state news

Kansas court’s approval of death sentence not seen as shift
November 15, 2015
Even though the state Supreme Court recently upheld a death sentence for the first time under the state’s 1994 capital punishment law, Kansas isn’t likely to see executions anytime soon or a shift in how the justices handle capital murder cases.
Kansas holding hearings on disability services
November 12, 2015
Kansas is holding hearings on proposed changes to how how disabled Kansans receive services.
Report says student scores rise and fall with funding
November 12, 2015
Kansas students’ scores on national reading and math scores tended to rise and fall along with school funding levels, according to a report by the Kansas Association of School Boards.
Kobach seeks end to lawsuit against Kansas citizenship rule
November 12, 2015
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office has registered two prospective northeast Kansas voters and is asking a judge to dismiss their federal lawsuit against the state’s proof-of-citizenship requirement.
Blizzard warning issued for northwest Kansas
November 11, 2015
A winter storm system packing snow and high winds is expected to hit sections of northwest Kansas.
Man convicted in Jewish site killings is sentenced to death
November 11, 2015
A judge followed a jury’s recommendation and sentenced an avowed anti-Semite to death Tuesday for the fatal shootings of three people at Kansas Jewish sites.
Kansas Supreme Court justices asked to recuse themselves
November 11, 2015
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking all Kansas Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from a lawsuit involving the court system’s budget.
Kansas again faces possible loss of all federal arts funding
November 11, 2015
The leader of a statewide advocacy group warned Tuesday that Kansas is likely to lose its federal arts dollars again early next year because the state isn’t providing enough funding for arts programs under Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration.
Wichita bishop to make case for sainthood for Kapaun
November 9, 2015
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is preparing to make the case that an Army chaplain from Kansas who died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp deserves to be granted sainthood.
Kansas ranks low in providing summer meals to children
November 9, 2015
Advocates of providing summer meals to children in low-income areas say Kansas must find ways to provide more meals during the summer.
Kansas battles pay-related turnover among prison staff
November 9, 2015
Employee turnover at Kansas prisons has increased over the past five years, and the state’s corrections secretary and legislators agree that officers’ pay must rise if the state hopes to end a problem that’s now seen as a threat to public safety.
Property taxes on the rise around Kansas
November 8, 2015
Patrons of most Kansas school districts will see property taxes rise this year amid an ongoing legal battle over whether public schools are underfunded, preliminary state data shows.
Kansas official seeks to save funds to treat drug offenders
November 4, 2015
With potential budget problems looming in Kansas, a state official urged legislators Tuesday to protect funding for substance-abuse treatment that keeps hundreds of drug offenders out of prison.
Kansas raises rents on agencies in state office buildings
November 4, 2015
Kansas has recently raised the rent by more than 25 percent for agencies housed in state office buildings.