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Man charged with threatening Jewish congregation in Kansas


OLATHE, Kan. - A Kansas City man has been charged with threatening a Jewish congregation in Kansas. Forty-year-old Brian Wachter made a first court appearance Thursday on a single criminal threat count. Wachter is jailed in Johnson County, with bond set

Feds charge relative of suspects in Somali attack with lying


WICHITA, Kan. - Prosecutors have charged a Kansas man for allegedly lying to FBI agents who were investigating an attack on three Somali men in Dodge City. An indictment unsealed Friday charges 27-year-old Diego Martinez of Dodge City with one count of m

Springer hits slam as Astros pound Royals, Volquez 13-4


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - George Springer hit a grand slam and a triple in Houston's nine-run first inning against Edinson Volquez, and the Astros routed the Kansas City Royals 13-4 on Friday night. Springer finished with five RBIs, and Colby Rasmus had fou

The Latest: Kansas lawmakers end special session on schools


TOPEKA - The Latest on the Kansas Legislature's debate on school funding: 4:25 p.m. Top Republicans in the Kansas Legislature have rewritten their education funding plan. The plan unveiled Friday boosts aid to poor school districts by $38 million, ...

Wichita: Jhornee Bland Death, Undetermined


WICHITA - The coroner's office wasn't able to determine what killed a two-year-old Wichita girl whose body was found in a field. Medical examiner Timothy Gorrill says in an autopsy report that toxicology tests on Jhornee Bland were negative and t...

Selling the Hyatt: Wichita Gets Two Offers


WICHITA - The City of Wichita received two submitted “Offers to Purchase of the Hyatt Regency Wichita Hotel.” One bid came in at $20 million from businessman Phil Ruffin. The other bid was from Riverfront Partners LLC for $10.4 million. The ...

4 Former KS Govs Lambaste Brownback


TOPEKA - Four former Kansas governors are lashing out at current Gov. Sam Brownback over policies they say have thrown the state into a serious fiscal crisis. A letter signed Friday by Republicans Bill Graves and Mike Hayden and Democrats Kathleen Sebeli...

NW Wichita: Two Deer Impaled on Same Block


WICHITA - Twice in the span of a few hours on Thursday, deer impaled themselves on fences in the same block in northwest Wichita near 21st & Tyler, and had to be put down. The first case happened at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, when a 56-year-old ...

KS A.G. Derek Schmidt: National Post


TOPEKA - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been elected president-elect of the National Association of Attorneys General.   Schmidt was elected to the post at the summer meeting for the national, nonpartisan professional organization that inc...

Update: Girl Drowns in SW Wichita


WICHITA - A three-year-old girl drowned Thursday morning in southwest Wichita near Harry & Meridian. It happened in the back yard of a woman's residence in the 1400 block of S. Sedgwick. A three-year-old girl and her five-year-old brother w...

Westar seeking updates on costs that could reduce rates


TOPEKA, Kan. - Westar Energy is seeking a change in its transmission costs that would reduce customers' rates by about $18 million. In March, the Kansas Corporation Commission approved a $25 million increase to the utility's transmission delivery

KS Senate committee approves Judicial limiting amendment


TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas Senate committee has approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution to limit the power of the courts in education funding cases. The measure passed Thursday by the Judiciary Committee would bar the courts from shutting

Lawrence ditches plan to comply with weapons law


LAWRENCE, Kan. - The city of Lawrence is ditching a plan to add security measures that must be installed in some public buildings under a new state law in order to restrict concealed firearms. The 2013 Personal and Family Protection Act allowed Lawrence

Plan drops aid for 141 Kansas school districts


TOPEKA, Kan. - A spreadsheet from legislative researchers shows that nearly half of Kansas' 286 school districts would see less state aid under a Republican education funding plan. The plan outlined Thursday would decrease the aid 141 districts had

Some in Kansas GOP have alternate schools plan


TOPEKA, Kan. — Some Republicans in the Kansas House have a school funding plan that's an alternative to one from GOP leaders. Rep. Melissa Rooker, (R-Fairway), said Thursday that many GOP lawmakers are acting as if there's only one real pla

Museum workshops to teach cursive handwriting in Wichita


WICHITA, Kan. — Now through July 28, a series of workshops will be held to teach the importance of cursive writing from a historical perspective.   The Wichita Eagle reports that the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is holding eight w

Documents detail abuse allegations against adoptive parents


WICHITA, Kan. — Court documents say the adoptive son of a Kansas couple begged his teacher to not make him go home from school on Fridays because he was terrified of them. Several witnesses say the boy, 11, was regularly beaten with a wooden spoon

Hutchinson man convicted of restraint in domestic dispute


HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A Reno County jury has found a Hutchinson man guilty of a lesser charge of criminal restraint after he was originally charged with aggravated kidnapping for not letting his girlfriend out of the car during an argument. The Hutchi

Wild mustangs up for adoption in northeast Kansas


TONGANOXIE, Kan. — Wild mustangs rounded up from the open range in Western states are up for adoption in northeast Kansas. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the adoption event is planned from Friday to Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairg

Topeka dedicates downtown plaza to author of the GI Bill


TOPEKA, Kan. — Topeka has dedicated a downtown plaza to the author of the GI Bill. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that more than 200 people gathered Wednesday for the dedication of the Harry Colmery Plaza. The plaza features a life-size statue

Robbery Suspects Captured in W. Wichita


WICHITA - Thanks to an observant citizen, two robbery suspects have been arrested. The crimes happened on Monday afternoon in northwest Wichita, when a man with a gun stole a purse belonging to a 79-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Dillons a ...

Kansas: School Funding Special Session


TOPEKA - The Latest on the Kansas Legislature's debate on school funding: 1:35 p.m. A Kansas Senate committee has approved a Republican education funding plan aimed at satisfying a state Supreme Court mandate and averting a threat that schools will ...

Young Girl Drowns in SW Wichita


WICHITA - A three-year-old girl has drowned in southwest Wichita, near Meridian & Harry. It happened at a home functioning as an unregistered day-care; the call came in at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. A three-year-old and a five-year-old were outside a ...

Kansas Republicans unveil school funding plan


TOPEKA, Kan. - Republican legislators have unveiled the details of their $38 million plan for helping poor school districts and satisfying a recent state Supreme Court ruling on education funding. The House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means commit

Kansas to use provisional ballots for upcoming elections


WICHITA - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is planning to use provisional ballots during the upcoming elections and then throw out all of the votes for state and local races cast by the thousands of voters who register to vote at motor vehicle office

43-year-old man killed in Kansas harvest accident


BELOIT, Kan. - Authorities say a man has been killed in a wheat-harvest accident in north-central Kansas. The Mitchell County Sheriff's Office identified the victim in a news release as 43-year-old Michael Alan Anderson, of Beloit. The Salina Journal

Kansas to borrow $900 million to cover next fiscal year


TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders have authorized a record $900 million in temporary borrowing to cover the state's expenses through June 2017. Brownback and the leaders met Wednesday as the State Finance Council and

Lottery contributes record amount to Kansas


TOPEKA, Kan. - Wednesday the Kansas Lottery announced record transfers to the State of Kansas.  WIBW News in Topeka is reporting that the transfer for FY 2016 was for $78.2 million, $3.2 million more than 2015. Lottery spokesperson Sally Lunsford 

Hutchinson man convicted of restraint in domestic dispute


HUTCHINSON, Kan. - A Reno County jury has found a Hutchinson man guilty of a lesser charge of criminal restraint after he was originally charged with aggravated kidnapping for not letting his girlfriend out of the car during an argument. The Hutchinson

Wichita woman injured in house fire


WICHITA, Kan.  -  A woman was hospitalized in critical condition following a house fire in northeast Wichita.  It happened around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the 2500 block of Stadium, near 21st and Grove. Crews reported seeing smoke

Wichita Fire Dept.: Fireworks safety stressed for holiday


WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Wichita Fire Depart, (WFD), is taking a proactive approach to fireworks safety.  They are encouraging everyone to abide by city ordinances and be safe this Independence Day. "In Wichita, anything that shoots over

Sedgwick County Commission hearing draws large crowd


WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Sedgwick County Commission resolution that would urge the state of Kansas to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving in-state tuition, or to receive access to the WIC Program, drew a number of people to Wednesday's

Kansas lawmakers say deal on school funding plan close


TOPEKA, Kan. — Key Republican legislators say they're close to an agreement with Kansas school districts on a plan aimed at satisfying a court mandate to help poor schools. Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson said Wednesday th

Source of elevated lead in Saline County under investigation


SALINA, Kan. — Kansas health officials are trying to determine what is causing elevated lead levels among about 30 children in Saline County. Farah Ahmed, of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says an investigation will be held throug

Former Cowboys player Randle charged with threatening deputy


WICHITA, Kan.  — A former Dallas Cowboys player, and Wichita native, faces an additional charge of threatening a Sedgwick County Jail deputy.    Joseph Randle, 24, is accused of threatening a deputy in an incident that took place las

US Senate panel demands info in lottery scandal


IOWA CITY, Iowa — A U.S. Senate oversight committee is demanding information about how state lotteries are increasing security after an insider allegedly rigged jackpots for years. Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and

Missing Rose Hill family found safe


ROSE HILL, Kan.  -  UPDATE:  Two women and a young child that had been reported missing have been found safe.

Groundbreaking: Wichita's New Arts Center


WICHITA - With more than $7 million raised through a community-wide capital campaign plus $10.5 million in land and lead gifts donated by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation and the Koch family, the Wichita Center for the Arts b...

Feds charge Kansas cattle buyer with wire fraud


WICHITA - Prosecutors say a cattle buyer from Harper County has been indicted on federal wire fraud charges. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release Tuesday that 62-year-old Randall D. Patterson of Anthony has been charged with 14 counts of

Brownback ordered to explain why he hasn't appointed judge


TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Supreme Court is giving Gov. Sam Brownback until July 11 to tell the court why it shouldn't force him to fill a vacant district magistrate position. The court on Tuesday ordered the governor to explain why he didn't make

WSU's Eric Sexton resigns position


WICHITA - Eric Sexton has resigned. The Wichita State University Vice President for Student Affairs' resignation will be effective in mid-July.  Quoting Sexton, “I am proud of the service and accomplishments during my tenure as a member of

Wichita City Council votes to keep EMS agreement


WICHITA - At Tuesday's meeting the Wichita City Council voted against a measure that would have allowed private ambulance companies to compete in Wichita for non-emergency services.   Currently Sedgwick County is the sole provider of EMS service

Listeria concern prompts recall of frozen veggies


NEW YORK, N.Y.  -  A variety of popular frozen vegetables are being recalled amid fears they could be contaminated with Listeria. The voluntary recall issued by National Frozen Foods Corporation affects some Great Value, Live Smart, Market Pant

Man sentenced in crash that killed Kansas police officer


OLATHE, Kan. — A Kansas man was sentenced to nearly 19 years in prison for causing a traffic accident that killed a part-time police officer. Dana Patton, 25, of Olathe, was sentenced Tuesday in the October 2015 crash that killed David Stubbs, a pa

Undercounted Medicaid application backlog irks Kansas lawmakers


TOPEKA, Kan. — Lawmakers are voicing frustration after the state disclosed that a backlog in unprocessed Medicaid applications is four times as large as previously thought. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the disclosure late last week that

Mets edge Royals 2-1 in WS rematch


NEW YORK, NY — Bartolo Colon's early injury put the New York Mets in a major bind, but they won a battle of bullpens against the best relief corps in baseball and defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Tuesday night in a World Series rematch. Y

Court: Kansas deputy must face trial for killing family's dog


WICHITA, Kan. — A federal appeals court says a Harvey County sheriff's deputy accused of entering a family's front yard without a warrant and killing their dog must face trial in the lawsuit brought by its owners. The 10th U.S. Circuit Cour

Suspect in Kansas detective's death waives extradition


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The man accused of fatally shooting a Kansas City, Kansas, police detective has agreed to be returned to Kansas from Missouri for prosecution. Curtis Ayers. 29, had been hospitalized under guard until Monday since being shot May

Relative: Kansas quadruple fatal crash a 'nightmare'


TOPEKA, Kan. — A father is describing the death of his daughter, son-in-law and a grandchild in a head-on crash in northeast Kansas as "our worst nightmare come true." The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Jay Pudenz released a statemen

Motorist arraigned in death of Washburn department head


GIRARD, Kan. — A Chanute man has been arraigned in the traffic death of the head of the Washburn University art department who was struck and killed while riding her bike. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that not guilty pleas were entered Monday

Mistrial declared in Haskell University dorm rape


LAWRENCE, Kan.  — A mistrial has been declared in the trial of one of two former Haskell Indian Nations University students accused of rape. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a Douglas County judge made the decision Monday after jurors s

Rep. Pompeo (R-KS): Nuclear Iran Is Problematic


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo released the following statement after reports revealed the Obama administration has concluded that uranium particles discovered last year at Iran’s Parchin military complex are related to the countr...

Broad Daylight Purse Crimes in NW Wichita


WICHITA - An armed suspect nearly pulled off two robberies of female victims in less than five minutes in broad daylight in northwest Wichita. At about 3:30 Monday afternoon, a 79-year-old woman says a man displayed a handgun, forcefully taking her purse ...

KS: Huge Medicaid Applications Backlog


TOPEKA - Lawmakers are voicing frustration after the state disclosed that a backlog in unprocessed Medicaid applications is four times as large as previously thought. The disclosure that Kansas had under-counted the number of unprocessed applications by ...

SE Wichita BK Robbed: Back-to-Back Days


WICHITA - The Burger King at Pawnee & Southeast Boulevard has been robbed on back-to-back days, and police are trying to determine whether or not it's the same suspect. The first robbery took place before 5:00 a.m. on Sunday. The second heist ha...

Deputy can be sued in dog shooting


WICHITA — A federal appeals court says a Harvey County sheriff's deputy accused of entering a family's front yard without a warrant and killing their dog must face trial in the lawsuit brought by its owners. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of A

Crews battle fire in north Wichita


WICHITA - The Wichita Fire department responded to the report of a house fire in north Wichita Tuesday morning.  The call came in just after 5 a.m. firefighters were called to a structure south of 13th and Estelle. They found fire in the basement,

Gas prices headed down in Kansas


TOPEKA, Kan. - Over the past week gasoline prices have dropped by an average of 2 cents per dollar in Kansas.  That's according to AAA Kansas' Jim Hanni. In an interview WIBW News in Topeka on Monday Hanni said, "“It’s 

Woman drives off with Johnson County Sheriff's vehicle


DE SOTO, Kan. - Authorities say a woman has been arrested after driving off with a Johnson County deputy’s vehicle. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the vehicle was recovered around 2 a.m. Monday – just 

Police investigate after dog left in car at Kauffman Stadium


KANSAS CITY, Mo.  Kansas City police are investigating after someone left a dog in a sweltering car at Kauffman Stadium during a Kansas City Royals baseball game. The dog was rescued by fans who heard it whimpering when they left a game on Sunday.

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