state news

Kansas secretary of state clerk sues over termination
August 20, 2015
A former state employee has filed a federal civil lawsuit claiming she was fired from her clerk job at the Kansas secretary of state’s office after she declined to attend prayer services held in the office.
Official: Kansas still needs more rain
August 20, 2015
A Kansas official says despite recent rain, sections of western Kansas still need about five inches of rain before they make up what they lost in the drought.
Topeka Zoo denies claims that their elephants are lonely
10:00 a.m., August 20, 2015 Updated 10:40 a.m.
Topeka Zoo officials are denying claims that the zoo’s two elephants are suffering from a lack of social interaction.
Man found dead after standoff in Kansas City, Kan.
August 20, 2015
Authorities say a man was found dead inside a Kansas City, Kan., home after a nearly four-hour standoff with law enforcement officers.
Kansas officials defend pension bonds after Moody’s report
August 13, 2015
Kansas sold $1 billion in bonds Wednesday in an effort to bolster the financial health of its pension system for teachers and government workers, a day after a major rating agency said the move will “do little” to help while increasing the state’s financial risks.
Kansas to get grant to defray advanced placement exam costs
August 13, 2015
Kansas has been awarded nearly $81,000 from the federal government to help students pay for advanced placement exams.
Kansas launching campaign to boost child support collections
August 13, 2015
Two state agencies in Kansas are preparing to launch a new campaign aimed at increasing the collection of child support payments from divorced parents.
Report: Retail sales of farm tractors up in July
August 12, 2015
A new industry report shows retail sales of farm tractors up nearly 19 percent this past July when compared to the same month a year ago.
Kansas regulators disagree on increasing KCP&L’s rates
August 12, 2015
Kansas regulators couldn’t agree Tuesday on how much to increase Kansas City Power & Light Co.’s annual rates, with the utility’s charges for customers with electric heating systems emerging as a key issue.
Brownback urges schools to move more money into classrooms
August 12, 2015
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback urged school districts on Tuesday to move more money into the classroom and hold down the administrative costs of running their schools.
Topeka bookkeeper accused of stealing more than $100K
August 11, 2015
60-year-old former bookkeeper faces charges accusing her of stealing more than $100,000 from a Topeka company.
Report: Fall farm crops mostly faring well in Kansas
August 11, 2015
The latest government snapshot shows most major farm crops in Kansas are faring well this season.
Kansas regulators to have hearings on Westar rate agreement
August 11, 2015
Kansas utility regulators plan hearings later this month on a proposed agreement to allow the state’s largest electric company to raise its annual rates by $78 million.
Ex-candidate Wolf confronts Kansas Sen. Moran at town hall
August 10, 2015
Dr. Milton Wolf, a tea party-backed former Senate candidate, confronted U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran at a town hall meeting Monday over the Kansas medical board’s past investigation of Wolf’s license but declined to say whether he’s planning to challenge the incumbent in the Republican primary next year.