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Wichita Organization Collecting Used Shoes

WICHITA, Kan. - A Wichita organization is holding a shoe drive, collecting wearable shoes that can be donated to impoverished countries. HOPE Inc. is trying to collect 20,000 pairs of shoes. The shoes would be going to countries like Haiti, Somalia and S

Lawmaker Used State Plane to Fly to Topeka for Vote

TOPEKA, Kan. - State records show Rep. Virgil Peck of Montgomery County used a state plane to fly from western Kansas to Topeka and back to vote on school finance bill.   The Lawrence Journal-World reports ( ) Peck was the only p

Kansas Officials Hope Budget Puzzle Pieces Drop Into Place

TOPEKA, Kan. - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback hopes the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature wraps up several key budget issues this week.   Lawmakers must erase a projected shortfall of nearly $600 million for the next fiscal year.   The Senate has

Former Brownback Chief of Staff Lobbying Against Tobacco Tax

TOPEKA, Kan. - Governor Sam Brownback's former chief of staff is lobbying against a proposed tax increase on tobacco, one of the governor's primary proposals to balance the state's budget.

A Push for Policy Change after Letter Jacket Incident

WICHITA, Kan. - The local and national attention around the special needs student asked to remove his East High School letter jacket continues to grow.

Wichita political candidates address concerns of teenagers

WICHITA, Kan. - The Mayor's Youth Council of Wichita held a forum for candidates in city races to answer questions the teenage members had.

Fire damages major apartment complex in Emporia

EMPORIA, Kan. - Firefighters spent the morning battling a blaze at at a major apartment complex in Emporia starting around 3:40 am. Shortly after the initial call, fire crews from surrounding counties were called in to help battle the blaze at Eastwood La

Topeka Mother Pleads Guilty in Jail Death Threat

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Topeka mother has pleaded guilty to threatening staff at the Kansas jail where her son killed himself more than a decade ago.   The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports that 58-year-old Cathy Lynn Thomas admitted F

Goddard Administrator Passes Away

GODDARD, Kan. - A local community is mourning the loss of one of it's school administrators Goddard school district confirms the passing of Eisenhower middle school assistant principal and athletic director Greg Clamons, Clamons was an educator who

Man Arrested in Death of 31-Year-Old Liberal Woman

LIBERAL, Kan. - Police have arrested a man in the killing of a Liberal woman whose death initially appeared to be a suicide.   The High Plains Daily Leader ( ) reports that no charges have been filed against the suspect. He was a

$1.5M Lawsuit Filed Over Lawrence Beer Bottle Death

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The father of an Iraq war veteran who died after he was struck over the head with a beer bottle is seeking $1.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Legislative Action Makes Cuts to Financial Aid

TOPEKA, Kan. - Students attending public, four-year universities and colleges in Kansas may see cuts in their financial aid due to a legislative action on a program governing school grants.

Wichita Looking for Ways to Fund New Water System

WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita City Council was presented the first draft of the 2015-2024 Capital Improvement Program, which included a proposed $200 million new water supply.

Online Petition Started Over East High's Letterman Jacket Controversy

WICHITA, Kan. - An online petition is gaining momentum to allow students with special needs to receive a varsity letter. It's backlash to accusations that a Wichita East High School employee told a student to remove his letterman's jacket, given t

Federal Figures Rank Kansas 28th in Job Growth in February

TOPEKA, Kan. - New federal figures show that Kansas ranked 28th in February among states and the District of Columbia in its percentage of private-sector job growth over the previous year.   Seasonally adjusted data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau

El Dorado Mom Convicted in Daughter's Death Released on Parole

EL DORADO, Kan - The Kansas Department of Corrections tells KAKE News it released Alyssa Haag on parole today, the first day she was eligible. Jayla Haag died in March of 2012. The cause of death was ruled as child abuse. Jayla's father is now fighti

Burglars Foiled in Augusta Robbery Attempt

AUGUSTA, Kan.  -  Burglars attempted to gain aceess to the Tractor Supply Company store two miles west of Augusta on Highway 400. They cut a large hole in the chain link fence and got inside. 

Wichita Leaders Consider Cost of a New Water Supply

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Wichita City Council was presented the first draft of the 2015-2024 Capital Improvement Program, which included a proposed $200 million new water supply. "In this CIP, there is no proposed funding for a new water supp

Fans Welcome Wichita State Team Home

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A crowd of Wichita State University basketball fans greeted the team as they arrived home Friday Over 50 people waited outside for over an hour to show the players that they still support the team.

Hutchinson: Juvenile Arrested for Multiple Arsons

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - A juvenile has been arrested in connection with two fires. Firefighters were called to 11th & Wilson at 11:26 a.m. Friday, to the report of a hay bale on fire. Three minutes later, crews were called to another fire at 9th & Car

Wichita: Gang-Members Arrested for Car Thefts

WICHITA - Two teens have been arrested, accused of stealing three vehicles in southeast Wichita, near Lincoln & Woodlawn. Police said the thefts happened Wednesday night and Thursday morning in the 900 block of S. Fabrique. Stolen were a 2011 Nissan,...

Feds Charge Man in KS: Smuggling Bulk Cash

WICHITA - Federal prosecutors have charged a man in Kansas for his role in a money laundering scheme that crossed interstate and foreign boundaries. An indictment unsealed Friday charges 46-year-old Victor Javier Morales Bencomo with one count of money l...

Kansas Shutting Off Cold Weather Protection for Consumers

TOPEKA, Kan. - State officials are reminding Kansans who've fallen behind on electric and natural gas bills that they will lose some protection against shutoffs next week. The utility-regulating Kansas Corporation Commission notes that Tuesday is the

Pittsburg State University to Hold Holi festival

TOPEKA, Kan. - Pittsburg State University in southeast Kansas is bringing the Holi festival to the state. The university announced Thursday that its Indian Students Association will host its annual Holi celebration Saturday. Holi is a Hindu festival

Kansas Moving Closer to Issuing Pension Bonds

TOPEKA, Kan.  -   Kansas is moving closer to issuing $1 billion or more in bonds to bolster its pension system for teachers and government workers.  

1 Killed in Crash Northeast of Wichita

BEL AIRE, Kan. - A Wichita man is dead, after a two-car crash on Wichita's northeast side. The Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at K-254 and Webb Road around 8:30 Thursday night. 20-year-old Nathaniel Watkins was pronounced dead at the sc

Wichita Man Sentenced for Armed Robbery

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita man has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for stealing prescription drugs during an armed robbery.  

Notre Dame Races by Wichita State

CLEVELAND, Ohio  -  Notre Dame's march through March is picking up speed.   Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals on Thursday night.

Plaintiffs Issue Motion to Block Kansas School Funding Law

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The plaintiffs in a school funding lawsuit have filed a motion to block the governor's new school funding plan.

Bel Aire: Grenade Found in House

BEL AIRE, Kan. - Some homes have been evacuated after the discovery of a grenade. The grenade was found in the 5000 block of E. Willow Point Drive; KAKE News reports the home had been the site of a fire last week. A restoration crew was working on the h...

NW Wichita: Stolen Coffin Tossed Aside

WICHITA - Some answers about that empty coffin found by the side of the road last week in northwest Wichita. Late last month, a family had the body of a family-member who had died more than 20 years ago exhumed, for cremation. The cemetery does not deal ...

Severe Thunderstorm Moves Across Sedgwick County

WICHITA - Pea to marble sized hail fell on parts of Wichita as a thunderstorm moved through the eastern part of the county Wednesday afternoon. There were a few reports of quarter-sized hail, large enough to trigger a severe thunderstorm warning for east

Sedgwick Co. Jail Faces Detention Deputy Shortage

WICHITA - The Sedgwick County Detention Facility is facing a major shortage in its detention deputies. The jail currently has 38 job openings. KAKE News spoke with deputy-in-training Ethan Love who said, "You get a lot of vital experience working in

Kansas Appeals Voter Citizenship Lawsuit to US Supreme Court

WICHITA - Kansas and Arizona have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force federal elections officials to require residents of their states to prove their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote. A court notice Wednesday shows the appeal has been filed.

Convicted Sex Offender Taken off Haysville Schools Mail Route

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A convicted sex offender and mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service has been reassigned after concerns that he was going to deliver to local schools.

Sedgwick County Sheriff May Remove Fingerprinting Service

WICHITA, Kan.  -  If the demand for the fingerprinting service reduces, then the Sedgwick County Sheriff will consider removing that service.

Wichita Police Investigating Teacher-Student Relationship

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita police are investigating reports of an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student at a local high school.

Tornado Touches Down in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.  -  The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday afternoon.

Brownback Signs Kansas School Funding Overhaul into Law

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a $4.1 billion plan to overhaul the state's school funding system. The governor signed the bill into law Wednesday in the presence of GOP leadership.

Kansas House Approves Concealed Carry without Permit

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas House has approved a bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit.  

Strong Storms Possible in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Light rain a possibility for much of the state Wednesday evening. The best bet for showers and thunderstorms will be across South Central and South East Kansas this afternoon into the evening hours.

Wichita Man Dies in Rice County Wreck

BUSHTON, Kan. - A Wichita man died in a traffic accident in Rice County in central Kansas. It happened before 8:00 a.m. Wednesday on Highway K-4, a few miles east of Claflin. The Dodge Grand Caravan was west-bound; it crossed the center line into on-comi...

Truck Hits House in NW Wichita

WICHITA - One person was hurt after a truck hit a house in northwest Wichita. Emergency crews were dispatched west of 25th & Amidon at about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. Crews arrived in the 2200 block of W. 25th Street North to find a pickup truck up again ...

Bryan Frye is running for Wichita City Council

WICHITA  - Bryan Frye is running for Wichita City Council in the 5th District ... the northwest part of the city. Frye talked about the issues on the Steve and Ted Show on KNSS... saying "water is our future". He also says spending lots of

Kansas Lawmakers Moving to OK Concealed Carry With No Permit

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas is close to allowing residents 21 or older to carry concealed firearms without a state permit. The state House was debating a bill Wednesday to end the permit requirement. The Senate approved the measure last month, and House member

Wichita Police Detective Arrested in Augusta Burglary Case

WICHITA - Authorities say a Wichita police detective has been arrested in an Augusta burglary case. The female detective was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary. The Butler County sheriff says the detective remains in jail and has a court

Airport Gala Tickets Available for the Public to Purchase

WICHITA, Kan.  -  One of five airport dedication events is no longer an exclusive event. The April 11th gala is now open to the public to purchase the $125 per person ticket for the event. "Our first intent was to make sure that we had eno

Airbus Moving Engineering Center to WSU

WICHITA, Kan.  - Airbus Americas plans to relocate its engineering center now in downtown Wichita to Wichita State University's Innovation Campus.  

Valley Center School Pulls Blue Bell Products over Concerns

WICHITA, Kan. - Hours after Blue Bell announced an expanded recall of ice cream products, one area school district said it's suspending use of the products.

Arson Suspected in Reno County Grass Fires

HUTCHINSON, Kan.  -  Arson is suspected in a second-batch of suspicious grass fires in southern Kansas.

Body Found in South Wichita Lake

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Emergency crews are on scene where a body has been found in a south Wichita pond.

Wichita: Daniel Perez Gets Two Life Sentences

WICHITA - A judge has sentenced the head of a former Kansas commune to life in prison for the killing of a commune member 12 years ago. 55-year-old Daniel Perez was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder last month in the 2003 drowning death of Pa...

Value Place Call Center Coming to Wichita

WICHITA - Value Place will move its call center to Wichita, according to company officials. Value Place has used a call center in Florida for years. When staffing is complete, Value Place expects to have 25-to-30 workers at the call center. KAKE News rep...

Burglary Suspects Nabbed in S. Wichita

WICHITA - Thanks to a tip from an alert citizen, two burglary suspects were caught in south Wichita. On Sunday evening, a witness called 9-1-1, reporting that somebody was breaking into a vacant house on St. Francis Street, south of Kellogg; they were we...

Kansas banker sentenced for fraud

WICHITA - A former loan officer for a Great Bend bank will be sentenced June 8 after pleading guilty to bank fraud. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Monday that 56-year-old Brian W. Harrison, of Great Bend, admitted in his plea that he committed fra

Kansas Designates Wednesday as Military Appreciation Day

TOPEKA, Kan. - Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed Wednesday as Military Appreciation Day in Kansas. Brownback said in a statement Monday that the goal of his proclamation is to better recognize the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. Brownback plans

More Charges Against Man Accused of Shooting at Vehicles

TOPEKA, Kan. - Additional charges have been filed against a Topeka man accused of shooting at motorists on a highway. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports 51-year-old Cory Huff originally was charged with attempted intentional

Kansas Lawmakers Considering Proposals on Public Employees

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature is considering proposals to restrict public employee unions and potentially shrink the state's civil service. GOP lawmakers who support the changes up for debate Tuesday argue that

Local storms overnight

WICHITA - The first thunderstorm of the spring moved through the Wichita area overnight ... producing lightning, hail, but not much rain. Spotty pea-to-nickel-sized hail was reported. Nickel-sized hail was reported in northeast Wichita. No watches or warn

Fire Damages Wichita Police Officer's Home

MULVANE, Kan.  -  An early morning fire in Mulvane damaged the home of a Wichita police officer. The family says they woke to a neighbor yelling that their house was on fire early Sunday morning.

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