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Kansas prosecutor Taylor, won't seek re-election

TOPEKA, Kan. — Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor says he won't seek re-election this year because he believes in term limits and it's time for someone else to take on the job. The two-term Democrat spoke at a news conference Frid

Kansas delays Planned Parenthood's Medicaid cutoff

TOPEKA, Kan.  — A Planned Parenthood attorney says Kansas will not cut off Medicaid funding for the abortion provider until May 24. Attorney Bob Eye said Friday that Planned Parenthood and the state Department of Health and Environment agreed

School board to review Manhattan High School's mascot name

MANHATTAN, Kan.  — The fate of Manhattan High School's Indians mascot could be decided this fall. The Manhattan Mercury reports that six of the seven Manhattan-Ogden school board members said at a meeting Wednesday that they were willing t

Casino holds groundbreaking in Pittsburg after legal battle

PITTSBURG, Kan.  — More than 80 Pittsburg-area community members have gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking of a new casino that was delayed for months because of legal challenges. The Joplin Globe reports that work for the Kansas Crossing

Five injured, two critical in west Wichita crash

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Emergency crews are working the scene of a multi-vehicle crash leaving five people hurt, including two with potentially critical injuries in residential neighborhood in west Wichita. The accident happened around 3:50 p.m. Frid

Wichita Jury Sides with Anti-abortion Activist

WICHITA - Jurors have sided with a Kansas anti-abortion activist by ruling that she didn't intentionally seek to intimidate a doctor by sending a letter that suggested someone might place an explosive under the physician's car. The U.S. Justice D...

Former American Idol/Wichitan Dies in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY - A man who was a finalist on "American Idol" 13 years ago and grew up in Wichita has been killed in a traffic accident. The crash happened early Friday in Oklahoma City. 36-year-old Rickey Smith, an Oklahoma City resident, w...

Company cited for endangering Kansas workers

TRIBUNE, Kan.  — Federal officials have cited a national agricultural marketing firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, with exposing workers to grain dust and fall hazards in western Kansas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has propos

Shooting in West Wichita

WICHITA - A shooting in west Wichita, east of 3rd & Hoover. Around 9:40 a.m. Friday, police and EMS were called to a house on N. Doris, where a woman reported that suspects had entered her home and shot her husband. A 40-year-old man was hospit...

Huelskamp foe to run in Kansas 1st District as independent

TOPEKA, Kan. - An educator and farmer who previously ran against congressman Tim Huelskamp as a Republican is now planning to run in the 1st District of Kansas as an independent candidate. Alan LaPolice of Clyde announced Thursday that he is leaving 

Less water released from Missouri River dams because of rain

OMAHA, Neb. - The amount of water being released from dams along the Missouri River has been cut to help reduce the risk of flooding downstream after recent heavy rains. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced the amount of water released from Gavins 

Kansas Senate Vice-President will not run for re-election

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Senate Vice-President Republican Jeff King of Independence will not run for re-election. “I need to try to serve the folks of Kansas in a different way and give someone else the opportunity to serve Southeast Kansas in the 

Wichita power outages affect more than 5,500

WICHITA, Kan. - A power outage affected more than 500 Westar Energy customers in the Old Town area of Wichita was the second outage of the evening. The Old Town outage began around 7:15 p.m., Thursday night in an area roughly from Elm to Waterman and San

Donut rival rams car into mobile stand in Salina

SALINA, Kan.  -  Salina police say a donut company didn't take kindly to a Wichita store impeding on its territory. The result was a dramatic confrontation ending with a thud. &n

Kansas City streetcars making comeback

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — A city that once had one of the nation's largest streetcar networks is preparing to launch a smaller, modern version that supporters say will shape development for years to come. Kansas City is celebrating the opening o

Topeka man plans to plead guilty in Fort Riley bomb case

TOPEKA, Kan.  — Federal court documents show that a Topeka man plans to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge in connection with a plot last year to bomb the Fort Riley military base. The attorney for Alexander E. Blair, 29, filed a request Thur

Judge: Temporary custody ordered for Kansas kids

TOPEKA, Kan.  — Seven children who were taken to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year have been placed in the temporary custody of Kansas child welfare officials. The Kansas City Star r

Kansas chancellor vetoes fees for parallel government

LAWRENCE, Kan. — University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has vetoed student funding for a parallel government for minority students. The chancellor said in a letter to the Student Senate Wednesday that she could not recommend a $2 st

Kansas Gas Service seeks rate increase

TOPEKA, Kan.  — Kansas Gas Service is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission for a $28 million increase in its net base rate. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that if the request is approved, the average residential customer's bill wou

Wichita anti-abortion activist's trial in hands of jury

WICHITA, Kan. — Testimony has concluded in the trial of a Kansas anti-abortion activist accused of sending a letter suggesting someone might place an explosive under the car of a doctor training to perform abortions. Closing arguments in the civil

Woman, child killed in crash near Ottawa

OTTAWA, Kan. - A woman and child from Kansas City, Mo., were killed Tuesday night in a two-car crash outside Ottawa. The Kansas Highway Patrol identified the victims as 28-year-old April Brown and 9-year-old Jeremiah Persinger. Franklin County Sheriff

Norton awaits results of water test

NORTON, Kan. - A city employee in Norton is driving a test water sample to Topeka, in hopes a water-boiling advisory can end. A Facebook post by Norton County Emergency Management says state health scientists will conduct a bacterial test Thursday 

Settlement reached over Saline County discrimination claim

SALINA, Kan. - Saline County and a former interim director of the Saline County Health Department have reached a $75,000 settlement over a sexual discrimination claim. The Salina Journal reports the county said Tuesday that it denied liability associated

GM to resume production at 4 plants idled by Japan quakes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - General Motors is on track to resume full operations at four North American plants where vehicle assembly was halted because of supply chain interruptions caused by earthquakes in Japan last month. Manufacturing that was put on hold on

Man fatally shot outside Wichita apartment complex

WICHITA - Police say a man is dead after a shooting outside a Wichita apartment complex. Wichita police Capt. Brian White said authorities responded to a 911 call at Calvary Towers apartments about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. White said that a man, whose

Top Kansas Republicans say they'll back Trump; some won't

TOPEKA, Kan.  — The Kansas Republican Party's chairman and other top GOP officials say they'll support Donald Trump as the party's nominee for president. But not all Republicans are ready to back the brash billionaire now that he i

Planned Parenthood sues the state for ending Medicaid funds

TOPEKA, Kan.  — Two Planned Parenthood affiliates have filed a federal lawsuit over Kansas' decision to cut off Medicaid reimbursements to the abortion provider. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Misso

Wichita car dealer to pay penalties for Craigslist sales

WICHITA, Kan. - A Wichita used car dealer will pay more than $7,000 in civil penalties and costs to resolve a complaint of possible deceptive sales. Aides to Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett say Numak Dealership on E. 2nd St. reached a cons

Wichita man pleads guilty to voting violations

WICHITA, Kan. - A Wichita man has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts related to illegal voting. Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced Wednesday Ron R. Weems was convicted of two counts of voting without being qualified, as well as one count of

Kansas cuts off Medicaid payments for Planned Parenthood

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas is cutting off Medicaid reimbursements to a Planned Parenthood affiliate largely based on allegations against affiliates in other states. The state Department of Health and Environment sent a letter dated Tuesday informi

Nationals rout Royals 13-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Daniel Murphy finished a triple shy of the cycle, slumping slugger Bryce Harper also went deep and the Washington Nationals routed the floundering Kansas City Royals 13-2 on Wednesday. Murphy and Clint Robinson drove in three run

Fire damages Hutchinson motel

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - A morning fire left extensive damage at a motel near downtown Hutchinson. Fire Chief R. Kim Forbes says the Budget Host Inn at 15 West 4th Avenue caught fire around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.  KAKE News reports that heavy fire damage o

New medical program moving in Salina

SALINA, Kan. — A fledgling medical school program in Salina is moving to a downtown location. The Salina Journal ( ) reports that the Salina Regional Health Foundation has entered into a contract to purchase a former bank build

Ninth anniversary of a big tornado day in western Kansas

GREENSBURG, Kan. - On this date In 2007, tragedy struck Greensburg when an E-F 5 tornado with a track 26 miles long and between ONE AND A HALF and 2 MILES WIDE, leveled the town of around 1,500 people. The twister killed 11, injured 63, and caused around

Kansan who went with kids to Oregon standoff arrested

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas woman who took her children to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge says authorities have removed seven of the children from her home and arrested her for assaulting an officer. Jail

Kansas Highway Patrol investigating Butler County crash

AUGUSTA, Kan. - Kansas Highway Patrol authorities are investigating a rollover accident in Butler County. It happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday night near the intersection of SW 90th and Santa Fe Lake Rd. in Augusta. Several crews rushed to the scene,

Harvey County explosion injures one

NEWTON, Kan. - One person has serious injuries after an explosion in Harvey County, northwest of Newton. A Sheriff's Office supervisor told KAKE News the explosion occurred near NW 60th St. and North Halstead Road, roughly between Hesston and Alta 

Royals score 3 in ninth in 7-6 comeback win over Nationals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain capped a three-run ninth inning with a two-out single to left, bringing home Mike Moustakas and giving the Kansas City Royals a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Tanner Roark lasted into the

Spirit AeroSystems gets IRBs to expand, add new jobs

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita's largest employer is expecting to increase local employment using industrial revenue bonds, IRBs, the City of Wichita approved today. Spirit will purchase up to $280 million in IRBs to help expand and modernize it

Officer-involved shooting in Crawford County

PITTSBURG, Kan. - A chase across two southeast Kansas counties has ended with sheriff's officers shooting a person. No officers were hurt. The Crawford County Sheriff's Office reports a pursuit began late Tuesday in the Columbus area of Cherokee

Woman pleads guilty in Wichita homicide

WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita woman has pleaded guilty in the death of another woman during a home invasion last year. Brittany McDay, 23, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to second-degree reckless murder and other charges in the death of Jacquelyn Harvey,

Water boiling advisory issued for Norton

TOPEKA, Kan. - State officials issued a "boil water advisory" for the city of Norton Tuesday, because of a failure in the chlorination system. The advisory will last until problems are resolved. A statement from the Kansas Department of Health

Hearing set for pair accused of Salina killing

SALINA, Kan. - A preliminary hearing is set for next week for two people charged in the killing of a Nebraska man in a Salina motel parking lot. DiAntre Lemmie, 21, and Amber Craig, 24, appeared Monday in Saline County District Court. They are scheduled

Moody's changes outlook for Kansas credit rating to negative

TOPEKA, Kan. — An international rating agency has revised its credit outlook for Kansas to negative from stable because of its ongoing budget problems.   Tuesday's announcement from Moody's Investors Service came a day after lawmakers

Civil trial starts for anti-abortion activist

WICHITA, Kan. — A Justice Department lawyer says an anti-abortion activist intended to intimidate a Kansas doctor by suggesting in a letter that someone might place an explosive under her car. Angel Dillard's civil trial began Tuesday in Wichit

Mayor: Effort to reconfigure Kansas City airport on hold

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Mayor Sly James says the city will not hold an election this year on whether to build a new, one-terminal airport. The mayor announced Tuesday only 39% of people polled last week said they supported building a new, ne

Former Bel Aire police chief to change plea

WICHITA, Kan. — Former Bel Aire Police Chief John Daily plans to change his plea over his role in a scheme to buy and sell discounted firearms by falsely claiming they would be used for law enforcement purposes. A notice posted Tuesday notified the

Killer in infamous Olathe love triangle case to go free

OLATHE, Kan. — A former student body president of a small Christian college in Kansas who escaped capture in a killing for more than two decades is about to be freed. The Kansas City Star reports that Mark Mangelsdorf, 56, of Pelham, New York, has

University of Kansas class unveils new sustainable house

LAWRENCE, Kan. — University of Kansas architecture graduate students are completing final touches on a newly constructed sustainable house in east Lawrence. Officials at the university's architecture school tell the Lawrence Journal-World that

Suspended Kansas lawyer sentenced for mishandling trust

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  — A suspended Kansas City, Kansas, lawyer has been sentenced for misappropriating money from a disabled man's trust fund. The Wyandotte County prosecutor's office says Don Charles Ball, 65, of Parkville, Missouri, wa

Fugitive in Joplin police shooting case in custody in Kansas

JOPLIN, Mo. — A man who left a Joplin hospital against medical advice after he was wounded by police is jailed in Kansas. Police in Wichita, Kansas, arrested Jeffrey L. Hill, 50, last month on charges of interference with a law enforcement officer,

Wichita: Emergency Landing at Eisenhower Airport

WICHITA - A FedEx cargo plane flying coast-to-coast made a safe emergency landing at Wichita's Eisenhower airport on Tuesday afternoon. The FedEx plane with two people on-board reported hydraulics failures and landing-gear problems during a flight fr...

Wichita Among Least Expensive MW Junkets

CHICAGO - Topeka and Wichita have been ranked as the two least expensive destinations in the Midwest, according to the latest survey from However, the press release referred to Wichita as the "state capital of Kansas". The s...

Grandfather Arrested in NW Wichita Garage

WICHITA - Police have arrested a 44-year-old man, after he abandoned his wife and grandchildren in a car in northwest Wichita, east of 8th & Hoover. At about 3:30 a.m. Monday, a resident called 911 from the 900 block of N. Doris, saying there was a w...

Kansas standoff that scrapped classes in 2 districts ends

MONTEZUMA, Kan. - Authorities in southwestern Kansas' Gray County say a home standoff that forced the cancellation of classes in two rural districts has ended with the man's arrest. The county sheriff's department says on its Facebook page 

Second of 2 Kansas county jail inmates recaptured

OLATHE, Kan. - The second of two men who escaped from a southeast Kansas county jail is back in custody. Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak announced Monday that Shaun Steven Simpson was arrested without incident while walking in a neighborhood in Olathe.

Convicted sex offender pleads guilty in ID theft case

WICHITA - A decades-long ordeal ruined a Texas man, but his life might start to get better now that the sex offender in Kansas who stole his identity has pleaded guilty to misusing a Social Security number. Fernando Neave-Ceniceros' plea Monday in

Fatal motorcycle crash near Conway Springs

SUMNER COUNTY, Kan. - A man is dead after a Monday evening crash involving a motorcycle and a car just north of Conway Springs. The Sumner County Sheriff's Office said both vehicles were traveling in the northbound lanes of K-49. When the driver of 

Lawmakers pass 'Fast Pass' bill

WICHITA - Waiting in line to get through security at Wichita's City Hall or Sedgwick County Courthouse may be a thing of the past for some. It's called a 'Fast Pass.'  Sunday night, lawmakers passed a bill that would make it possible

Nationals blank Royals 2-0 to win fourth straight game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Gio Gonzalez and the Washington bullpen combined on a five-hitter, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy drove in first-inning runs and the Nationals beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0 on Monday night. Gonzalez (2-1) scattered four hits and a

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