vote for all offices in the November election. Shawnee County Distr...

KS Universities: Effects of Potential Budget Cuts

TOPEKA - The Kansas Board of Regents say the bulk of a potential 5%, or $28 million, cut in state aid for universities in the system would affect the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Kansas State University. The reductio...

KC Residents: Oak Leaf Itch Mites

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas-based horticulturist says the number of people dealing with bites from the oak leaf itch mite has picked up this year. Dennis Patton, a horticulturist for the Johnson County Kansas State University Research and Extension Offic...

Hutchinson school district approves teachers' contract

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - On Monday night the Hutchinson School Board finalized a contract with its teachers.  KAKE News is reporting the starting salary for new teachers will remain unchanged but there will be pay increases for some work performed outside

Tensions high at Wichita B.O.E. meeting

WICHITA - Teacher contract negotiations dominated the discussion at Monday night's school board meeting. Emotions ran high as teachers voiced their displeasure over the current state of their contract with the district. United Teachers of Wichita 

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