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Kansas Reviewing Foster Care Policies

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas officials are reviewing its foster care policies, sparking concerns among some advocates that the state will stop placing abused and neglected children with gays, lesbians and straight, single individuals. But spokeswoma

Panel Faults Kansas Mental Health System

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A special state task force says treatment options for the mentally ill in Kansas are lacking because the state's two acute care psychiatric hospitals don't have enough space and smaller mental health facilities are under

Kansas Budget Director to Outline Spending Cuts

TOPEKA, Kan.  - Gov. Sam Brownback doesn't plan to be present when his administration outlines $50 million in spending cuts to help Kansas avert a budget deficit. Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley confirmed Tuesday that the governor won't

Sedgwick County Budget Cuts Training, Science Center

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Ramifications of Sedgwick County budget cuts are still being felt. Two proposals of interest to the law enforcement community involve more than $4 million worth of improvements to science and training facilities. Law enforceme

Wichita Man Charged with Shooting, Animal Cruelty

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita man has been charged in connection to the shooting of another man, as well as an animal abuse case where a kitten was thrown against a wall. Damion Looney, 28, was in court Tuesday and charged with three counts of ag

Wichita Neighborhood Warns of Possible Mountain Lion

WICHITA, Kan.  -   Homeowners in southwest Wichita are on edge after reports of a mountain lion was sighted in the area.  Residents in the area of Pawnee and south Maize are concerned about the threat the animal(s) poise to people and pets.

Wichita truck driver killed on Turnpike

EMPORIA, Kan. - The Kansas Turnpike Authority has identified the man killed in a crash involving two semi trucks early this morning on theTurnpike ... about 10 miles south of the Emporia exit.   Both north-bound lanes of the turnpike were closed sev

One Dead After Overnight Wreck On I-35

EMPORIA, Kan. - The Kansas Turnpike Authority says one person is dead after a crash involving two semi trucks on the Kansas Turnpike.   It happened around 2:00 a.m. 10 miles south of the Emporia exit on I-35.  Both north-bound lanes of th

University of Kansas Appoints New State Government Liaison

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Kansas has hired a Wichita State University official to serve as its chief liaison for legislators and other state government officials. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Kelly Reynolds 

5th Oklahoma Earthquake Rattles Kansas

WICHITA, Kan.  -  On Monday, 5 earthquakes centered near Crescent, Oklahoma have been felt across south central Kansas. The latest, a 4.1 magnitude, was recorded around 8:20 p.m. It's the second 4.5 today. The first happened at 1:12 p.m. a

Wellington Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wellington man was sentenced Monday to 100 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography.  In addition, he will serve 10 years on supervised release after his sentence is completed.   Steven J. Meisel,

Suspect in KC Gun Store Shooting to Plead Guilty

OLATHE, Kan.  -  One of four men suspected in the killing of a suburban Kansas City gun store owner during a botched robbery attempt indicated Monday that he will plead guilty. Jon Bieker was fatally shot at his Shawnee store in January. Police

EMS Growth Funds Cut from Sedgwick County Budget

WICHITA, Kan.  - Will a $4.5 million cut from EMS requested in the Sedgwick County budget have an impact on quick response times? The money cut from the ems budget for next year would have funded repairs and new construction to EMS facilities. But t

Kansas GOP, Democrats Plan March Presidential Caucuses

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Republicans and Democrats in Kansas both hope March 5 caucuses will lure serious contenders for their parties' 2016 presidential nominations into the state. Each party's executive director said Monday that it picked a S

Whooping Cough Outbreak in Reno County Persists

HUTCHINSON, Kan.  -  Reno County health officials are taking steps to help stall the spread of a whooping cough outbreak before school starts. The county has more than 70 suspected whooping cough cases. And The Hutchinson News reports that as

Wichita Police say Fatal Shooting Appears to be Self Defense

Wichita Police say Fatal Shooting Appears to be Self Defense     WICHITA, Kan.  -  Police say the fatal shooting of a man in northeast Wichita last week appears to be a case of self defense.   The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m

Wichita Shooting Suspect Tied to Animal Abuse Case

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita police say a suspect being held in connection with a shooting is also tied to a recent video of animal abuse that went viral on social media. The video showing a 16-week-old kitten being thrown against the wall began m

Pilot program to improve Kansas nursing homes

TOPEKA, Kan. — Two Topeka nursing homes and Washburn University's School of Nursing are partners in a pilot program to improve care in nursing facilities. Topeka Presbyterian Manor and McCrite Plaza Health Center are the first two participants

Watercraft Collision on Cheney Lake Injures 2

WICHITA - Authorities say two people are hospitalized with injuries after a personal watercraft and a boat collided on Cheney Lake. The collision occurred Sunday evening around sunset in the Hobie Beach area, on the southwest side of the lake. The 

Body of Missing Boy Found at Drury Dam in Sumner County

SUMNER COUNTY, Kan. - The body of a boy who jumped into a Kansas river Friday has been found. He disappeared Friday evening after he and another boy jumped in the Chikaskia River near the Drury Dam in Sumner County.  A passerby spotted the boy's

1 Killed, 1 Critically Hurt in Rollover Crash in El Dorado

EL - DORADO, Kan. - A man has died following a rollover accident in El Dorado. The Kansas Highway Patrol has confirmed that 32-year-old Derrick Plummer of El Dorado passed away in a the accident that happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday close to US-254 and

1 in Custody After Man Dies in Dodge City Shooting

DODGE CITY, Kan. - Dodge City police say they have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a Garden City man. Police say the 32-year-old victim was found dead Saturday of multiple gunshot wounds. The Dodge City Daily Globe reports the victim's 

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Topeka Officer's Death

TOPEKA, Kan. - A man who gunned down a Topeka police officer last year will spend the rest of his life in prison. Ross Preston Lane was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for the September 2014 death of 40-year-old Cpl. Jason Harwood. Lane

No Official Public Tornado Shelter in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Hutchinson residents who went to the city's law enforcement center during a tornado earlier this month were allowed to stand in the lobby but couldn't go to the basement. The Hutchinson News reports Reno County officials say no

Woman Critical, 2 Injured in East Wichita Crash

WICHITA, Kan. - Three people were hurt, one critically, in a crash on a highway in east Wichita. It happened around 2 p.m. Sunday in the eastbound lanes of Kellogg near Webb Road. 

Arson Suspected in Early Morning House Fire

WICHITA, Kan. - Officers suspect arson in a house fire early Sunday morning. Officers were called to house fire in the 1700 block of N. Mcfarland at 1:20 a.m.  A 19 year old female stated that she and her two year old daughter were sleeping when the

Police Horse and Officers Victims During Arrest

WICHITA, Kan. - A police horse and three officers were victims as a woman tried to interfere with an arrest in Old Town. It happened Saturday night at 1:55 a.m. in the 100 block of N. Mosley. 

Man Punched in Face and Robbed at Gunpoint

WICHITA, Kan. - Officers responded to a robbery call Sunday near Central and Grove. The incident happened in the 400 block of N. Spruce around 4 a.m. Sunday morning. 

Man Arrested for Shooting Flame at Mother

WICHITA, Kan. - Police arrested a man after he shot a large flame at his mother. Police responded to a domestic violence call in the 5700 block of S. Broadway Saturday afternoon around 2:05 p.m..

Animals abandoned at motel prompts investigation

SALINA, Kan. - Officials are looking for one or two people who abandoned several animals at a Salina motel. Salina animal control officers went to a Traveler's Lodge Thursday after receiving an odor complaint. They found emaciated, dehydrated cats, s

Former K-State offensive lineman allegedly owes $173,600 in child support

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider whether a former Kansas State offensive lineman owes interest on previously unpaid child support. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the high court on Friday overturned

UPDATE: Deadly Shooting near WSU Campus

WICHITA, Kan. - A man has died from a shooting Friday evening near Wichita State University. It happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of North Lorraine, by Hillside and 17th Street. Dispatchers said the man was shot several times, including in the

Man Seriously Hurt in North Wichita Shooting

WICHITA, Kan. - A 45-year-old man was seriously hurt in a shooting in North Wichita around 11:30 p.m. It happened in the 2100 block of North Park Place, near Broadway and 21st Street. When officers arrived, they found the victim with several gunshot wou

Salina Officers Recover Sick Animals Abandoned at Motel

SALINA, Kan. - Officials are looking for one or two people who abandoned several animals at a Salina motel. Salina animal control officers went to a Traveler's Lodge Thursday after receiving an odor complaint. They found emaciated, dehydrated cats, s

Driver Ejected, Dies in Southwest Kansas Crash

HANSTON, Kan. - A man has died following a rollover crash Friday evening in southwest Kansas. The crash happened just after 6 p.m. on County Road 228, between T and V roads in Hodgeman County. That's about five and a half miles north of Hanston. The

Man Critically Hurt in Shooting Near WSU Campus

WICHITA, Kan. - A man has suffered critical injuries in a shooting Friday evening near Wichita State University. It happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of North Lorraine. That's off of Hillside, between 13th and 17th streets. Dispatchers said

Hutchinson Christmas Card Arrives 47 Years Late

HUTCHINSON, Kan.  -  A Hutchinson woman has received a Christmas card nearly a half-century after it was mailed from neighboring Nebraska. The Christmas card that Carol Hastings received had a 6-cent stamp and was postmarked Omaha, Nebraska, on

Oklahoma Prison Escapee Arrested in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan.  -  An escapee from an Oklahoma prison has been arrested in Wichita. The U.S. Marshal's Service said Charles Dean Brown was arrested at a home in the 2400 block of North Piatt Thursday evening. Brown escaped from the Brannon

Kansas Budget Cuts to be Announced Next Week

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Gov. Sam Brownback's chief spokeswoman says he expects to outline spending cuts next week to keep Kansas' current budget balanced. Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley confirmed his plans Friday as the Republican governo

Man Arrested in Overnight Wichita Shooting

WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita Police have made an arrest in an early morning shooting.

Colorado Inmate Who Drove Away From Work Crew is Arrested

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A 62-year-old inmate serving an 18-year sentence at a correctional facility in southern Colorado drove away from his work crew and was arrested a few hours later in Kansas. The Department of Corrections says Douglas Beagley was

Kansas Governor Preparing to Discuss Abortion, Other Issues

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to have a Statehouse news conference to discuss abortion and education issues. Brownback's office said that during Friday afternoon's event he would address his call for a state medical board

6 Kansas Lakes Under Warning for Toxic Algae

TOPEKA, Kan. - Health officials are warning the public about high levels of toxic blue-green algae in six lakes in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release Thursday that direct contact with the water such as wading

Westar Energy Hosts Public Hearing Over Rate Increase Proposal

WICHITA, Kan. - Westar Energy Customers were invited to a public hearing about its proposed rate increases. Customers were given a period of time to ask questions and then give public comment. "You give them an inch and now they're coming back f

Butler Going Nationwide

ANDOVER, Kan. - The Department of Homeland Security and Butler Community College are working together on taking Butler's security curriculum nationwide via internet courses. Butler started teaching a dozen TSA employees from, then Mid-Continent Airpo

Death Penalty Considered in Death of 5-Year-Old Kansas Girl

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Federal prosecutors are considering whether to seek the death sentence for a 31-year-old man accused of killing a 5-year-old Kansas girl. Prosecutors allege Marcas McGowan kidnapped Cadence Harris from an Atchison home they shared wit

Arrest Made in Ellis County Fatal Hit & Run

ELLIS COUNTY, Kan - Ellis County authorities have made an arrest in connection with a fatal hit-and-run. Holliann Marie Stramel, 24, was arrested today. John Befort, 67, was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday night while walking on 210th Avenue. Be

Deadly Crash Closes Highway in SW Kansas

DODGE CITY, Kan. - A stretch of highway in southwest Kansas is shut down due to a fatal accident. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday on US-400 at mile post 131. That's between Dodge City and Ford in Ford County. The Kansas Highway Patrol sa

Longwell: Wichita to Consider Sale of Hyatt Hotel

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The City of Wichita is considering selling the Hyatt Hotel.  Mayor Jeff Longwell made the announcement at his weekly media briefing on Thursday morning. Longwell said the city has held several public discussions about the

Head of Kansas Bioscience Authority says 'End May be Near'

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Recent layoffs and shrinking of the Kansas Bioscience Authority's operations are being seen as signs that the quasi-governmental agency might be on its last legs. KBA president Duane Cantrell says the agency's reputatio

Ellis County Man Guilty of Drug, Gun Charges

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A federal jury Thursday found an Ellis County man guilty on drug and gun charges.   Joseph Anthony Ransom, 30, Ellis, Kan., was convicted on count of growing marijuana plants, one count of possession with intent to distrib

Man Stabbed near Downtown Wichita

Man Stabbed near Downtown Wichita   WICHITA, Kan,  -  A man was  injured in an early morning stabbing near downtown Wichita.  It happened around 6:00 a.m. Thursday at Broadway and Waterman.   The man, 38, told police he was s

Wichita Jogger Injured after Running into Vehicle

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A jogger is in critical condition after hitting a vehicle Wednesday evening in east Wichita. It happened around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, at 13th Street North and Greenwich Road. Police said a man, 41,  was jogging a

Man Sentenced for Murder of Wichita Restaurant Owner

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The man who admitted killing a popular Wichita restaurant owner will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. A judge sentenced Curtis Mitchell, 47, to the "Hard 50" sentence Thursday in Tanya Tandoc's murder

Lawrence Commissioner Ribs Topeka Over Sewage Releases

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A Lawrence city commissioner vented about leaving "flaming bags of poo" in Topeka after the city's third recent release of raw sewage. Matthew Herbert says he had a "little tirade" on Facebook after finding out 

Kansas Ban on Profiting From Fetal Tissue Sales in Spotlight

TOPEKA, Kan. - An anti-abortion leader wants Kansas to review its ban on selling fetal tissue following Governor Sam Brownback's call for an investigation of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Executive Director Mary Kay Culp of Kansans

Arrest Made in Newton Bomb Threats

Newton, Kan. - Newton police have arrested a suspect after bomb threats were made against three different locations in a call to 911 Wednesday afternoon.  Newton police said the alleged threats were made around 2:45 p.m. against a Dillons store, the

County Commissioners Oppose Westar Rate Hike Request

WICHITA - Sedgwick County Commissioners have taken a stand against a proposed rate hike by Westar Energy. The Westar reqest before the KCC calls for a $152 million rate increase which the company says

Father, Daughter Killed in Kansas Rollover Crash

CLAY CENTER, Kan. - A man and his daughter were killed in a rollover crash Wednesday morning in Clay County. His wife and grandson were also hurt. It happened around 10:15 a.m. on Highway 24, about three and a half miles west of Clay Center. The Kansas H

Denver Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

WICHITA, Kan. - A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from flying a plane containing more than 200 pounds of marijuana into a southeast Kansas airport. The federal prosecutor's office in Wichita said Wednesday that 59-year-old Kennet

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