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Topeka attorney files to run for attorney general

TOPEKA, Kan. - A veteran Topeka attorney has filed to run for Kansas attorney general as a Democrat, becoming the first potential challenger this year for Republican incumbent Derek Schmidt.   A.J. Kotich said he filed the necessary paperwork Thursda

Severe Storms Loom Across Central US this Weekend

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  -  A large section of the Midwest and South are at risk for strong tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding this weekend.  

Police Chase near Colby Ends in Shooting

COLBY, Kan.  -  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating after a trooper shot a man during a vehicle chase.  

2 Men End Federal Lawsuit over Kansas Voter ID Law

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Two elderly northeast Kansas men have dropped a federal lawsuit challenging a state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

District Attorney Warns of Synthetic Drug Dangers

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The end of the school year could mean the start of trouble for local teenagers. 

Wichita Man Convicted in Stabbing Death of Alleged Car Thief

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita man has been found guilty in last year's stabbing death of an alleged car thief.  Kyle Carter, 31, was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the September death of Carl Cooper, 32.

Water Lines Connected to West Wichita Homes

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A dozen homes will get connected to the City of Wichita water supply after groundwater contamination was found in West Wichita.

Kansas Man Lost After WWII Finally Laid to Rest

LEAVENWORTH, Kan.  -  A Topeka man whose plane went down during a post-World War II operation has finally been laid to rest in his native state. 

Donor Pledges $25 Million to University of Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan.  -  The University of Kansas says one of its graduates has pledged a $25 million donation for scholarships and other purposes.  

Man Critically Hurt in Motorcycle Crash near WSU

WICHITA, Kan.   -  A man, 30, is in critical condition following a motorcycle crash near Wichita State University on the city's northeast side.

I-235 Closure Rescheduled Due to Weather Concerns

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A highway closure set for this weekend in west Wichita has been rescheduled due to weather concerns.

Lightning Damage Outside Wichita School

WICHITA - A Thursday morning thunderstorm left a mess at one Wichita school. KAKE News reports emergency crews were called to Rea Woodman Elementary, 2500 S. Hiram, after 9 a.m. when a lightning strike near the school caused a large tree branch to fall.

KBI Ready for Forensic Center Groundbreaking

TOPEKA - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and Washburn University officials will break ground on a $55 million forensic laboratory on Wednesday, April 30, on the Washburn campus. Construction of the facility is expected to begin in May 2014 with ...

Armed Shoplifting at Wichita's Towne East

WICHITA - Late Wednesday afternoon, shoplifting suspects at JCPenney were confronted by loss-prevention employees at Towne East Square shopping center. The suspects were a man and a woman, both with tattoos on their left wrists. As the employees and the ...

New KS Gun Law: Drunken Possession

TOPEKA - Backers of a new Kansas gun-rights law taking effect in July are describing provisions dealing with the drunken possession of firearms as a significant improvement for public safety. But an official with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence ...

Cross appears in court, hearing delayed until May

OLATHE, Kan. - A 73-year-old white supremacist from Missouri accused of fatally shooting three people at Jewish sites in Kansas appeared in court long enough for his attorney to request a scheduling conference be pushed back a month.   Frazier Glenn

After court drama, Oklahoma to have 2 executions

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says two death row inmates at the center of the state's legal flap will both be executed Tuesday, the state's first double execution since 1937.   Her decision comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court r

Topeka parents, students react to Obama changes

TOPEKA, Kan. - Topeka students and parents are pleased with news that first lady Michelle Obama has changed her plans to speak to high school graduates in northeast Kansas.   The first lady says Thursday that she will be speak to the 800 graduates on

Trooper Shoots Suspect During Chase

COLBY, Kan. - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating after a trooper shot a man during a police chase. The man was hospitalized with unknown injuries after the shooting Wednesday night in Sherman County. The patrol says in a news rele

Teacher Protest Greets Governor in Western Kansas

HAYS, Kan. - Gov. Sam Brownback has been met on a trip to western Kansas by public school teachers and retired teachers protesting a new state law eliminating tenure. The Lawrence Journal-World reports ( ) Brownback traveled Wednesday

High Winds Cause Damage Across South-Central Kansas

WICHITA - Thunderstorms with strong winds rumbled across western and central Kansas overnight. There were reports of power lines and trees down in Sedgwick County, including a tree blocking the street near Grove and Lincoln in southeast Wichita. Strong wi

3 Injured in Accident at Central & Hillside

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Three people have been hurt; one suffered potentially critical injuries in an accident at Central and Hillside. It happened shortly before 8:00 p.m. Wednesday in front of Wesley Medical Center.

Sheriff's Office Hires New Firm for Jail Collect Call Service

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office has announced that Securus Technologies Inc. will supply collect call telephone services to inmates being housed at the jail and work release facilities.

Soldier Convicted in WikiLeaks Case Gets New Name

LEAVENWORTH, Kan.  -  A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.  

Aerospace Firm Chooses Plant Site in Newton

NEWTON, Kan.  -  A Wichita-based aerospace company has chosen the suburb of Newton as the new home of its chemical subsidiary.  

Wichita East High Ranked 'Best' in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. -  The U.S. News and World Report ranked Wichita East High School as the best public high school in Kansas.

Soldier Pleads Guilty to Falsely Taking Benefits

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  A Fort Riley soldier has admitted that he accepted disability payments he wasn't eligible to receive.  

Salina Boy Accused of Playground Threat

SALINA, Kan.  -  A Salina boy is in legal trouble after a group of children told police he threatened them with a knife.  The incident occurred Tuesday evening on a school playground.  

Missing Andover Girl Found Safe

Andover Police say the missing teen, Breanna M. Keller, has been found and is safe 

Spirit AeroSystems Hiring in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan.  -  SpiritAeroSystems announced Wednesday that they are looking to fill 250 open positions in Wichita.

Suspect Identified by Intelligence-Led Policing

WICHITA - Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter has had his department looking into the policing strategy, Intelligence-Led Policing. During the past year the Sheriff’s Office has started implementing Intelligence-Led Policing. With the assistance of ...

Wichita Robber Nudges His Way to Escape

WICHITA - A 24-year-old woman living in the 1500 block of E. Denker in south Wichita left her home at about 7:00 a.m. Tuesday. When she got back about an hour-and-a-half later, there was a 300-pound man on her front porch. The stranger punched her in the ...

Vice Mayor Comments on Aircraft Layoffs

WICHITA - Textron has announced 750 employees laid off in the Beechcraft and Cessna Aircraft companies, merging after they were purchased by Textron. That number includes 575 Kansas employees, mostly in Wichita. Wichita Vice mayor Jeff Blubaugh tells KNSS

Layoffs at Beechcraft, Cessna

WICHITA - A Textron spokesperson confirms hundreds of layoffs at Beechcraft and Cessna, as the two companies merge and duties are duplicated. The cuts impact salaried and hourly employees including management. Approximately 575 Kansas employees received 6

El Dorado Considers Law on Dangerous Dogs

EL DORADO, Kan. - The City of El Dorado considers repealing a ban on pit bulls and moving forward with restrictions on dangerous breeds. Public works director Brad Meyer said the city commission decided to table discussion on the current ban and research

Wichita Police Search For Armed Suspect

WICHITA - Police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store in south Wichita early today. It happened around 12:30 at a Kwik Shop at MacArthur and Hydraulic. Police say the bandit stuck a gun in the clerk's face before fleeing with cash. Lt.

Wichita Man Sentenced for Car-Horse Crash

WICHITA - A Wichita man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for fleeing a hit-and-run accident that killed a man on horseback. The rider, 51-year-old Lloyd Ferguson, died after his horse was hit by a car the night of July 5, 2013. A 6-year

Online Portal for Kansas Driver's Permits Delayed

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas is starting later than initially planned with a new online portal for taking applications for driver's education permits from young residents. The Department of Revenue expects the portal to be available May 5. The department pre

Bob Dole Pays Visit to Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan.  -  Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, 90, visited the Dole Institute of Politics Tuesday at the University of Kansas. 

USAF Announces Decision on Basing Tankers at McConnell

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, along with Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, applauded the Air Force’s announcement Tuesday of their final decision to base the new KC-46A tankers at McConnell Air Force Base.

Barton County Commissioner Dies in Crop Duster Crash

GARFIELD, Kan.  -  Barton County Commissioner Don Cates was killed in a plane crash near Garfield, Kan. The plane crash happened around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday a few miles west of the town of Garfield in Pawnee County.

Big Upgrades Coming to Wichita's Jabara Airport

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Col. James Jabara Airport on North Webb Road will soon have a new front door and a total of 10 new T-hangars.

New KU Recruitment Program Questioned

LAWRENCE, Kan.  -  Some teachers at the University of Kansas are questioning whether a new program designed to attract hundreds of new international students to the school will be beneficial.

Topeka Councilman Charged with 2 Felonies

TOPEKA, Kan.  - The Shawnee County district attorney is seeking the ouster of a Topeka city councilman who faces two felony charges. 

Man Seeks to Hide 'Murder' Tattoo Before Trial

GREAT BEND, Kan.  -  A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word "murder" across his neck might prejudice a jury.

Grass Fire Blamed for Accidents on I-70

GLENDALE, Kan.  -  Officials have extended a burn ban in a north-central Kansas county where smoke from a large grass fire was blamed for two multi-vehicle accidents on Interstate 70.  

Trooper Returns to Work after Turnpike Accident

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper is back at work, less than a month after being injured in an accident. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported on twitter Tuesday that Trooper Da'Von Brame is back to work in light duty capacity.

Topeka councilman charged with 2 felonies

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Shawnee County district attorney is seeking the ouster of a Topeka city councilman who faces two felony charges.   Court records indicate John Campos II was charged Monday with one count of false writing and one count of Interferen

State workers' pay an issue for Kansas lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas legislators are considering proposals to give state workers a modest pay increase but end their guaranteed longevity bonuses.   The Senate Ways and Means Committee touched on pay issues Tuesday as it reviewed budget issues facin

Gunfire During Robbery in S. Wichita

WICHITA - Gunfire in south Wichita; it happened when a male suspect entered the Phamily Express store on Monday evening, east of Pawnee & Washington. The suspect was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, black shoes, black do-rag, and had a white mask ...

Death Penalty Sought in Franklin County Killings

OTTAWA, Kan. - An eastern Kansas prosecutor has filed a motion seeking the death penalty against a 28-year-old man accused of fatally shooting four people at a rural Ottawa farm. The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports Franklin County

Soccer Returns to Cowley College

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. - After a controversy that led to the resignation of its president, Cowley College will reinstate its men's and women's soccer programs. The college's Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to continue the program

Kansas Education Court Battles Not Finished

WICHITA - The court battles over Kansas education are not finished. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed a school funding bill that restores aid for poor districts but also ends the current teacher tenure process. The measure signed Monday is intended

Kansas Elder Abuse Measure Becomes Law

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says elderly residents will have new protections against fraud and financial abuse under a new state law. Legislation creating the crime of mistreatment of an elder person was signed by Gov. Sam Brownba

Former Bank Worker Admits Embezzlement

WICHITA - A southeast Kansas woman will be sentenced in July for stealing more than $180,000 from a bank where she worked. The U.S. Attorney's office says 42-year-old Erie resident Sherrie Landell pleaded guilty Monday to one count of embezzlement by

Local Expert Disbelieves Teen's Stowaway Story

WICHITA - A 16-year-old California boy was seen on security video scaling the fence at the San Jose International Airport. The boy says he stowed away in the wheel well of the Hawaiian Airlines 7-67 on a flight to Maui. One local expert does not buy that

Goddard Approves Sports Development

GODDARD, Kan. - The Goddard City Council has voted to approve STAR bonds for a major sports development in their community. The estimated $71 million dollar project would develop an Olympic sports training facility on the city's east side. The facilit

Missouri Mayor Resigns after Anti-Semitic Remarks

MARIONVILLE, Mo.  -  The mayor of the Missouri community of Marionville has resigned over anti-Semitic remarks he made in support of a white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish community sites in Kansas.   The Springfield

Runaway Girl Found Safe

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A missing girl, 14, has been found safe.  Earlier in the day on Monday, The Exploited and Missing Child Unit has asked for public's help in locating the girl.

Former Augusta Police Officer Receives Lifetime Supervision

AUGUSTA, Kan.  -  A former Augusta police officer has been sentenced in connection to a child sex crime. Last July, Augusta Public Safety Officer Jerry Ballinger was arrested on two counts of Aggravated Indecent Liberties with a Child.

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