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Firefighters Battle Wildfire in Barber County


MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. - After 2:00 p.m. Wednesday a grass fire started northwest of Medicine Lodge in Barber County.   Pushed on by winds and dry conditions, the fire spread through the Gypsum Hills very rapidly.  The fire line at one time was

Kansas Hunting Guides Get Probation for Game Violations


WICHITA - Kansas hunting guides nabbed during an undercover operation were spared prison after pleading guilty to exceeding daily bag limits. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Wichita says two guides for Misty Morning Outfitters of Haven were sentenced

Wichita's Homeless Invited to Services Event


WICHITA - Wichita's homeless citizens are invited to the annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Services Event at Century Two. Delane Butler of United Way of the Plains tells KNSS News confidential information will be gathered by a coalition of

USD 259 Staging 2015 Choices Fair


WICHITA - It's called "one-stop school shopping" as parents and students compare Wichita's 24 magnet schools at the 2015 Choices fair. USD 259 offers 24 magnet schools with specialized emphasis beyond the basics. Gordon Parks Academy

Wichita Backs Away from Driving Permits for Illegals


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Latino activists are angry with the city of Wichita for dropping support of a proposal allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for Kansas driver's permits.

Kansas House Limits Pre-Dawn Work, Attacks Bill Bundling


TOPEKA, Kan.  -   Kansas House members are restricting meetings of their chamber after midnight and advancing a proposed rule to make it harder to bundle multiple measures into a single bill. 

Kansas Considers Reduced Penalties for Marijuana Possession


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Penalties for marijuana possession may be softened in Kansas as legislators seek to lower prison populations and reduce costs.

Kansas Man Dies in Helicopter Crash


ERIE, Colo.  -  Kansas man is dead following a helicopter crash in northern Colorado. Denver ABC affiliate KMGH-TV reports two people died in the crash around noon Monday at a municipal airport in Erie, Colorado.

VanVleet Lifts No. 12 Wichita State to 58-47 Win Over Loyola


VanVleet Lifts No. 12 Wichita State to 58-47 Win Over Loyola WICHITA, Kan.  -  Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 27 points to lead No. 12 Wichita State to a 58-47 win over Loyola on Wednesday night.  

Critical Injuries in SE Wichita Traffic Wreck


WICHITA - Three people have been hurt, one critically, in a traffic accident in southeast Wichita. The wreck happened shortly before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Southeast Boulevard & Harry. According to Wichita Police, a car was north-bound on Southeast ...

Kansas: Blocking Local Gun Regulations?


TOPEKA - Kansas lawmakers want to bar local governments from regulating the sale of firearms with new fees or taxes. The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee held a hearing on a bill Wednesday that would ban counties and municipalities from r...

Wichita: Protesters Disrupt Police Briefing


WICHITA - During the daily police briefing with the media on Wednesday morning at City Hall, six protesters knelt on the floor with their hands in the air, disrupting the briefing as soon as it started. Some of the protesters were family-members of 23-ye...

Balanced Kansas budget needed by Feb. 13


TOPEKA, Kan. - Gov. Sam Brownback's budget director and top Republicans say Kansas needs to balance its current budget by mid-February to ensure that the state can keep paying all of its bills on time. Budget Director Shawn Sullivan said Wednesday th

Three new weekend shows coming to KNSS!


WICHITA – KNSS Radio announces three new radio programs coming to the Saturday line-up: Leo Laporte – The Tech Guy, At Home with Gary Sullivan, and Handel on the Law, beginning Saturday Jan 31st.  Your Go-To Gadget Guy is The Tech Guy Le

One Injured in Northeast Wichita House Fire


WICHITA - A grandmother is hospitalized in critical condition after a house caught fire in northeast Wichita. Crews were called to the area of 27th and North Erie around 10:45 Tuesday night. Battalion Chief John Turner says the grandmother was in her

Groups Holding Workshops on Restoring Kansas Prairies


TOPEKA, Kan. - Two groups are sponsoring workshops in Lawrence designed to teach rural landowners how to restore native prairie habitats. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that (http://bit.ly/1ENFtSz ) the workshops are Feb. 26, March 12 and April 9 at

Fort Riley to Hold Forum On Possible Personnel Cuts


TOPEKA, Kan. - Fort Riley is holding a meeting to hear from the community about how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them. Fort Riley employs more than 25,000 people in the Junction City area. In a news release, Fort Riley said as

Kansas City Area to Get 1,001 Electric Car Chargers


KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -  Kansas City Power & Light says it's planning to spend about $20 million to install 1,001 public electric car chargers.

Mayor Brewer Delivers Final Wichita State of the City Address


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer delivered his final State of the City address Tuesday evening.

Next Wichita Mayor?: Ten Candidates


WICHITA - Ten people have filed to run for the office of Wichita Mayor. The filing deadline was noon Tuesday. City council-member Lavonta Williams was the final candidate to file for the Mayor's race. KAKE News reports the field will be pared to two ...

Wichita: Marijuana Issue on April 7th Ballot


WICHITA - It will now be up to voters to decide whether or not to reduce penalties for a first offense of marijuana possession. Tuesday morning, Wichita City council-members voted that the marijuana reform petition be placed on the April 7th ballot. Th

Fatal whooping cough case at Great Bend


GREAT BEND, Kan.  - Health officials say an outbreak of whooping cough in Barton County has killed one person and left five people ill in the last month.   Health Director Shelly Schneider says all the cases were Great Bend, with patients rangin

Repairs continue on Wichita water pipe


WICHITA - City workers hope to have a bypass in place Thursday on a big pipe that brings water into Wichita's central treatment plant. The 66-inch pipe's been leaking since last Wednesday. Public Works Director Alan King tells the city council whe

Multiple Earthquakes Strike Kansas and Oklahoma


WICHITA - Several earthquakes were monitored and reported in Kansas and Oklahoma On Monday, Jan. 26th.  The first struck just after 10 a.m. 5 miles south of Caldwell, KS. It was a relatively minor 2.6 magnitude earthquake. The next was another small

Kansas Measure Would Boost Penalties for Stealing Firearms


TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas would increase the penalties for burglarizing a home, building or vehicle intending to steal a firearm under a bill before a state Senate committee. The Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee was having a hearing Tuesday

Lenders Expect Higher Farmland Prices, More Delinquent Loans


WICHITA - A new survey shows agricultural lenders are expecting lower farmland prices and more loan delinquencies from growers. The Kansas State University Agricultural Lender Survey released Monday shows less optimism among lenders for the outlook for g

Wichita School Board Reviews Plans of New SE High School


WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Wichita Board of Education saw more detailed plans of the new Southeast High School during its meeting Monday night. 

Wichita Airport Unveils New Logo


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita city leaders today unveiled a new logo for the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The new logo contains a dominant "W" for Wichita and a smaller "E" for Eisenhower.

Wichita West Student Faces Disciplinary Action


WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita West High School student faces disciplinary action in connection with a written threat found in a bathroom.

Kansas Geologists Ask for More Money to Study Earthquakes


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas geologists say they need more funding to investigate an unprecedented spike in earthquakes in the state.

Two Arrested in Liberal Hit & Run Death


LIBERAL, Kan.  -  Two people have been arrested in connection with an apparent hit & run death in Liberal. The body of Jose Ramos, 51, was found near 10th Street and New York Avenue Saturday night.

Troopers Chase Suspect into Grainfield, Kansas School


GRAINFIELD, Kan.  -  A northwest Kansas high school became the scene of a search for a high speed driver. The incident started at 10:15 a.m. Monday when a trooper tried to stop a car in Thomas County.

Men's Hoops: WSU Ranked #12; KU at #9


WICHITA - The Wichita State men's basketball team (18-2) moves up in the national polls this week; the Shockers are now ranked #12 in the nation in this week's Associated Press weekly poll (moving up two spots over Iowa State & Maryland), and ...

Frankamp arrested for DUI


WICHITA  - Authorities say Wichita State guard Conner Frankamp has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.   Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza told The Associated Press that the 19-year-old was arrested early Sunday morning after being initially stop

Repair on water pipe continues


WICHITA - It's a 66" pipe that carries up to 100 million gallons of water a day. Wichita officials say work to bypass a leak in a major water pipe at the city's main water treatment plant is nearly complete. Wichita Public Works Director Ala

Dalton Gang Attraction Among New Historical Site Additions


TOPEKA, Kan. - A southwest Kansas roadside museum about a gang of bank and train robbers is among the newest properties added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Kansas Historical Society said in a news release that the Dalton Gang Hideout &

Sen. Roberts Names US Senate Agriculture Committee Staff


TOPEKA, Kan. - Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas has named senior staff for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee. Roberts is the committee chairman and named Julian Baer, formerly of OFW Law, as senior policy adviser for nutrition. Janae Brad

Kansas Legislative Panels to Tackle Gap in Current Budget


TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas legislative committees are preparing to consider proposals for closing a projected $279 million shortfall in the state's current budget. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Ron Ryckman Jr. says the panel will begin hearings

3 Hurt in Wrong-Way Crash in Northeast Wichita


WICHITA, Kan. - Three people are hurt, one critically, following a head-on crash in northeast Wichita. It happened around 7:30 p.m. on K-254 at Hillside. That's just west of Bel Aire. Dispatchers said a car was driving west in the eastbound lanes of

Woman Dies in Fire at Kansas City, Kansas, Apartment


KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Authorities say a fire at a Kansas City, Kansas, apartment complex has killed a 69-year-old woman.   KSHB-TV (http://bit.ly/1yhgZeC ) reports that the fire happened early Sunday. Investigators said a man and a woman lived inside t

Driver Leaves Scene of Kansas Crash that Kills Ohio Man


LENEXA, Kan. - Authorities say a pickup truck driver has left the scene of a suburban Kansas City crash that killed a 19-year-old pedestrian from Ohio.   The Kansas Highway Patrol says the driver was headed southbound around 5:50 p.m. Saturday on Int

Pedestrian Hit, Killed by Semi in Cowley County


WINFIELD, Kan. - A Winfield man has died after he was struck by a semi Sunday morning. It happened just before 6 a.m. on Kansas Highway 360, about a mile and a half east of Highway 77. That’s on the southern edge of Winfield. Troopers say Vance Ol

Supporters push new level of dental worker at Topeka Capitol


 TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A plan to address a Kansas dental care shortage with a new type of health care worker is being pushed again in the Legislature despite stiff opposition. 

Fight Breaks Out Between Family of Six and Five Suspects


WICHITA, Kan. -  A brawl broke out between a family of six and five suspects Saturday night in northeast Wichita. It started around 8:20 p.m. when five males between the ages of 24 to 36 kicked down a door at a residence located in the 1400 block of N. Lorraine.

Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices


Wichita, Kan. - The plunge in fuel prices has been a relief across the agricultural sector, easing the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers. 

Battle Of The Bulge Memorial Dedicated in Abilene


ABILENE, Kan. - It was the largest and bloodiest battle of World War II, the Battle Of The Bulge. And today men who took part in that conflict came to the Abilene to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the battle that broke the back of the German army.

30 Years Since Goddard Middle School Shooting


GODDARD, Kan. - It has been 30 years since a 14-year-old boy brought a gun into a Goddard middle school and shot four people. It was a cold morning on January 21,1985 when James Alan Kearbey stunned the town of Goddard, and shocked the entire country. M

Kansas to Appeal Ruling that Found Education is Underfunded


TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas' top prosecutor has announced plans to appeal a district court panel ruling that found the state isn't spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education.   The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit

Topeka Teen Sentenced to 9 Years for Abuse of Baby


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Topeka teen has been sentenced to nine years in prison for child abuse that left a baby with serious brain damage.   The Topeka (http://bit.ly/15rValu ) reports that Koylen Corbin McKinney was sentenced Friday for abusing a 7-mo

Wichita Gas Station Robbed


WICHITA, Kan. -  A Presto gas station is the latest to fall victim to a robbery. It happened at 2001 S. Oliver around 10:50 p.m. A female clerk in her late 20's who was working said a man entered the store armed with a switchblade robbed her of cigarettes and cash from the register.

Wichita Woman Fights Off a Suspect with a Stun Gun


WICHITA, Kan - A Wichita woman decided to fight back after a man entered her car and pointed a handgun at her. At about 6:45 p.m. Friday night a 21-year-old female parked on the back side of a Wendys, located at 600 N. West Street.

Gov. Brownback Shifts Blame for State Budget Problems on Legislature


TOPEKA, Kan.- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says state lawmakers are responsible for the tax cuts that have put his state in a financial hole. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the governor on Thursday told the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce at

Winfield Teen Pleads Guilty to Felony Arson


WINFIELD, Kan. - On Thursday, 16-year-old Harley Dennis Topper took responsibility for the Spring 2013 fire that destroyed Island Park Playground in Winfield. Cowley County Attorney Christopher Smith said the teen admitted that he took a jacket, stuffed

Unit Destroyed After 4-Plex Fire in Southwest Wichita


WICHITA, Kan. - One unit of a 4-plex is destroyed after a fire in southwest Wichita. The fire happened in southwest Wichita at a building located in the 1900 block of S. Hiram, just east of Meridian. Crews made quick work of the fire, but one unit was co

Python Returned to Derby Store after Theft Video Goes Viral


DERBY, Kan.  -  A stolen snake has been returned to a Derby pet store.  Store employees said social media helped spread the news of the theft, after the news story broke this past week.

Wichita Crews Working on Bypass for Water Leak


WICHITA, Kan.  -  City of Wichita crews are working to design and build a bypass after a leak was found in a pipe near the city's main water treatment plant.

Great Bend Woman Injured in Rollover Crash


GREAT BEND, Kan.  -  A woman is hospitalized with serious injuries following a rollover crash in Barton County. The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning in the 100 block of Northeast 10 Road just northeast of Great Bend.

Garden City Firefighter Dies Following Training Exercise


GARDEN CITY, Kan.  -  A sixteen year veteran of the Garden City Fire Department died following a training exercise. Ronnie Peek, 49, died Thursday evening.

Suspected Kidnapper Nabbed in Harvey County


NEWTON, Kan. - A woman is safe and her alleged kidnapper is in custody following a traffic stop in Harvey County. Around 4:45 a.m. Friday, Newton police officers were made aware of a possible kidnapping suspect who was driving northbound on I-135. Newton ...

Obit.: Sedgwick Co. Judge Richard Ballinger


WICHITA - Sedgwick County Judge Richard Ballinger has died following a prolonged illness. The 18th Judicial District Court announced in a news release that the 62-year-old judge died Friday morning at his home. Ballinger was first appointed to the court ...

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