State Government

Kansas game warden official says Facebook page is helpful

Wichita ? The Kansas game wardens are getting help from a Facebook page that has more than 42,000 followers.The social media page is helpful, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism game warden Dan Melson told the Wichita Eagle. Melson, who created the page in 2014, said he came up ...

Coalition of Kansas Democrats and moderate Republicans shows its strength

Topeka ? Many people wondered after the 2016 elections whether Democrats and moderate Republicans had gained enough seats in the Kansas Legislature to form a governing coalition that could override conservatives who had dominated both chambers for the previous four years.That question was ...

Former Wichita mayor expected to announce run for Kansas governor

Wichita ? Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer is expected to officially announce that he will run for governor next year.The Wichita Eagle reports Brewer will make an announcement regarding “his political future” on Monday with stops in Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City, Kan.Republican Gov. Sam ...

Dry, warm weather in Kansas sparks fears of drought

Unusually warm and dry weather in February is stoking fears of another drought.The Wichita Eagle reports the average temperature this month in Wichita has been more than 8 degrees above normal, with more upper 60s and low 70s expected this week.The forecast calls for a good chance of rain ...

Kansas loses 800 small farms, bigger operations unchanged

Wichita ? A government report shows Kansas had fewer farms and ranches last year and fewer acres used for agriculture.The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that the 59,600 farms counted in the state in 2016 was down 800 farms from the previous year. All of those losses ...

Proposal to repeal tax cuts sent to governor after narrowly passing Senate

Topeka ? The Kansas Senate on Friday narrowly passed and sent to Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that would raise about $1 billion in new income taxes by repealing many of the tax cuts he championed in 2012.Brownback has already indicated that he will not sign the bill into law, but the margins by ...

17-year-old boy arrested in southern Kansas killing

Caney ? Authorities say a 17-year-old has been arrested in a southern Kansas killing.The Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday that the teenage boy has been booked into the Southeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old ...

Man to stand trial in 2006 slaying of Topeka boy

A Kansas judge has found sufficient evidence for a Missouri man to be tried in the 2006 killing of the 2-year-old son of his then-fiancee.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 32-year-old Johnathan Mango was bound over Wednesday in Shawnee County on a reduced charge of second-degree murder, ...

Salina Airport to honor pilot with sculpture

Salina ? The Salina Airport Authority has decided to create a public viewing area that includes a 16-foot sculpture memorializing record-setting aviator Steve Fossett.The Salina Journal reports that Executive Director Tim Rogers told the airport’s board on Wednesday that the area will be ...

Fundraising for Koch Arena upgrade about three-fourths done

Wichita ? Wichita State’s efforts to renovate and expand Koch Arena is nearing its fundraising goal.The university foundation and athletic department said in a statement Thursday they have raised nearly three-quarters of the $12 million need for the project.A recent pledge from Wichita-based ...

Wichita police: Drive-thru used in pharmacy theft

Wichita ? Wichita police are looking for two males who entered a pharmacy through a drive-thru window took about $10,000 in prescription medications.Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says the Walgreens pharmacy was closed when the theft occurred early Thursday.The thieves took drugs such as OxyContin, ...

Chinese national in Kansas guilty in engineered rice theft

Kansas City, Kan. ? A Chinese national living in Manhattan, Kansas, is guilty of conspiring to steal proprietary rice seeds developed in the U.S. and giving them to visitors from China.A federal jury on Thursday convicted 50-year-old Weiqiang Zhang of conspiracy to steal trade secrets, ...

Wichita businessman Wink Hartman running for Kansas governor

Topeka ? Wichita oilman Wink Hartman is entering next year's Kansas gubernatorial race.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Hartman announced Wednesday that he is starting a campaign for the Republican nomination.Gov. Sam Brownback can't seek a third term, leaving the job open for the first ...

KU police adding more positions, equipment to prepare for campus carry

The University of Kansas Office of Public Safety is adding six new positions, plus new equipment, in response to concealed carry on campus starting this summer.The office is adding three sworn police officers to increase patrols in busy areas of campus, four portable metal detectors and three ...

KU chancellor search process now officially open

TOPEKA — “Impeccable integrity, strategic vision, a high energy level, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and everyday common sense.”That’s what the University of Kansas is requiring in its next chancellor, according to a “leadership statement” approved Wednesday by ...

Kansas law enforcement skeptical of Kobach immigration bills

Topeka ? Topeka — Law enforcement officials are skeptical of two Kansas bills backed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach that would pull officers into federal immigration law enforcement.The bills would train Kansas Highway Patrol officers trained to help enforce federal immigration law and ...

Central Kansas sees water levels rise; Ogallala declines

Hutchinson ? Central Kansas farmers are shutting down their wells more often as two aquifers saw water levels rise from last year's timely rains.The Hutchinson News reports the Kansas Geological Survey released data on aquifer levels this week. The state collects the data annually in early ...

House advances bill reversing many of Brownback’s tax cuts

Topeka ? The Kansas House easily advanced a bill Wednesday that would reverse many of the tax cuts that Gov. Sam Brownback championed in 2012.The 83-39 vote was one vote shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override an almost certain veto by the governor, if the bill were to reach his ...