state news

Bill would let terminally ill use unapproved meds
December 24, 2014
A suburban Kansas City lawmaker is proposing a measure that would allow terminally ill patients to use medications that haven’t received federal approval.
Kansas lawmakers floating plenty of tax proposals
December 24, 2014
Republican legislators in Kansas are tossing around plenty of proposals for raising new revenues to help close the state’s budget shortfalls, and they’re not confining themselves to rethinking personal income tax cuts that represent GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s legacy.
Kansas Legislature fills top administrative job
December 24, 2014
A longtime legislative liaison and manager for the Kansas commission that regulates utilities will oversee payroll, parking, secretarial and other services for state lawmakers, starting next month.
Kansas Senate creates panel, has 2 new chairmen
December 23, 2014
The Kansas Senate’s top leader has created a new committee to review criminal justice issues and name new chairmen for two other panels.
Man sentenced for stealing dying woman’s ring
December 23, 2014
A 20-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for stealing the wedding ring from the hand of a dying woman last year in the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant.
Kansas mulling response to legal pot in Colorado
December 22, 2014
Kansas hasn’t decided whether to join a lawsuit filed by other states against Colorado over its legalization of marijuana even though the two states share a border.
Kansas senator skeptical of Obama moves on Cuba
December 22, 2014
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is skeptical of President Barack Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba, labeling it as nothing more than a shift in public relations.
Documentary features Liberal boy’s heart surgery
December 21, 2014
Like many his age, Nelijah Tatum enjoys taking part in sports, and as a student at Liberal’s Sunflower Intermediate, he had participated in many competitions in various athletic pursuits. Now 12, Tatum had started attending South Middle School, but just before the current school year started, the young man was taken to a doctor to get a yearly physical to continue playing sports, the Liberal Leader & Times reported. During the exam, the administering doctor discovered something Tatum’s mother, Misty Tatum, said was kind of funny with Nelijah’s heart.
Hearing set for suspect in Jewish site shootings
December 18, 2014
A white supremacist who admits killing three people outside two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites is set to appear in court for a hearing on whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial.
State extends deadline for SE Kansas casino
December 18, 2014
The Kansas Lottery Commission has extended the deadline for applications for managers of a planned casino in southeast Kansas to Jan. 30.
Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form
December 18, 2014
Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form.
KCC approves rate increase for Black Hills Energy
December 17, 2014
The Kansas Corporation Commission approved a rate increase for natural gas customers of Black Hills Energy.
Hutchinson considering tax hike for sports arena
December 17, 2014
Hutchinson residents may soon be able to vote on a sales tax proposal that would help fund a $29 million expansion of the city’s 62-year-old sports arena.
Action on Heartland Park plans delayed until 2015
December 17, 2014
The future of Heartland Park Topeka will be in limbo until at least early next year.
Kansas woman charged in 10-year-old son’s death
December 16, 2014
Police in south-central Kansas have charged a woman who they say stabbed her 10-year-old son to death in his bedroom.

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