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Teen shot near Clearwater

WICHITA - Sedgwick County investigators are searching for two suspects after a Clearwater area teen said he was shot during a burglary. A 17-year old male is reported in critical condition after a shooting on 95th Street South, near Clearwater in southwes

Westar to increase its rates

TOPEKA, Kan. - Westar Energy plans to increase its rates starting in June to cover the costs of its environmental projects.   The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday approved a $10.8 million increase in Westar's environmental cost recovery

Kansas House Balks at Setting Up Alternative to Foster Care

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas House members are uneasy about a proposal to allow parents to temporarily give up custody of their children to others as an alternative to putting the youngsters into foster homes overseen by the state. The Topeka Capital-Journal

Woman in Assisted Living Center Fraud Case to Change Plea

WICHITA - A woman accused of stealing more than $1.2 million from a company which owns assisted living centers in Kansas and Missouri is expected to change her plea next month. A court filing on Thursday shows Lori Shryock of Augusta is scheduled for

Kansas Senate Approves Bill to Bolster 'Webcam' Abortion Ban

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas Senate has approved a bill aimed at allowing the state to enforce a ban on what critics call "webcam" abortions.  

Kansas Lawmakers Negotiate Agreement on State Budget

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate have agreed on a proposed budget that would limit increases in tuition at state universities. 

Wichita Airport to Auction Items from Old Terminal

WICHITA, Kan.  -  After months of waiting, the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is set to open on June 3, 2015, and then the old terminal will shut down to the public.

Wichita School Evacuated Due to Gas Leak

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Riverside Elementary school was evacuated due to a gas leak. It happened around 3:00 p.m. Thursday in the 1000 Block of North Porter. A police spokesperson said explosive levels of gas were discovered at the foundation.

Wichita Woman Charged with Using Vehicle as Murder Weapon

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Prosecutors charged a Wichita woman today with using her vehicle to kill another woman. Tiplance Walker appeared in court where she was charged with first degree murder and child endangerment.

Cheney State Park is Ready for Campers

CHENEY, Kan.  -  Park crews have been hard at work preparing for an influx of campers this Memorial Day Weekend. Cheney State Park Regional Supervisor Ryan Stucky says, "Despite the forecast we have a lot of folks who are already out here.'

Feds Accuse Man of Assaulting Immigration Enforcement Agent

WICHITA - Federal prosecutors have accused a Mexican man living illegally in the United States of assaulting an immigration enforcement agent who arrested him for deportation. A criminal complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Kansas accuses Emmanuel

Construction Begins on Reno County Veterans Memorial

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - After several years of planning, construction is set to begin on the Reno County Veterans Memorial. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at the site of memorial in South Hutchinson. Committee member Kelly Danyluck says

4 of 5 Hutchinson Teens Plead Not Guilty in Alleged Shooting Plot

HUTCHINSON, Kan.  -  Four of five teenagers accused of conspiring to carry out a shooting at Hutchison High School have pleaded not guilty in juvenile court.

Kansas Governor Says He's Not Drawing Clear Lines on Taxes

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Gov. Sam Brownback says he's not drawing clear lines on what he'll accept as the GOP-dominated Kansas Legislature considers backtracking on one of his major economic initiatives.  

Lawmakers Advance Bill to Boost Secretary of State's Power

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The House has advanced a bill that would give Kansas' secretary of state the power to prosecute election fraud.   The chamber gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday.  

Mortar Shell Found at Salina Scrap Business

SALINA, Kan.  -  The discovery of a mortar shell at a scrap business prompted an area of downtown Salina to be blocked off Wednesday afternoon.

Man Stabbed in SW Wichita

WICHITA - A man has suffered severe injuries after he was stabbed Wednesday afternoon in southwest Wichita. KAKE News reports police and emergency crews were called around 1:45 p.m. to the 1800 block of S. St. Paul; that's near Harry & Southwest

NE Wichita: Robbery During Dominoes Game

WICHITA - Six men were robbed during a game-night in northeast Wichita; it happened after 10:00 p.m. Tuesday at the McAdams Recreation Center near 13th & the Canal Route. About four armed male suspects entered the building, confronting six men betwee...

Kansas House to Consider Stiffening Scrap Theft Penalties

TOPEKA, Kan. - Scrap thieves who do more than $5,000 worth of damage when stealing valuable metals would face jail time under a bill before the Kansas House. The chamber was set to vote Wednesday on the measure, which also would create a system to track

Kansas Takes over Nursing Home Due to Insolvency

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The state has temporarily taken over a Topeka nursing home after its owners couldn't make payroll and no one else stepped forward to run it. 

Wichita Man Arrested for Buying Colorado Pot

WICHITA,Kan. -  A Wichita man has been charged with felony possesson of marijuana.   Court records obtained by KAKE News show that Phoung "Johnny" Huynh, 35, was buying and selling marijuana from a couple in Lakewood, Colorado.

Sedgwick County Looks at Code Changes for the River and Big Ditch

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Sedgwick County is looking at proposed changes to county code that applies to the Arkansas River and Wichita-Valley Center Flood Control Project, better known as the Big Ditch.

Loaded Gun Found in Carry-On at Wichita's Airport

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded handgun at Wichita's Eisenhower National Airport Monday afternoon.

Wichita Leaders Increase Financial Support for Export Plan

WICHITA, Kan. -  The Wichita City Council unanimously approved $200,000 for economic development services with Kansas Global Trade Services.

Kansas Senate Committee Advances Plan for Increasing Taxes

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A Kansas Senate committee has advanced a plan to increase a variety of taxes to close a projected state budget shortfall.

KS House: Compromise for Uber?

TOPEKA - The Kansas House of Representatives has approved a compromise on regulations that ride-hailing company Uber has said would allow it to stay in the state. The House passed the legislation in a 119-3 vote Tuesday. Uber announced in early May that ...

Help for children dealing with loss

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Three Kansas organizations are joining forces to help children who are dealing with a loss in their lives.   Hospice and Homecare of Reno County, Horizons Mental Health Center and Reins of Hope are hosting the annual "Kids Kam

Kansas Governor Says Using Private Email, Cell is Simpler

TOPEKA, Kan. - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says he has been using private email and cell phones for official business since he was a U.S. senator. Brownback said during a news conference Monday that he began the practice while serving in the U.S.

Kansas Attorney General Appoints New Civil Litigation Chief

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has picked a former state Bar Association president to lead the division in Schmidt's office that handles civil lawsuits. Schmidt announced Monday that Dennis Depew has been appointed deputy

Judge Sets Hearing in Boeing Retirement Settlement Case

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A federal judge has set a hearing over a proposed $90 million settlement in the lawsuit by former Boeing workers over retirement plan benefits after the sale of the company's Wichita operations. 

Report: Widespread Rains Boost Kansas Wheat Crops

WICHITA, Kan.  -  The latest government snapshot of Kansas crops shows an improving winter wheat crop amid widespread rains. 

New Proposal to Narrow Kansas Business Tax Break Emerges

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A new proposal for narrowing a tax break for business owners and farmers has emerged in the Kansas House.  

Kansas Senate Bill Seen as Threat to Biosciences Agency

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A Kansas agency that nurtures biosciences companies would be abolished under a bill being considered by a legislative panel.  

Governor, Lawmakers Give Kansas School Districts Extra Funds

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders have approved a total of nearly $302,000 in extra funding for three public school districts. 

8 States Receive Drought Aid for Farms, Ranches

WASHINGTON, D.C.,  -  Farmers and ranchers in the West's worst-hit drought regions will receive an additional $21 million to help them save water and soil despite the long dry spell.

Wichita Woman Killed in Her Back Yard

WICHITA - A 31-year-old woman was killed in the back yard of her home in south Wichita near Pawnee & Washington, and her children witnessed the events leading to her horrific death. Police Lt. Todd Ojile says after 9:00 p.m. Sunday, a frantic caller ...

Kansas job growth lags behind nation

WICHITA - A new report says employment growth in Kansas has been lagging behind the rest of the nation.   Wichita State University's Center for Economic Development and Business Research updated on Monday employment forecast. It shows that while

State Fair smoking ban to be considered

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - The Kansas State Fair is being asked to consider banning smoking throughout the fair grounds.   A Reno County youth group called Communities That Care has twice discussed its research and ideas on a smoking ban with the state fair

Hutch Police Searching for Home Invasion, Armed Robbery Suspect

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Police are searching for a man who is wanted in connection to several crimes in Hutchinson and should be considered armed and dangerous. Lt. M. Robertson tells KAKE News police are looking for 19-year-old Dakota Richard Andersen in

Kansas Lawmakers Work With Reduced Staff for Rest of Session

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas legislators will be working with a reduced staff of secretaries and assistants now that their annual session is in overtime. Lawmakers were returning Monday to the Statehouse for the 92nd day of their session. Legislative leaders

75 to 85 mph winds push railcars off tracks in Lyon County

TOPEKA, Kan. - Forecasters have determined that wind gusts of 75 to 85 mph pushed 34 stopped railcars off their tracks in Lyon County.   The National Weather Service announced Sunday that the winds that hit Saturday night also damaged trees and outbu

19-year-old killed in shooting outside water park

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Authorities say the person killed in a shooting near a water resort in eastern Kansas City was a 19-year-old man.   Kansas City police identified the victim Sunday as Ryshun Bell of Kansas City. He died at a hospital after he was s

Drive-by Shooting in Northeast Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. - A drive by shooting in northeast Wichita left a house struck by a bullet. Officers were called to a report of a drive by shooting in the 2500 block of N Minnesota around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Concerns raised over Brownback private email account

TOPEKA, Kan. - Governor Sam Brownback uses a private email address to communicate with staff, raising concerns about the availability of much of his communication under the state's open records law.  

Storms, heavy rains move across nation's midsection

NORMAN, Okla. - Another round of strong storms and heavy rain is moving across the nation's midsection.   The National Weather Service had issued tornado watches Saturday for areas including parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Nebraska. In Minne

US House moves to delist rare bird

TOPEKA, Kan. - The U.S. House has taken steps to remove federal protections for the lesser prairie chicken.   The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( ) House members agreed by a vote of 229-190 to approve an amendment to the Nationa

Lawrence police staff required to read Ferguson report

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Lawrence police officers have been required to read the federal report that details the Ferguson, Missouri, police department after Michael Brown's shooting death last summer.   The black, unarmed 18-year-old was killed Aug. 9 by

Plains states on alert for another burst of severe weather

NORMAN, Okla. - Forecasters say the Midwest could be in for another round of strong storms and heavy rain.   The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center says that severe thunderstorms may develop in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Te

Wichita Law Enforcement, Community Parade This Saturday

WICHITA, Kan. - Troubles surrounding communities and police departments across the country have been dominating our screens. there have been a few peaceful protests, but something else was happening. Wichita Police Sergeants Bart Brunscheen and Casey Sla

3 Charged in Murder of Dodge City Man

DODGE CITY, Kan - Three people have been arrested and charged in the death of a Dodge City man. Ford County deputies found a decomposing body under the Bucklin Bridge Monday evening. The body has been identified as Christopher Boyd, 25. An autopsy revea

Kansas Legislature to Vote on Uber Compromise Bill

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas Legislature is expected to vote next week on a regulatory measure that ride-hailing company Uber says would allow it stay in the state.

2 Injured in Butler County Crash

LEON, Kan.  -  Two people are hurt, one critically, following a crash involving a semi in Butler County. The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. Friday afternoon near the junction of highways 77 and 400.

Police Address 'Rumors' Surrounding Wichita Woman's Death

WICHITA, Kan.   -  Wichita police are releasing information surrounding a woman's death earlier in the week.

Blue Bell Workers Losing Jobs Following Listeria Problems

HOUSTON, Tex.  -  Blue Bell Creameries says it will lay off more than a third of its workforce following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a total product recall.  

Kansas Revising Rules for Retirees Returning to Work

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Legislators have approved a bill rewriting the rules for teachers, school administrators and other public employees who return to work after retiring.  

Kansas House Panel Reviewing Lawmaker's Remarks

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A Kansas House committee has scheduled its next meeting to investigate a Democrat lawmaker who labeled as "racist bigots" supporters of a bill ending college tuition breaks for students living in the U.S. illegally.

Nepal: Recovery Effort at Helicopter Crash Site

KATHMANDU, Nepal - A recovery mission will resume at daylight in Nepal at the spot where the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter was found. It disappeared this week during a relief mission in the country hit by two major quakes in the past three weeks. ...

No Contest Plea: Valley Center Murder Case

WICHITA - A California woman has pleaded "no contest' to the slayings of her biological sons' adoptive parents in Kansas. Kisha Schaberg entered the plea Friday to capital murder and aggravated robbery charges in a deal with prosecutors that ...

Kansas House rejects sales tax increase

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas House has rejected a bill to increase the state's sales tax to close a projected shortfall.   House members refused Friday on a voice vote to give the measure first-round approval. The bill would have raised the sales ta

Income tax repeal rejected

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas House has rejected a proposal to repeal an income tax break for business owners and farmers as it debates measures for raising new revenues to balance the state budget. The House was debating a bill Friday to increase the state&

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