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Kansas Tax Collections Short of Expectations in August

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas collected $30 million less in taxes than anticipated in August, but officials said larger-than-expected income tax refunds were largely the reason. The state Department of Revenue reported Tuesday that tax collections we

Jury to Weigh Death Sentence for Convicted KC Shooter

OLATHE, Kan.  -  Prosecutors are asking jurors to impose a death sentence for a white supremacist convicted of capital murder for killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites. During his opening statement Monday in the sentenci

Feds Charge Kansas Priest with Bank Fraud

Feds Charge Kansas Priest with Bank Fraud   WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Kansas priest has been charged with alleging stealing nearly $151,000 from his two parishes and the Catholic Diocese to fund his extensive gambling.   A criminal informati

Nominee for Kansas Commerce Secretary Withdraws

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee for Kansas commerce secretary has withdrawn from consideration for the job over what the governor's office says is potential conflicts of interest. Brownback's office announced Tuesday t

Wichita Building Fire May Be Arson

WICHITA - A fire south of downtown Wichita may be a case of arson. Firefighters rushed to the 900 block of S. Broadway a little after 2:00 a.m. Tuesday. They found fire on the outside of a vacant building. The blaze was under control in about 20 minutes. ...

Wichita's August: No Triple-Digit Temps

WICHITA - The dog days of the summer of 2015 weren't as hot as previous years for Wichita residents. The National Weather Service in Wichita reports Wichita had no 100-degree days in August. KAKE News reports it's the first time since 2009 t

Kansas Crops Making Progress as Fall Harvest Nears

WICHITA - The latest government progress report on Kansas crops shows more crops maturing as fall harvest nears. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 16 percent of the Kansas corn crop was now mature. About 57 percent of the

Kansas Officials Await Figures on Tax Collections for August

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas officials will learn soon whether the state's tax collections in August met expectations. The report due Tuesday from the Department of Revenue is coming a little more than a month after Gov. Sam Brownback's budget director

Kansas State to Celebrate Seaton Hall Groundbreaking

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State University is planning a groundbreaking ceremony for a $75 million renovation of expansion of a 100-year-old campus building. The ceremony for the Seaton Hall renovation is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. The building 

Kansas DCF Responds to Allegations of Abuse of Power

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Department of Children and Families, (DCF), has been the focus of numerous parents recently, who are upset with the agency that took their children away. A recent meeting was held to address the parents’ concerns and

Blue Bell Resumes Selling Ice Cream after Listeria Recall

BRENHAM, Texas  -  Blue Bell ice cream is back. Blue Bell Creameries has resumed selling its products in select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination. Blue Bell ice cream is now

Tax Amnesty for Kansans Begins Tuesday

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansans who owe back taxes to the state should consider paying them in the next few weeks. The state is waiving interest and penalties on back taxes, starting Tuesday through Oct. 15. The amnesty program is available to Kansan

Kansas Court to Decide if School District Can Join Suit

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas Supreme Court says it will decide by Sept. 21 whether a suburban Kansas City-area school district can intervene in a lawsuit against the state over school funding. The court issued an order Monday setting a schedule

Report: Landlords Rent Out 23.7M Acres of Kansas Farmland

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A government survey has found that there are more than 23.7 million acres of farmland rented out by landlords in Kansas. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the number Monday in its first survey of landowners

Wichita Police Identify Traffic Crash Victim

WICHITA - Police have identified a man who was killed in a south Wichita traffic crash late last week. The accident, involving two vehicles, happened just after 3 p.m. Friday at 43rd South & Hydraulic. Police said when they arrived on the scene ...

Wichita Bomb Plot: Loewen Sentenced

WICHITA - A man who plotted a suicide bomb attack aimed at causing "maximum carnage" at a Wichita airport has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. KAKE News reports Terry Loewen apologized Monday during his sentencing to his family for the pai...

Forum for Wichita Police Chief candidates tonight

WICHITA - Citizens can attend a public forum tonight ... and learn more about the two finalists for Wichita police chief ... Terri Moses and Joel Fitzgerald. City Manager Bob Layton has conducted a search over several months. Mayor Jeff  Longwell tel

Police: Man Threatens Officers With Screwdriver

WICHITA - A 35-year-old man has been arrested after authorities say he tried to assault police officers with a screwdriver at a Wichita hospital. According to Sgt. Brian Sigman, officers responded to a call about trespassing at Via Christi St. Joseph jus

Human Remains Found Near Kansas River

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Police are investigating after skeletal remains were found near the Kansas River in Kansas City. According to police, a fisherman discovered the skeletal remains of a foot inside a shoe Saturday evening. A coroner confirmed the 

Guilty Verdict in KC Jewish Site Killings

OLATHE, Kan.  -  UPDATE:  A jury has convicted a white supremacist of killing three people at Kansas City-area Jewish sites last year.

Guns, Ammo Stolen from Wyatt Earp Impersonator at Wichita Restaurant`

WICHITA, Kan. - Police are investigating after guns and ammunition were stolen from a Wyatt Earp impersonator's car in the parking lot of a Wichita restaurant. Officers were called around 7 p.m. Saturday to the report of a vehicle larceny at the Texa

UPDATE: Man Drowns at Northeast Kansas Lake

TOPEKA, Kan. - A 30-year-man drowned Saturday evening at a lake in northeast Kansas. Game wardens with Kansas Wildlife Parks and Tourism posted on Facebook around 7:45 Saturday night that the drowning happened at Perry Lake. That's just northeast of

Possibility Guantanamo Detainees Coming to Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. - The possibility of detainees at Guantanamo's detention center being relocated to Kansas has Governor Sam Brownback working to stop the process. The Pentagon has confirmed that a team has surveyed the Fort Leavenworth's prison just

Man to be Sentenced in Suicide Bomb Plot at Kansas Airport

WICHITA, Kan. - A Kansas man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at the Wichita airport will soon face his punishment. U.S. District Judge Monti Belot is scheduled to sentence Terry L. Loewen on Monday. The 60-year-old man pleaded guilty in June t

Corps' $1.2M River Project to Help Water Flow for Salina

SALINA, Kan. - A $1.2 million federal project to upgrade a concrete installation in the Smoky Hill River will help ensure that a section of the river will flow into Salina's water supply. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project is paid by federal ta

Marion County Lake Visitors Wondering About 'Strange Blobs' in Water

MARION COUNTY, Kan. - Visitors of Marion County Lake are wondering about the strange "blobs" that keep popping up in the water. "We were having a cookout together and we were walking along here because some of our kids are swimming and we

Execution set for man who raped, killed Kansas City girl

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Supreme Court has denied the latest legal challenges from a man scheduled to be executed Tuesday for raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989. The judges ruled Friday to overrule a motion that sou

Kansas Court Says Lawsuit Will Proceed

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court is allowing businesses and trade groups to go forward with a lawsuit challenging a financial maneuver used by the state in 2009 to help balance its budget. The court issued its ruling Friday. The case received widespread

Tiny Kansas town without leadership faces uncertain future

FREDERICK, Kan. — The future of a tiny central Kansas town is uncertain after no one ran in an election to pick its leaders or apparently even voted. The Hutchinson News ( ) reports that with no mayor or city council, the

Small native prairie on Kansas campus to be restored

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A small piece of native prairie tucked away on the University of Kansas campus will be restored this year. The Prairie Acre, which is actually only one-third of an acre, has never been tilled, plowed or shoveled. It sits behind Bla

Eastside Twin Peaks to Reopen Under New Ownership

WICHITA, Kan. - The east Wichita Twin Peaks restaurant will reopen under new ownership. Overland Park -based KC Lodge Ventures is buying the restaurant's franchises in Wichita and is finalizing the purchase, the Wichita Eagle is reporting. KC Lodge V

Woman Found Getting High on Canned Air at Olathe Walmart

OLATHE, Kan. - A woman is facing charges for getting high at a Johnson County Walmart. Melissa Ann Wright is accused of huffing an industrial strength duster chemical that's normally used to clean computers. Someone said they saw the woman huffing a

Police Start New Traffic Enforcement Initiative in West Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita Police Department has started a new initiative to keep the city's streets safe. Recently, near 13th & Hoover, officers handed out 22 speeding tickets in just one hour. Residents in that neighborhood think the speeding

Body Found in River near Wichita Park

WICHITA, Kan.  UPDATE:  Wichita police are trying to determine the identity of a man whose body was recovered from the Little Arkansas River.

Kansas Judge Disputes Policy Change

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A Kansas judge is suggesting that the independence of the state's courts is at stake in a dispute over an administrative policy imposed on them by legislators. An attorney for District Judge Larry Solomon of Kingman County

White Supremacist Takes Stand in KC Trial

OLATHE, Kan.  -  A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City last year has taken the stand in his own defense. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who is representing himself, did not address Friday what

Kansas, Nebraska Reach Temporary Agreement

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas and Nebraska will extend for one year an agreement that allows Nebraska to pump more of its share of the Republican River while ensuring Kansas eventually gets all the water it is due. The Republican River Compact Admini

Salina Police Investigating Attempted Child Abduction

SALINA, Kan.  -  Salina Police are investigating a potential attempted abduction that happened on the 200 block of South Oakdale around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night A girl, 4, was sitting on her front porch when an unidentified man walked up to the

1 Killed in South Wichita Accident

WICHITA, Kan.  -  One person has been killed in an accident in South Wichita.   The accident involved two vehicles and happened just after 3:00 p.m. Friday, at 43rd South and Hydraulic.   Polic

Fatal Fire: Hutchinson Teen Refuses Plea Deal

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - A Hutchinson teenager charged as an adult with setting a fire that killed his mother and sister has declined to take a plea deal. During a hearing, the attorney for 16-year-old Samuel Vonachen announced he will pursue a defense of ...

One-year-old Boy Drowns in N. Wichita

WICHITA - A little boy drowned in north Wichita; it happened before 10:30 p.m. Thursday near Murdock & Chautauqua. Police made contact with a 25-year-old singer mother; she was in the house with a three-year-old girl, and one-year-old male twins. She ...

Pittsburg State Finishes 15-Year Effort to Remodel Housing

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Pittsburg State University in Kansas has completed a 15-year, $30 million effort to remodel all residential housing on its campus. On Wednesday, the university rededicated the final project — a $3.1 million renovation of Nation 

University of Kansas, Hall Reach Agreement Over Documents

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Kansas says it's reached a settlement agreement over the release of documents to a student group looking for ties between an economic research center and Charles and David Koch. Art Hall, a lecturer and executive

White Supremacist to Defend Himself in Jewish Site Shootings

OLATHE, Kan. - A Missouri man who says he killed three people in suburban Kansas City last year because he thought they were Jewish gets his chance to defend himself against a capital murder charge It's unclear how much evidence Frazier Glenn Miller

KS Judge's Challenge to Policy Change Has Hearing

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas court is having a hearing in a judge's lawsuit against an administrative policy imposed upon the state's judiciary by legislators. The hearing Friday afternoon in Shawnee County District Court concerns a 2014 law under

Dashcam Video Captures Hutchinson Officers Saving Life

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Two Hutchinson police officers are being honored for their actions in saving a person's life About a month ago, two officers were called to the 4th Street bridge to find a woman dangling on the outside of the railing. "I park

Kansas Man who Posed as Purple Heart Winner Guilty of Identity Theft

KANSAS CITY, Kan - A federal jury Thursday returned a guilty verdict in the case of a Junction City man who stole his father’s identity to apply for a loan to buy a $490,000 house. Matthew Williams, 47, was convicted on one count of bank fraud and

UPDATE: Child's Body Found on Playground at Haysville School

HAYSVILLE, Kan. - Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a child's body was found on the playground of a Haysville elementary school. The discovery was made around 6:45 a.m. Thursday by the principal of Oatville Elementary as he was making hi

Lenexa Patrol Car Not Hit by Bullet

LENEXA, Kan. - Investigators have determined that the windshield on a Lenexa patrol cracked from a stress fracture and not from a bullet as earlier believed. The Kansas City Star reports ( ) a stress fracture in the glass caused the

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust in Salina

SALINA, Kan. - A Salina man in jail on numerous drug charges following a traffic stop earlier this week. Wednesday Jack Douglas Boster was stopped by police on the 400 block of S. Santa Fe Avenue. Authorities found during the stop an open beer can in the

Man Sentenced in Death of Valley Center Couple

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the death of a Valley Center couple. A Sedgwick County District Court Judge sentenced Andrew Ellington, 20, to life plus 155 months. Roger and Melissa Bluml were shot

Lockdown of Rose Hill Schools Lifted

ROSE HILL, Kan.  -  Rose Hill, USD 394 schools were placed on lockdown Thursday morning as officers searched for a suspect in connection to an attempted home invasion.  School officials say the lockdown was lifted at 10:50 a.m.  The i

Child's Body Found on Playground at Haysville School

 HAYSVILLE, Kan.  -  Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a child's body was found on the playground of a Haysville elementary school.   The discovery was m

One Dead After Crash in South Wichita

WICHITA - One person is dead after a one-car crash near Lincoln and Bleckley, in southeast Wichita. The crash occurred around 5:45 Thursday morning.  Police Lt. James Espinoza tells KNSS News first responders found a car on fire, resting against a h

Wichita Police Increase Patrols Near Schools, Catch Illegal Parking

WICHITA - While some parents may not notice it, they may be parking illegally waiting to pick up their kids. The Wichita Police Department says their actions could be putting kids at risk. KAKE News spoke with Wichita Police Officer Darrin Williams.

Kansas Governor Schedules Town Hall Meeting on Guantanamo

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback plans to hold a town hall meeting next week to discuss concerns about the potential transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Fort Leavenworth. Brownback's office announced that the meeting would be

Sedgwick County Residents Receiving Scam Jury Duty Calls

WICHITA - Sedgwick County residents continue to be targeted in a jury duty scam, the Sheriff's office announced today. In the most recent version, a caller tells the resident they have a warrant for their arrest for failing to appear for jury duty. 

McPherson Police Ask Residents to Lock Car Doors

MCPHERSON,Kan. - McPherson police are seeing a huge spike in car break-ins: 24 since July first. They say several of these cars are parked and left unlocked.  KAKE News spoke with Assistant McPherson Police Chief Michael Terry. "We have too 

Kansas Wesleyan, Seminary Announce Joint Ministry Program

SALINA, Kan.  -  Kansas Wesleyan University and the Saint Paul School of Theology are planning a degree program that will reduce the number of years students will need to earn a divinity degree. Under a program announced Tuesday, students will

KU to Break Ground on New Med Building

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  The University of Kansas Medical Center is beginning work on a $75 million building. Gov. Sam Brownback is among the dignitaries scheduled to attend a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning for the new Health

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