State Government

KU police handle crimes involving guns about once every 2 years, records show

Once every other year — that’s the rate at which University of Kansas police currently encounter crimes involving guns on campus.KU police deal with more weapons of other types, but not many more.With Kansas law and, consequently, KU’s weapons policy soon undergoing a major change, the ...

Plaintiffs ask Kansas Supreme Court to reject school funding fix

Topeka ? Attorneys for the four school districts that are suing the state over school funding formally asked the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday to reject the new finance system lawmakers enacted this year, saying the roughly $293 million in new money it would phase in over two years is neither ...

Finance council approves $200K for state to settle lawsuits

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders agreed Friday to pay out just over $200,000 to settle two lawsuits against the state that have been pending in federal court.The settlements — which were brought to the State Finance Council for approval — included $133,000 to settle a ...

Lawmakers take Brownback to task over budget comments

Topeka ? Top Republicans in the Kansas Legislature pushed back hard Friday against Gov. Sam Brownback and his administration's vocal criticism in recent days of the budget and tax plan they passed, over his objection.The exchange took place during a meeting of the State Finance Council, a group ...

Kansas not sharing sensitive voter data Kobach seeks from others

Wichita ? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Friday his office will not be giving a federal commission that he leads the partial Social Security numbers that he has asked other states to provide from their voter rolls.Kobach, who is also vice chairman of Presidential Advisory Commission ...

Kansas lawmakers call out Kobach on ‘culture of corruption’ charge

Topeka ? Kansas legislative leaders said Friday that they want Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to back up his claim that there is a "culture of corruption" at the Statehouse in Topeka.Kobach has made that assertion as part of his campaign for governor, arguing that there should be term ...

Kobach apologizes to court for ‘misunderstanding’ that led to fine

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has apologized for what he calls a "misunderstanding" that led to a $1,000 fine against him for misleading the court.Kobach asked U.S. Magistrate Judge James O'Hara on Thursday to reconsider the fine and order requiring him to submit to a deposition by the ...

Kansas wheat harvest mixed amid disease, storm damage

Wichita ? This year’s winter wheat harvest has been a mixed bag for Kansas, as farmers race to bring in the crop amid damaging spring storms that have pounded some fields with hail.Fields around Norton and Goodland in northwest Kansas were hit by hail this week, while a “big hail event” ...

Topeka man sentenced in crash

Topeka (ap) — A Topeka man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing a passenger in another vehicle during a February 2016 police chase.KSNT-TV reports that 21-year-old Marcos Cruz Jr. was sentenced Thursday for five felonies, including second-degree murder.A witness at a ...

Trump commission on voting fraud asks states for voter data

Sacramento, Calif. ? President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has asked states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public.A Wednesday letter from the ...

Kansas says prison incident resolved; lawmakers worried

Topeka ? An unspecified number of inmates refused to return to their cells for at least several hours Thursday at Kansas' second-largest prison, and legislators said they're concerned that short staffing and an increasing prisoner population led to the problem.The state Department of ...

Mastermind of lottery fraud admits he rigged jackpots, including in Kansas

DES MOINES, Iowa — A man who helped write the computer code behind several U.S. lotteries, including some of its biggest, pleaded guilty Thursday to masterminding a scheme through which he rigged the winning numbers for jackpots in several states and collected millions of dollars.Eddie ...

Candidate meet-and-greet today for Lawrence City Commission and school board

Lawrence voters can meet candidates in the running for open City Commission and school board seats on today. The Voter Education Coalition is hosting a meet-and-greet with candidates from both races. The terms of commissioners Lisa Larsen, Mike Amyx and Matthew Herbert are expiring this year. ...

Kansas commerce secretary resigns

Topeka — Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave is resigning to pursue private business opportunities.Gov. Sam Brownback’s office said Tuesday was Soave’s last day as top administrator for the state’s economic development programs.Soave has served as commerce secretary since December ...

2 officers arrested after search of KC jail

Kansas City, Mo. — Two corrections officers were among four people arrested in a contraband smuggling operation at the county jail in Kansas City, Mo., after roughly 200 law enforcers searched the facility early Monday.The U.S. attorney’s office said the indictment naming Jackson County ...

Kansas attorney general seeks to settle two lawsuits involving rape, car search

Topeka ? Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office will ask Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders on Friday to approve settlements of two federal lawsuits against the state, including one filed by a former Osawatomie State Hospital employee who was raped by a patient there in ...

Seat belt fines to triple starting Saturday

People driving in Kansas during the upcoming holiday weekend are being reminded that fines for failure to wear a seat belt will triple to $30 starting Saturday, July 1.That's the result of a bill that Kansas lawmakers passed this session dealing with several motor vehicle issues.Kansas law ...

Lawrence Democrat John Wilson to resign Kansas House seat

Topeka ? Democratic Rep. John Wilson, of Lawrence, announced Monday that he plans to resign his 10th District House seat later this year in order to spend more time focusing on his family and career."This is a decision I don't make lightly," Wilson said on the House floor Monday. "In fact, now ...