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Severe Kansas Storms Include Tornadoes

FAIRPORT, Kan.  -  Tornadoes touched down in sparsely populated western Kansas as a severe storm system moved through the Midwest.

Prison Ordered in 2013 Leavenworth Shooting Death

LEAVENWORTH, Kan.  -  A rural Leavenworth man has been sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for the shooting death of another man in 2013. 

Stripe Rust Spotted in Kansas Winter Wheat Fields

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Industry leaders are warning winter wheat growers about a growing threat to their crop from stripe rust moving across Kansas.  

Kansas AG: Fantasy Sports Proposal is Constitutional

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says a legislative proposal to legalize fantasy sports leagues doesn't violate the state constitution's ban on private lotteries.  

Judge Shields Evidence in Fort Riley Bomb Plot Case

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  A federal judge has shielded from public disclosure evidence the U.S. government turns over to attorneys for a Kansas man accused of trying to bomb an Army installation.  

Wichita Man Dies at Oklahoma National Weather Service Complex

NORMAN, Okla.  -  The FBI believes a Wichita man was killed after he rammed his car through the gate of the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma.

Obama Uses Hospital $ to Push Medicaid Expansion

MIAMI, Fla. - The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul. The leverage comes from a little-known federal fund that

Friday Storms Expected in Kansas

WICHITA - Severe thunderstorms are likely Friday, for North and South Central Kansas. Hail larger than 2”, wind gusts over 60mph, and even isolated tornadoes are possible, with the strongest cells. Thunderstorms are likely to develop west of the th...

Arrest: Reno County Grassfire Arsons

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - A south-central Kansas man suspected of setting a series of at least 10 grass fires has been arrested. The 37-year-old man from Partridge was taken into custody Thursday night. He's suspected in seven grass fires on land that's ...

Kansas highway program threatened?

TOPEKA, Kan. - A research group is warning the state's 10-year highway program could be threatened if the Kansas Legislature continues to use State Highway Fund money for other state expenses.   The Lawrence Journal-World reports (

Proposed Kansas Budget Fixes Touch Hospitals, Medicaid Firms

TOPEKA, Kan. - New budget-balancing proposals from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback would require hospitals to pay higher fees and capture savings from companies managing the state's Medicaid program. The Republican governor outlined proposed budget

New Plea Hearing Set for Woman Accused in Adoption Scheme

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A woman accused of pretending to be pregnant to scam prospective adoptive parents in Kansas and elsewhere is expected to return to court next week. A court notation Thursday shows Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, is schedule

Kansas Man Dies in 'Suspicious' House Fire

HOISINGTON, Kan.  -  A Kansas man is dead following a house fire in Barton County. Police identified the victim as Leroy Schartz, 62. The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 500 block of E. 5th in Hoisington.

Over 30 People Named in Kansas Driver's License Fraud Case

OLATHE, Kan.  -  More than 30 people have been arrested in a phony driver's licenses scheme in suburban Kansas City.

Friday Storms Could Bring Severe Weather to Kansas

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Thunderstorms look likely Friday, for North and South Central Kansas. Some of those storms could be severe with hail larger than 1.5”, wind gusts over 60mph and even isolated tornadoes with the strongest cells.

Stolen ATV found with Stopped Truck in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita police are searching for a driver who left his teenage daughter--and a stolen ATV--at the scene of a traffic stop.

Child Playing with Matches starts Wichita Duplex Fire

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Investigators say a child playing with matches started a duplex fire Thursday morning in southeast Wichita. The fire broke out around 9:30 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 3900 block of East Roseberry, near Pawnee and Hillside.

Sedgwick County Seatbelt Patrol Issues Citations

WICHITA, Kan.  On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., the Reserve Bureau of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office conducted a seatbelt saturation patrol in an effort to decrease the number of unrestrained drivers.

16-Year-Old Stabbed in N. Wichita

WICHITA - A 16-year-old boy was stabbed in north Wichita. It happened early Wedensday evening in the 2600 block of N. Volutsia, where a teenager was involved in a physical assault with his 23-year-old sister, and her 27-year-old husband. The teen called ...

Draft Community Plan for Wichita/Sedgwick County

WICHITA - Mayor Jeff Longwell and other public officials on Thursday urged residents to attend one of four upcoming open-house meetings seeking public feedback on the draft Community Investments Plan, 2015-2035 for Wichita and Sedgwick County. The draft ...

Uber expanding in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. - Ride-hailing company Uber says it is bringing its service to four additional cities in Kansas only days after Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed legislation opposed by the firm.   Uber spokeswoman Lauren Altmin said in an email that riders in L

Business Group Launches Kansas Radio Campaign on Taxes

TOPEKA, Kan. - A group representing small business owners has launched statewide radio ads in an effort to push Kansas legislators into keeping one of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's key income tax policies. National Federation of Independent Busines

Beckham Named KSU's New College of Veterinary Medicine Dean

MANHATAN, Kan. - Kansas State has picked a new leader for its College of Veterinary Medicine. Tammy Beckham said in a news release that she's "honored to have been chosen." She's now the director of the Institute for Infectious Animal

KS Governor to Outline Proposed Budget Changes

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to outline proposed spending adjustments to help balance the next state budget. The governor was expected to release his proposals Thursday at the start of a House Appropriations Committee meeting.

Man Injured in Wichita Four-Wheeler Accident

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A man driving a four-wheeler was taken to Saint Francis in serious condition after he hit a parked car. Officers responded to the call just before 8:00 p.m. Wednesday on North Richmond Street.

Teen Hospitalized after Stabbing in North Wichita

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita teen has been hospitalized after being stabbed following a fight. The incident happened in the 2600 block of North Volutsia just after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Wichita Hospitals are Diverting Patients

WICHITA,Kan.  -  Wesley Medical Center and Via Christi are on diversion.   It means that patients who need to go to those hospitals, may be sent somewhere else.

Former US Sen. to Receive Honorary Degree from Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan.  -  Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker is receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Kansas State University.  

Cherryvale Man Convicted on Child Porn Charges

WICHITA, KAN.  -  A federal jury Wednesday convicted a Cherryvale, Kan., man on child pornography charges.   Daniel Hosier, 35, was convicted on one count of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Topeka Man Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A Topeka man has been sentenced to 76 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography.   James A. Greer, 43, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Topeka. He pleaded guilty to one count of distributing

Wichita Man Sentenced for Robbing Bank, a Second Time

WICHITA, KAN.  -  A Wichita man was sentenced Wednesday for robbing a bank that he robbed once before eight years ago.   Mark Finnigin, 52, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery.

CDC Using New Technology to Track Listeria Illnesses

WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  The government is relying on new technology and a bit of luck to track a listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream products.

Wichita South Student Arrested for Taking Explosive to School

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita South High School student was arrested Wednesday after police said he brought a homemade explosive to school. A USD 259 spokesperson described the explosive as a "crudely made" Molotov Cocktail.

WBJ: Boeing Revenues Up in 1st Quarter

WICHITA - The Wichita Business Journal reports Boeing has reported increased revenues in the first quarter, helping push its net earnings to $1.3 billion, a 38% increase year over year, and topping analyst projections for the quarter. Revenues increased ...

Wichita: Severe Weather Chances for Friday

WICHITA - Friday brings a threat of severe weather to the eastern half of the state of Kansas. KAKE News reports storms could produce hail larger than one inch, wind gusts over 60mph and even isolated tornadoes. Friday will likely start off cloudy with l...

Man sentenced for threatening teen girl

PLATTE CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City man must serve 18 years in prison after admitting to threatening to post nude photos of a 16-year-old girl he met online if she wouldn't have sex with him.   The Kansas City Star ( ) reports 2

Setting traps for a bad bug

TOPEKA, Kan. - State and national agricultural workers are planning to set traps across the state to prevent the spread of a destructive beetle. The state announced Tuesday that 163 traps will be set to catch the emerald ash borer and detect unknown popul

Four Arrested After Highway Chase Near Salina

SALINA, Kan. - The Kansas Highway Patrol says four men have been arrested following a highway chase that ended near Salina when their vehicle's tires were flattened. Trooper Ben Gardner says the men were booked into Saline County Jail on Tuesday

Kansas Officials Hosting Conference on Crime Victims' Rights

WICHITA - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt are hosting a two-day conference later this week on crime victims' rights. The conference begins Thursday at the Hyatt Regency hotel and convention center in downtown Wichita.

Kansas Insurance Department Unveils Redesigned Website

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Insurance Department has redesigned its website in an effort to make it easier for users to navigate. The department unveiled the new design Tuesday for . Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer said the agency

Kansas Lawmakers See $25M Worth of School Funding Surprises

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas would take an additional $25 million hit in its next state budget to provide the aid it has promised to public schools.  Officials learned of the issue less than three weeks after Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation aimed at

Maize Schools Recommend Dissolving District Police

MAIZE, Kan.  -  In an effort to save money, Maize USD 266 school administrators are recommending that the school district's police department be dissolved.

Marion to Charge Lawbreakers for Jail Stay

Marion, Kan.  -  Taxpayers in the town of Marion are hoping to get a bit of a break after city leaders approved making inmates pay to stay in the jail.

Ex-KS Bank Pres. Charged with Money Laundering

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Federal prosecutors have charged a former bank president and two of his customers in a conspiracy to launder drug money in Kansas for Mexican cartels. 

Police Search for Escaped Cowley County Inmate

WINFIELD, Kan.  -  Deputies in Cowley County are searching for an escaped inmate. On Monday, deputies were notified of an escape from custody after an inmate didn't return to the Cowley County Jail from his court-ordered furlough.

Wichita Business Owner Kidnapped, Store Robbed

WICHITA, Kan. - Sedgwick County sheriff's deputies are looking for two suspects who kidnapped and robbed a man overnight. Around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, the sheriff's office says two men entered a home just east of Wichita.

Road Improvements Planned for 37th Street North

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The City of Wichita approved the new three-lane design concept for improvements to 37th Street North, between Oliver and Woodlawn.

Reward: Cat Shot By Arrow in Sedgwick

SEDGWICK, Kan. - The animal rights group PETA is offering a reward for information on the person who shot a stray cat with an arrow. KAKE News reports PETA is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the ca

SE Wichita: Double-Shooting is Gang-Related

WICHITA - A 19-year-old man and a 23-year-old were shot in southeast Wichita, near Lincoln & Woodlawn; both of the victims are gang-members. It happened late Monday night outside an address in the 900 block of S. Mission. Police say two unknown males ...

KS Setting Borer Traps: Saving Ash Trees

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture plan to set 163 Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) traps across the state to help prevent the spread of EAB and detect unknown populations. An invasive insect that attacks ...

Two Arrests After W. Wichita Crime Spree

WICHITA - Police believe a man and a woman went on a crime spree in west Wichita for more than an hour, with their kids asleep in the back seat. It began after midnight Tuesday, at Xcitement Video at Pawnee & West; a man with a handgun stole money fr...

KS Man Pleads Not Guilty to Terrorism Charges

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A 20-year-old Kansas man pleads not guilty to federal charges accusing him of trying to bomb an Army installation in support of a terrorist group. John T. Booker Jr. appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, wear...

Heavy rains slow spring planting

WICHITA - Heavy rains across Kansas this past week have slowed spring planting due to wet soils. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 1 percent of the soybeans and 23 percent of the corn in Kansas has now been planted.  

Newton Police Seize Thousands of Dollars in Drug Paraphernalia

NEWTON, Kan. - The bust resulted in thousands of dollars worth of paraphernalia being seized. KAKE News spoke with Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Newton Police Department. "One of my detectives was contacted by a member of the local community who had

Overnight Shooting in Southeast Wichita

WICHITA - Two men were wounded in a shooting in southeast Wichita last night. Police were called to the area of Mission Road and East Lincoln. KAKE News spoke with Wichita Police Sgt. Ken Kimble who says some people had gathered in a yard and two men

Medical Marijuana Activist in Kansas Could Face Charges

WICHITA - A medical marijuana advocate has lost custody of her 11-year-old son at least temporarily and could face possible charges following comments the boy made during a drug education program at his Kansas school. Garden City Police said the case of

Brownback Vetoes Bill Upping Regulations on Uber Drivers

TOPEKA, Kan. - Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed a bill that would have increased regulations on ride-hailing companies like Uber. Brownback announced his decision in a statement Monday, saying the bill was "premature" and might stifle growth. The

Kansas House Panel Plans to Discuss Budget Issues This Week

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas House committee plans to meet later this week to review a new, more pessimistic fiscal forecast for state government and to discuss budget issues. The Appropriations Committee's session Thursday would be the first legislative

Rains Slow Spring Planting in Kansas

WICHITA - Heavy rains across Kansas this past week have slowed spring planting due to wet soils. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 1 percent of the soybeans and 23 percent of the corn in Kansas has now been planted. The

Kansas Budget Director says Lawmakers Must Fill Gap

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Gov. Sam Brownback's top budget adviser says Kansas legislators must find about $400 million through tax increases or spending cuts during the state's next fiscal year after the release of new, more pessimistic revenue projections.

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