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Report: Everest Most Popular Kansas Hard Red Wheat Variety

WICHITA - A government report shows that two varieties of winter wheat developed by Kansas State University are the leading varieties planted in the state. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that Everest is the top hard red winter whea

New Report on Kansas Taxes to Figure Into Debate On Budget

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas legislators hope the state is collecting as much in taxes this month as expected or even a little more. But they acknowledge a month of stable revenues won't make closing a projected budget shortfall much easier. The state Depar

K-State Wins Nation's First Statewide Drone Access

SALINA, Kan. - Kansas State University Salina has become the first entity in the country to be granted permission by the Federal Aviation Administration to have statewide access for drone operations. According to a press release, the school's

Kansas House, Senate Approve Teacher Bargaining Bills

TOPEKA, Kan. - Both chambers of the Kansas Legislature have advanced changes in the rules for collective bargaining between school boards and teachers' unions.   The House and Senate advanced separate bills Thursday that have the support of teach

C-Diff Superbug Kills Thousands Yearly

WICHITA, Kan. - The superbug C-Diff, short for Clostridium difficile is infecting nearly half a million Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That includes folks here in Kansas. This week a couple of patients of Via Christi

Stolen Church Statue Recovered 300 Miles From Church

WICHITA, Kan. - A statue stolen from a Wichita church is found months later and hundreds of miles away. A statue of Saint Francis went missing from St. James Episcopal Church in east Wichita in October. Last week, law enforcement found it inside a stole

Kansas Senate Advances Bill to Change Local Elections

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would move city and local school board elections from the spring to the fall of odd-numbered years.   Senators advanced the bill on a voice vote and expected to take final

Kansas House Approves Drunk Driving Laws

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas House approved two bills changing the states' penalties for driving under the influence. The full House voted on the bills Thursday.

Inmate Causes Damage in Kingman County Courthouse

KINGMAN, Kan.  -  An inmate caused damage in the Kingman County Courthouse Thursday morning as he was being escorted back to jail after a court appearance.

Boy Attacks Mother in Wichita Home over Video Games

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita teen who had been grounded, and prevented from playing video games as punishment, attacked his mother with a knife. 

Fake Cop Threatens Wichita Driver

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita police are searching for someone who is posing as an officer. It happened around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday as a man, 39, was driving northbound on I-235 near 13th. 

Cox Disagrees with FCC Approval of Regulations for Broadband

WICHITA - The following statement from Cox Communications can be attributed to Percy Kirk, Senior Vice President and Region Manager, Central Region.     “Cox is disappointed in today’s FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as

WSU's Frankamp Applies for Diversion following DUI Arrest

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita State basketball player Conner Frankamp has applied for diversion following his arrest for drunk driving. Frankamp made a brief appearance in Wichita Municipal Court today.

KS House: Collective Bargaining Compromise

TOPEKA - The Kansas House has approved a collective bargaining compromise between teachers and school boards. The House passed the compromise bill 109-14 Thursday. School boards and teachers unions can currently bring dozens of issues to the negotiating ...

KS Senate: Concealed Guns Without Permit

TOPEKA - The Kansas Senate has approved a bill to allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring them to get a state permit or take training classes. The vote Thursday was 31-7 and sends the measure to the House. The bill is sponsored by 26 of t...

Kansas Bill Penalizing Teachers for Obscenity Passes Senate

TOPEKA, Kan. - Teachers no longer would be exempt from criminal charges for showing students materials deemed to be harmful to minors under a bill passed by the Kansas Senate. The Senate's vote Wednesday was 26-14. Teachers could be charged for any

United Airlines Flight Diverted to Wichita Lands Safely

WICHITA - Officials say a United Airlines flight has landed safely after being diverted to a Wichita airport because of landing gear issues. Airport Police and Fire Capt. Randy Currie says the plane that took off Wednesday night from Denver International

Kansas Legislature's Deadline Prompts Long Day of Debating

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas lawmakers are expecting a long day of debating bills on topics that include changing local elections because a key deadline is looming. The Senate's agenda for Thursday was especially crowded ahead of the Legislature's annua

Kansas Ag Land's Tax Value Based on Income, Productivity

TOPEKA, Kan. - A proposal from Republican state Sen. Jeff Melcher of Leawood to change how agricultural land in Kansas is appraised would raise its value on county tax rolls, increasing taxes for farmers.   The Kansas Constitution requires land "

Sexting Case Investigated at Wichita School

WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita Police Department confirms it's investigating a case of "sexting" at North High School. USD 259 spokesperson Susan Arensman says a staff member at the school reported a cell phone missing. The school's securi

2nd Case of Whooping Cough Confirmed at Heights High School

WICHITA, Kan. - Wednesday evening, school district officials at Heights High School confirmed there is a second case of the Whooping Cough inside the student body. The first case was confirmed back on February 12. A letter was sent out to parents from s

Kansas Moving Toward Allowing Concealed Guns Without Permit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring them to get a state permit.   The Senate's voice vote Wednesday advances the measure to another, fina

Kansas Senate Rejects Bill Controlling Mental Health Drugs

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Senate has rejected a bill to give the state's Medicaid program more control over costly mental health drugs.   The vote Wednesday was 25-15 against the bill. Senators who opposed it said they are concerned about mentall

Overall Crime Down, Violent Crime Up in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Police say overall crime was down last year by 2.65%. Homicides jumped from 17 in 2013 to 26 in 2014, which is an increase of 53%.

Investigators Ask for Public's Help in Park City Area Homicide

WICHITA, Kan-- Sedgwick County authorities are asking for the public's help to identify a man who might have information on a recent homicide.

Fatal Belleville Fire Caused by Child Playing with Lighter

BELLEVILLE, Kan.  -  Fire officials say a fire in north-central Kansas that killed a toddler was started by a child playing with a lighter.

KSU Student Cited for Disorderly Conduct Following Court Storming

MANHATTAN, Kan.  -  A Kansas State University student has been cited for disorderly conduct following an on court celebration after a KSU basketball win.

ESPN College GameDay Bus in Wichita

WICHITA - In advance of the ESPN’s College GameDay visit at the Wichita State vs. Northern Iowa men’s basketball game in Wichita on Saturday, February 28, local State Farm agent David Curry will host the ESPN College GameDay Bus. GameDay

Wichita: Riverside Store Robbed

WICHITA - Police are investigating an early-morning robbery at a convenience store in the Riverside area. Officers say the Stop and Shop on West 13th Street near McLean was held up at gunpoint during the 6:00 a.m. hour Wednesday. KAKE News reports the rob...

Train Clips Semi-Truck in S. Wichita

WICHITA - No one was hurt after a accident involving a train and a semi-truck tractor trailer in south Wichita, west of Lincoln & Washington. It happened around 9 a.m. Wednesday near Lincoln & Mead. KAKE News report the semi- was driving to Cox ...

FAA Allows Program to Use Drones Statewide

SALINA, Kan. - Federal authorities say the Kansas State-Salina will be able to use unmanned aircraft across the state, with several restrictions. The Federal Aviation Administration says the school will be able to expand its research across Kansas, inclu...

Security Ready for Shocker Games at Koch Arena

WICHITA - Wichita State University Shockers will host University of Northern Iowa Panthers on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Koch Arena.  KAKE News spoke with Brad Pittman, associate athletic director for facilities and operations. "Anytime you have a

Kansas Highway Stretch Named After Late Atchison Officer

ATCHISON, Kan. - A stretch of state highway in northeastern Kansas now bears the name of an Atchison police officer who was killed on duty in 2011. KQTV in St. Joseph reports that the stretch of Kansas 7 from Atchison to Troy was

Lawrence Officer Suspended After Domestic Battery Charge

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A Lawrence, Kansas, police officer is suspended after being arrested on charges related to domestic violence. The police department says the woman, while in a relationship with patrol officer, reported that he battered and threatened her

Kansas Earthquakes Worsen Damage to Anthony Court House

ANTHONY, Kan.  -  Harper County officials say frequent earthquakes are adding to the cost of repairing the century-old county courthouse, which was already deteriorating because of age.  

2014 Kansas Crop Values Down as Drought, Market Takes Toll

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A new government report shows the value of principle Kansas crops plummeted last year to $6.51 billion. 

Effects of Business Tax Break Help More than Estimated

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A tax exemption championed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback helped about 90,000 more business owners than previously anticipated, as well as about 53,000 farmers. 

Kansas Plan Would Give Elections Chief Prosecutorial Power

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas Senate has advanced Secretary of State Kris Kobach's proposal to give his office the power to prosecute election fraud cases. 

Man Arrested After Dragnet in E. Wichita

WICHITA - Crunched police cars, a car chase, and a high school on lock-down: it was all part of a pursuit of a suspect in downtown and east Wichita. After 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, a Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy and some federal ATF agents encountered ...

WPD Meets With Texas Police to Talk Body Cams

FT. WORTH, Tx. - Representitaves from the Wichita Police Department spent Monday morning in Texas, learning how the Fort Worth Police Department affords, utilizes and manages this new technology. Although Fort Worth is much bigger than Wichita, it

164,000 Kansans Potentially Affected by Anthem Cyber-Attack

TOPEKA, Kan. - Thousands of Kansans may have been affected by the recent cyber attack of a health insurer. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) was notified Monday that 164,711 past or current KanCare or CHIP members were affected by th

Kansas Senate Expected to Debate Gun Rights Bill This Week

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Senate is expected to debate this week a bill to allow residents who are 21 or older to carry concealed guns without a state permit. Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce's office says the debate should be Wednesday or Thursday

Kansas State Rallies Late to Topple No. 8 Kansas, 70-63

MANHATTAN, Kan.  -  Nigel Johnson scored a career-high 20 points, Nino Williams hit a clinching jumper in the final minute and Kansas State rallied to beat eighth-ranked Kansas 70-63 on Monday night.  

Investigation into Rape of Wichita Woman Reveals Alligator in Home

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Police investigating the alleged kidnapping and rape of a Wichita woman also discovered an alligator at the couple's home.

Woman Charged in Death of Newton Teacher

NEWTON, Kan.  -  A woman has been arrested in connection to the death of a Kansas teacher, who was hit by a car while jogging last year.

Plan to Allow Kansas Groceries to Sell Wine, Liquor Advances

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A Kansas House committee has approved a bill to allow grocery stores to sell wine, liquor and full-strength beer starting in July 2018. 

Hutchinson Teen to be Tried as Adult in Fatal Fire

HUTCHINSON, Kan.  -  A Hutchinson teen accused of setting a house fire that killed his mother and sister will stand trial for murder.

Child Dies, Another Injured in Belleville House Fire.

BELLEVILLE, Kan.  -  A child is dead and another is hurt following a house fire Monday morning in northern Kansas. The fire broke out at in the basement of a home in Belleville around 8:30 a.m. Two children were trapped inside.

Child Abuse in Wichita: Two-Year-Old Victim

WICHITA - Investigators are looking into a case of child abuse. A 39-year-old woman took her two-year-old grandson in to Galichia Hospital on N. Woodlawn; the child was complaining about having stomach pains. Upon examination, it turned out the little b...

Kansas Leadership Attacking Poverty

TOPEKA - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is creating a taskforce to look for ways to decrease poverty. Brownback created the Social Services Policy Council by executive order. A news release says it will focus on improving high school graduation rates, fin...

Glenn Beck on KNSS!

WICHITA - KNSS will air The Glenn Beck Show M-F from 9am-11am starting today Feb 23, 2015.  Glenn Beck is the host and star of a nationally syndicated radio talk show as well as the fastest growing TV show in cable news. Known for his quick wit, can

Cold, Snowy, Weather Rolls Across Kansas

WICHITA - It was a windy, cold, snowy Sunday across Kansas. The National Weather Service says Wichita got 1.6 inches of snowfall at Eisenhower Airport. Sunday's high was 33 degrees. The wind gusted to 35 miles per hour. Sedgwick County dispatcher'

Push On to Make Catfish a Kansas State Symbol

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Despite past opposition, some Kansas residents want the channel catfish to become a state symbol. Supporters of the fish say it has a long history in Kansas and remains one of the most popular species in the state's waters. Bills

2 People Taken to Hospital After Fire at Topeka Town House

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Topeka town house fire has sent an adult and a child to the hospital to be treated for possible smoke inhalation.   The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports that fire crews responded shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday to

Highway 59 Shooter Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A Lawrence man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for shooting at a man on a highway south of Lawrence after plotting with the victim's ex-girlfriend.    The Lawrence Journal-World ( ) reports that

Two Stabbed after Robbery near Downtown Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. - An aggravated robbery near downtown Wichita sends two men to the hospital with stab wounds. It happened in the 2000 block of east 2nd street north around 1:05 Sunday morning.

Wichita Students Recieve Engineering Scholarships

WICHITA, Kan. - Five Wichita students have recieved $20,000 in engineering scholarships through Wichita State University. The scholarships come from the universities annual Wallace Scholarships Program.

Hemp may become new cash crop for Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Agriculture would be tasked with cultivating and studying hemp under a bill before the state Legislature.  

Jewish Community in Lawrence Plans Torah Welcoming

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Jewish community in northeast Kansas is planning a sacred Torah welcoming ceremony in Lawrence.   The ceremony Sunday marks the end of an effort of an expert ritual scribe to write an entire Torah, the most sacred object in Judai

Hutchinson Woman Arrested After Chasing, Shooting at Pickup

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - A Hutchinson woman faces attempted murder charges after firing shots at a pickup she was chasing Saturday morning. Officers were called around 8:40 a.m. to the report of a vehicle crashing into the Midas auto service center in the 1100

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