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Wichita Murder Case: Stolen Car Located

WICHITA - 26-year-old Bishop Robles was shot and killed late Wednesday morning in north Wichita, near 11th & Waco. Police Lt. Todd Ojile says Robles and his common-law wife were in the 1200 block of N. Fairview, visiting friends. While they were ...

Kansas Supreme Court invalidates school funding law

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court has struck down a stopgap law for funding the state's public schools, saying it left poor districts $54 million short. The justices ruled Thursday that the Republican-backed law enacted last year doesn

Overnight house fire in west Wichita

WICHITA - One person was hospitalized with smoke inhalation after a house fire overnight in the 17-hundred block of North Custer, in west Wichita.  Firefighters found smoke and flame in the living room and kitchen area. Fire Lt. Chris Fleming says

Sedgwick County eliminates entire department

WICHITA - Sedgwick County is eliminating its communications department, asking for the department head's resignation. Kristi Zukovich had been the county's Communications Director since 1998 and before that worked in other county jobs. Now she

Sedgwick County tag offices train for online check-in system

WICHITA - For years customers have complained about the lines and the waiting at Sedgwick County Tag Offices. Sedgwick County Treasurer Linda Kizzire says it's time to address that issue. On Wednesday, employees started training on a virtual wait-line

Wichita woman burned in flash fire

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A woman suffered critical burns in a flash fire at an apartment comlex in south Wichita. Emergency crews were called around 3:10 p.m. Wednesday to a fire at Falcon Pointe Apartments at 4244 South Hydraulic, near MacArthur. A

Kansas teacher resigns following Facebook fallout

HORTON, Kan.  -  The Horton High School Language Arts teacher at the center of a profanity-filled Facebook rant has resigned according to an article by Alisa Britt became the center of a gun control controversy after she made a pro

Wichita offering additional Section 8 housing vouchers

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program will begin accepting preliminary applications online on February 22. The rental assistance program will serve 500 additional households due to an increase of one million dollars fro

Cow shot, calf stolen in Barton County

ALBERT, Kan.  -  The Barton County Sheriff's Office says a cow was shot and killed and her calf was stolen sometime over the weekend. The incident happened between 6:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6 and noon the following day. The cow was found

Bill proposes speed limit increase on Kansas highways

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  State lawmakers are looking at raising the speed limit to 80 miles an hour on some Kansas highways. House Bill No. 2450 was presented before a committee Tuesday. The proposal would increase the speed "on any separated mult

Kansas House plan hinders hospital privatization

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas House has approved a proposal to make it harder for the state to sell or turn over the operation of its two mental hospitals to private companies. The House voted 68-51 on Wednesday for an amendment to budget legisla

Kansas House shields KU Med from budget move

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas House members want to make sure that a measure punishing the University of Kansas for using out of state bonds to finance campus construction projects doesn't hurt its Medical Center in Kansas City. The House approve

Kansas House votes to limit shorting of pensions

TOPEKA, Kan.  -   Kansas House members have voted to limit the governor's authority to temporarily short the state's contributions to public pensions to cover gaps in the state budget. The House took up a bill Wednesday that would elimi

Kansas senate bill would restrict habitat protections

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Conservationists say protected habitats for endangered and threatened species in Kansas would be sharply reduced under a Senate bill in its second week of hearings. The measure before the Senate Natural Resources Committee woul

Man, woman found dead in Kansas City, Kansas, home

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  A man and woman have been found dead inside a Kansas City, Kansas, home. Police said in a news release that the discovery was made Tuesday night when officers responded to the home. The victims were identified as Leslie Ja

Kansas cancer survivors support tanning booth ban for teens

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Skin cancer survivors and a dozen like-minded organizations have testified in support of a bill that would ban tanning beds to those younger than 18 years old. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the bill would forbid anyon

Kansas Bill with new penalties for sexting, advances

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A bill designed to address sexting among middle and high school students has advanced in the House. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the chamber is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to send the bill to the Senate. It

Feds charge Kansas man over fake casino 'players cards'

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Federal prosecutors have charged a former tribal casino employee with embezzlement in a scheme involving fake "players cards" at a casino in northeast Kansas. A criminal information filed Tuesday charges 32-year-old

KS House: Medicaid Debate Nixed

TOPEKA - Republicans have blocked a debate in the Kansas House of Representatives on expanding the state's Medicaid program as encouraged by the federal health care overhaul. The vote Wednesday in the GOP-dominated chamber was 85-37 against debating ...

Man Shot in N. Wichita Front Yard

WICHITA - Police are investigating a drive-by shooting. Officers were called to the 1200 block of N. Fairview after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, near 13th & Waco. A 26-year-old man was shot several times and was hospitalized in critical condition. Investiga...

Kansas could play key role in determining GOP nominee

WICHITA - Kansas Republicans and Democrats are preparing for the March 5 caucuses, when the national spotlight could be on the Sunflower State. In past presidential elections, a likely nominee is already determined by the time Kansas caucuses roll around

Citizens' tips lead to brief standoff, arrest in Newton

NEWTON, Kan. - Multiple citizen responses helped Newton Police apprehend a man wanted for felony theft, arson and burglary Tuesday night after about a 20 minute standoff. The responses to a wanted poster released earlier today on the NPD Facebook page

KS Senate advances bill to decrease Medicaid drug costs

TOPEKA, Kan. - A bill designed to cut Kansas' costs in providing prescription drugs for poor and disabled residents has received first-round approval in the state Senate. Senators advanced the bill Tuesday on a voice vote. The proposal would allow 

Kansas AG says company to pay $110,00 for no-call violations

TOPEKA, Kan. - A California company has agreed to pay $110,000 in penalties and fees for violating the No-Call Act and Kansas Consumer Protection Act. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Judson Enterprises Inc., doing business as K-Designers of Go

Man arrested in 2006 death of 2-year-old boy in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. - A 31-year-old man has been arrested in Missouri in the 2006 death of a 2-year-old boy in Topeka. Craig Beam, chief deputy U.S. Marshal for the District of Kansas, said that the man was arrested Monday on a second-degree murder warrant in 

Barton Co. Sheriff checking registered offender compliance

GREAT BEND, Kan.  -  Law enforcement in a county northwest of Wichita is working to make sure all registered sex offenders and violent crime offenders there are in compliance with the terms of their release. The Barton County Sheriff's offi

No. 25 Wichita State pounds Drake 74-48

DES MOINES, Iowa  -  Ron Baker and Shaq Morris had 11 points each and No. 25 Wichita State pounded Drake 74-48 on Tuesday night for its 12th win in 13 games. Thirteen players scored for the Shockers (18-5, 12-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who

No. 6 Kansas beats No. 10 West Virginia, 75-65

LAWRENCE, Kan.  -  Perry Ellis had 21 points, Landen Lucas pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds and No. 6 Kansas beat No. 10 West Virginia 75-65 on Tuesday night to forge a three-way tie atop the Big 12. Frank Mason III added 14 points for the

Suspect identified in Newton burglary spree

NEWTON, Kan.  -  Newton Police are asking a man suspected of burglarizing multiple homes and vehicles over the weekend to come forward for questioning. Information has led police to believe Corey Michael Youngblood, 28, to be one of the men cau

Utz takes over as Garden City Police Chief

GARDEN CITY, Kan.  -  The new Garden City Police Chief Michael Utz has taken over his duties. Utz was named the new chief last month, and has worked for the GCPD since September 1984, most recently serving as captain of the investigations divis

Kansas appeals court orders release of candidate materials

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Kansas is appealing a judge's ruling that the state must release candidates' applications for two county commission openings filled by Gov. Sam Brownback. The state has filed a notice of appeal in the lawsuit brought b

Kansas members discuss student restraint and seclusion

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  School employees would receive more training on how to help disruptive students and avoid physically restraining them under a House bill being considered this week. The measure discussed Tuesday in the House Committee on Childr

Kansas lawmakers give 'revenge porn' bill a second look

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas lawmakers are weighing legislation that would make it illegal to post photos or videos of a nude person online without his or her consent. The Kansas City Star reports that Rep. Sydney Carlin, (D-Manhattan), and Rep. St

Kansas court upholds tax evasion convictions of Atkins diet doctor

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored the "Atkins Diabetes Revolution." The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed all five counts of attempted t

Wichita Police investigating sexual assault

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita teen told police she was sexually assaulted after getting into a man's vehicle to use the cellphone. The girl, 13, told officers she walked away from her group home last night. A man drove up beside her. She aske

KU Project Funded by Wisconsin Bonds

TOPEKA - University of Kansas officials say using $327 million in out of state bonds to finance construction projects allows them to meet crucial campus needs in a cost-effective way. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, other university officials and ...

Olney Wins Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race

LIBERAL, Kan. - The English claim the top prize in this year's Shrove Tuesday pancake race; the annual contest takes place between the women of Olney, England, and Liberal, Kansas. On Shrove Tuesday every year the ladies of Olney, Buckinghamshire, co...

Kansas legislators endorse public safety measures

TOPEKA, Kan. - Democratic legislators in both chambers of the Kansas Legislature are voicing their support for three bills designed to enhance public safety. One bill would use an additional fee on vehicle registrations to create a staffing fund for the

Kansas governor signs measure aimed at keeping courts open

TOPEKA, Kan. - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation to keep Kansas' courts open following a legal dispute involving their budget and the state Supreme Court's power. Brownback signed the bill Monday, and it will take effect 

Legislature considers special protections for gun industry

TOPEKA, Kan. - A gun-dealers trade group is pushing legislation in several conservative states to restrict what it says is discrimination by financial institutions. The National Shooting Sports Foundation initiated legislation in Kansas, Georgia, Alabama

Kansas Senate plan would hinder university's bonding move

TOPEKA, Kan. - A new budget proposal from Kansas legislators could force the University of Kansas to raise private funds to pay off construction bonds issued out-of-state. The Senate Ways and Means Committee added the measure Monday to a bill for 

Wichita school board looks at options for 2016-17 budget

Wichita school board looks at options for 2016-17 budget   WICHITA, Kan.  -  It's back to the drawing board to find new ways to generate both funding and savings for Kansas schools.   A bill to consolidate school districts to cut d

Wichita BOE approves 2016-17 school calender

WICHITA, Kan.  - The Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 Parent-Teacher school calendar during its February 8 meeting.  The first day of school for all students is August 17, with orientation for sixth- and ninth-grade students is August

Boaters rescued at Marion Reservoir

MARION, Kan.  -  Kansas Game Wardens, Marion County Sheriff's deputies and the US Army Corps of Engineers, team up to rescue a pair of boaters at Marion Reservoir. Authorities said high winds knocked the two men out of the boat Sunday. One

Man killed in Salina crash

SALINA, Kan.  -  A Salina man was killed in a single vehicle accident in Salina. The accident happened around 12:40 a.m. Monday. Police said a vehicle struck a power pole in the 5-Corners area at 9th and Pacific. The accident resulted in some p

Kansas consumers who purchased RadioShack gift cards owed refund

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Monday, alerted Kansas consumers holding unused gift cards purchased from RadioShack can obtain refunds from the company, which filed for bankruptcy last year. Under a court order filed

Kansas Senate panel approves bill to balance state budget

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A Kansas Senate committee has approved a bill that would balance the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The measure approved Monday by the Ways and Means Committee would eliminate a projected deficit of nearly $

Kansas panel adds to mental hospital budget

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The state's mental hospital in eastern Kansas would receive an additional $2.4 million in its current budget to help boost its staffing under a proposal from a legislative committee. The Senate Ways and Means Committee adde

Kansas Senate plan would hinder university's bonding move

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A new budget proposal from Kansas legislators could force the University of Kansas to raise private funds to pay off construction bonds issued out-of-state. The Senate Ways and Means Committee added the measure Monday to a bill

Kansas school district realignment bill paused after concern

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The chairman of the Kansas House Education Committee says it's unlikely that any action will be taken on a bill that would force the consolidation of more than half of the state's school districts. Republican state Rep.

Pro-abortion advocates hold health care rally

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Abortion rights organizations, students and Kansas House members are rallying against legislation banning access to reproductive health care. Representatives from Planned Parenthood, Trust Women and United for Reproductive &

Kansas man sentenced for embezzling

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  A suburban Kansas City man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for embezzling more than $6 million. The U.S. attorney's office says 46-year-old Kenneth Voboril, of Overland Park, was sentenced Monday f

Kansas saw growth in number of businesses in 2015

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas secretary of state's office says the number of businesses in the state grew by 5% last year. Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office reported Monday that Kansas had about 179,000 businesses at the end of 2015

Wichita Violence: One Dead, One Wounded

WICHITA - One man is dead and another was shot after violence near downtown Wichita, east of Washington & Waterman. It happened at about 4:00 a.m. Sunday, when an alarm sounded at a building in the 300 block of S. Laura. Arriving officers found a tru...

Two-Alarm Apartment Fire in S. Wichita

WICHITA - A two-alarm fire caused significant damage to the River Walk Apartments in south Wichita, near Pawnee & Broadway. The call came in after 4:00 a.m. Sunday, to the 2600 block of S. Topeka; arriving crews found extensive flames coming from a t...

Vehicles & House Fire in W. Wichita

WICHITA - Crews responded to a fire near 13th & North & 119th West. The call came in before 1:00 a.m. Monday from the 1500 block of N. Shefford. Arriving crews discoverd two cars on fire, and the flames were beginning to melt the vinyl sidin...

KDHE marks the beginning of Kansas' flu season

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed four cases of influenza in the south central portion of the state.  Health official Cassie Sparks says flu season has arrived and people should take the necessary

Wichita man avoids prison in Reno County child sex case

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - A 20-year-old Wichita man avoided a prison sentence in a child sex case in Reno County. Samuel Peterson was originally charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The Hutch Post reports the charge stems from his sexual acts

Woman dies after northwest Kansas crash

CHEYENNE COUNTY, Kan. - One woman is dead after a crash along US Highway 36 in Cheyenne County. It happened at about 2 p.m. Sunday when a Pontiac Grand Prix struck the trailer of a semi-truck, causing the driver of the car to lose control, slamming into

Bledsoe case influences bill requiring taped interrogations

TOPEKA, Kan. - Law enforcement would be required to record some interrogations under a bill influenced by the case of a Kansas man who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a killing his brother eventually admitted to committing.

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