City Government

Osawatomie State Hospital unit passes federal inspection

Topeka ? A 60-bed unit within the Osawatomie State Hospital passed a federal inspection this week "with flying colors," state officials said, putting the hospital on a path toward recertification by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services."We have been waiting for this for a long time," ...

Baldwin City Council passes resolution to reassure homeowners in benefit district

In a move intended to reassure homeowners in a recently created benefit district, the Baldwin City Council approved a resolution Tuesday that puts an upper lid on the assessment asked of those residents.The latest resolution states the assessment asked of homeowners in a benefit district to ...

Kansas joins broadband network for first responder agencies

Topeka ? Public safety agencies in Kansas will soon have unprecedented ability to communicate with one another during large events like wildfires, tornadoes and other natural disasters.Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday signed letters officially opting the state into a federally funded service known ...

Lawrence police investigating report of man masturbating outside apartment window

Lawrence police are investigating a report of a man masturbating outside a resident's apartment window.About 1:15 a.m. Tuesday officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Louisiana Street. A witness at the scene said she had heard a rustling sound outside her apartment and that when she ...

Agency reports Kansas computer system back online, says no benefit payments affected

Topeka ? The Kansas Department for Children and Families said Tuesday that a statewide computer outage that struck the agency over the weekend has been resolved and that its systems were up and running again."Happy to report, DCF computer systems are back up and running after an OITS outage. We ...

Paul Davis launches bid for 2nd District congressional seat in Kansas

Topeka ? Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis officially kicked off his campaign for the 2nd District congressional seat in Kansas, using a familiar theme in national politics by saying he wants to change the political culture in Washington."Our political system is fundamentally broken," Davis told a ...

Eudora City Commission approves budget with steady mill levy, utility rate hike

The Eudora City Commission was presented an electrical rate study Monday that would increase the monthly rates in line with the 3 percent hike built into the city’s 2018 budget.The commission first approved the city’s $16.85 million 2018 budget, which maintains the 39.501 mill levy of the ...

Reports: Kansas computer system outage preventing payment of welfare benefits

Topeka ? The Kansas Department for Children and Families has suffered a statewide computer system failure that is preventing the agency from paying welfare benefits, processing new applications or processing reports of abuse and neglect, according to reports on social media.Robert Choromanski, ...

Court rejects KPERS effort to limit benefits for teachers union leaders

Topeka ? A Shawnee County judge dealt a setback last week to efforts by the state pension system to reduce the retirement benefits of educators who take time off from their teaching jobs to work as leaders of their local teachers union.The ruling in favor of Nancy Fritz, a recently retired ...

Brownback’s communications director to step down

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback's office announced Monday that communications director Melika Willoughby will step down at the end of this week to take a job with a nonprofit conservative organization, the Forge Leadership Network.Willoughby, who has served as communications director since November ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider site plan for former Jayhawk Bookstore

After neighbors’ concerns about the sale of alcohol delayed the decision, the Lawrence City Commission will consider plans to convert the former Jayhawk Bookstore into a bakery and restaurant. The property, located at 1420 Crescent Road, sits between the University Heights neighborhood and ...