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Wichita man charged after allegedly trying to buy tiger pelts

WICHITA — A Wichita man who prosecutors say tried to buy two tiger pelts is facing federal charges. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Thursday that 38-year-old Ret Thach is charged with violating the federal Lacey Act, which prohibits interstate selling or buying of animals protected by ...

City arts commission recommends mural for Lawrence library wall

A mural proposed for the exterior wall of the Lawrence Public Library has received a preliminary approval. At its meeting Wednesday evening, the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission voted unanimously to recommend the mural, which depicts stories of local women of color. The team leading the ...

Kansas officials ask Rep. Yoder to seek end of family separations

TOPEKA — Dozens of elected officials in Rep. Kevin Yoder's congressional district in Kansas are pushing him to demand an end to the forced separation of families caught crossing the U.S. border illegally. Democratic state Rep. Jarrod Ousley of Merriam and Republican state Rep. Linda ...

Spilled potatoes close section of Interstate-70 for 6 hours

SALINA, Kan. — A 6-mile stretch of Interstate 70 closed for nearly six hours as workers picked up a semi-trailer load of potatoes. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the potatoes were dumped Tuesday morning in Saline County near Solomon when the driver hit a bridge rail, separating the truck and ...

Police seek public’s help in finding truck that damaged residence

Lawrence police are asking for the public's help in finding a truck that was reportedly involved in damaging a Lawrence residence. Police on Monday afternoon tweeted an image of a Chevy truck and said that about 9:15 p.m. on June 2, the pickup is believed to have struck a parked vehicle so ...

Judge jails former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ahead of trial

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is going to jail. On Friday, Manafort was ordered into custody after a federal judge revoked his house arrest, citing newly filed obstruction of justice charges. The move by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ...

U.S. Supreme Court allows purges of state voter rolls

WASHINGTON — States can target people who haven't cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge their voting rolls, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that has drawn wide attention amid stark partisan divisions and the approach of the 2018 elections. By a 5-4 vote that split the ...

One injured in accident near Lawrence turnpike interchange

A two vehicle-accident early Monday near the West Lawrence interchange on the Kansas turnpike has left a Minnesota man injured. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that Carlos Garay of Cottage Grove, Minn., was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after the van he was driving was rear-ended by ...

Kansas prisons have some expectant mothers behind bars

Hutchinson (ap) — Alexa Baugh eagerly waits for the day she can hold her son outside of a Kansas prison. The 26-year-old from Hutchinson sees her son, Angel, on weekends whenever her parents make the trek to the Topeka Correctional Facility. Baugh has been at the medium-security central unit ...

Teen convicted in Eudora gun shop burglary

One of the teens accused in the recent burglary of a Eudora gun shop — the only one charged as an adult — has been convicted for his role. Stevan Rios, of Eudora, pleaded guilty and was convicted of one count of burglary and one count of theft of a firearm, both felonies, Thursday in ...

Lawrence police plan DUI crackdown

Lawrence police are planning a DUI saturation patrol on Friday, the department has announced. The effort, funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation, will put extra officers in the field to look specifically for drivers who show signs of impairment, according to a news release ...

Man flown to hospital after crash near East 19th and Harper

A man was flown to a hospital Monday after a crash near East 19th and Harper streets. The wreck occurred at roughly 1:45 p.m. According to preliminary information gathered by police, a man driving a two-door car was eastbound in the 1400 block of East 19th Street when he veered from his ...