state news

KU Med Center gets $25 million gift
May 21, 2014
Officials with the University of Kansas Medical Center say a $25 million donation from the Hall Family Foundation will allow the center to construct a medical education building.
Kansas capital passes anti-discrimination ordinances
May 21, 2014
The Topeka City Council approved two ordinances aimed at reducing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Kansas: Brownback shuffles agency heads
May 20, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is shuffling his administration, naming the head of the state’s aging and disabilities agency to be his new budget director.
Kansas: 2014 shaping up as quiet tornado year
May 20, 2014
A weak jet stream and prevailing weather patterns suggest that this tornado season may remain quiet, forecasters said.
Kansas church hopes to open free store for teachers
May 19, 2014
A Wichita church plans to open a free store for teachers in which individuals or companies can donate supplies for use in classrooms so the instructors don’t have to pay for them out of their own pockets.
Kansas infant with rare disorder struggles to find something she can eat
May 19, 2014
A northeast Kansas baby with a rare digestive disorder is struggling to find something she can eat besides a bland-tasting medical food that’s mixed with water.
Kansas renewable energy fight under fire
May 19, 2014
State government mandates requiring utilities to buy a portion of their power from renewable resources are coming under fire across the country, including in Kansas, which observers say came as close as any to repealing its rules this year.
Kansas City Connection: A new place for pigging out
May 18, 2014
Unless you’re headed to the riverboat casinos to gamble or to Knuckleheads Saloon to see a concert, there probably aren’t a lot of good reasons to visit the East Bottoms of Kansas City. At least not until Pigwich opened last spring.
Lawrence murder suspect, 19, wanted ‘freedom from her life’
May 18, 2014
A 19-year-old woman accused of killing a 52-year-old Lawrence businessman whose home she shared told investigators she drugged the man before binding his wrists and ankles and cutting deeply through his throat, police testified Friday.
Kansas teachers protest governor in Topeka
May 18, 2014
Teachers and education advocates protested Saturday at the Kansas Statehouse against what they described as Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s policies attacking public schools.
Kansas cuts mortgage fees, costing some counties money
May 16, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation phasing out the fees paid by Kansas lenders to counties to register home mortgages.
Kansas to increase sentences for some murders
May 15, 2014
Kansas is doubling the presumed prison sentence for premeditated first-degree murder to life with no chance of parole for at least 50 years.
Kansas student accused of making bomb threats
May 15, 2014
A Kansas high school student is accused of leaving a note claiming bombs had been placed at two schools, but police have determined there was no danger to the district.
Kansas: Stats show inspectors going easy on pet breeders
May 15, 2014
Animal welfare advocates say Kansas Department of Agriculture inspectors are reluctant to give violations to pet breeders who don’t meet state standards, instead providing them with notes on things that need fixing.