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Officials Issue Blue-Green Algae Warning for 6 Kansas Lakes

WICHITA, Kan. -The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a warning of high levels of toxic blue-green algae for six lakes. The agency said Thursday the lakes under warning status are in Brown, Sedgwick, Jewell, Marion, Barton and Rooks c

Kansas Investigates State's Role in Beating Death Case

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas officials are looking into the state's treatment of a mental health patient accused of killing a man in Kiowa County. The Kansas City Star ( ) reports superintendent of state hospitals Bill Rein told a menta

Kansas Appeals Court Declares City's 'Driveway Tax' Illegal

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Court of Appeals says a so-called "driveway tax" imposed by a Kansas City suburb is illegal under a state law limiting the taxing power of cities. A three-judge appeals panel ruled Thursday. It rejected arguments from

Lawsuits Involving Gay Marriage Cost Kansas Taxpayers $100K

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas attorney general's office says legal disputes involving the state's gay marriage ban have cost taxpayers nearly $100,000 over the past 18 months. The figures released Thursday cover expenses from three lawsuits but not s

Confederate Flag Temporarily Removed from Wichita Memorial

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Confederate flag has been temporarily removed from a Wichita park while the mayor considers its future for display in the city. Parks department employees removed the flag from Wichita's Veteran's Memorial Park nea

Man Arrested for Murder of Wichita Mother

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Police have made an arrest in connection to the murder of a Wichita mother last week. Capt. Doug Nolte said officers arrested a man, 27, for the murder of Ciera Ray. Her body was found last Thursday in her home in the 2400 blo

Kansas Regulators OK Kansas Crossing Casino

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas gambling regulators have given final approval for a business partnership to begin building a casino in southeast Kansas for the state lottery. Don Brownlee, executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission,

Kansas Governor Considers Religious Objections Legislation

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Gov. Sam Brownback says he's considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage across the nation. Brownback on Thursday also defended the

Kansas May Not Issue Pension Bonds

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas might not issue $1 billion in bonds to boost the long-term health of its public pension system even though state officials have given the final go-ahead. Gov. Sam Brownback and top GOP legislators signed off Thursday. It

Investigators Find Illegal Explosives near Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Federal, state and local authorities are investigating the manufacture of illegal explosives in the Topeka area. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with Topeka authorities and the Office

Wichita Man Sentenced for Raping Teen

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita man is going to prison for more than half a century for the rape of a 15-year-old girl.   Dequalyn Shaffer, 24, was sentenced Wednesday to 52 years in prison on one count of rape.   The crime happened in

OSHA Investigating Kansas Oil Field Death

GREAT BEND, Kan.  -  A federal agency is investigating the death of an oil field worker, 30, in central Kansas. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a release late Thursday the agency's Wi

Troublesome Zebra Mussels Found in Wellington Lake

WELLINGTON, Kan. - Wildlife officials say troublesome zebra mussels have been found in a lake in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said Wednesday that well-established populations of invasive zebra mussels have

Wesley Medical Center Seeing More Patients With K-2 Side Effects

WICHITA - Since Sunday, Wesley Medical Center has treated 13 patients with severe side effects from using synthetic marijuana or K-2. Seven patients were admitted on Sunday and six more in the last three days with side effects to using synthetic drugs.

Car Burglaries Spike in Wichita

WICHITA - Wichita police are urging Wichita drivers to keep a close eye on your car. During the spring months, the number of car burglaries has gone up. Wichita police say overall this year car break-ins are down from last year. However, as the weather

Kansas AG Plans to Appeal Ruling Blocking Anti-Abortion Law

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to appeal a state district court judge's ruling blocking the state's first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester abortion procedure. Attorneys representing Schmidt fi

Hutchinson Emergency Shelter Closes due to Lack of Grant

HUTCHINSON, Kan.  -  An emergency overnight shelter in Hutchinson has closed with little warning because it didn't receive a federal grant. Officials with NOEL Lodge, a shelter operated by New Beginnings Inc., said they are trying to find a

Kansas Utility Agrees to Refunds, Drops Electric Rates

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The largest electric utility in Kansas has agreed to refund $10 million to its customers and decrease its rates slightly to settle a complaint filed by state regulators with the federal government. Topeka-based Westar Energy an

Number of Wiretaps Surge in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A new government report shows a surge in the use by authorities of wiretaps last year in Kansas for drug investigations.  The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts issued its annual report to Congress Wednesda

Salina Man Sentenced for Sex Offenses

SALINA, Kan.  -  A Salina man convicted of rape and indecent liberties with a child has been sentenced to more than nine consecutive life sentences. The Salina Journal reports that 41-year-old Glenn Lippard, 41, was sentenced Wednesday in Salin

2 Dead following Shooting in Kansas City Suburb

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.  -  Police in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, say two people have died in a shooting. Officers who responded to the scene Tuesday evening say they found one victim injured in the street and a second person d

Kansas Woman Reaches Settlement Over Gun Sale

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -  A Kansas gun dealer sued for selling the shotgun a man used to kill himself and his son has reached a $132,000 settlement. Elizabeth Shirley sued the owners of a Baxter Springs gun shop, claiming negligence in preventing th

Kansas Residents Have Higher Taxes, Less Gun Regulation

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas residents are paying higher taxes on cigarettes, groceries and other consumer goods but no longer have to obtain a state permit to carry a concealed gun. The tax increases and concealed carry change are among a raft of n

Man Critically Injured in Wichita Motorcycle Crash

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A man is in critical condition following a motorcycle crash in east Wichita. It happened around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, in the 600 block of South Oliver. That's just south of Kellogg.   A police spokesperson sa

UPDATE: Missing Colorado Girl Found Safe Near Kansas Line

WICHITA - UPDATE: Authorities in northeast Colorado have found a missing five-year-old girl, and arrested a woman who may have kidnapped her. Colorado Springs police reports show Sidney Carlisle was found safe in Yuma County, near the Colorado-Kansas

Wichita Independence Day Block Party

WICHITA - Independence Day is Saturday, July 4th. Wichita is going to host an Independence Day Block Party from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. downtown from the Hyatt Lawn over to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. One of the highlights is a 1,000-foot-long water slide ...

Man Stabbed in N. Wichita

WICHITA - A man was stabbed in north Wichita. It happened after 3:00 a.m. Wednesday near 10th & Broadway, involving a verbal altercation between a 34-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman. The woman stabbed the man. Two witnesses helped the man get t...

Kansas Supreme Court Stays Lower Court's Order on School Aid

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Supreme Court has put on hold a lower court's order for the state to immediately increase aid to public schools by roughly $50 million. The high court issued a one-page order Tuesday, a day after a request from Attorney

72 Counties Removed From Drought Status in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. - The state has removed 72 counties from drought status thanks to recent rain in Kansas. Gov. Sam Brownback's office said in a release Tuesday that for the past year all 105 counties have either been under drought emergency, warning or

Northrop Grumman Event Aimed at Kansas Aviation Suppliers

WICHITA - Representatives from Northrop Grumman will be in Wichita this week for a supplier's symposium aimed at the bolstering the aviation industry in Kansas. The event kicks off with opening remarks at noon Thursday at the National Center for

Kansas Collects Less in Taxes Than Expected for June

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas has collected about $22 million less in revenues than anticipated this month. The state Department of Revenue reported Tuesday that the state took in a little more than $529 million in taxes in June. The state's

Most Counties in Kansas Allowing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Gay and lesbian couples can obtain marriage licenses in almost all of the state's 105 counties, with the number growing after last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. Court clerks in at least 100 co

Kansas Growers Plant More Sorghum, Fewer Soybean Acres

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A government report shows Kansas farmers have planted a lot more sorghum this year, and put soybeans on fewer acres compared to a year ago. The number of corn acres in the state is unchanged. The National Agricultural Statisti

Franklin County Judge Denies Request to Unseal Documents

OTTAWA, Kan.  -  A Franklin County District Court judge has denied a request to unseal dozens of documents in the case of a man charged with killing three adults and a child. Kyle Flack is charged with capital murder in the 2013 slayings of a 2

Fireworks Cause Garage Fire in Goddard

GODDARD, Kan.  -  Sedgwick County fire investigators believe fireworks may have led to a garage fire in Goddard. The homeowners had set off fireworks and cleaned up their trash. They put the spent fireworks in a bucket and left it in the garage

Two Children Injured in Wichita Moped Crash

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Two children are injured after being hit by a car in east Wichita. It happened about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Orme and Belmont. KAKE News reports that the children were on a moped when they were hit by a car.

Rabies Cases on the Rise in Kansas This Year

WICHITA - Rabies cases are on the rise in Kansas this year; the state has already surpassed last year's numbers. Earlier this month, a man in Sumner County picked up an injured fox. As he was trying to tend to the fox's injuries, it bit the man, ...

NE Wichita: Man Threatens to Shoot Dog

WICHITA - Police are looking into a case in northeast Wichita after a man allegedly threatened youngsters near 21st & Rock, saying he was going to shoot their dog. It happened at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 2400 block of N. Hathaway as five childre...

More Whooping Cough cases reported in Reno County

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Reno County Health Department says it has received reports of 49 cases of whooping cough in the county. The Hutchinson News reports ( ) that the state has confirmed 18 positive cases. Ivonne Rive

Cherokee County Wants Crawford County Casino Blocked

COLUMBUS, Kan. - Cherokee County commissioners have voted to ask the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission to reject a casino recommended for Southeast Kansas. The Joplin Globe reports county commissioners voted 2-0 Monday to

KS Same Sex Couples Having Trouble Getting Marriage Licenses

WICHITA - Even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing same sex marriages was handed down Friday, there are still some Kansas counties not issuing licenses to same sex couples. The executive director of Equality Kansas says 69 counties in

Fire Damages Garage in Goddard

GODDARD, Kan.  -  Fire crews were called to a garage fire in Goddard.  The fire began around 9:10 p.m. Monday night in the 1100 block of N. Oak Ridge. KAKE News reports that the fire fully engulfed the garage.  No injuries have been r

Kansas Wheat Harvest Nears Halfway Mark

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A new government report shows winter wheat harvest in Kansas is nearing the halfway mark. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that about 48% of the wheat had been cut statewide as of Sunday. That is be

Wichita Woman Sentenced for Stealing Mail

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita woman has been sentenced to five years of federal probation for stealing mail and cashing counterfeit checks. Federal prosecutors say Jennifer Harper, 35, was sentenced Monday for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and

Man Dies in Lawrence Garage Fire

LAWRENCE, Kan.  -  A weekend fire at a Lawrence garage has killed a man. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said Monday that James Beal Clark, 52, died at Kansas University Hospital, where he was taken by air ambulance fro

Kansas Men Arrested in Connection with Iowa Man's Death

NODAWAY, Iowa  -  Authorities have charged two Kansas men with first-degree murder in connection with an Iowa man's death. The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced the arrest Monday of Jon Rubendall, 41, and James Bost, 39, both of Hi

Topeka Man Wants Judge to Decide Sentence

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A Topeka man who killed his mother chose to have a judge, rather than a jury, decide his sentence. Jason Hachmeister, 40, on Monday waived his right to have a jury decide whether he should receive a sentence of at least 25 year

Kansas Bomb Plot Defendant Gains Time to Review Evidence

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A federal judge is giving a man accused of plotting to bomb an Army installation in support of the Islamic State group more time to review the evidence against him. U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia on Monday granted a request

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Kansas Appeals

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in three cases in which the Kansas Supreme Court set aside the death penalty for men convicted of capital murder. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the U.S. Supreme Court will c

Kansas Officials Want School Funding Ruling Put on Hold

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas' attorney general is asking the state's highest court to put on hold a lower court's decision that would provide roughly $50 million more in aid to school districts this week. Attorney General Derek Schmidt f

Kansas: Dual Voter Registration System

WICHITA - Kansans who register to vote using a federal form without providing citizenship documentation will still not be able to vote in state elections despite the latest U.S. Supreme Court action. The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from Re...

Man Bound & Robbed in N. Wichita Home

WICHITA - A man was tied up and robbed in his home in north Wichita, near 23rd & Hillside. After 3:30 a.m. Monday, officers were sent to the 2400 block of N. Lorraine. A 21-year-old man reports he spent the evening with a 19-year-old woman. At a ...

K.U. plans meditation and reflection room

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas will offer a meditation and reflection room for people of all faiths and beliefs, beginning this fall. The room will be non-denominational and encourage tolerance of all faiths, spiritual beliefs and pr

Oppenheim Takes Air Capital Classic Title

WICHITA - Rob Oppenheim won the Air Capital Classic on Sunday for his first Tour title, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Andy Winings. The 35-year-old Oppenheim finished at 13-under 267 at Crestview Country Club. He eagled

Cost of High-Quality Land in Kansas Falls, New Data Shows

TOPEKA, Kan. - New numbers from a farm management company show the cost of high-quality land is falling in Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that an acre of high-quality, irrigated land sold for an average of $5,000 in June 2015 in Kansas, down

Man Jumped and Robbed Near Downtown

WICHITA, Kan. - Police are investigating a robbery that left a man severely beaten. Sgt. Brian Sigman said that at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday a 38 year old man came into a local hospital reporting that he had been jumped in the area of 320 E. Central

Child Accidentally Shot in Face with BB Gun

WICHITA, Kan. - A seven year old female is in the hospital after accidently being shot in the face with a BB gun. At around 11 a.m. Sunday morning police responded to the accidental shooting at 2224 E. Maywood. 

Teen Dies Following Crash in Reno County

WICHITA, Kan. - A teenager has died following a crash earlier this week in Reno County. The crash happened around 1 p.m. Wednesday on 43rd Avenue between Rayl and Victory Roads. That's east of Hutchinson and just southeast of the town of Buhler. A t

Wichita Crews Battle Fire at Abandoned Apartment Building

WICHITA, Kan. - Crews made quick work of a fire at an abandoned apartment building in downtown Wichita. Firefighters were called around 5:30 p.m. to the old Ellington Apartment Building on Main Street just north of Kellogg. When they arrived on scene, th

Troopers Identify Victim of Fatal Crash in Chase County

ELMDALE, Kan. - An 18-year-old man has died following a crash late Saturday morning in Chase County. The crash happened around 11 a.m. on K-150 near Elmdale. Troopers say a Ford passenger car had just passed a vehicle and was about to pass a semi as a se

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