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Kansas teen sentenced in sister's stabbing death

SALINA, Kan. — A Kansas teenager has been sentenced to nearly sixteen years in prison in the fatal stabbing of her younger sister. Sierra Neihaus, 16, was sentenced Tuesday in Saline County, Kansas. She pleaded no contest in March to amended charge

Study: Haskell university has major economic impact

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A study commissioned by Haskell Indian Nations University says the school is good for the Lawrence-area economy. The study found the school has a $23.1 million economic impact in the area. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the stu

Small Kansas theater set for summer season

ABILENE, Kan. — The only professional theater between Kansas City and Denver is ready for a summer season in its new home. The Great Plains Theatre in Abilene has put on shows at various sites since a fire destroyed its building in July 2014. The S

Kingman County cemetery vandalized over the weekend

CHENEY, Kan. — Vandals hit a private cemetery in south-central Kansas with graves dating to the 1800s during the Memorial Day weekend. Kingman County Deputy Amber Barratti says about 10 to 15 headstones were knocked down in the private cemetery in

Texas woman dies after being swept away in high water

AUSTIN, Texas  — Rescue crews in Austin have recovered the body of a woman who was tubing with friends when she was swept into a culvert and trapped, a death officials blamed at least in part on recent heavy rains. Police and fire officials sa

Boffo Day for Westar Energy Stock

NEW YORK, N.Y. - U.S. stock indexes are mixed in midday trading as losses in consumer-goods makers outweigh gains in phone companies and utilities. Kansas-based Westar Energy, the biggest utility company in the state, rose 8% after agreeing to be acquire...

Search Continues in Creek for Wichita Boy

WICHITA - The search for a Kansas boy who fell into a rain-swollen creek is continuing into its fifth day. Fire and rescue teams returned to the Gypsum Creek in south Wichita Tuesday to search for 11-year-old Devon Dean Cooley. Officials say witnesses t...

Great Plains Energy to purchase Westar Energy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Great Plains Energy plans to buy Westar Energy, the largest utility company in Kansas. Great Plains in the parent company of KCP&L. The two companies announced Tuesday that the transaction has an estimated value of $12.2 billion. 

KC Police believe they have suspect in 1989 killing

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kansas City, Kansas, investigators say they believe they have identified a potential suspect in the 26-year-old unsolved murder of a 19-year-old woman and an unresolved slaying five years later. The Kansas City Star reports that 

Colorado man killed when UTV hits deer in southeast Kansas

HOWARD, Kan. - The Kansas Highway Patrol says a Colorado man was killed when the four-wheeler he was driving hit a deer in southeastern Kansas' Elk County. KAKE-TV says 29-year-old Trevor McCoy of Meeker, Colorado died during the accident about 

Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Barge traffic is making a slow but steady comeback on the Missouri River, although proponents acknowledge the industry is still swimming upstream against a perception that the river is not reliable enough to be a profitable 

Hosmer hits 3-run homer as Royals top Rays 6-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer after Lorenzo Cain drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night. The Royals have won four straight, matching their 

Butler County home leveled in early morning explosion

BENTON, Kan. - A house near Benton in Butler County exploded early Monday morning.  According to Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet, calls became coming in shortly after 5:00 a.m. The blast occurred at 5:23 a.m. The blast could reportedly be felt up

Kansas lawmakers return to tax fight involving pizza magnate

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Senate's top Republican is pushing to override GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill enmeshed in a multi-million dollar tax dispute involving a retired pizza magnate. Senate President Susan Wagle said Brownback "t

Silpada says outdated business model led to closing

LENEXA, Kan. - A Lenexa-based jewelry company that was one of the Kansas City area's more successful startups has announced plans to close. Silpada Designs Inc. says its business model that involved jewelry-sales parties hosted at home has become out

Kansas man rebuilding deep-diving submarine in garage

SALINA, Kan. - A central Kansas businessman says he is rebuilding what will be the deepest-diving submarine owned by a private individual once it's done. KSHB-TV ( reports Salina resident Scott Waters bought a Pisces VI submarin

Ten foot lemon stolen from Wichita lot

WICHITA, Kan. - Mary Ann Wells says that at some point Thursday evening, thieves broke into her storage lot near 25th and Broadway and stole her lemonade stand. "They unscrewed the wheels off of this down here on both sides and that's how they m

Search and recovery efforts resume for missing boy

WICHITA, Kan. - Search and recovery efforts for a boy feared drowned Friday in south Wichita resumed Sunday morning, and will extend at least as far south as the Arkansas River near 63rd Street South, including the Chisholm Creek canal along I-135. Wichi

Memories the momentum behind saving Kansas City arena

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The fate of an iconic Missouri arena might depend on the memories of a generation of Midwesterners who once flocked there for concerts and sports events. A proposal by Kansas City-based Foutch Brothers to transform Kemper Arena into a

Homeless man arrested Saturday morning on multiple charges

TOPEKA, Kan. - A homeless man brought in by TPD is facing multiple charges. Jarald Maurice Matubb, Jr. Wilbur, 18, was arrested early Saturday morning. The Topeka Police Department arrested and charged Wilbur with criminal threat, criminal damage to pro

Teen is dead after being pulled from Kanopolis Lake

ELLSWORTH COUNTY, Kan. - Ellsworth County Sheriff Tracy Ploutz has confirmed 17-year-old Trevor Blair, of Ellinwood, is dead after being pulled from the water of Kanopolis State Park. It happened at the park's South Shore Swimming area. Ploutz said

Teams continue search for missing boy

WICHITA, Kan. - Mark Kemp watched today as rescue crews searched for a missing 11 year old boy in Gypsum Creek. Kemp says a similar incident happened in this exact creek 35 years ago. "Kids were jumping off the bridge after it rained and the curren

October trial set for man accused of abuse at Kansas VA

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - A trial is scheduled for this fall for a former physician's assistant accused of sexually abusing patients at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas. The Leavenworth Times reports that an Oct. 31 trial

Lawrence crafts security plan to comply with weapons law

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The city of Lawrence is creating a security plan to comply with a state law allowing people to carry concealed guns. The Lawrence Journal-World ( ) reports that the city attorney's office has proposed funds in th

Crews search rushing water for Wichita boy

WICHITA, Kan. - Emergency crews are searching for a boy feared to have fallen into swift moving water in south Wichita. Sedgwick County dispatchers tell us the call came in at 7:24 p.m. from the Lord's Diner near 2800 block of S Hillside. That's

Dismissal of lawsuit in Salina girl's death reversed

SALINA, Kan. - The Kansas Court of Appeals has reversed a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the city of Salina by a family whose 12-year-old daughter died several months after being shocked while playing in a rainstorm. The Salina Journal

Man rescues toddler who wanders into Wichita roadway

WICHITA, Kan. - Nick Shafer's morning drive to work came to a halt today when he says he saw a little boy standing in the road. "I was normal routine just heading to work, and as I'm going sure enough there's a toddler just standing out

Kansas Supreme Court rejects some education funding changes

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court is threatening again to close the state's public schools and has rejected some education funding changes enacted by legislators earlier this year. The court ruled Friday on a law that revised parts of the

Police: Man accused of Kansas theft of Blue Man Group items

WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita police say a man is charged with stealing props and costumes of the Blue Man Group while the performance artists were in that south-central Kansas city last week. Thirty-three-year-old Freddy Gonzalez-Gonzalez of Wichita was

Cab driver faces rape charges

OLATHE, Kan. - A 70-year-old cab driver faces charges accusing him of raping a female passenger in Johnson County. The Kansas City Star reports ( ) Abdul S. Sayed, of Olathe, is charged in Johnson County District Court with rape and ag

UPDATE: Missing Missouri boys found in Howard, Kan

TANEY COUNTY, Mo. - Jacob Oliver, 9, and Jason Oliver, 8, were taken from their custodial parent’s residence in Ridgedale, Missouri. The 8 and 9-year-old boys were found in Howard, KS according to Howard police, who would not yet confirm if the boys

Arkansas City commissioner resigns

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. - Commissioner Chad Giles resigned Wednesday from the City Commission of Arkansas City in a letter emailed to city Manager Nick Hernandez. Giles, who just completed his second consecutive term as mayor and has served on the City 

Kansas launches new campaign finance website amid criticism

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has launched a new campaign finance website that officials say might not address the public's needs. The website aimed to give people easier access to information about which political 

More severe weather and tornadoes in Kansas

CHAPMAN, Kan. - Severe weather spawning numerous tornadoes roiled large stretches of Kansas for a second day Thursday, prompting residents to anxiously watch the skies but causing only scattered damage in rural areas and no injuries or deaths.  A 

Kansas indictment accuses 13 in $3.5M ID theft scheme

WICHITA, Kan. - A federal indictment in southern Kansas accuses 13 people of roles in an identity-theft ring involving more than $3.5 million of thievery. The 50-count indictment unsealed Thursday in Wichita alleges the conspirators divided up the work

Man found guilty in fatal shooting of Dodge City woman

DODGE CITY, Kan. - A man charged in the 2014 fatal shooting of a Dodge City woman has been found guilty of second-degree murder. Victor Gutierrez Jr. was found guilty Wednesday in the death of 30-year-old Natasha Pruitt. Authorities say Pruitt was found

Kansan pleads guilty in girl's chase-related shooting death

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A man faces life in prison now that he's admitted in federal court that he kidnapped his Kansas girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter and killed her during a police chase. Thirty-two-year-old Marcas McGowan pleaded guilty Thursday

GOP leader seeks Kansas Senate vote against federal order

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle wants the chamber to vote next week on a resolution condemning a recent federal directive on accommodating transgender students in public schools. Wagle's office disclosed Thursday that she is

Royals place Moustakas on DL with torn ACL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Such injuries usually sideline a player for a long period. Moustakas

One dead after fiery crash in Cowley County

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan.  - Authorities are working to positively identify a person killed in a fiery crash on U.S. 77 highway south of Arkansas City. The two-vehicle accident occurred just before 5 p.m. Wednesday just north of 322nd Road, according to Sg

Top Kansas lawmaker leads protest on federal LGBT directive

TOPEKA, Kan. - A top Kansas legislator is drafting a letter to federal officials promising resistance to a recent directive on accommodating transgender students in public schools. House Speaker Ray Merrick circulated a copy of the letter Wednesday to 

Judge gives Kansas a bit more time to register voters

WICHITA - A federal judge has denied a request to put on hold pending appeal an order requiring Kansas to add to voting rolls for federal elections thousands of eligible voters who did not provide proof of citizenship when registering at motor vehicle 

Tornadoes damage homes in north-central Kansas

WICHITA - A tornado damaged homes and flipped over a car in Dickinson County Wednesday night, as severe storms threatened parts of Kansas. A storm tracker reported at least 20 homes were damaged in a rural area north of I-70, a bit north of Chapman.

Wichita sex offender receives eight life terms

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Wichita man convicted of nine child sex crimes was sentenced Wednesday to eight consecutive life sentences, plus 100 months. Charles Satchell, 25, was convicted in March of charges ranging from aggravated criminal sodomy to

More bad weather, maybe twisters, due in Kansas

DODGE CITY, Kan. — The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says more bad weather is headed for the central U.S. for the remainder of the week, including possible tornadoes. Forecasters say unstable air could allow tornadoes to form in sout

Suspended Kansas sheriff's detective charged with perjury

TOPEKA, Kan. — A suspended Kansas sheriff's detective has been charged with three counts of felony perjury after an investigation into inconsistencies on investigative reports. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas Attorney General

Kansas man re-sentenced for killing his wife

SALINA, Kan. — A man convicted of killing his wife has been resentenced after the Kansas Supreme Court vacated his sentence. The Salina Journal reports that Davin Sprague, 41, will be eligible for parole after 25 years under the sentence imposed Tu

Kansas woman accused of huffing, charged in fatal wreck

OLATHE, Kan. — A Kansas woman has been charged with huffing gas before a fatal wreck. The Kansas City Star reports that Angeline Shelor, 25, of Olathe, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder, reckless driving and abusing toxic vapors. She is

Wichita Eagle editor leaving for Charlotte Observer post

WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita Eagle editor Sherry Chisenhall is taking a job as managing editor of the Charlotte Observer. The Wichita newspaper announced the move Wednesday. Chisenhall will leave the newsroom she has spent the last 16 years running on

Twins stave off another sweep with 7-5 win over Royals

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Miguel Sano hit the go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth inning after Minnesota lost an early lead, and the Twins staved off another series sweep Wednesday by beating the Kansas City Royals 7-5. Eduardo Nunez and Brian Dozier

Youngsters Rescued from NE Wichita Creek

WICHITA - The Fire Department says two children have been rescued from a creek on the city's northeast side. Crews were called around 1:00 p.m. to the creek in the area of 27th Street North & Hillside. Rescuers arrived on scene and found the two ...

Merger: Planned Parenthood Great Plains

TOPEKA - Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri plans to merge with the abortion provider's central Oklahoma affiliate in July. The Kansas and Mid-Missouri affiliate announced the merger Wednesday. President and CEO Laura McQuade has been the ...

Wichita Teachers: Longer Days, Shorter Year

WICHITA - Members of the United Teachers of Wichita have approved a schedule change that will lengthen the school day and shorten the school year; KAKE News reports 68.9% of those who voted approved the change. "The pro-rep assembly of UTW had a ver...

Convicted killer resentenced

SALINA, Kan. — A man convicted of killing his wife has been resentenced after the Kansas Supreme Court vacated his sentence. The Salina Journal ( ) reports that 41-year-old Davin Sprague will be eligible for parole after 25 yea

Anniversary of a Kansas weather tragedy

WICHITA - In 1955, two violent F-5 tornadoes struck North Central Oklahoma and extreme South Central Kansas. The first tornado  tore through Blackwell where 20 were killed, 280 were injured and $8 million damage resulted.  The tragic Udall torna

AAA advisory for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

TOPEKA, Kan. - Motorcyclists can face a rough road. More than 4,500 motorcyclists died and 92,000 were injured in crashes in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of the 960 motorcycle accidents in Kansas in 2014, 743 of

Parsons ends youth tackle football program after concerns

PARSONS, Kan. - A Kansas town is doing away with a youth tackle football program, due to concerns about concussions. Several Kansas youth athletic programs start tackle football in elementary school. But thanks to one NFL quarterback, Parsons is calling 

Damage and injuries reported in Kansas storms

WICHITA - Tornadoes damaged parts of western Kansas Tuesday night and injured at least two people, as much of the state dealt with severe weather. Tornadoes were reported in several Kansas counties. A meteorologist in the Dodge City office of the 

Perez, surging Royals take down Twins 7-4

MINNEAPOLIS, Min. - Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer, Lorenzo Cain had four hits and two RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals picked up where their bats left off the night before while beating the tumbling Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Tuesday. Wade Davis worked

Mesa Air flight forced back to Wichita

WICHITA, Kan.  -  A Mesa Air flight was forced to return to the Wichita airport Tuesday night, reportedly due to an electrical outage. Flight tracking websites indicated Flight 5807 left Eisenhower National Airport around 7:00 p.m. heading for

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