state news

Kansas governor uses zombie event to promote preparedness
September 30, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback says if Kansas ever faces a zombie apocalypse, he might use a farm combine to mow them down.
Kansas to designate October as ‘Zombie Preparedness Month’
September 29, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign a proclamation designating October as “Zombie Preparedness Month” in Kansas.
Kansas lawmakers seek data on school board members
September 29, 2015
A Legislative committee is seeking information about what would happen if spouses or relatives of school employees aren’t allowed to serve on school boards.
Favorable conditions help spawn oak leaf itch mite boom
September 29, 2015
People in the Kansas City region may soon feel the bite as favorable weather and environmental conditions have led to a boom in the oak leaf itch mite population.
Education officials say schools need reshaped for the future
September 28, 2015
Top Kansas education officials say more emphasis on non-academic skills is needed to transform the state’s public schools to meet the demands of the future workplace.
Kansas State, other state universities see enrollment drop
September 28, 2015
Tougher admission standards are the main reason Kansas State University saw its first enrollment decline in nine years, school officials said in response to a Kansas Board of Regents report showing similar drops at most of the state’s public universities.
Standard often cited in Kansas pension debates questioned
September 28, 2015
Kansas officials say the state will know its underfunded pension system is back on solid financial ground when its revenues and investment earnings are expected to cover 80 percent of the benefits promised retirees over the next two decades.
Young would-be robber’s effort stymied by clerk’s stare
September 28, 2015
A young would-be robber wielding an unusual weapon demanded cigarettes but ended up getting nervous and leaving a Wichita QuikTrip empty-handed.
Supreme Court: Intoxication no excuse for shooting at police
September 27, 2015
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned an appeals court decision and ruled that getting drunk and taking prescription medications is no excuse for firing a shot at deputies.
Pilot killed in Wichita crash ID’d as former Cessna engineer
September 27, 2015
A pilot killed when his twin-engine Cessna 310 plummeted into a Wichita neighborhood has been identified as a former Cessna engineer who owned an aviation company in Colorado.
Insect researcher: Drones will help feed growing population
September 24, 2015
A college professor who studies insects said Wednesday that unmanned aircraft can help grow better crops and produce more food, but it’s going to take more cooperation among researchers to pull it off.
Kansas doctor, wife face new sentencing in overdose deaths
September 24, 2015
The Kansas physician and his wife were convicted of a shocking crime: running a moneymaking conspiracy at a clinic that prosecutors have linked to 68 drug overdose deaths. Yet Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, contend they also helped people with chronic pain at their Haysville clinic, even as the doctor saw up to 100 patients a day, with pads of pre-signed prescription forms left for staff to use when he was out. Their lawyers argued during a 2010 trial that they were overwhelmed and listened to drugmakers who pushed potent narcotics.
Kansas regulators expected to approve rate hike for Westar
September 24, 2015
Kansas regulators are expected to give final approval to a $78 million annual rate increase for the state’s largest electric company.
Kansas man driving combine leads law enforcement on chase
September 23, 2015
Authorities say a central Kansas man has been arrested after stealing a large piece of farm equipment and hitting power poles and law enforcement vehicles as he fled.