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Kansas Court Considers Handling of School Funding Lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Supreme Court is considering whether a lower-court panel should still review a lawsuit over state funding for public schools. The Supreme Court directed school districts that sued the state in 2010 to declare in writing Tuesday

Kansas Secretary of State to Sponsor Archery Tournament

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is sponsoring a children's archery tournament next month in MacLennan Park near the governor's residence in Topeka. Kobach's office is holding Ad Astra Archery Tournament with the state

Early Morning Shooting in South Wichita

WICHITA - Police are investigating a shooting in south Wichita. Around 3:45 a.m. this morning officers were called to a Quiktrip store at 3106 East Pawnee. The report that a man in the parking lot had been shot. The victim left by private car, which

Primary Election Day in Kansas

WICHITA - This is primary election day in Kansas. Wichita voters will narrow a list of ten candidates to two finalists in the race for mayor. In City Council District 5, four candidates are vying for two spots in the April 7th election. Turnout is

E-Cigs Banned in Park City Public Places

PARK CITY, Kan. - As of this Thursday, e-cigarettes in Park City will be banned in public places. It's the same ban regular cigarette smokers face. Using e-cigs, or vaping, is already banned in Overland Park public places. Last year Reno County banne

Westar Energy Asks for Rate Hike

TOPEKA, Kan - Westar Energy, Inc. today filed a request with the Kansas Corporation Commission to adjust its prices by 7.9 percent or $152 million. The requested increase reflects costs of mandated environmental upgrades to comply with clean air regulatio

Dogs Stolen from Wichita Home Found in Field

WICHITA, Kan. - A dog and almost every puppy taken from a south Wichita home have been located. On February 24, a pit bull and her five puppies were taken from the yard of a home in the 1500 block of Palisade by two women claiming to be animal control of

Kansas Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Counts Linked to Fatal Fire

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - A 15-year-old central Kansas boy ordered to stand trial as an adult in the fire-related deaths of his mother and sister has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.   The Hutchinson Post reports that Buhler High School student Sam Von

Wichita Storm Response Update

WICHITA, Kan.  -  City of Wichita crews cleared primary streets of the snow from this weekend's storm.  The full fleet of 50 plow trucks was deployed throughout the storm.

Wichita Water Treatment Plant Leak Fixed

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Repairs to the leaking primary feed pipe at the water treatment plant have been completed.   A new pipe was constructed to bypass the water around the leak discovered on Jan. 21. 

Update: Wichita Drowning Victim ID'd

WICHITA - A woman has died after walking onto an icy northeast Wichita lake attempting to save her dog. Crews were called around 3 p.m. Sunday to Chisholm Park Lake near K-96 & Woodlawn. A crew of six rescuers went out into the icy water trying to r...

300+ Jobs Coming to Winfield

WINFIELD, Kan. - Newell Rubbermaid is planning a $27 million expansion of the company's plant in Winfield and will add 320 jobs. Company officials announced Monday the expansion will occur during the next three years. It will allow the plant to incre...

Hearing to Begin for Suspect in Jewish Site Shootings

OLATHE, Kan. - An avowed white supremacist accused in the fatal shootings of three people at three Jewish sites in Kansas is set to appear in court Monday to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to try him. Seventy-four-year-old Frazier Glenn

UPDATE: Fatal Haysville Shooting Likely Accidental

HAYSVILLE, Kan. - A 21-year-old man has died following an accidental shooting Sunday evening in Haysville. Officers were called around 6:30 p.m. to a home in the 1400 block of East Lonna. That's just west of Broadway, between Grand Avenue and 79th Str

Kansas School Funding Plan Aimed at Ending Budget Surprises

TOPEKA, Kan. - Top Republican officials in Kansas are working on a plan to overhaul funding for public schools designed to prevent unanticipated demands for new spending.   Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is calling on the GOP-dominated Legislature to

Woman Dies Trying to Save Dog from Pond

WICHITA,. Kan. - A woman has died after jumping into a northeast Wichita pond in an attempt to save her dog.

Kansas Legislators take Break until Wednesday

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas legislators are on break until Wednesday. State lawmakers usually take several days off after the "turnaround" deadline that passed Friday. Most bills that have not been approved by their chamber of origin were discarded af

Local Primary Elections See Historically Low Turnout

WICHITA, Kan. - Local primary elections in Wichita have seen a historically low turnout of voters in the last 10 years. With the local primary election for Wichita's new mayor approaching on Tuesday, candidates are looking to boost the amount of regis

Legislature takes break before taking on marijuana

 TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas legislators have reached the midpoint of their annual session having advanced gun-rights and teacher collective bargaining proposals but having left measures to legalize medical marijuana, expand the Medicaid program and restri

Suspects Wanted In Lawrence Triple Shooting

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Lawrence Police Department is looking for two suspects in a triple shooting that occurred on Feb. 8. They are seeking assistance locating 20-year-old Rachael Ann Hampton and 24-year-old Robert Alan Long. Detectives obtained arrest w

Former Kansas Superintendent and 2 Others Sue Over Firings

GARDNER, Kan. - A superintendent and two of his top administrators who were fired last year are suing the Gardner-Edgerton School district in northeast Kansas.   The Kansas City Star reports ( ) that former superintendent Bill Gi

Suspect in Lawrence Man's Death Rejects Plea Agreement

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A woman charged with killing her housemate in Lawrence last year has rejected two plea agreements and will go to trial in March.   Attorney Carl Cornwell said during a hearing Friday that 20-year-old Sarah Gonzalez McLinn was offered

Man Hurt in Apartment Fire

WICHITA, Kan. - A Wichita man suffered critical burns Saturday night in an apartment fire in northeast Wichita. Emergency rews were called around 8 p.m. to the report of a person trapped in an apartment in the 2000 block of North Old Manor, near 21st Street North and Oliver.

Woman Sentenced to Almost 14 Years for Shooting

PITTSBURG, Kan. - A Pittsburg woman has been sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for fatally shooting her husband in 2013. Carla C. Moutz was sentenced Friday for second-degree murder and aggravated assault for the death of her husband, 49-year-old John Moutz, at her father's home in Pittsburg.

Police Searching for Four Suspects after Robbery

WICHITA, Kan. - Police are searching for four men involved in a Friday night robbery. Kake news reports that it happened before 11p.m. in the 1000 Block of Jackson street. A woman says when she answered a knock at the door, four men started to attack her.

Wichita St Beats Northern Iowa to Win Missouri Valley Title

WICHITA - Ron Baker scored 17 points to help No. 11 Wichita State beat No. 10 Northern Iowa 74-60 on Saturday and win the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship.

Topeka Man Pleads No Contest to Capital Murder

TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas man whose capital murder conviction was overturned has pleaded no contest to killing two women in Topeka in 2003.

Wichita Police Officer Nearly Hit by Car on Interstate

WICHITA - A Wichita police officer is safe after nearly being hit by a car on the interstate. Wichita police were assisting Kansas Highway Patrol Friday evening on I-35 north bound with a wreck when a car sped past the wreck and other drivers barely

Man Stabbed Multiple Times in West Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. - Police responded to a call of a cutting in the 2000 block of W. McCormick just after 12 a.m. Saturday morning. "Upon arrival, the officers located the victim in front of his apartment with multiple stab wounds", Sgt. Keith Fort

Bombardier's CS300 Makes First Flight

WICHITA, Kan. - Bombardier on Friday got its CSeries CS300 commercial aircraft in the air for the first time. The first flight had originally been slated for Thursday, but the company had to delay the event because of weather. The CS300 is the larger va

City of Wichita Crews Prepare for Winter Storm

WICHITA, Kan.  -  City of Wichita crews are preparing for the arrival of a winter weather this weekend. While Wichita are seeing flurries on Friday, accumulating snow isn't expected to begin until Saturday.

Wichita Police Search for Women Posing as Animal Control Officers

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita Police are searching for two women who have been posing as animal control officers in at least two recent cases.

Sedgwick County: District Judge Suspended

WICHITA - The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered a 90-day, unpaid suspension for Sedgwick County District Judge Timothy H. Henderson for violating the code of judicial conduct. The ruling handed down Friday comes after a finding by the Judicial Qualificati...

Winter Storm: Wichita Road Crews Ready

WICHITA - City crews are planning for the forecasted winter storm, on standby through the weekend to be activated once precipitation is imminent. The City is prepared to respond with 7,500 tons of salt-sand mix at the outset of this storm with an additio...

WBJ: Hentzen Airport Construction in Wichita

WICHITA - The Wichita Business Journal reports Hentzen Construction Services Inc. has been awarded a contract for tenant finish work at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The contractor has pulled for commercial building permits four work ...

Report: Everest Most Popular Kansas Hard Red Wheat Variety

WICHITA - A government report shows that two varieties of winter wheat developed by Kansas State University are the leading varieties planted in the state. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that Everest is the top hard red winter whea

New Report on Kansas Taxes to Figure Into Debate On Budget

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas legislators hope the state is collecting as much in taxes this month as expected or even a little more. But they acknowledge a month of stable revenues won't make closing a projected budget shortfall much easier. The state Depar

K-State Wins Nation's First Statewide Drone Access

SALINA, Kan. - Kansas State University Salina has become the first entity in the country to be granted permission by the Federal Aviation Administration to have statewide access for drone operations. According to a press release, the school's

Kansas House, Senate Approve Teacher Bargaining Bills

TOPEKA, Kan. - Both chambers of the Kansas Legislature have advanced changes in the rules for collective bargaining between school boards and teachers' unions.   The House and Senate advanced separate bills Thursday that have the support of teach

C-Diff Superbug Kills Thousands Yearly

WICHITA, Kan. - The superbug C-Diff, short for Clostridium difficile is infecting nearly half a million Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That includes folks here in Kansas. This week a couple of patients of Via Christi

Stolen Church Statue Recovered 300 Miles From Church

WICHITA, Kan. - A statue stolen from a Wichita church is found months later and hundreds of miles away. A statue of Saint Francis went missing from St. James Episcopal Church in east Wichita in October. Last week, law enforcement found it inside a stole

Kansas Senate Advances Bill to Change Local Elections

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would move city and local school board elections from the spring to the fall of odd-numbered years.   Senators advanced the bill on a voice vote and expected to take final

Kansas House Approves Drunk Driving Laws

TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas House approved two bills changing the states' penalties for driving under the influence. The full House voted on the bills Thursday.

Inmate Causes Damage in Kingman County Courthouse

KINGMAN, Kan.  -  An inmate caused damage in the Kingman County Courthouse Thursday morning as he was being escorted back to jail after a court appearance.

Boy Attacks Mother in Wichita Home over Video Games

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita teen who had been grounded, and prevented from playing video games as punishment, attacked his mother with a knife. 

Fake Cop Threatens Wichita Driver

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita police are searching for someone who is posing as an officer. It happened around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday as a man, 39, was driving northbound on I-235 near 13th. 

Cox Disagrees with FCC Approval of Regulations for Broadband

WICHITA - The following statement from Cox Communications can be attributed to Percy Kirk, Senior Vice President and Region Manager, Central Region.     “Cox is disappointed in today’s FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as

WSU's Frankamp Applies for Diversion following DUI Arrest

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Wichita State basketball player Conner Frankamp has applied for diversion following his arrest for drunk driving. Frankamp made a brief appearance in Wichita Municipal Court today.

KS House: Collective Bargaining Compromise

TOPEKA - The Kansas House has approved a collective bargaining compromise between teachers and school boards. The House passed the compromise bill 109-14 Thursday. School boards and teachers unions can currently bring dozens of issues to the negotiating ...

KS Senate: Concealed Guns Without Permit

TOPEKA - The Kansas Senate has approved a bill to allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring them to get a state permit or take training classes. The vote Thursday was 31-7 and sends the measure to the House. The bill is sponsored by 26 of t...

Kansas Bill Penalizing Teachers for Obscenity Passes Senate

TOPEKA, Kan. - Teachers no longer would be exempt from criminal charges for showing students materials deemed to be harmful to minors under a bill passed by the Kansas Senate. The Senate's vote Wednesday was 26-14. Teachers could be charged for any

United Airlines Flight Diverted to Wichita Lands Safely

WICHITA - Officials say a United Airlines flight has landed safely after being diverted to a Wichita airport because of landing gear issues. Airport Police and Fire Capt. Randy Currie says the plane that took off Wednesday night from Denver International

Kansas Legislature's Deadline Prompts Long Day of Debating

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas lawmakers are expecting a long day of debating bills on topics that include changing local elections because a key deadline is looming. The Senate's agenda for Thursday was especially crowded ahead of the Legislature's annua

Kansas Ag Land's Tax Value Based on Income, Productivity

TOPEKA, Kan. - A proposal from Republican state Sen. Jeff Melcher of Leawood to change how agricultural land in Kansas is appraised would raise its value on county tax rolls, increasing taxes for farmers.   The Kansas Constitution requires land "

Sexting Case Investigated at Wichita School

WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita Police Department confirms it's investigating a case of "sexting" at North High School. USD 259 spokesperson Susan Arensman says a staff member at the school reported a cell phone missing. The school's securi

2nd Case of Whooping Cough Confirmed at Heights High School

WICHITA, Kan. - Wednesday evening, school district officials at Heights High School confirmed there is a second case of the Whooping Cough inside the student body. The first case was confirmed back on February 12. A letter was sent out to parents from s

Kansas Moving Toward Allowing Concealed Guns Without Permit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring them to get a state permit.   The Senate's voice vote Wednesday advances the measure to another, fina

Kansas Senate Rejects Bill Controlling Mental Health Drugs

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Senate has rejected a bill to give the state's Medicaid program more control over costly mental health drugs.   The vote Wednesday was 25-15 against the bill. Senators who opposed it said they are concerned about mentall

Overall Crime Down, Violent Crime Up in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan.  -  Police say overall crime was down last year by 2.65%. Homicides jumped from 17 in 2013 to 26 in 2014, which is an increase of 53%.

Investigators Ask for Public's Help in Park City Area Homicide

WICHITA, Kan-- Sedgwick County authorities are asking for the public's help to identify a man who might have information on a recent homicide.

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