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Hutchinson Prison Employees Speak Out About Staffing

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - New details have been released about the stabbing at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility on Wednesday. According to the Kansas Organization of State Employees (KOSE) a corrections officer was stabbed by an inmate 13 times with a 6-8 in

Salina Woman Gets Prison in Battery Case

SALINA, Kan. - A Kansas woman who struck a man with her car during an argument over money has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay for his medical bills.   The Salina Journal reports 34-year-old Arasely Duron was

Commission to Consider More Efficiency Proposals

TOPEKA, Kan. - A new commission looking for efficiencies within Kansas' public school system has school consolidation and teacher pay proposals on the agenda as its two-day meeting continues.   The K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency

Wichita State Plans Economic Outlook Conference

WICHITA - The annual forecast of the region's economic future will highlight next month's Wichita Area Economic Outlook Conference.   Wichita State University's Barton School of Business and Center for Economic Development and Business

No. 5 Auburn Holds off No. 20 K-State, 20-14

MANHATTAN, Kan.  -  Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes, Auburn forced three turnovers and the fifth-ranked Tigers held on to beat mistake-prone No. 20 Kansas State 20-14 on Thursday night.  

New Lawsuit Filed in Kansas Senate Race Dispute

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A registered Democratic voter has filed a new petition with the Kansas Supreme Court asking it to force the party to name a new nominee for the U.S. Senate.

Economy Remains Slow in Rural Parts of 10 States

OMAHA, Neb.  -  A new survey suggests economic growth is rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West will continue slowing down in the next few months.  

4.0 Quake Rattles Northern Oklahoma

MEDFORD, Okla.  -  Parts of northern Oklahoma were rattled by a magnitude 4.0 earthquake Thursday evening. It is just the latest in a series to occur in that part of the state throughout the day.

Democrat Promises Summits as Kansas Governor

LENEXA, Kan.  -  Democratic nominee Paul Davis has named a dozen new economic advisers for his campaign for governor and is promising to hold summits across Kansas if he's elected.  

Parsons to Check for Alcohol at School Dances

PARSONS, Kan.  -  Students in a southeast Kansas district will soon be required to undergo alcohol breath tests before they're allowed into school dances.  

Wichita Police to Conduct Weekend DUI Checkpoint

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Wichita Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint this weekend. The checkpoint will be set up somewhere in north Wichita beginning at 11:00 p.m. Saturday, September 20, and ending at 3:00 a.m. Sunday.

Wichita Police, Fire Won't Respond After Multiple False Alarms

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Every time Wichita police officers or firefighters respond to a false alarm, it costs not only money but precious time.

Supreme Court: Remove Chad Taylor from ballot in Senate race

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the state to remove U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Chad Taylor's name from the ballot, in a ruling that could influence the national fight for control of the Senate. The court's decision Thursday

Life Sentence for Wichita Man: Drug Shooting

WICHITA - Dennis Haynes, a 20-year-old man from Wichita, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday morning by District Judge Warren Wilbert for the murder of 34-year-old Ronald Betts of Wichita. Betts, was shot to death during a drug transaction in a hous...

Theft from Prepaid Cards in Wichita

WICHITA - The Wichita Police Department is warning consumers of recent thefts involving prepaid cards. KAKE News reports during the past week, two cases have been reported involving theft of funds from Vanilla Reload Network cards. The cards in question ...

Winter Heath Tips and Flu Shots

WICHITA - As fall and winter months approach, so do colder temperatures, coughing, sneezing and the spread of seasonal influenza. Safeguard yourself against this potentially dangerous viral infection with these simple steps:   

Spirit Worker Critically Burned

WICHITA - A female employee at Spirit AeroSystems is recovering in a hospital after being burned on her face. Emergency workers were called to Gate 13 on East MacArthur around 4:15 a.m. Thursday. Dispatchers say a woman was taken to Via Christi-St

Saline Co. Jail Overcrowding Reaches All-Time High

SALINA, KAN. - Saline County's Sheriff says residents are paying the price for serious overcrowding issues inside his jail. KAKE News spoke with Sheriff Glenn Kochanowski who says the problem is is a backlog of pending court cases. "The court

Kansas Soldier Sentenced for Social Security Fraud

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Fort Riley soldier has been sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for accepting disability payments he wasn't eligible to receive.   A U.S. attorney's office says 38-year-old James

Investigators Ask For Help in Deadly Clearwater Hit-and-Run

CLEARWATER, Kan.  -  The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone who sees a specific red SUV with front end damage to call them.

Wellington Man Attacked, Robbed in Home

WELLINGTON, Kan.  -  A Wellington man is recovering after suspects attacked and robbed him inside his home. Wellington Police were called to the 600 block of South H Street shortly after 1:00 a.m. last Friday.  The man, 26, reported being

Construction May Slow Fans Traveling to KSU-Auburn Game

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  If you are planning to drive to Thursday's K-State game against Auburn you may want to take a different route. A portion of US Highway 77 is closed and drivers will be on a detour for 28 miles.  

Pratt Man Electrocuted by Power Line

PRATT, Kan.  -  Authorities have identified a south-central Kansas man who was killed after coming into contact with a 7,200-volt power line.  

Texas Woman Pleads Guilty to Scamming Adoptive Parents

KANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  A woman who pretended to be pregnant to scam prospective adoptive parents in Kansas and elsewhere has reached a deal with prosecutors for a 33-month prison sentence.  

Sears to Close Wichita Towne West Store

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Sears store and Sears Auto Center in Towne West Square, which together employ 103 people, will close in early December.

KS School Efficiency Task Force

TOPEKA - The head of a school efficiency task force is recommending several changes, including incentives for Kansas school districts to consolidate and potential restrictions on teacher bargaining rights. Wichita businessman Sam Williams mailed his reco...

Officer Stabbed at Prison in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - A corrections officer has been injured in a stabbing at a south-central Kansas prison. At about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, an officer at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility was stabbed multiple times. He was rushed to an area hospital, but ...

Former KS Governor John Anderson, Jr., Dies

OLATHE, Kan. - John Anderson Jr., who served as Kansas governor from 1961 to 1965, has died at age 97. His daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Anderson, says Anderson died Monday at an extended-care facility in Olathe. Anderson practiced law in Olathe and served ...

KU Joins Effort to Help Low-Income Students

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Kansas has joined a national effort to help students from low-income families graduate.        The university announced Tuesday that it and 10 other schools have formed the University Innova

Comissioners Approve $5 million Elephant Barn at Zoo

WICHITA - Sedgwick County commissioners today approved spending $5.3 million to build an elephant barn at the Sedgwick County Zoo. The money will come from reserve funds.The measure passed by a vote of 3-2. Commissioners Richard Ranzau and Karl Peterjohn voted agai

Kanas Police Chase Ends With Arrest Near Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. - Shawnee County authorities have arrested a man who they say led officers on a chase through two counties using a stolen vehicle.   Sheriff's Lt. Danny Lotridge says on Tuesday a Silver Lake officer spotted the 54-year-old man

Kansas Petitioners Work to Repeal Ordinance

ROELAND PARK, Kan. - The Johnson County legal department says a petition to repeal Roeland Park's anti-discrimination ordinance can move forward.   The Kansas City Star reported that the county has approved the ballot

Kansas Gets $3.8M Federal Grant for Conservation

WICHITA - Kansas will receive $3.8 million in conservation funding to help landowners protect key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands.   The grant was announced Tuesday by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It's part of $328 million the

Wichita to Court New Business in Africa

WICHITA, Kan.  -  City Council member La Vonta Williams and Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer are planning a trip to Africa later this month.

Man Electrocuted in Pratt County

PRATT, Kan.  -  A man is dead after being electrocuted in Pratt County.  It happened around 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.  

Cowley County Attorney to Discuss Officer-Involved Shooting

WINFIELD, Kan.  -  The investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Cowley County is complete and the findings are set to be released later this week.

Feds Allow Kansas to Withhold Test Data

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Federal education officials have granted a request from Kansas to not release assessment test results that experts say are invalid because of technical problems and cyber attacks. 

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, ...

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