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Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

TOPEKA — City officials say a tiger mauled a zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo in northeastern Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when a Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv attacked the worker in a secured, indoor space. Topeka Zoo director ...

Post-Columbine, attitudes toward officer trauma shift

LITTLETON, Colo. — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student’s plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn’t know had already died by their own hands. As member Grant Whitus put it, ...

For school shooting survivors, trauma has no time limit

PARKLAND, Fla. — Alex Rozenblat can still hear the cries of a wounded boy calling for help as she hid from the gunfire that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Talking to therapists at the school in Parkland, Fla., didn’t help. Each session had a different ...

Lawrence and area events for Saturday, April 20

Today, April 20 Red Dog Workout, 7:30 a.m., parking lot, Ninth & Vermont Streets. Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine St. Multicultural Storytime (All Ages), 10:30-11 a.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Teen Zone Super Smash Brothers ...

State study: Many Kansas families not putting babies to bed safely

A state report says many Kansas families may not be following safe sleep practices meant to cut down the risk that infants could die in their sleep. The first survey of its kind in the state found four in five new mothers said their babies sleep primarily on their backs. Rachel Sisson, the ...

Kansas to let Farm Bureau health coverage avoid ACA rules

TOPEKA — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a Republican-backed effort to circumvent former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Kelly ...

Colorado trucker charged in deaths of 5 on Kansas Turnpike

LEAVENWORTH (AP) — A truck driver from Greeley, Colorado, is charged with five counts of vehicular homicide for a fiery 2017 crash that killed five people on the Kansas Turnpike near Bonner Springs. The Kansas City Star reports that 58-year-old Kenny B. Ford appeared without an attorney ...

Lawrence police blotter for April 19

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. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 202 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Missing woman, young child located ‘safe and unharmed,’ police say

Story updated 8:15 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019. A missing woman and her young son were found "safe and unharmed" Friday evening, police said about eight hours after asking the public for help locating them. At about 11:45 a.m. Friday, police asked the public for help in finding Felicia Miner, ...

Lawrence and area events for Friday, April 19

Today, April 19 Kaw Valley Bridge Club: Open Pairs, 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., 1025 N. Third St., Suite 120. Tween Club: Geometric Art (Grades 3-5), 3:30-5 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. New Horizons Band Concert, 4 p.m., Brandon Woods, 1501 Inverness Drive. Hans Harmsen: ...

Fiscal forecast gives Kansas a little room on Medicaid, tax relief

TOPEKA — Kansas officials issued a new fiscal forecast Thursday that's slightly more optimistic about how much tax revenue the state should expect to collect over the next two years, creating a little more breathing room for expanding Medicaid or providing tax relief. Democratic Gov. Laura ...

Lawrence police plan DUI patrol Saturday, 4/20

The Lawrence Police Department is planning extra DUI enforcement throughout the city on Saturday — which is April 20, celebrated among marijuana smokers as the 4/20 holiday. The DUI saturation patrol will involve placing extra officers on the road specifically to look for motorists ...

Lawrence police blotter for April 18

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. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 185 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...