State Government

Effort to block concealed carry mandate stalls in Kansas Senate

Topeka ? An effort to block part of the state’s new law on concealed firearms in public facilities stalled Tuesday when a sharply divided Senate voted to send the bill back to committee.The bill would have exempted state and municipally owned hospitals from either having to allow people to ...

Lawrence teen played crucial role in uncovering long-lost city of Etzanoa

Over the river and through the wood, to Grandmother’s house — and the site of a long-lost Native American city — Adam Ziegler went. What the Lawrence teen found while visiting his grandma near Arkansas City would prove what academics had suspected for years but never confirmed: the ...

Public benefit corporations bill becomes Kansas law

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law Monday making it easier for for-profit corporations to engage in charitable or other socially beneficial activities, even if that cuts into their profit margins.The bill authorizes a new class of corporations in Kansas known as "public benefit ...

Kansas House panel slashes size and scope of school funding plan

Topeka ? A House committee on Monday advanced a new school funding plan that would increase K-12 education spending by only $280 million over two years, but members of the panel said they are bracing themselves for an intense battle when the bill reaches the floor of the full House later in the ...

Central Kansas man dies from virulent form of meningitis

TOPEKA ? Health officials are investigating a central Kansas man's death from a virulent form of meningitis.The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release that laboratory tests have confirmed that the death was the result of meningococcal meningitis, an acute infection ...

Kansas House puts full repeal of Brownback’s 2012 tax cuts up for consideration

Topeka ? In a surprise move late Monday, Kansas House tax negotiators offered a full repeal of the tax cuts that Gov. Sam Brownback championed in 2012, a plan that some Democrats have been calling for since those cuts were made, but one that appears unlikely to pass.House Taxation Committee ...

Kansas sheriff: Identifying skull could take months

Neosho Rapids ? The sheriff in east-central Kansas’ Lyon County says that although it may take months to identify a human skull and other remains found last month near Neosho Rapids, he believes the remains are those of an older adult man.Sheriff Jeff Cope tells KVOE that identifying the ...

Plan for new Kansas prison faces skepticism from lawmakers

Topeka ? Even as Kansas corrections officials move ahead with plans to build a new prison to replace the state's oldest and largest lockup, their project faces bipartisan skepticism from legislators worried that their oversight is being skirted.Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's administration ...

Kansas prosecutor warns about jury duty scam

Wichita ? A southern Kansas prosecutor is warning residents about a scam involving supposed jury duty.Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says that as part of the hoax, the caller refers to himself as a sheriff’s deputy and tells the would-be victim that he or she missed jury duty ...

Lawmakers go into overtime with biggest issues still unresolved

Topeka ? Kansas lawmakers will officially head into overtime Monday, the 91st day of the legislative session, with the three biggest issues of the year — taxes, the budget and school finance — all still unresolved.Lawmakers typically try to limit sessions to no more than 90 days, and the ...

Students bring tiny house to Topeka

Topeka ? Students in western Kansas have shown state officials a 330-square-foot tiny house they began building at the beginning of the school year.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the students from a construction and entrepreneurship class at Ness City High School drove five and a half hours ...

2 gorillas to leave Wichita’s zoo

Wichita ? Two gorillas that had been the first to arrive at a zoo in Wichita, Kansas, 13 years ago are headed to warmer climes in Florida.The Sedgwick County Zoo says primate brothers Shango and Barney will be leaving next Friday for the Miami zoo, giving the Kansas zoo more space for its ...

Close-knit Baldwin High School graduating class told to ‘persevere’

The 86 members of the Baldwin High School Class of 2017 received their final visual aid lesson together during commencement ceremonies Saturday.Before his commencement address, Gerald Roach, a frequent substitute teacher at the high school, placed an oar with the word “persevere” written in ...

Eudora rallies around its high school graduates

Eudora's high school graduation is an intimate affair for the entire town. The event is chock full of familiar faces, old friends, confidants, mentors and neighbors.As 98 Eudora High School students accepted their diplomas early Saturday afternoon in the school's gymnasium, the entire community ...

Police report filed after Lawrence High student brings BB gun to school

Lawrence High School administrators investigated and confirmed that a student brought a BB gun to school on Thursday, district spokeswoman Julie Boyle told the Journal-World via email Friday. It is not clear why the student brought the BB gun to school, but no one was hurt in the incident, ...

Kansas House committee adds money to K-12 bill, delays vote

Topeka ? A House committee working on a new school funding plan added more money to the bill Friday for teaching students at risk of failing or dropping out, but it delayed a vote to send the bill to the full House until next week.Rep. Melissa Rooker, R-Fairway, pushed through an amendment to ...

Bill creating foster care task force advances in Kansas House

Topeka ? The Kansas House advanced a bill Friday establishing a task force to review the Department for Children and Families’ management and oversight of the state foster care system.The call for a new task force comes on the heels of a series of Legislative Post Audit reports that ...

Firm proposes privately funding new terminal at Kansas City airport

Kansas City, Mo. ? A local engineering firm has proposed to privately build and finance a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport to garner voter approval and finish the airport project.Mayor Sly James told the Kansas City Star the city has been trying for five years to create ...