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Kansas forward Carlton Bragg accused of domestic battery


LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery. The 20-year-old sophomore from Cleveland was taken into custody Thursday and accused of causing "reckless bodily harm to a family member,&quo

Kansas boy shot by supremacist to be honored in Rose Bowl


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A 14-year-old boy who was killed by a white supremacist at a Jewish site in suburban Kansas City will be honored in this year's Tournament of Roses Parade. Reat Underwood was shot to death along with his grandfather, Willi

WSU Police: Chalk drawings part of art project


WICHITA, Kan. - Recent chalk drawings that appeared on the Wichita State University campus with racist and sexist content have been revealed to be part of a student art project, university police said. The student was interviewed by campus police on Wedn

Wichita man sentenced for attempted murder, robbery


WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita man convicted of attempted murder and robbery has received the maximum sentence in his case.  James Michael Phillips was sentenced to thirth-one years in prison Friday for the shooting of Julie Dombo at a Derby A

Death of Wichita Heights student under investigation


PARK CITY, Kan.  -  The death of a Wichita high school student is being investigated as suspicious.  The boy, 16, was reported to be unresponsive at a home in the 100 block of W. 57th at around 6:15 p.m. Thursday night. Park City Police re

Kansas Supreme Court backs man jailed pending trial


WICHITA, Kan. - The Kansas Supreme Court says the state violated the rights of a man jailed for more than four years pending trial on the claim he was a sexually violent predator subject involuntary civil commitment. The justices agreed Friday with a Sed

Kansas Senate will be sans licensed lawyers in 2017 session


TOPEKA, Kan. -€” The Kansas Senate won't have a licensed lawyer among its 40 members in the 2017 session. The Hutchinson News reports that the situation means some state statutes will have to be modified. The statutes call for a licensed attorney to

Kansas spent $17M on technology project before outsourcing


TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The administration of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback spent $17 million on resolving technology needs in-house before outsourcing the effort to a company in another state. Chief information technology officer Phil Wittmer told The To

Manhattan school district to keep Indian mascot, will study options


MANHATTAN, Kan.  - €” Manhattan High School is keeping its Indians mascot for now. The Manhattan-Ogden school board unanimously voted Wednesday to create a committee to study several issues as part of a compromise in which the mascot was retained.

Student accuses Kansas school coach of harassment


KANSAS CITY, Kan. -  A Kansas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit accusing an assistant football coach of sexually harassing her. The Kansas City Star reports the student, who is not identified, and her mother filed the lawsuit Thursday

Congress cracks down on 'bots' that snap up concert tickets


WASHINGTON D.C. — Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama that could make it easier to get tickets to popular shows, sports events and concerts. Legislation passed by voice vote in the House on Wednesday would crack down on computer sof

Valley Center police officer arrested on multiple charges


WICHITA, Kan. - A Valley Center police officer has been arrested on charges including sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a child. Thursday night Sgt. Thomas J. Delgado was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail. He's being held on $100,000 bond.

Arnold-Burger named new Kansas chief appeals court judge


TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Court of Appeals will have a new chief judge next month. The Kansas Supreme Court selected Judge Karen Arnold-Burger to serve as chief judge of the 14-member state appeals court beginning January 9. She succeeds Chief Judge

Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, Kansas City's defense made life miserable for Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, and the Chiefs beat the Raiders 21-13 on a frigid Thursday night to take control of the A

Woman killed in east Wichita single vehicle crash


WICHITA, Kan. - Excessive speed on an exit ramp, likely contributed to a fatal single vehicle crash in east Wichita.  It happened just before 3:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon on the ramp from K-96 and Kellogg. A spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol s

Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Colleges that expel students whom they suspect of sexual assault are being asked to specify the reason for expulsion on their transcripts, but opponents say that would be unfair. Two states require their schools of higher learnin

Kansas to make changes to foster home inspections


TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas welfare officials plan to have state staff perform all annual foster home inspections by midway through next year. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas Department for Children and Families updated lawmakers Wedne

Kansas City Zoo tops 1 million visitors for first time


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More people visited the Kansas City Zoo this year than ever before in its 107-year history. The zoo topped 1 million visitors Nov. 25 when a family from Waterloo, Iowa, went through the gates. The family received some gifts and a

Funeral arrangements set for ex-NFL player Joe McKnight


NEW ORLEANS, La. — Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for former NFL player Joe McKnight, who was fatally shot last week during a road rage dispute in suburban New Orleans. Visitation will be held at New Home Ministries in New Orleans at 9:00

Former Kansas Congressman may run again


WICHITA, Kan. — A familiar name is looking at a possible run for the Kansas 4th Congressional District seat. The Wichita Eagle reports that Todd Tiahrt is "exploring the options" after President-elect Donald Trump offered the CIA director

Kansas government upgrading computer system


TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas plans to retire a mainframe used by four state agencies and contract with a private company to take care of the work. The state has agreed to a five-year contract with Illinois-based Ensono for more than $14 million to replace

Grain elevator collapse in White City, Kansas


WHITE CITY, Kan. - Just before 11 a.m. Wednesday a grain elevator collapsed in White City, Kan., about 20 miles south of Junction City.  WIBW News in Topeka spoke with Morris County Emergency Management Coordinator Chris Blackledge who says there 

Juvenile arrested for arson in Topeka


TOPEKA, Kan. - The Topeka Fire Department along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the State Fire Marshal's office arrested a teenager in connection with a string of arsons in Topeka.  The arsons all happened in Top

McPherson residents reporting a check scam


McPHERSON, Kan. - Several McPherson residents have reported receiving checks in the mail related to a scam.  In a post on Facebook McPherson Police say the checks came from Merchantville Country Club in New Jersey and that club is real.  However

Kansas Supreme Court to hear death penalty appeal


TOPEKA, Kan. —  The Kansas Supreme Court is sheduled to hear arguments in the appeal of a death row inmate.  The state office of Judicial Administration issued a release Wednesday stating that the court will hear arguments for James Kraig

Security increased at Andover Middle School


ANDOVER, Kan. — Security is being stepped up at Andover Middle School after officials were informed about a written bomb threat found in a school bathroom. The Wichita Eagle reports extra security will be on hand Thursday following the threat disco

Coalition seeks income, gas taxes hikes to fix Kansas budget


TOPEKA, Kan. — A coalition of Kansas teachers, state workers, contractors and others is proposing to increase income and gasoline taxes to fix the state's budget problems. But the plan outlined Wednesday by the Rise Up Kansas Coalition also wou

Kansas nominee withdraws from federal bench consideration


WICHITA, Kan. — A Lawrence attorney nominated to the federal bench in Kansas nearly a year ago is withdrawing his name from consideration. Terrence J. Campbell made public on Wednesday letters he sent to President Barack Obama and to Sens. Pat Robe

Kansas couple accused of running illegal moonshine operation


WICHITA, Kan. — A central Kansas couple is accused in federal court of an illegal moonshine operation in their basement. A federal grand jury in Wichita indicted Ryan Penner, 41, and Jennifer Penner, 37, of Newton on one count of possession of an u

Kansas to review Amber Alert system


TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas has announced plans to review its Amber Alert system after a faulty alert this week. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release Wednesday that he's ordered a review of the state's Amber Alert operations af

WWII vets George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole at Pearl Harbor event


COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Hundreds of well-wishers applauded World War II veterans George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole during a patriotic Texas ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. The ex-president, who's 92, and the 93-ye

Wichita Officer Recognized


WICHITA, Kan. - At Wednesdays Police media briefing, an officer was recognized for providing service above and beyond the call of duty for a Wichita family. On December 5th, Officer Chad Spaulding was going to work at about 4:45 pm when he spotted a mobi

Transgender student named king of Kansas school dance


DERBY, Kan. — 17-year-old transgender Derby High student Tyler Krayer was crowned 'king' of the school's winter formal. Wichita Eagle says Tyler received the most votes for Holly Ball King at Derby High annual event Saturday n

WPD Chief warns against warming up empty car


WICHITA, Kan - Winter weather has settled in across Kansas. Lower temperatures mean many will wake up to frosted windshields and cold vehicles. While it’s common practice for many to wait inside while warming up a car, police warn this is exactly 

Teen pregnancy down almost 8 percent in Kansas


TOPEKA, Kan. - Monday the Kansas Department of Health and Environment released the Annual Summary of Vital Statistics.  According to the report the number of births in Kansas was steady while teen pregnancy dropped nearly 8 percent, the number of 

Wichita City Council votes to increase water rates


WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita City Council has approved bond money to boost local aerospace companies. Industrial revenue bonds worth $519 million will go to Textron. Spirit Aerosystems will receive 65 million dollars in IRBs for improvements intended to 

Garden City Police capture 4 food thieves


GARDEN CITY, Kan. - Police in Garden City have arrested 3 men and one woman for theft from Dillons stores over a period of time, those people also suspected of selling the groceries at their own businesses in Garden City. According to a press release 

Wichita State routs cold-shooting Saint Louis 75-45


WICHITA, Kan. — Rashard Kelly scored a career-high 15 points and Wichita State routed cold-shooting Saint Louis 75-45 on Tuesday night. Darral Willis Jr. added 12 points for the Shockers (8-2), who have won six games this season by 30 points or mor

Kansas rolls over UMKC 105-62


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Frank Mason scored 30 points to match his career high, Devonte Graham and Josh Jackson also had big games and No. 3 Kansas rolled to a 105-62 victory over Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday night to give coach Bill Self career win No

Over two dozen arrested in El Dorado drug sweep


EL DORADO, Kan.  -  Authorities in El Dorado say twenty-eight suspects have been arrested following a drug operation. The operation began in February 2015, with most of the work done from November 2015 through February 2016.  On Tuesday El

Court filing: According to Army, Manning is still a man


FORT LEVENWORTH, Kan.  -  A military prison psychologist is refusing to recommend that Chelsea Manning's gender be officially changed to female in an official Army employee-benefits file. Lawyers for the transgender solider imprisoned for l

Pedestrian killed by car in Lawrence was university worker


LAWRENCE, Kan. — Lawrence police say a pedestrian who died when he was hit by a car was a longtime employee of the University of Kansas Libraries. Police say Bruce Coburn, 58, of Lawrence was hit by a car Friday as he walked along a street. Coburn

Wichita woman, children found safe after abduction


WICHITA, Kan. — Authorities say the abduction of a Wichita woman and three children after a residential burglary was not a random event. Wichita police said Tuesday that a woman, 36, and her children ages, 2, 8, and 8, were found safe at a hotel in

NAACP critical after Kansas teacher accused of racist remarks


LAWRENCE, Kan. — The NAACP in Lawrence is critical of school officials' handling of a middle school teacher who was suspended after he was accused of making racist comments during class. A letter to district officials expresses disappointment t

Woman Sentenced for Theft


WICHITA, Kan. - A Sedgwick County judge has sentenced a Wichita woman to a three year prison term for stealing $570,000 from her employer.  Jeannette Block pleaded guilty in October to one count of felony theft. The judge handed down the sentence on

Inmate dies in Sedgwick County Jail


WICHITA, Kan. - The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office reported a 53 year old man being held in the Sedgwick County Jail was found dead in his cell Saturday morning. Jailors report finding the man unresponsive at about 11:10 AM. He was pronounced dead 3

Wichita woman, 3 children found safe after abduction


WICHITA, Kan. — Authorities have found a Wichita woman and three children who were abducted at gunpoint. Police said Tuesday morning that 36-year-old Melissa Gifford, 2-year-old Grayson Gifford, 8-year-old Madison Ruiz and 8-year-old Aiden Ruiz are

KDOT crews ready for snow removal


TOPEKA, Kan. - Snow in the forecast for Kansas on Wednesday, and the Kansas Department of Transportation's Chief of Maintenance Clay Adams says KDOT is ready. Speaking with WIBW News in Topeka, Adams says operators have finished their training. &ldqu

Wichita mother and 3 missing children located, all safe


WICHITA, Kan. - An Amber Alert ends with the location of an abducted mother and three children. The mother is identified as 36-year-old Melissa Gifford. Suspect Roque Arellano and his girlfriend Jennifer Cruz were arrested shortly after six this morning

Three hurt, one critically after east Wichita shooting, stabbing


WICHITA, Kan.  -  Police are investigating a shooting and a stabbing in east Wichita.  It happened around 8:00 p.m. Monday night in the 2500 block of east 9th, (near 9th and Poplar). KAKE News reports that one person was taken to the hospi

Sedgwick County inmate death investigated as possible suicide


WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Sedgwick County inmate was found unresponsive in his cell at about 11:10 a.m. December 3, 2016.   After immediate medical attention from onsite staff and responding EMS personnel, the 53 year old male was pronounced dead

Wichita woman sentenced for embezzlement


WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita woman who admittedly stole more than $570,000 from her former employer has been ordered to spend three years in prison. A Sedgwick County judge on Monday sentenced Jeannette Block, 46.  She had pleaded guilty in Octob

ACLU wants Obama to commute sentence for Chelsea Manning


LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The American Civil Liberties Union and gay-rights groups are lobbying President Barack Obama to commute the prison sentence of a transgender soldier who leaked classified government and military documents. The ACLU said the lett

Plaque tells little-known history of KU's oldest building


LAWRENCE, Kan. — A bronze plaque tells the story of a small stone stable that is the oldest building on the University of Kansas campus and the fiery abolitionist who built it. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the building was constructed in

Sen. Moran calls for halt to new Obama regulations


WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran joined 22 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama requesting his administration stop issuing non-emergency rules and regulations in the final weeks of his presidency. Sen. Moran and his co

Kansas revenue secretary named to economic council


TOPEKA, Kan. — Gov. Sam Brownback has named Kansas' top revenue official to an economic advisory post and replaced him with a retired executive of a marketing and advertising agency. Brownback announced former state lawmaker Nick Jordan's a

Rep Ryckman Jr of Olathe becomes House Speaker


TOPEKA, Kan. - Republicans in the Kansas House have picked conservative Rep. Ron Ryckman Jr. of Olathe as speaker for the next two years. Ryckman prevailed Monday over moderate Rep. Russ Jennings of Lakin in a 57-28 vote among GOP representatives and rep

Kansas House Republicans vote new majority leader


TOPEKA, Kan. - Republicans in the Kansas House have elected one of the chamber's most visible GOP moderates as their new majority leader after naming a conservative as their new speaker. Rep. Don Hineman of Dighton prevailed over more conservative Re

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle gets a second term


TOPEKA, Kan. - Republicans are giving Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle a second four-year term in the leadership post. The Wichita Republican easily overcame a challenge Monday from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson of Andover. The vote w

Kansas House Democrats oust Burroughs as leader


TOPEKA, Kan. - Democrats in the Kansas House have ousted their leader in a move signaling that they'll be more aggressive in criticizing Gov. Sam Brownback and his fellow Republicans. Democrats on Monday removed Rep. Tom Burroughs of Kansas City as H

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