State Government

Kansas man faces hate crime indictment in bar shooting

Kansas City, Mo. ? A man accused in a bar shooting in suburban Kansas City that left one Indian national dead and another wounded was indicted by a federal grand jury on hate crime charges, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday.The indictment against Adam Purinton, 52, of Olathe, Kansas, ...

Kansas health officials note first West Nile case this year

TOPEKA ? The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed the first reported case of West Nile virus this year.The health department said in a news release Friday that the infected person lives in Barton County.The agency also said preliminary tests found the West Nile virus in ...

Financial rating agency revises Kansas’ outlook to stable

Topeka ? A major financial rating agency says Kansas' credit outlook is stable after lawmakers overrode Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that largely rolls back the income tax cuts he championed in recent years.The Kansas City Star reports that Moody's Investor Services affirmed ...

Ammonia leak at Tyson Food plant injures 2 workers

Hutchinson — South Hutchinson authorities say two contract workers were injured after anhydrous ammonia leaked at a Tyson Food plant in South Hutchinson.Police Chief Scott Jones says one of the workers was treated at the scene after the leak on Thursday morning. The other was taken to a ...

In wake of homicides, Kansas City to expand curfew on trails

Kansas City, Mo. — Kansas City, Mo., is planning to expand its curfew rules to all city parks and trails after several recent homicides that occurred on or near such areas sparked concerns.The City Council’s Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee approved the ordinance Wednesday, the ...

House passes budget, launching final talks with Senate

Topeka ? House and Senate budget negotiators met late into the night Thursday and planned to resume Friday morning in hopes of striking a deal on a two-year spending plan for state government, which would enable them to end what is now the second-longest legislative session in state history.The ...

House advances bill delaying portion of new amusement park ride law

Topeka ? The Kansas House advanced a bill Thursday that would delay enforcement of a new law passed earlier this session that requires amusement park rides to undergo regular, independent inspections.The new law, which Gov. Sam Brownback signed in April, is scheduled to take effect July 1. But ...

Tonganoxie celebration returns with run, car show, barbecue, beer garden and more

Tonganoxie might not be celebrating a big birthday this year, but there is a milestone at this year’s Tonganoxie Days.The 30th annual Tonganoxie Public Library Run/Walk will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the library, 303 S. Bury St.Proceeds from the run go toward the new library fund and ...

Kris Kobach enters 2018 race for Kansas governor

Topeka ? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced Thursday that he is running for governor in the 2018 elections.Kobach, 51, a Republican, made the announcement during a campaign event in Lenexa. He officially filed paperwork the day before appointing a campaign treasurer. He is ...

Kansas lawmaker found dead in hotel room

Topeka — A legislative spokeswoman says Kansas Rep. Patsy Terrell of Hutchinson was found dead in her hotel room near the Capitol. She was 55.Heather Scanlon, spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Jim Ward’s office, says officials became concerned after Terrell didn’t arrive for the ...

Brownback signs bill allowing ‘common consumption areas’ for liquor

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation Wednesday allowing cities and counties to designate areas where people can carry alcoholic beverages outside the premises of the restaurant or bar that served the drinks.The bill was requested by the city of Lenexa, which recently developed a ...

Israeli boycott prohibition bill goes to governor

Topeka ? Kansas lawmakers gave final passage Wednesday to a bill that would bar the state from contracting with companies or individuals engaged in a boycott against Israel, despite claims by some that the bill is likely unconstitutional.Similar bills have been introduced in most statehouses ...

Brownback signs new abortion law with font requirement

TOPEKA — Kansas will require abortion providers to give women more information about their doctors' histories and provide it on white paper in 12-point Times New Roman type.Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law Wednesday flanked by fellow abortion opponents. The new law takes ...

Kansas man sentenced after armed carjacking

Kansas City, Kan. (ap) — A 27-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was sentenced to nearly 13 years in federal prison for an armed carjacking that ended with the victim’s dog dying in a wreck.Prosecutors say Stephen Bagley was sentenced Tuesday for carjacking.The Kansas City Star reports ...

Lawmakers override Brownback veto of tax overhaul

Topeka — The Kansas Legislature on Tuesday overrode Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a tax bill that reverses course on the signature tax cuts that he championed in 2012, dealing a significant blow to his legacy as governor, but paving the way for lawmakers to end a near-record long ...

Wichita gives initial OK to more lenient marijuana penalties

Wichita ? The Wichita City Council on Tuesday unanimously gave initial approval to an ordinance that would reduce penalties for some first-time marijuana offenses.Among other things, the ordinance approved Tuesday would require a $50 fine for most first-time offenders, who would not have to ...

Lawmakers pass school funding and tax package

Topeka ? Kansas lawmakers late Monday passed and sent to Gov. Sam Brownback a school finance bill that phases in a $293 million increase in annual K-12 school spending over the next two years and a tax bill that reverses course on many of the tax cuts that Brownback championed in 2012.Brownback ...

Kansas researcher: Environmental activism must evolve

Salina ? On the day President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of an international accord designed to curb greenhouse gases, the co-founder of a science research organization in Kansas said that environmental activism needs to evolve.Wes Jackson was among about 75 people speaking at the Salina ...

Kansas lawmakers to debate combined school funding and tax overhaul bill

Topeka ? House and Senate negotiators agreed Sunday to debate a bill that includes both a new school funding formula and an overhaul of the state’s income tax code that would generate more than $500 million a year in new revenue.That proposal, which the House could debate today, originated ...

Senate passes spending plan that would need nearly $800M in new taxes over 2 years

Topeka ? The Kansas Senate late Sunday passed and sent to the House a spending plan for the next two years that would require $800 million in additional revenue.That figure does not include any new funding for public schools, which is being handled in separate legislation.The so-called ...