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Scattered damage reported following Kansas storms

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Kansas storms left scattered damage in several counties Wednesday night.  At least one tree was knocked down in El Dorado.  That happened around 5:30 p.m.  According to the National Weather Service, a spotter rep

Sedgwick County declares state of disaster due to flooding

WICHITA, Kan.  - The Sedgwick County Commission has declared a state of local disaster for areas affected by last recent flooding.  The proclamation was signed by Chairman Jim Howell. A local disaster emergency was last declared in April 2012 a

Father testifies at trial of son in deadly Hutchinson fire

HUTCHINSON, Kan.  -  A recess was called Wednesday afternoon on day two of the Kansas murder trial of a Hutchinson teen, charged as an adult in the killing of his mother and sister, 11, in a 2013 house fire.  The prosecution called the fat

Marlins snap Royals' 9-game winning streak

MIAMI, Fla.  -  Jose Fernandez pitched seven innings and appeared to avoid a serious injury when he tweaked his right leg on his final pitch Wednesday night, helping the Miami Marlins beat Kansas City 3-0 to snap the Royals' nine-game winnin

Judge delays sentencing for Kansas man in foiled bomb plot

WICHITA, Kan. — A federal judge has delayed sentencing for a Kansas man who has admitted aiding a wannabe Islamic State jihadist's plan to detonate what they thought was a bomb at Fort Riley. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree heard a psycholo

Kansas forms task force to study how agencies can use drones

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas has formed a task force to study how state agencies can use drones in their operations.   The Kansas Department of Transportation said in a news release Wednesday that the Unmanned Aerial Systems Joint Task Force will al

No single cause found for high lead levels in Saline County

SALINA, Kan. — State health officials say they have not discovered a single cause for high lead levels found in some children in Saline County. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has been investigating since routine physical exams foun

Former Kansas geologist dies amid agency's move

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Geological Survey will now be joining the University of Arizona without the leadership of its director. The Arizona Daily Star reports that director M. Lee Allison died after an accidental fall in his home earlier this m

Former US senators to appear at University of Kansas forum

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Former Republican U.S. senators Nancy Kassebaum and Bob Dole are set to participate in a forum at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the forum will be held Sept. 17 at the Dole Institute o

Leading Cause of Death in Kansas?: Cancer

ATLANTA, Georgia - New data shows cancer has now become the leading cause of death in almost two dozen states, including Kansas. Nationwide, heart disease is still the number-one killer; but a new report by the Centers for Disease Control finds in 22 sta...

Prehistoric Tusk Found in Kingman County

CUNNINGHAM, Kan. - A south-central Kansas construction project has uncovered a tusk believed to have belonged to a mammoth. The discovery was made while the Kingman County city of Cunningham was running a sewer line across a grain elevator's property ...

How to Fund Kansas Public Schools?

TOPEKA - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants to hear what the public thinks about how schools are funded. The governor says the old system had "a lot of problems," and it's time to talk about a new one. He said Tuesday that his office plans to ...

New School Year: Wichita Public Schools

WICHITA - Wednesday marks the first day of classes for Wichita public schools. Sheril Logan is president of the Wichita Board of Education. Logan tells KNSS News that USD 259 serves a diverse student population; she says last year in the Wichita school d...

Sedgwick County Zoo Executive Director announces retirement

WICHITA - On Tuesday the Sedgwick County Zoo announced the retirement of executive director Mark Reed.  KAKE News says Reed plans to retire at the end of the year. Reed came to Wichita from the San Antonio Zoo in 1979 as assistant director to the

Kansas man faces sentencing for role in foiled bomb plot

WICHITA - A Topeka man faces sentencing for his role in a wannabe Islamic State jihadist's foiled plan to detonate a bomb at the Fort Riley military post to kill and maim as many U.S. service members as possible. Alexander Blair has told the judge he

Deadly Topeka fire intentionally set

TOPEKA, Kan. - Topeka fire investigators said an apartment fire that killed three women was a case of arson. The fire was reported around 8:20 a.m. Monday at the three-story apartment building in the central part of the city.   The fire killed Janel

Former Republican seeks 1st District seat as independent

CLYDE, Kan. — A fifth-generation farmer who nearly upset incumbent 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp in the Republican primary two years ago is running as an independent against the Republican who dethroned Huelskamp in August. Alan LaPolice o

Royals extend win streak to 9 by beating Marlins 1-0

MIAMI, Fla. — Yordano Ventura escaped two threats while pitching six innings, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to nine games by beating the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Tuesday night. Ventura (9-9), who reached 101 mph on the scoreb

Appeals court considers Kansas voting case

DENVER, Col. — A federal appeals court in Denver will decide whether Kansas can keep thousands of people who haven't presented documents proving they're citizens from voting in November's election. Three judges from the 10th Circuit Cou

Trial underway for Kansas teen accused in 2 fire deaths

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Testimony is underway in the southern Kansas trial of teenager charged as an adult in the killing of his mother and sister in a 2013 house fire. Samuel Vonachen is being tried in Reno County on two counts of premeditated first-de

Court: Out-of-state license plates don't justify search

WICHITA, Kan. — A federal appeals court says law enforcement officials in Kansas cannot stop and search motorists for having nothing more than out-of-state license plates from states that have legalized marijuana. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Former Wichita police officer pleads guilty to embezzlement

WICHITA, Kan. — A retired Wichita police lieutenant has admitted fabricating documents and agreed to forfeit the $56,400 he unlawfully received under a contract to train law enforcement agencies on responses to armed engagement. Kevin P. Vaughn, 51

Kansas flood damage evaluated

MULVANE, Kan.  -  Kansas residents affected by recent flooding continue to clean up. The Wichita Eagle reports that Mulvane city administrator Kent Hixson says 44 homes and five businesses inside the city limits saw some sort of flooding damage

Mowers find Missouri man's body in Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Authorities say a street crew has found a man's body while mowing in Kansas City, Kansas. Police said in a news release that officers were summoned Monday after the body of Joshua Bush, 38, of Kansas City, Missouri, was foun

Bronze-Medal Boxer Back in Wichita

WICHITA - Bronze-medal boxing winner Nico Hernandez returned to his home town Wichita from Brazil on Tuesday, after competing for the United States at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He was greeted at Eisenhower National Airport by the mayor, frie...

Arson: Teens Arrested in N. Wichita

WICHITA - A half-dozen teenagers were arrested, after an arson and burglary. At about 10:00 a.m. Monday, a 46-year-old woman spotted five teens breaking into a vacant house in the 3400 block of N. Park Place, forcing open the back door. She called 911, a...

Wichita Fire Department Marks 130 Years

WICHITA - Tuesday marks 130 years in existence for the Wichita Fire Department. The Wichita fire department's history goes back even further, to the year 1872, when there were multiple units called the Frontier Fire Companies. They were first co...

KS Joins Transgender Federal Lawsuit

AUSTIN, Texas - Kansas and four other states are again suing the Obama administration over its efforts to strengthen discrimination protections for transgender people. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in a North Texas federal court seeks to block parts of a non...

Wichita students and teachers back in school this week

WICHITA - It's back to school this week for students and teachers across Kansas, including Wichita public school students. With more than 50-thousand students, USD 259 is one of the largest school districts on the plains. Tuesday 6th and 9th graders a...

Kansas asks court to exclude voters over citizenship proof

DENVER, Co. - Kansas is asking the federal appeals court in Denver to keep thousands of people who haven't yet provided documents showing they are U.S. citizens from voting in November. Judges are set to hear arguments Tuesday over how the state

Moran opposes transfers from Gitmo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says he opposes the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to other countries as well as to other facilities inside the United States.  Last week the Obama administration announced transferring 15 detainees

Topeka teen arrested after 7-mile chase on foot

TOPEKA, Kan. - Auburn-Washburn school district police and the Kansas Highway Patrol arrested a teen after a long foot chase. WIBW News in Topeka says it began around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon when a school resource officer at Washubrn Rural Schools and

Kidnapping victim keynote speaker at Kansas conference

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kidnapped at age 11 and remained missing for more than 18 years, will be the keynote speaker at next month’s Protect Our Children Conference in Kansas City.   Hundreds of law enforcement officers a

Thrill-ride accidents spark new demands for regulation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that whirl kids around are checked by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they aren't required to get the once-over. A boy's death on a Kansas water

3 die, 1 hurt in Topeka apartment fire

TOPEKA, Kan. — Authorities say three people have died and another person has been hurt in a Topeka apartment fire. Topeka Fire Department Fire Marshal Mike Martin says the fire was reported around 8:20 a.m. Monday at the three-story apartment build

Kansas seeking federal wine label designation

TOPEKA, Kan. — This season's grapes from Kansas vineyards will soon be pressed, fermented and aged, but the bottles they'll be poured into won't have a key designation on the label that other wines in the country boast. The Lawrence Jou

Kansas mom, toddler rescued from tree during flash flood

ROSE HILL, Kan. — A woman caught in recent flash flooding was rescued, along with her son, 3, from a tree. The Wichita Eagle reports that Cassandra Phillips, 32, of Burlington was caught in floodwaters Friday night near Rose Hill.  She was abl

Kansas officials working to change state layoff policy

TOPEKA, Kan. — Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is working to overhaul Kansas employee layoff and rehiring protocol. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the administration is working on adjustments that would restrict worker options for

Halstead City Administrator Arrested

NEWTON, Kan. - On Monday, Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton served an arrest warrant on the Halstead City Administrator, James Hatfield. The arrest warrant was the result of an investigation conducted by the Harvey County Attorney and the Kansas Bureau of I...

Kansas Traffic Deaths Up 27% This Year

TOPEKA - On Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13, Kansas Highway Patrol law enforcement officers participated in a statewide RAVE (Roving Aggressive Violation Enforcement) to enforce Kansas traffic laws, and to help decrease the number of fatality crashe...

Flooding Victim's Body Found: Butler County

WICHITA - Authorities say they've found the body of a man three days after he went missing after being swept away by floodwaters southeast of Wichita. Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says the body of 62-year-old Richard Lowery was found Monday in ...

Another Water Park Death in the U.S.

FEDERAL WAY, Washington - Questions are being asked after a man died at a water park on Saturday -- the second water-park death in the U.S. this month. The 33-year-old man died at Wild Waves Water Park south of Seattle. Authorities now say it appears he ...

N. Wichita: Man Shot in Car on Canal Route

WICHITA - A man was shot in north Wichita, in a car on the Canal Route. A 72-year-old man was traveling north-bound on I-135 late Sunday night, at about 9th Street; there were also two passengers in the car, a 36-year-old man and a 60-year-old. The driv...

Murder trial to begin for Hutchinson teen

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The trial is getting underway for a Hutchinson teenager charged as an adult with setting a fire that killed his mother and sister. The Hutchinson News ( ) reports that attorneys will begin picking the ju

Fatal traffic accident on Kansas Turnpike

WICHITA - One person is dead after an accident on the Kansas Turnpike in south Wichita. First responders were called to the south-bound lanes of I-35 south of 47th Street just before 5 a.m.  911 dispatch advises the original caller said the victim 

Wrong-way driver killed in Kansas freeway crash

PAXICO, Kan. - Authorities say a man driving the wrong-way in a freeway construction zone was killed when his pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer. KAKE-TV reports that 33-year-old Christopher Frank of McFarland died after the crash early Sunday

Official: Canoeing accident leads to Kansas drowning

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. - Officials in southern Kansas' Crowley County say a person has drowned while canoeing in the Arkansas River. KAKE-TV says the victim of the accident Saturday near Arkansas City hasn't been released.

Duffy wins 10th straight as Royals beat Twins 2-1 for sweep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Danny Duffy won his 10th straight decision, Eric Hosmer doubled in the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Sunday for their eighth consecutive win. The Royals swept a four-game series from the Twins for

Culver, Kan. logs thousands of volunteer hours for water

CULVER, Kan. - After dealing with dirty tap water for years, residents of a tiny town in north-central Kansas have a new water treatment system thanks to some state and federal grants and thousands of hours of volunteer labor. Residents of Culver, a town

Woman nearly hit in Wichita gunfire

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita police are investigating after a bystander was nearly caught in the line of fire shortly before 10 p.m. Friday night.  KAKE News reports that a woman was driving west on Mt. Vernon towards Edgemoor when she saw a white

Man arrested following Wichita crime spree

WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita police report they have arrested a man believed to be responsible for a string of robberies at four stores throughout the city.  KAKE News reports that officers caught 43-year-old Stevie Reed on Friday. Reed was arreste

Patrol: Motorcyclist hit speeds over 130 mph during chase

TOPEKA, Kan. — A motorcyclist who fled from law enforcement at speeds well over 130 mph has been taken into custody after a 10-minute pursuit that ended at the man's home. The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports the man, who

Gordon hits 2 HRs, Royals win 7th straight, rout Twins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon hit two home runs and a double, Ian Kennedy pitched eight sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to seven games, beating the Minnesota Twins 10-0 Saturday night. The Royals' string

Grant launches Wyandotte County health effort

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A $1.9 million grant is being used to help 10,000 Wyandotte County residents improve their health. The grant will fund a three-year initiative to improve the overall health of the county, which generally is ranked as one of the worst

Lesbian pastor and UMC agree to separation

EDGERTON, Kan. - A lesbian pastor will leave her United Methodist Church in Edgerton at the end of August to avoid a church trial to determine if she should be ousted. Methodist officials and pastor Cynthia Meyer agreed in early August that she would giv

Body of Topeka man recovered in Kansas lake

TOPEKA, Kan. - Authorities have recovered the body of a Topeka man thought to have drowned while sailboating alone on an eastern Kansas lake. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the body of 46-year-old Jeff Miller was found at 7:15 a.m. Saturday at the no

Kansas Labor Department says state lost jobs in July

TOPEKA, Kan. - The July employment report is raising concerns in Topeka after the state Department of Labor reported the state shed 5,600 jobs last month. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports private-sector jobs fell by 4,600 jobs in July, with the biggest

Search continues for Kansas man swept away by floodwaters

Rescuers using boats, a helicopter and wading boots were searching for a 62-year-old Wichita man whose pickup truck was swept away by floodwaters. The National Weather Service told The Wichita Eagle that rainfall rates of up to 4 inches per hour Friday n

Hosmer's single in 11th lifts Royals past Twins, 5-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Hosmer's single in the 11th inning drove in Cheslor Cuthbert with the winning run to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. The Royals have won six straight, matching a sea

Zen Fitness relocating to College Hill

WICHITA, Kan. - Zen Fitness will soon have its own location. The personal training business, which has been operating for the past five years in a shared space in the Delano district, will open next month at 3202 E. Douglas. That site is near the northea

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