state news

Kansas deputies confront nude Oregon man taking pictures
December 10, 2015
Kansas authorities say an Oregon man was urged to head home after he was spotted taking pictures of a wheat field wearing nothing “but a hat and a smile.”
Study: Medicaid expansion would be budget neutral
December 9, 2015
A study shows that Medicaid expansion could potentially turn into a moneymaker for Kansas.
Kansas Court of Appeals mulls state protections for abortion
December 9, 2015
A lawsuit against a Kansas ban on a common second-trimester procedure has forced the state Court of Appeals to consider how much the state constitution protects abortion rights.
Firm recommends steps for Kansas to save, generate money
December 9, 2015
Consultants have made several recommendations to Kansas lawmakers to save and generate cash, including centralizing the leasing of state office space and having the state transportation department sell off rarely used equipment.
Kansas economist says state farm income has declined
December 8, 2015
A farm economist with the Kansas Farm Management Association says gross income for farms is down by at least 20 percent in the state.
Judge throws out Kansas man’s murder conviction
December 8, 2015
A Kansas man who served more than 15 years of a life sentence for the 1999 shooting death of his sister-in-law was freed Tuesday after a judge overturned his conviction when new evidence implicated the man’s brother as the likely killer.
Collapsing buildings become health concern in Kansas
December 8, 2015
The demolition of three deteriorating buildings in south-central Kansas has become more urgent after a portion of one of the structures collapsed.
Brownback’s new commerce secretary has unique past
December 7, 2015
Kansas’ new commerce secretary has played professional soccer in Italy, written a romance novel and filmed a commercial with Danny DeVito.
US Supreme Court denies appeal from district’s parents
December 7, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal from parents from the Shawnee Mission School District.
Armed teenager running toward school shot by police officer
December 6, 2015
Wichita police say a black 17-year-old who was shot and wounded by a white police officer as he ran with a gun toward a high school gymnasium was a documented gang member who was registered as a student at the school.
Prison overcrowding expected to get attention next session
December 6, 2015
Kansas lawmakers and corrections officials are looking for ways to address overcrowding in state prisons as the adult population is expected to be nearly 1,700 inmates over capacity by the middle of the next decade.
Topeka High School teacher surprises student with car gift
December 3, 2015
Dean Fairweather sees many students come and go through the automotive classes he teaches at Topeka High School, and a few stand out as being mechanic material.
Kansas clergy says refugee order violates religious liberty
December 3, 2015
A coalition of Kansas clergy has submitted a petition to Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration asking the governor to rescind an executive order attempting to halt the relocation of Syrian refugees in the state.
Former Kansas man pleads guilty in unlawful-voting case
December 3, 2015
A man who illegally voted in both Kansas and Arkansas while moving has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.