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Kansas lawmakers revive judicial selection plan


TOPEKA, Kan. — An effort to change the process for selecting Kansas Supreme Court justices has been revived in the Legislature. The proposal being considered Saturday would give the governor more authority over the nine-member commission that

Kansas budget plan protects public schools' aid


TOPEKA, Kan. — State aid to Kansas public schools would be protected from cuts during the 2016-17 school year under a new legislative plan for balancing the state budget. Three Senate and three House negotiators agreed Saturday to protect educ

1 man arrested for manslaughter in deadly crash earlier this month


TOPEKA, Kan. - A Topeka man has been arrested on manslaughter charges, in connection to an April 9th car crash in Topeka. David James was allegedly behind the wheel in the early morning hours, when his car left the road at a high rate of speed and crashe

1 hurt in s. Topeka shooting; Stray bullets hit nearby day care


TOPEKA, Kan. - Topeka police are investigating a shooting in south Topeka on Friday that sent one person to the hospital. Authorities say the victim was shot around 5:15 p.m. near the intersection of 33rd and Gage Blvd. He was alert and responsive before

Cheyenne Bottoms visitors to learn about shorebird migration


CHEYENNE, Kan. - An event at a wildlife refuge in Cheyenne will allow visitors to see and learn about thousands of shorebirds that have migrated to the rural Kansas area this spring. The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/1r260tF ) reports that the Great Mig

Lawrence man sentenced to life for fatal 2014 home invasion


LAWRENCE, Kan. - A Kansas man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2014 home invasion that left another man dead. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1Umsql4 ) reports 31-year-old Dustin Walker of Lawrence must serve 20 years before he is eligible

Victims respond after rash of car break-ins


WICHITA, Kan. - A slew of recent car break-ins across Wichita has police eyeing a trend. According to Wichita Police Dept. (WPD) records, there have been more than four-dozen cases of cars being broken into this week alone. Several of those taking place

Woman sentenced in connection to death of Wichita State student


WICHITA, Kan. — A woman has been sentenced to three years in prison in connection to a man's shooting death of the Wichita State University campus. Fingal was arrested in August in the killing of WSU international student Rayan Baba. Prosecutor

Man charged in connection to Wichita ATM robberies


WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita police said a man arrested for robbery Thursday night is also wanted in connection to several ATM robberies committed in December. Thursday night's robbery happened around 11:55 p.m. in the 2100 block of South Broadway.

Man robs bank in southeast Wichita Dillons store


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita police are searching for a man who robbed a bank in southeast Wichita. Sedgwick County dispatchers say it happened around 3:00 p.m. Friday at the Intrust Bank inside the Dillons store in the 9400 block of E Harry. The

OK & NE Join Marijuana Appeal in CO


LINCOLN, Neb. - The Attorney General in Nebraska and his counterpart in Oklahoma are joining a lawsuit aimed at halting legal marijuana in Colorado. The two states asked to be added as plaintiffs this month in a case being considered by an appeals court ...

KS: Repealing an Income-Tax Break?


TOPEKA - The Kansas House Taxation Committee's chairman says he expects to bring a proposal to repeal an income tax break for business owners into negotiations with senators over tax issues. Republican Rep. Marvin Kleeb of Overland Park said House an ...

Kansas school equal funding fuss


WICHITA - Kansas school superintendents are expressing frustration with the state legislature over the equity funding measure. Some believe it won't pass muster with the state Supreme Court and could lead to a school shutdown.  The court ordered

Kansas man convicted for double voting


TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has successfully obtained another conviction in his ongoing effort to curb voter fraud in the state.  According to a news release, Michael L. Hannum received the maximum fines for violation of 

Sen. Roberts blocks vote on Army secretary over Guantanamo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is blocking a vote on the nomination of Eric Fanning to be the next Army secretary. At issue are efforts by the president to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer detainees to the 

Fire after shootout at Kan. motel caused $350,000 in damage


TOPEKA, Kan. - Topeka fire officials say a blaze that occurred at a motel following a shootout between federal agents and a suspect caused an estimated $350,000 in damage. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports three members of a federal fugitive task force

Eaton to cut 42 jobs at south-central Kansas plant


HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Eaton Corp. says it is cutting 30 percent of its jobs at a Hutchinson, Kansas, hydraulics plant, affecting 42 workers. The Hutchinson News reports that the company announced the job cuts this week to workers at the plant that makes 

Kansas legislative negotiators broker open-records changes


TOPEKA, Kan. - Negotiators with the Kansas House and Senate have reached a deal on a package of open-records reforms, setting it up for final votes in the state Legislature. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the agreement Wednesday would open up

Groups sue Kansas sheriff over jail's postcard-only policy


WICHITA - Civil rights advocates are suing the Wilson County sheriff over his jail's policy of allowing inmates to receive and send only postcards in the mail. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Social Justice Law Collective contend the

Wellington and Mayfield area residents to change water agreement


WELLINGTON, Kan. - The state is stepping in and forcing a change to an agreement between the City of Wellington and landowners near the town of Mayfield. Starting in 1954, Wellington started drilling water wells on land south of Mayfield. Wellington let

ATV crash injures man in Butler County


LEON, Kan. - Butler County dispatch says a man in his 50s suffered critical injuries after crashing his ATV. The accident happened just after 8:30 p.m. near Turkey Creek Road and SE 80th. That's northwest of Leon. The man was unconscious, and was 

Local church committed to helping Syrian refugees


WICHITA - Governor Sam Brownback notified the federal government that Kansas would be withdrawing from the government's refugee relocation program.  The Great Plains Conference United Methodist Church said it remains committed to helping refugee

Blue Man Group costumes stolen in Wichita


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita police are searching for a man who stole costumes from the Blue Man Group in Wichita. A Century II security camera caught a photo of the man carrying a white laundry basket Tuesday evening. The Blue Man Group performe

Heavy rains wash out Kansas railroad track, cause sewer overflow


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Heavy rain has washed out several sections of railroad track, damaged a small bridge and caused about 2.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater to be released into the Kansas River. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the

Man wanted for assault in Wichita QT bathroom


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita police are looking for the suspect who assaulted a man in the bathroom of a QuikTrip east of the downtown area. The alleged assault happened around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the QuikTrip at Douglas and Washington. Police

WBJ: Only 1 Wichita-built Learjet Delivered in 1Q


WICHITA - The Wichita Business Journal reports that according to Bombardier’s first-quarter earnings results, the company delivered just one Wichita-built Learjet in the first three months of the year. That’s down from the nine it delivered i...

Wichita Man Sentenced for Abusing Girl


WICHITA - A Wichita man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for abusing a local girl after being acquitted in her death. Sly Maples has been sentenced to 136 months in prison for abusing two-year-old Avry Darnell; KAKE News reports he was ...

Haskell commencement speaker leading Redskins mascot fight


LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Haskell Indian Nations University graduate who is at the forefront in the fight to change the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the university's commencement. Amanda Blackhorse

Susan Peters Announces Departure from KAKE-TV


WICHITA - Wichita broadcaster Susan Peters has announced that she will leave her position as the main anchor at KAKE-TV at the end of May. She has been with KAKE since 1995 and been a presence in the Wichita market since 1983. “For years, my p

Groups urge lawmakers to reject Governor's budget proposals


TOPEKA, Kan. - On Wednesday morning, the Kansas Center for Economic Growth (KCEG) hosted a joint press conference to address three potential budget options released from the Brownback administration last week. Leaders of various groups that would be

BBB: Choose local roofing contractors after a storm


WICHITA - Contractors have been in south and northeast Wichita assessing hail damage from Tuesday's storms. KAKE News spoke with Better Business Bureau state director Denise Groene who recommends that people choose reputable local contractors after a

H&R Block cuts 250 jobs, citing disappointing tax season


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - H&R Block says it's laying off 250 workers, citing a disappointing tax season. The Kansas City Star reports the downsizing announced Tuesday by the Kansas City, Missouri-based company amounts to 12.6 percent of its workforce.

Report: VA office in Kansas manipulated data on appeals


WICHITA - A government review shows a Veterans Affairs regional office in Kansas listed erroneous medical conditions for three dozen patients who filed appeals after having their claims rejected. In a report released Tuesday, the VA's inspector 

Angels sweep Royals with 4-2 win


ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mike Trout hit a tying two-run homer, Yunel Escobar put the Angels ahead with a solo shot in the sixth inning and Andrelton Simmons also went deep to power Los Angeles to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. 

Kansas State University asked to examine off-campus rapes


MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State University fraternities are calling on the university to begin investigations of alleged sexual violence that occurs off campus. The Manhattan Mercury (http://bit.ly/1XW7r7V ) reports that the university's Interfraterni

Thieves drilling holes in vehicle gas tanks


WICHITA, Kan. - Lennie Blevins is trying to build a vending machine service business, while also working a day job. Blevins says he needs his pickup truck to do the work. But when he went to fill the gas tank up this week he heard the noise of gasoline s

Dodge City men charged with hate crimes in attack on Somalis


WICHITA, Kan. - Two Dodge City men have been charged with federal hate crimes for attacking three Somali men last year. The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release that Omar Cantero Martinez, 31, and Armando Sotelo, 24, were charged Wednesday

Turnpike crash an example of why changes are coming


SUMNER COUNTY, Kan. - The Kansas Turnpike Authority says an early morning crash at a toll plaza is a prime example of why changes are needed. The crash happened at the southern turnpike exit just south of Wellington around 3:00 in the morning Wednesday.

Tobacco bond proposal could cut smoking programs


WICHITA, Kan. - Citibank in a document to the Kansas Development Finance Authority wants people to invest in the state's settlement with tobacco companies. The money at the heart of this tobacco bond proposal comes from the Master Settlement Agreemen

Two arrested in Salina homicide


SALINA, Kan.  -  One of two suspects in a Salina homicide has been arrested after a police pursuit. Police Capt. Chris Trocheck says the chase began Tuesday morning after Adonis Loudermilk, 21, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was found fatally shot in a

Police: Fatal Salina shooting appears to be accidental


SALINA, Kan. — Salina police say a fatal shooting appears to be accidental. The Salina Journal reports that police made the determination after completing their investigation into the death of Bryant Sanchez, 28, of Salina. Police Capt. Chris Troch

Kansas Lt. Governor meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer visited with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders during a recent week-long trip to Israel. In addition to talks with Netanyahu on shared security concerns, Colyer engaged i

Boil water advisory lifted for Park City


PARK CITY, Kan.  -  Park City has lifted a boil water advisory issued earlier this week. The order was issued on Tuesday because of a lack of pressure due to a water main break. City officials said laboratory testing on water samples indicated

Police: Wichita Dillons robberies likely connected


WICHITA, Kan. — Two Wichita Dillons stores were robbed this month, and investigators believe the cases are connected. The first robbery happened around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at the Dillons at 3707 North Woodlawn, near 37th Street. An emplo

Storm brings heavy rain and hail to Sedgwick County


WICHITA - Heavy rains flooded streets and intersections across Wichita Tuesday, leaving cars stranded and some neighborhoods inaccessible. Unofficial rainfall totals from the National Weather Service shows just under three inches of rain at Eisenhower

Body found after Topeka shootout was robbery suspect


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The FBI says a man's body found in charred ruins of a Kansas motel room after a shootout that injured three federal agents is that of the robbery suspect they were trying to arrest. The FBI said Tuesday the body was identified as 

Kansas lawmakers reject audit for same-sex discrimination


TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas lawmakers have again refused to audit the Department of Children and Families to determine if the agency discriminates against same-sex couples in adoption or foster care cases. The Legislative Post Audit Committee on Tuesday voted

Man charged in west Wichita homicide


WICHITA - A Wichita man has been charged in connection to last week's homicide in west Wichita. Jacob Pulliam, 22, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder and possession of marijuana or paraphernalia. His bond was set at $100,000. On the 

Woman runs car into northeast Wichita building, attacks man


WICHITA - A woman is in jail after ramming a car full of children into a building before attacking a man who was staying inside. It happened about 11:45 p.m. Monday at the Mirror, Inc. treatment facility near 37th Street N and Webb Road. Wichita police

Augusta voters approve sales tax renewal


AUGUSTA, Kan - Voters in Augusta said they are willing to pay for better roads. By a vote of 1324-586, Augusta voters approved renewal of a one-cent sales tax. The results of the mail-in ballot were announced Tuesday afternoon. Half of the money raised

Mother charged with aiding in southeast Kansas jail escape


GIRARD, Kan. - A mother is charged with aiding her son and another man in a southeast Kansas jail escape. The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that 57-year-old Marlene Louise McAfee, of Arma, is jailed in Crawford County on $50,000 bond. After her son, 

Credit card skimmer found at Park City gas station


PARK CITY, Kan. - Park City police are investigating after a credit card skimmer was found on Monday at a local gas station. A skimmer is a device which is inserted into the card reader slot that steals data from a credit or debit card's magnetic

Two men in custody after deadly shooting in Salina


SALINA, Kan. - Police are questioning two men, one who is believed to be the suspect in connection to a deadly shooting Tuesday morning in Salina. Officers were called around 6 a.m. to the Starlite Motel at 211 East Pacific. One person was found dead at 

Giavotella's 3-run HR helps Weaver, Angels beat Royals 9-4


ANAHEIM, Calif. - Johnny Giavotella drove in three runs with his first homer of the season, Mike Trout and Carlos Perez had two-run singles, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 9-4 Tuesday night. Jered Weaver (3-0) allowed four runs 

Kansas schools canceled amid tornado threat


WICHITA - Schools in large sections of Kansas have canceled classes and extra-curricular activities to prepare for potentially dangerous storms packing tornadoes, rain and hail. Wichita State University closed all of its locations at noon Tuesday an

Kansas to delay consolidation of home services for disabled


TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas is delaying a planned consolidation of seven programs providing in-home services for the elderly and disabled until spring 2017. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer made the commitment in a letter to Kansas House Health and Human Services Co

Orpheum to Showcase Prince with Purple Rain Double Feature


WICHITA - Wichita’s SMG-managed Orpheum Theatre will showcase the life and film work of late music icon Prince with the Celebration of This Thing Called Life Double Feature at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The double feature includes a screening of Pu

Wichita State University was closed early today


WICHITA - Wichita State University was closed at noon today (Tuesday, April 26) because of the elevated threat of dangerous storms in the area. All classes, activities and events scheduled to begin at noon or later are canceled at all WSU locations. All

KS Pulls Out of Fed's Refugee Relocation Program


TOPEKA - Governor Sam Brownback has notified the Obama Administration that the State of Kansas is withdrawing from the federal government’s refugee relocation program because of concerns for the safety of Kansans. Beginning in November 2015, the Go...

McConnell AFB Diverts Planes Before Severe WX


WICHITA - Officials have removed aircraft from a Kansas military base to prevent them from being damaged during expected heavy storms. McConnell Air Force Base spokesman Colby Hardin says the aircraft are being sent to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane ...

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