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Goddard Teens Released from Custody

GODDARD, Kan.  -  Four Goddard High School football players, accused of sex crimes, have been released from custody while the investigation continues.

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.   On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.

WBJ: Wichita GDP Growth Slows in 2013

WICHITA - After a few years of steady increases, the Wichita metro area’s gross domestic product growth slowed in 2013. The Wichita Business Journal reports after accounting for inflation, the growth rate was 0.7% in 2013 to about $29.2 billion in ...

Ex-Bondsman Convicted in Reno County

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - An ex-Kansas bail bondsman has been convicted of six counts for coercing women he bailed out of jail to have sex with him. A Reno County jury on Tuesday convicted 66-year-old Dwight Jurgens on six of nine counts in a human trafficking ...

Andover Teacher Resigns After Sex Charge

ANDOVER, Kan. - An Andover middle school teacher has resigned, days after being charged with a sex crime. The Andover school board accepted the resignation of Matthew Hobbs on Monday night; KAKE News reports Hobbs was arrested earlier this month on one c

Kansas Judges Question Candidate Withdrawl

TOPEKA - Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer. The court heard arguments Tuesday ...

Bob Dole Visits Kansas

WICHITA - Senator Bob Dole plans to visit the following locations during the eighth of several trips to Kansas this year.  All visits are open to the public. Monday, September 22: Dodge City, KS – [venue TBD] – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday

End Veteran Homelessness

WICHITA - Mayor Brewer on Tuesday said he was joining First Lady Michelle Obama and other mayors in a nationwide effort to end veteran homelessness. His goal is to eliminate it in Wichita by the end of 2015, joining a growing number of communities across

KC Royals Post-Season Game Tickets

KANSAS CITY, MO – In anticipation for possible postseason play at Kauffman Stadium, the Kansas City Royals have announced that tickets for potential Wild Card and American League Division Series games will go on sale to the general public on Thursda

Kansas Voter Wants to Keep Democrat in Senate Race

TOPEKA - A Kansas voter says he wants to cast his ballot for the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate who is trying to get his name removed from the ballot.   An attorney for 57-year-old David Orel of Kansas City, Kansas, asked the state Supreme Court

Kansas Farmers Planting Wheat, Harvesting Corn

WICHITA - Some Kansas farmers have begun planting next year's winter wheat while others are busy harvesting corn and sorghum.   The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 5 percent of the state's wheat crop is seeded.

Public Hearing This Week on Proposed Gun Signage

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas officials are holding a public hearing this week on proposed signs to be placed on buildings where firearms are prohibited.   A state law that took effect July 1 legalized the open carry of guns across the state. But building ow

Wichita Man Gets 2 Years for Fake Currency

WICHITA - A Wichita man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for counterfeiting more than $3,000.   A federal prosecutor said Monday that 25-year-old Billy Antrobus was sentenced for one count of manufacturing counterfeit currency. He pl

Andover District Stadium Vandalized

ANDOVER, Kan. -  Andover Police are investigating after a large, blue letter "A" was painted onto the field at Andover District Stadium.

New Marijuana Petition to Begin

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A plan to decriminalize marijuana may get a second life. Weeks after a petition failed to meet election requirements, advocates are working on a new campaign for the April election.

Wichita Hires Parks & Recreation Director

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A man with 15 years of recreation experience will oversee Wichita's Parks & Recreation department.

Natural Gas Leak Shuts Down Hutchinson Street

Natural Gas Leak Shuts Down Hutchinson Street   HUTCHINSON, Kan.  -  A gas leak shut down a Hutchinson street Monday afternoon.  

Kansas Police Officer Arrested for DUI

SALINA, Kan.  -  A Kansas police officer was arrested over the weekend on several charges including DUI.

Man Electrocuted at Kansas Business

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  A man is dead after being electrocuted at a south-central Kansas business. It happened around 9:45 a.m. Monday at KanPak, a business located in the 1000 block of South Summit in Arkansas City.

Kansas Man Killed in Hit-and-Run Identified

CLEARWATER, Kan.  -  Investigators have released the identity of the pedestrian who was killed in a hit-and-run over the weekend.

Wichita Teens Arrested After Party Bus Attack

WICHITA - Multiple arrests have been made, after the driver of a "party bus" was attacked in southeast Wichita. It happened on the night of Friday, September 5. Police believe four teenagers entered the bus carrying 11 passengers near Lincoln & ...

Teen Mauled By a Bull Terrier in Bel Aire

BEL AIRE, Kan. - Animal Control officials are handling the case of a teenage boy who was severely mauled by a male white & brindle bull terrier near the 4500 block of N. Woodlawn. Police say it happened late in the afternoon last Wednesday, when a 13

Stabbing & Standoff in SE Wichita

WICHITA - Two roommates fighting led to a stabbing and a police standoff in southeast Wichita, near Harry & Rock Road. Police Lt. James Espinoza says it began at about 1:00 a.m. Monday in the 1200 block of S. Longfellow; by the time officers arrived, ...

Disaster exercise at Mid-Continent Airport

WICHITA - The Wichita Airport Authority is planning a large-scale disaster exercise featuring the mock crash of a 737 aircraft. Tuesday's exercise begins at 9 a.m. and will be located just

Hutchinson Boy Dies in Trailer Accident

WICHITA - A 4-year-old Hutchinson boy has died after an accident involving a flatbed trailer. It happened around 2:45 Sunday afternoon at a home on Hutchinson's southeast side. Police say the ramp to a flatbed trailer fell on the boy, pinning him und

Kansas Efficiency Taskforce to Meet This Week

TOPEKA, Kan. - A wide range of topics will be on the table when a new Kansas commission meets to look for efficiencies within the state's public school system.   Legislators created the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission this year

Wichita Airport Plans Disaster Exercise

WICHITA - The Wichita Airport Authority is planning a large-scale disaster exercise featuring the mock crash of a 737 aircraft.   Tuesday's exercise begins at 9 a.m. and will be located just north of Kansas 42 between two runways at the Wichita a

Wichita Woman hurt after motorcycle crash in Hutchinson

A Wichita woman is in critical condition following a motorcycle crash Sunday morning in Hutchinson. It happened around 8:15 a.m. at Avenue A and Woody Seat Freeway.

Wichita Police investigating two arsons

Wichita Police are investigating two arsons early Sunday morning. Police Sgt. Ed Brower said a mountain bike on a patio was set on fire around 2:30 a.m. at Willow Creek apartments, 5700 E. Mainsgate.

Rollover Crash Kills 2 Near Topeka

TOPEKA - Two people were killed Saturday evening and others injured in a rollover crash on the Kansas Turnpike. Jeri Biehler of The Kansas Turnpike Authority said a 2002 Chevy with five occupants rolled near exit 177 on the turnpike south of Topeka. Bie

Mock crashes in Butler County used to train

EL DORADO - Emergency crews in Butler County spent the day performing rescue missions on mock crash scenes to be better prepared for real accidents. There were three different scenarios - an overturned bus, a car that crashed into the back of a bus, and a

Both sides rest in bail bondsman case

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Jurors are getting the weekend off before deciding the fate of a Kansas bail bondsman accused of coercing women he bailed out of jail to have sex with him.   The Hutchinson News ( ) reports that both sides rest

Roberts jumps on Clinton's mention of Kansas race

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Former President Bill Clinton has mentioned Kansas as a competitive race while talking about Democratic efforts to hold onto Congress.   Clinton's comments Friday on the PBS NewsHour have caught the attention of Kansas Senator

Topeka bids emotional farewell to slain officer

TOPEKA, Kan. - Hundreds of mourners have turned out to remember a Topeka police corporal killed in the line of duty.   The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports that officers from more than 70 law enforcement agencies were on hand w

Man robbed by girlfriend's cousin in south Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. - A man went out to run errands with his girlfriend when the girlfriend's cousin arrived, pulled a gun and robbed the man. It happened around 10:05 AM on the 1900 block of S Greenway. 

Salina Hospital Ousting Patients Who Use Tobacco

SALINA, Kan. - A Kansas hospital has found a way to get patients to observe its no-tobacco rule: They're being sent home.        Salina Regional Health Center and its clinics have been tobacco-free since 2007. But vice pr

Goddard Football Players Accused of Kidnapping, Sex Crimes

GODDARD, Kan.  -  Four Goddard High School students, reported to be on the varsity football team, are in custody, accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl. 

Kansas Congressman's Letter Opposes Transplant Changes

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -  Fifty-two U.S. House members have signed a letter voicing concerns about a proposal to change the map that governs how donated livers are distributed around the country.

Kansas Man Dies Following Cowley County Crash

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  A Udall man is dead following a crash in Cowley County. The accident happened just after 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the 24000 block of 31st Road northwest of Arkansas City.

Kansas Courthouse Evacuated Due to Suspicious Item

LAWRENCE, Kan.  -  A Kansas courthouse was closed for a time after an employee found a couple of liquid-filled bottles taped together near a handicapped entrance.

Thieves Target Wichita Habitat for Humanity Worksite

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Officials of Wichita Habitat for Humanity are scrambling to make up for a costly break-in at a storage unit. 

Stegall to Join Kansas Supreme Court on Dec. 5

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Caleb Stegall is scheduled to be sworn in as the Kansas Supreme Court's newest justice on Dec. 5.   The Supreme Court announced the swearing in-ceremony Friday.  

Section of I-235 in Wichita Closed for the Weekend

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Starting Friday at 7:00 p.m., both lanes of I-235 will be closed between Zoo Boulevard and Central. The mile-and-a-half section of I-235 will be closed so construction crews can work on the two bridges that connect the interst

Accidental Shooting Injures 2 in South Wichita

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Two people have been injured by an accidental shooting in south Wichita. It happened around 4:45 p.m. Friday in the 5300 block of South Broadway.

WSU Men's Basketball Season: Sold Out

WICHITA - Wichita State’s streak of men's basketball sellouts at Charles Koch Arena will continue for at least another year. The Shocker ticket office announced Friday morning that it has sold the last of its 2014-15 men’s basketball seaso...

Slain Topeka police officer lies in state

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Law enforcement officials and people from across Kansas are remembering a Topeka police corporal killed in the line of duty. Cpl. Jason Harwood will lie in state from 3 to 6 p.m. Frida

Newton Police Shift Patrols to Combat Vandalism

NEWTON, Kan. - Buildings in Newton have been tagged with graffiti, and according to Newton police the problem seems to be growing. KAKE News spoke with Newton Police Sgt. Bryan Hall. "In the past 6 months we have seen a real bloom in graffiti, with

Deal In Works On Some Claims Over Monsanto Wheat

WICHITA - A potential settlement appears to be in the works on some claims in lawsuits over the May 2013 discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field.   U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas has given the parties until

Ogallala To Be Subject of State Fair Discussion

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Ideas for sustaining the Ogallala Aquifer will be discussed this weekend at the Kansas State Fair. A Kansas State University group called the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy is organizing round-table discussions

Kansas State restricting travel to Ebola affected countries

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State University is restricting travel of university-sponsored students, faculty and staff to several African countries affected by the Ebola virus.

Charges, Arrests Pending in Wichita Football Fight

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita Police say arrests and charges are pending in a case of an attack on a junior league football coach earlier this week.

Kansas Corn Crop Forecast Larger than Anticipated

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The latest government forecast on Kansas crop production is painting a far rosier picture than had been anticipated for most fall crops just a month ago.

Taylor's Claim in Kansas Senate Race Disputed

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is attacking a key argument made by the Democrat candidate waging a legal battle to get his name removed from the ballot in the U.S. Senate race.

Home Struck by Gunfire in South Wichita

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A home was struck by gunfire in south Wichita.  It happend around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 2100 block of south Laura. 

Brady-Giglio List & Former Wichita Police Chief

WICHITA - New information is coming to light involving the former chief of police in Wichita. According to a new freedom of information request, former Chief Norman Williams was on the Brady-Giglio list - but was no longer listed after his retirement.

Kemper Arena's End in Kansas City, MO?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two executives are offering to pay for the demolition of Kemper Arena with their own money. Neal Patterson, CEO of Cerner Corp., said that he and Mariner Kemper, CEO of UMB Financial Corp., will pay for the demolition of the little-use...

Commission approves $3.5M for Westar Energy

TOPEKA, Kan. - Westar Energy has agreed to delay a request for a rate increase related to nuclear power plant upgrades as part of an agreement approved by a state commission.   The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( ) the Kansas Co

Wichita Hospital Treats 'Likely' Enterovirus 68 Cases

WICHITA - The virus sending hundreds of kids across the country to the hospital is now believed to be in Kansas. Enterovirus 68 is a respiratory illness that mimics the common cold. Outbreaks have been reported in Kansas City and Denver, and health exper

Kansas Senator Roberts Responds to Presidential Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After Wednesday night's speech where President Barack Obama says the U.S. "will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are" and authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts offe

Kansas Authorities Reject Inmate's Parole Request

TOPEKA, Kan. - The state's prisoner review board has denied parole for a man convicted of beating to death a Kansas elementary school teacher in 1990.   The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas Prisoner Review Board

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