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Lawrence man charged with aggravated domestic battery, child abuse

A 21-year-old Lawrence man was charged with aggravated domestic battery and abuse of a child on Thursday. Seth A. Watkins, who is in the custody of the Douglas County Jail, was formally charged at his first appearance in Douglas County District Court. Both charges are felonies. He was also ...

Woman dies in 7-vehicle accident after pipes fall off truck on I-70

TOPEKA — A Manhattan woman was killed in a seven-vehicle crash that began when large metal pipes fell off a semitrailer on Interstate 70, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The patrol said pipes on a tractor-trailer driving east on the interstate in Topeka fell off and went over a barrier into ...

Kansas lawmakers consider speedy trials, emergency response

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers moved ahead Wednesday with a measure designed to help courts and prosecutors deal with a backlog of criminal cases caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a proposal to limit state and local officials' power in setting restrictions in future pandemics. The ...

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 24, 2021

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity up to 6 a.m. on the date listed and extending back to 6 a.m. on the previous day. Each listing includes a date, time and general ...

Audit: Bogus unemployment claims may have cost Kansas $600M

This story was updated at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday. TOPEKA — Kansas may have paid $600 million worth of bogus claims for unemployment benefits last year, a legislative audit said Wednesday, more than double an estimate from the state Department of Labor. The report from the Republican-controlled ...

Nation & World: States rush to catch up on delayed vaccines, expand access

HOUSTON (AP) — A giant vaccination center is opening in Houston to administer 126,000 coronavirus vaccine doses in the next three weeks. Nevada health officials are working overtime to distribute delayed shots. And Rhode Island is rescheduling appointments after a vaccine shipment failed to ...