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Gov. Brownback Appoints Susan Mosier to Lead KDHE

TOPEKA, Kan. - The interim director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has been nominated to take the job permanently.   The governor's office announced Friday that Brownback wants Dr. Susan Mosier for the job. Mosier took over fo

45 Take Part in Police Violence Protest in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. - About 45 people have marched through part of downtown Topeka to protest police violence.   The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports that the march began and ended Saturday just south of the Kansas Statehouse. Marcher

Kansas Teen to be Tried as Juvenile in School Plot

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Topeka teenager will be tried as a juvenile on charges of attempting to hire two people to kill four adults at his high school. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that a Shawnee County judge on Friday denied a prosecution motion to try t

Police Chase Ends with Crash in Haysville

 HAYSVILLE, Kan. - A police chase Saturday afternoon ended with the suspect crashing his car in Haysville. Kake news reports that The 44-year-old man was attempting take steel cable from Westar near 79th Street South and Broadway.

Man Robbed in South Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. - The incident happened around 6:40pm near Waco and Kinkaid.

Sgt. Ron Hunt said, "The victim reports walking south-bound on Waco when he was approached by the suspects that were in a dark colored SUV. Two of the suspects exited the vehicle, said something about their uncle, and then began striking the victim."

The suspects got away with $200 in cash. The victim

Hunter Shoots Rare Elk in Lyon County

EMPORIA, Kan. - Hunter Brenda Doudican had to do a double take this month when she saw a bull elk wandering through a Lyon County clearing with deer.        The Emporia Gazette reported that the spotting led Doudican to obtai

KU Chancellor Stands Up for Liberal Arts Education

LAWRENCE, Kan. - University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says traditional liberal arts programs in subjects like literature, music and history are struggling for respect, recognition and funding.        The Law

B/E Aerospace Hiring Wichita Engineers

WICHITA, Kan. - B/E Aerospace set up an engineering shop in Wichita only two years ago but already has the help wanted sign up to expand. Engineering Site Manager Jason Corcoran says there are openings for various engineering disciplines including aerosp

Wellington Mother Accused of Murder had Filed Rape Report

WELLINGTON, Kan. - Just days before a Wellington woman admitted to stabbing her son to death, she told police the boy was being sexually abused. Nicole Blansett filed a police report six days before 10-year-old Caleb was murdered. In it, Blansett accused

UPDATE: School Officials Not Sure Gun was Real

WICHITA, Kan. - Police are investigating after a Wichita middle school student was caught with a possible weapon at school. The incident happened Friday at Jardine Technology Middle Magnet School at 3550 East Ross Parkway. A letter from Principal Laura J

UPDATE: Car Crashes into Wichita Living Room

WICHITA, Kan. - Two older women were injured late Thursday, when a car crashed into their northwest Wichita house. A neighbor called police to report the crash in the 8000 block of Suncrest Court shortly before 10 p.m. Police believe a driver missed a co

Damage Prompts Commercial Truck Detour at South Wichita Bridge

WICHITA, Kan. - City of Wichita officials say commercial truck traffic is being diverted from a south Wichita bridge because of structural damage. The John Mack Bridge is located near Pawnee and Broadway. Officials said in a news release that in inspecti

Police Investigate Trio of Wichita Armed Robberies

WICHITA, Kan.  - A grocery store on west Harry was robbed at gunpoint.  It happened at the Harry Street Grocery in the 300 block of west Harry around 9:45 p.m. Thursday. 

2 Dead in Explosion, Fire at Oklahoma Oil Rig

COALGATE, Okla.  -  Oklahoma officials say two people have died of injuries suffered during an explosion and fire at an oil rig in the southeastern corner of the state.

Theft Leads to Police Chase, Crash

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Police say a theft of pastry boxes led to a short chase in south Wichita Friday morning, which ended with a van crashing into a tree.

2 Injured as Car Crashes into Wichita Home

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Two older women were injured late Thursday, when a car crashed into a northwest Wichita house. A neighbor called police to report the crash in the 8000 block of Suncrest Court shortly before 10:00 p.m.

New Trial Date Set in Killing of Lawrence Woman's Roommate

LAWRENCE, Kan.  -  A Lawrence woman charged with killing her roommate will go on trial in March.

Kansas Man Guilty in DUI Case That Led to Amputation

LAWRENCE, Kan.  -  A judge has found a Lawrence man guilty in a drunken driving accident that caused a University of Kansas student's legs to be amputated.

Regents want proposed funding model talks delayed

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Board of Regents says it won't recommend a proposed funding mechanism that would tie college budgets to specific performance-based benchmarks.   Instead, the board said it would recommend the Legislature delay considerin

Wichita Police Department Still Drafting Body Cam Policy

WICHITA - Body cameras will soon be a fixture for all officers in Wichita but, how those cameras will be used and when is something the police department is trying to create a policy on. "We're not going to rush our policy. we're reviewing d

Kansas Teenager Pleads Guilty in Infant Attack

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Jackson County teenager has pleaded guilty to severely beating an infant.   WIBW-TV reports 18-year-old Koylen McKinney pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery, abuse of a child and aggravated

Kansas Utility Ends Fees for Credit, Debit Cards

TOPEKA, Kan. - The largest electric company in Kansas says it is no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills. Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc. announced Thursday that it had abolished the charge.

Judge Sets February Trial Date in Kansas ID Theft Case

WICHITA - A judge has set a trial date in the case of a Mexican man accused of legally changing a U.S. citizen's name to his own. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Thursday scheduled the trial of Ramon Perez-Rivera and his wife, Antonia Vargas-Orte

Holiday Shoppers: Beware of Stolen Items for Sale Online

WICHITA, KAN. - Last week burglars stole more than $6,000 worth of iPhone 5s at a Sprint store in Wichita. Police say last minute holiday shoppers should be on the look out for them online--those stolen cell phones could be for sale now on sites like Cra

Crews Battle 2-Alarm Fire at Hutchinson Dry Cleaners

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Crews battled a two-alarm fire Thursday evening at a dry cleaning business in Hutchinson. Firefighters were called just after 6:30 p.m. to Ineeda Cleaners at 1224 North Main Street. They saw heavy smoke and flames when they arrived on

Kansas Inmate Charged with Raping Prison Contract Worker

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - An inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility was charged Thursday with raping a contract worker at the prison. Steven Stumpner, 28, is charged with rape and aggravated sexual battery, the Hutch Post reports. The incident allegedly

Sex Offender Arrested After Posing as Santa Claus

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Authorities say a sex offender has been arrested after performing as Santa Claus for Kansas City area children.   The Jackson County Sheriff's said in a news release Thursday that the 50-year-old man faces a charge of failing t

Disturbing 911 Call from Wellington Mother Charged in Murder

WELLINGTON, Kan. - The call came from the home where Nicole Blansett lived with her 10-year-old son and nine year-old daughter. Dispatch: "Sumner County 911." Blansett: "Hi, this is Nicole Blansett. I just stabbed my son." Dispatch:

Governor Fills New Spots on NC Kansas County Board

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has named a banker and small-business owner to two, newly created seats on the Saline County Commission.   Brownback on Thursday announced the appointments of Luci Larson and David Smith to the north-central K

Fire Damages Detached Garage Near Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan.  -  A detached garage was heavily damaged in a fire late Thursday morning near Hutchinson. Crews were called around 11:15 a.m. to the 7300 block of Backacres Road, which is east of Hutch.

Wichita Police Officer Assaulted by Naked Woman

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita Police officer was assaulted by a naked woman after they were called to a residence in south west Wichita.  It happened around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 1100 block of South Sedgwick.

Wichita Man Pleads Guilty in Armed Robbery

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita man pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing a drug store in east Wichita, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. 

Death Penalty Sought in Jewish Site Shootings

OLATHE, Kan.  -  A Kansas prosecutor will seek the death penalty for a white supremacist from Missouri who is charged with killing three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

Slumping Crude Hurts KS Oil Producers

WICHITA - Plunging crude prices are hitting oil producers especially hard in Kansas. That is because the oil industry in the state is dominated by small, independent operators who depend heavily on the cash flow from producing wells to pay to drill new on ...

KS Sen. Moran Introduces Veterans Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has introduced legislation (S.3006) directing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to utilize its authority to offer community care to veteran...

Hearing Continued: Wellington Murder Case

WELLINGTON, Kan. - A woman charged with fatally beating and stabbing her 10-year-old son was granted a court continuance so her defense attorney could become familiar with the case. At a scheduling hearing Thursday, court-appointed defense attorney Mike ...

Snowfall totals for Kansas

WICHITA - The accumulating snow has come to an end for Wichita. Through the day stray flurries and light mist will still be possible. Temperatures will climb above freezing so road conditions will improve through the day. Tonight, temperatures will

Some slick spots reported on area roadways

WICHITA - While Wichita area roadways are mostly wet Thursday morning, some slick spots have led to accidents. Numerous accidents were reported around the Wichita area early Thursday, including slide-offs, but no serious injuries have resulted. Mos

SWAT Team Called to Valley Center Standoff

VALLEY CENTER, Kan. - The Wichita SWAT team was involved in a standoff in Valley Center.  It started Wednesday night at about 7:30 p.m., near 69th north and Charles Street.   A man barricaded himself into his home, and had threatened to come ou

State Investigated Neglect Before Wellington Boy's Murder

WELLINGTON, Kan. - The Department for Children and Families had been called out to a Wellington home just 6 days before the murder of a 10-year-old boy by his own mother.  The DCF couldn't comment specifically on the case involving Caleb Blansett

AAA Kansas Predicting Record Holiday Travel

WICHITA - AAA is predicting record Christmas holiday travel in the seven West North Central region states which includes Kansas. AAA's Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Jim Hanni says, "Our region of the country we're looking at th

Bedbugs Found in Kansas State Office Building

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas officials say bedbugs have been found inside a state office building near the Statehouse targeted for demolition. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the pests were discovered on the third floor of the

KU Places Fraternity on Probation

LAWRENCE, Kan - The University of Kansas has placed the Kappa Sigma fraternity on probation for two years for violating the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities. The sanctions follow an investigation of reports of sexual assault at the fraternity

Winter Weather Possible for Wichita Area

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A taste of winter is in store for a large part of Kansas into Thursday. Light snow started falling in the Wichita area around 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Burglary Suspect Captured Atop Spirit Aerosystems Building

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The search for an armed suspect led to a shutdown of part of Wichita's Spirit Aerosystems plant. Law enforcement officers chased an armed burglary suspect who entered Spirit property early Wednesday morning.

City Launches Snow Plow Tracking

WICHITA - With snow and ice forecasted beginning Wednesday evening, City of Wichita officials today announced a new interactive website that allows citizens to track the location of the City’s snow plows.   

Pedestrian Hit By Car in N. Wichita

WICHITA - A man is hospitalized in critical condition after being hit by a car in northeast Wichita. It happened around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on 45th Street North between Hydraulic & Hillside. Police officers say a woman was driving to work in the eas...

Double Fatal Traffic Accident in Shawnee County

TOPEKA, Kan. - Before 5:30 Tuesday night a car and a pickup truck collided on highway 75 north of I-70 at NW 62nd road.  The pickup tried to cross the highway without stopping and struck the car.   The driver of the pickup, 62-year-old Steven

Student Finds Handgun Magazine at Kansas School

LEAWOOD, Kan. - Police are investigating after a student found a handgun magazine containing bullets on an elementary school playground in a Kansas City suburb. A Blue Valley School District spokeswoman says the child found the .45-caliber magazine with

Rumors Prompt Increased Police Presence at School

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Police have increased their presence at a Kansas high school after rumors circulated that people who were angry about the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old last weekend might seek retaliation. The Kansas City Star (

New Kansas House Minority Leader Appoints Staff

TOPEKA, Kan. - New Kansas House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs has filled three staff positions. Abbie Hodgson will be the Kansas City Democrat's chief of staff. She is a Democratic activist from Lawrence who worked in the administrations of Democrati

Harper County December Tornado Rated EF0

WICHITA - Late Sunday afternoon, a tornado touched down just east of the town of Harper, Kansas, tracking north for about five miles. This tornado was about 100 yards wide, and was rated an EF0, which can have winds up to 70 miles per hour. While Decembe...

Wellington Mom Charged with Murdering Son

WELLINGTON, Kan. - A mother has been formally charged with murdering her 10-year-old son. Officers were called to 902 W. 7th in Wellington late Sunday night. When they arrived, they found a young boy dead. Caleb Chad Blansett, 10, was pronounced dead at ...

Cattle Rustling on the Rise in Kansas

TOPEKA - Kansas officials say record cattle prices have led to an increase in cattle theft reports. Authorities say five longhorn cows and a bull, worth at least $10,000, were recently taken from a pasture in southeast Kingman County. A Reno County produ...

Kansas Water: High Plains Aquifer Dwindling

OKLAHOMA CITY - The U.S. Geological Survey says groundwater levels are declining in an aquifer that serves parts of Kansas and seven other states. The USGS has released a report on changes in groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer, also known as t...

Gang-Related Shooting Case in NW Wichita

WICHITA - Police continue to investigate a gang-related shooting Monday morning in northwest Wichita, in a residence near 23rd & Shelton. A 19-year-old man was shot multiple times in the abdomen; he remains hospitalized in serious-but-stable conditio...

Kochs donate $11.25 million to Wichita State University

WICHITA - Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation have pledged $11.25 million to create and advance programs at Wichita State University. It will be the largest gift ever to the WSU Foundation from a corporate/foundation source. The pledge

$40,000 damage in Wichita house fire

WICHITA - A house fire in north Wichita Monday night. Around 9:45 fire fighters were called to 22nd and Market. Fire investigator Capt. Stuart Bevis tells KNSS News the fire was centered in a bedroom. He says it started in an electrical outlet. No one wa

A proposal to ban collective bargaining for Kansas teachers

TOPEKA, Kan. - A commission charged with studying efficiencies in Kansas schools considered a proposal that would ban teachers from most collective bargaining.   A proposed bill one of several considered Monday by the K-12 Student Performance and Eff

Sheriff's Office: 1st-Grader Brought Gun to School

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office says a first-grade student brought a loaded handgun to school but didn't display it or make any threats. Sheriff's Maj. Phil Blume told The Topeka Capital-Journal ( that

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