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Barton Co. Sheriff checking registered offender compliance


GREAT BEND, Kan.  -  Law enforcement in a county northwest of Wichita is working to make sure all registered sex offenders and violent crime offenders there are in compliance with the terms of their release. The Barton County Sheriff's offi

No. 25 Wichita State pounds Drake 74-48


DES MOINES, Iowa  -  Ron Baker and Shaq Morris had 11 points each and No. 25 Wichita State pounded Drake 74-48 on Tuesday night for its 12th win in 13 games. Thirteen players scored for the Shockers (18-5, 12-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who

No. 6 Kansas beats No. 10 West Virginia, 75-65


LAWRENCE, Kan.  -  Perry Ellis had 21 points, Landen Lucas pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds and No. 6 Kansas beat No. 10 West Virginia 75-65 on Tuesday night to forge a three-way tie atop the Big 12. Frank Mason III added 14 points for the

Suspect identified in Newton burglary spree


NEWTON, Kan.  -  Newton Police are asking a man suspected of burglarizing multiple homes and vehicles over the weekend to come forward for questioning. Information has led police to believe Corey Michael Youngblood, 28, to be one of the men cau

Utz takes over as Garden City Police Chief


GARDEN CITY, Kan.  -  The new Garden City Police Chief Michael Utz has taken over his duties. Utz was named the new chief last month, and has worked for the GCPD since September 1984, most recently serving as captain of the investigations divis

Kansas appeals court orders release of candidate materials


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Kansas is appealing a judge's ruling that the state must release candidates' applications for two county commission openings filled by Gov. Sam Brownback. The state has filed a notice of appeal in the lawsuit brought b

Kansas members discuss student restraint and seclusion


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  School employees would receive more training on how to help disruptive students and avoid physically restraining them under a House bill being considered this week. The measure discussed Tuesday in the House Committee on Childr

Kansas lawmakers give 'revenge porn' bill a second look


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas lawmakers are weighing legislation that would make it illegal to post photos or videos of a nude person online without his or her consent. The Kansas City Star reports that Rep. Sydney Carlin, (D-Manhattan), and Rep. St

Kansas court upholds tax evasion convictions of Atkins diet doctor


WICHITA, Kan.  -  A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored the "Atkins Diabetes Revolution." The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed all five counts of attempted t

Wichita Police investigating sexual assault


WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita teen told police she was sexually assaulted after getting into a man's vehicle to use the cellphone. The girl, 13, told officers she walked away from her group home last night. A man drove up beside her. She aske

KU Project Funded by Wisconsin Bonds


TOPEKA - University of Kansas officials say using $327 million in out of state bonds to finance construction projects allows them to meet crucial campus needs in a cost-effective way. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, other university officials and ...

Olney Wins Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race


LIBERAL, Kan. - The English claim the top prize in this year's Shrove Tuesday pancake race; the annual contest takes place between the women of Olney, England, and Liberal, Kansas. On Shrove Tuesday every year the ladies of Olney, Buckinghamshire, co...

Kansas legislators endorse public safety measures


TOPEKA, Kan. - Democratic legislators in both chambers of the Kansas Legislature are voicing their support for three bills designed to enhance public safety. One bill would use an additional fee on vehicle registrations to create a staffing fund for the

Kansas governor signs measure aimed at keeping courts open


TOPEKA, Kan. - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation to keep Kansas' courts open following a legal dispute involving their budget and the state Supreme Court's power. Brownback signed the bill Monday, and it will take effect 

Legislature considers special protections for gun industry


TOPEKA, Kan. - A gun-dealers trade group is pushing legislation in several conservative states to restrict what it says is discrimination by financial institutions. The National Shooting Sports Foundation initiated legislation in Kansas, Georgia, Alabama

Kansas Senate plan would hinder university's bonding move


TOPEKA, Kan. - A new budget proposal from Kansas legislators could force the University of Kansas to raise private funds to pay off construction bonds issued out-of-state. The Senate Ways and Means Committee added the measure Monday to a bill for 

Wichita school board looks at options for 2016-17 budget


Wichita school board looks at options for 2016-17 budget   WICHITA, Kan.  -  It's back to the drawing board to find new ways to generate both funding and savings for Kansas schools.   A bill to consolidate school districts to cut d

Wichita BOE approves 2016-17 school calender


WICHITA, Kan.  - The Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 Parent-Teacher school calendar during its February 8 meeting.  The first day of school for all students is August 17, with orientation for sixth- and ninth-grade students is August

Boaters rescued at Marion Reservoir


MARION, Kan.  -  Kansas Game Wardens, Marion County Sheriff's deputies and the US Army Corps of Engineers, team up to rescue a pair of boaters at Marion Reservoir. Authorities said high winds knocked the two men out of the boat Sunday. One

Man killed in Salina crash


SALINA, Kan.  -  A Salina man was killed in a single vehicle accident in Salina. The accident happened around 12:40 a.m. Monday. Police said a vehicle struck a power pole in the 5-Corners area at 9th and Pacific. The accident resulted in some p

Kansas consumers who purchased RadioShack gift cards owed refund


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Monday, alerted Kansas consumers holding unused gift cards purchased from RadioShack can obtain refunds from the company, which filed for bankruptcy last year. Under a court order filed

Kansas Senate panel approves bill to balance state budget


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A Kansas Senate committee has approved a bill that would balance the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The measure approved Monday by the Ways and Means Committee would eliminate a projected deficit of nearly $

Kansas panel adds to mental hospital budget


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The state's mental hospital in eastern Kansas would receive an additional $2.4 million in its current budget to help boost its staffing under a proposal from a legislative committee. The Senate Ways and Means Committee adde

Kansas Senate plan would hinder university's bonding move


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  A new budget proposal from Kansas legislators could force the University of Kansas to raise private funds to pay off construction bonds issued out-of-state. The Senate Ways and Means Committee added the measure Monday to a bill

Kansas school district realignment bill paused after concern


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The chairman of the Kansas House Education Committee says it's unlikely that any action will be taken on a bill that would force the consolidation of more than half of the state's school districts. Republican state Rep.

Pro-abortion advocates hold health care rally


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Abortion rights organizations, students and Kansas House members are rallying against legislation banning access to reproductive health care. Representatives from Planned Parenthood, Trust Women and United for Reproductive &

Kansas man sentenced for embezzling


KANSAS CITY, Kan.  -  A suburban Kansas City man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for embezzling more than $6 million. The U.S. attorney's office says 46-year-old Kenneth Voboril, of Overland Park, was sentenced Monday f

Kansas saw growth in number of businesses in 2015


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas secretary of state's office says the number of businesses in the state grew by 5% last year. Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office reported Monday that Kansas had about 179,000 businesses at the end of 2015

Wichita Violence: One Dead, One Wounded


WICHITA - One man is dead and another was shot after violence near downtown Wichita, east of Washington & Waterman. It happened at about 4:00 a.m. Sunday, when an alarm sounded at a building in the 300 block of S. Laura. Arriving officers found a tru...

Two-Alarm Apartment Fire in S. Wichita


WICHITA - A two-alarm fire caused significant damage to the River Walk Apartments in south Wichita, near Pawnee & Broadway. The call came in after 4:00 a.m. Sunday, to the 2600 block of S. Topeka; arriving crews found extensive flames coming from a t...

Vehicles & House Fire in W. Wichita


WICHITA - Crews responded to a fire near 13th & North & 119th West. The call came in before 1:00 a.m. Monday from the 1500 block of N. Shefford. Arriving crews discoverd two cars on fire, and the flames were beginning to melt the vinyl sidin...

KDHE marks the beginning of Kansas' flu season


TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed four cases of influenza in the south central portion of the state.  Health official Cassie Sparks says flu season has arrived and people should take the necessary

Wichita man avoids prison in Reno County child sex case


HUTCHINSON, Kan. - A 20-year-old Wichita man avoided a prison sentence in a child sex case in Reno County. Samuel Peterson was originally charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The Hutch Post reports the charge stems from his sexual acts

Woman dies after northwest Kansas crash


CHEYENNE COUNTY, Kan. - One woman is dead after a crash along US Highway 36 in Cheyenne County. It happened at about 2 p.m. Sunday when a Pontiac Grand Prix struck the trailer of a semi-truck, causing the driver of the car to lose control, slamming into

Bledsoe case influences bill requiring taped interrogations


TOPEKA, Kan. - Law enforcement would be required to record some interrogations under a bill influenced by the case of a Kansas man who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a killing his brother eventually admitted to committing.

Large grass fire burns in Rice County


RICE COUNTY, Kan. - Multiple fire departments are battling a large grass fire in eastern Rice County. Rice County Dispatch said crews began responding to the blaze at about 2 p.m. Sunday. Dispatchers tell KAKE News that the fire began near Avenue V betwe

House struck by Jeep early Sunday morning


WICHITA, Kan. - A man struck a house with his Jeep while driving under the influence.  Wichita Police Sgt. Joe Kennedy said a man was driving on North Redbarn early Sunday morning when he exited the roadway and struck a house.  Kennedy says th

Store employee attacked during shoplifting attempt


WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita Police report a Target employee at the Maize store was attacked with pepper srpay by a shoplifter Saturday.  Sgt. Joe Kenedy said shortly before 6:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2700 block of N. Maize Rd.  The

Kansas adviser arrested on suspicion of drunk driving


TOPEKA, Kan. - The executive director of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's Council of Economic Advisors has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Shawnee County jail records show that Stanley Ahlerich, executive director of the Kansas Go

Fire damages south Wichita apartment complex


WICHITA, Kan. - Fire caused damage to an apartment complex in south Wichita early Sunday morning. Crews were called around 4:30 a.m. to a fire at Waterwalk Apartments in the 400 block of East Marion Road, near Pawnee and Broadway. Pictures from the scen

Shooting, building collision possibly connected


WICHITA, Kan. - Police say an early-morning shooting and the discovery of a pickup that slammed into a downtown Wichita building may be connected. Just before 4 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to an alarm at 340 South Laura, near Washington and Waterman.

Bledsoe case influences bill requiring taped interrogations


TOPEKA, Kan. - Law enforcement would be required to record some interrogations under a bill influenced by the case of a Kansas man who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a killing his brother eventually admitted to committing. The Topeka Capital-Journ

Police search for suspects in Newton burglary spree


NEWTON, Kan. - Newton police are searching for suspects in connection to an overnight burglary spree. The police department said on Facebook that the burglaries happened between late Friday night and early Saturday morning near 8th and Logan streets. At

4 arrested in Hutchinson armed robbery, beating


HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Four men have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery and assault at a convenience store in Hutchinson. The robbery happened Wednesday, January 27, at the Quik Shop at 4216 North Plum. Police said the woman working at time of t

Committee chair says school district bill won't proceed


TOPEKA, Kan. — The chairman of the Kansas House education committee says his panel won't vote on a school consolidation measure. Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, told The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1RdVXvS ) Saturday he doesn't inten

Kansas State upsets top-ranked Oklahoma, 80-69


MANHATTAN, Kan. — Wesley Iwundu scored 22 points, freshman reserve Dean Wade had 17 and Kansas State upset top-ranked Oklahoma 80-69 on Saturday night to shake up the Big 12 race once again. D.J. Johnson added 12 points and Justin Edwards 11 for th

KC safety Berry recovers from lymphoma, wins comeback award


SAN FRANCISCO — Kansas City safety Eric Berry, who missed 10 games the previous season battling lymphoma, then returned to the Chiefs to become an All-Pro, has won The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. Berry's inspirationa

KS Senate approves tougher penalties for home burglaries


TOPEKA, Kan. - The Senate Substitute for House Bill 2049 stiffens penalties for burglary of a dwelling, making it far more likely that those criminals serve time in prison. The bill also increases prison sentences for felons who break into a home while pe

'Marinello' cosmetology schools closing amid fraud claims


WICHITA, Kan. - The U.S. Department of Education has released information about why a cosmetology college in Wichita was forced to close its doors Feb. 5. The Marinello School of Beauty off S. Rock Rd. is among 56 Marinello campuses around the country st

Wichita neighborhood warns of housekeeping scam


WICHITA, Kan. - Has anyone recently knocked on your door offering to clean your home for free? Some residents in west Wichita say they have, and warn that it's a scam. People in the neighborhood of Central and Ridge say women have been going door-to-

Threat investigated at Wichita West High School


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita Police and USD 259 security are investigating after a threat was made against West High School. Police said the threat was vague and made by e-mail to several staff members. The school was not evacuated and continued

Kansas Senate committee passes step therapy legislation


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas Senate will consider a bill that would require Medicaid patients to try lower-cost drugs before moving to more expensive treatments. The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee passed the step therapy legislation

University of Kansas Marillac Center reports up to 18 ill


OVERLAND PARK, Kan.  -  Officials at a University of Kansas Hospital youth services center say up to 18 people have fallen ill in the last few days. State health officials told the hospital to treat the illnesses at the Marillac campus as norov

Officials say no confirmed cases of Zika virus in Kansas


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  Health officials say Kansas has not had any confirmed cases of the Zika virus. The Zika virus, which is generally so mild that it only causes symptoms in about one out of five cases, raised concerns recently when doctors in Bra

Dodge City may join junior league hockey league of 29 teams


DODGE CITY, Kan.  -  The commissioner of a junior hockey league that has 29 teams in the western United States and Canada says he wants to start a team in Dodge City. Ron White says he's been considering starting a Western States Hockey Lea

Surge of Idling Cars Stolen in Wichita


WICHITA - On Thursday morning, a 27-year-old woman told officers that someone had stolen the car from her residence in south Wichita near Washington & Mt. Vernon -- the keys were in the vehicle, and the motor was running. So far this year, there ...

Honda Thefts Spiking in Wichita


WICHITA - Police are seeing a higher number of auto thefts involving Honda vehicles. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Hondas made from 1988-2002 are considered among the most popular vehicles that theives target nationwide, by by-passing ...

Local leaders divided over property tax lid law


WICHITA - A property tax lid law requiring property tax increases rising above the inflation rate to be approved by local voters is getting different reviews of local leaders. Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says, "We're opposed to the property tax

Dozens of birds found dead in Wichita neighborhood


WICHITA - About 40 Starlings were found dead on a street and in a neighborhood in West Wichita on Wednesday. The birds were found dead on Carr Avenue, south of Kellogg and Maize Road. The Wichita Fire Department responded to the scene and gathered the 

US official requires citizenship proof in 3 states


WICHITA - Residents of Kansas, Alabama and Georgia are no longer able to register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of U.S. citizenship after a federal elections official added the requirement without public notice or review by the 

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