State and Region

Washburn to honor Bob Dole with dedication of bronze statue

Topeka — Washburn University will dedicate a statue to former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole to celebrate his life of public service. Dole, who is 95, plans to attend the dedication ceremony Friday in Topeka, along with his wife, Elizabeth. Dole graduated from Washburn with a bachelor’s degree and law ...

Police say adult, not child, shot man while playing with gun in Wichita

WICHITA — Authorities say a man who thought he and a child were playing with toy guns accidentally shot another man in a Wichita home. Wichita police initially said a child had fired the gun. But on Tuesday afternoon officer Charlie Davidson said a 24-year-old man accidentally fired a shot ...

Incomes of Kansans growing at a top 10 rate, new federal numbers show

TOPEKA - Personal income in Kansas grew at an annual rate of 4.7 percent during the second quarter of this year, which was better than the national average and the average for the seven-state Plains Region. That's according to a report released Tuesday from the U.S. Bureau of Economic ...

Democrats accuse Kansas GOP of illegal coordination with PAC

TOPEKA — A Kansas Democratic official has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that the state Republican party illegally coordinated with a super PAC in the state's 3rd congressional district. The complaint filed Tuesday by Andy Sandler, Democratic chairman for the ...

Defrocked priest still holds medical licenses in Kansas, Missouri

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — A former Kansas priest still holds medical licenses in Kansas and Missouri despite being defrocked this year after the Archdiocese of Kansas City determined that he abused three minors decades ago. The Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts is investigating ...

Kobach, Colyer headline GOP fundraising pheasant hunt

TOPEKA — Republican Secretary of State and candidate for Kansas governor Kris Kobach will team up with current Gov. Jeff Colyer for a $15,000-a-person pheasant hunt in October to raise money for the state Republican Party. The Kansas City Star reports that Colyer and Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann are ...

Former congressional candidate Steve Fitzgerald to resign from Kansas Senate

Story updated at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. TOPEKA — State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth, said Monday that he is resigning from the Kansas Senate. Fitzgerald, a retired Army officer who is serving his second term in the Senate and who has made headlines with some controversial ...

Kansas child welfare system faces sexual assault case

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Kansas' troubled child welfare system was beginning to make progress after months of issues when rape allegations were made public last week involving a teen in the state's custody. A 13-year-old was allegedly raped by a young man who was also in the state's care while at ...

Laura Kelly hopes to revive Kansas Bioscience Authority; some still have qualms

TOPEKA – Democrat Laura Kelly says that if she is elected governor, she will call for reviving an economic development program that was once hailed as a promising innovation in state government but that later became the center of controversy and was eventually sold off in 2016. That program, ...

Director: Kansas stem cell research center needs money, not space

Kansas City, Kan. — A stem cell research facility at the University of Kansas Medical Center needs more money, not more space, according to the center’s new director. Sunil Abhyankar, an oncologist who specializes in blood cancers, was introduced Sept. 17 to the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy ...

Kansas sees growth in jobs and wages in August

TOPEKA – The Kansas labor market continued to show signs of strength in August as the state added 3,600 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 3.3 percent. The Kansas Department of Labor also said Friday that the tight labor supply in Kansas drove up wages during the month as average ...

Kansas court considers BNSF challenge to railroad regulation

Story updated at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. WICHITA — BNSF Railway is challenging a Kansas law that limits how long trains can block intersections. The Kansas Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in the case involving a lengthy blockage of two Chase County railroad crossings in ...

Manhattan’s Labor Day flood caused $17.2M in damage

MANHATTAN — Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr says a flood over the Labor Day holiday weekend caused $17.2 million in structural damages in the city. Fehr told the Manhattan City Commission Tuesday that four commercial and eight residential properties suffered substantial damage — meaning ...

2nd District candidates near agreement on debates

TOPEKA – The two major candidates in the 2nd District congressional race said Thursday that they have accepted invitations to three debates before the Nov. 6 general election. The only problem is, they aren’t the exact same list of debates. Republican Steve Watkins and Democrat Paul Davis ...

Committee makes recommendations on bond, fees in Kansas municipal courts

TOPEKA — A committee formed at the direction of the Kansas Supreme Court has made 18 recommendations to improve the bond system in municipal courts. Brenda Stoss, municipal court judge from Salina and New Cambria, led the committee. She said municipal courts should be able to consider ...

Watkins quiet since winning 2nd District primary, but GOP PACs are spending big

TOPEKA – In the six weeks since Republican candidate Steve Watkins won the 2nd District congressional primary, he has not released a single TV ad or issued any public statements to the media. And with only 48 days left before the Nov. 6 election, public records on file with Topeka-area TV ...

Dirty Kanza bike race sold to Minnesota company

EMPORIA — The founder of a popular gravel bicycle race in Kansas says the race has been sold to a Minnesota company. Dirty Kanza co-founder Jim Cummins announced that the event, which begins and ends in Emporia, will be owned by Life Time Fitness, based in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The company ...

Republican Nancy Kassebaum endorses Democrat Laura Kelly for Kansas governor

TOPEKA — Republican Nancy Kassebaum, a former U.S. senator from Kansas, has formally endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly for governor. “Laura Kelly studies the issues and is willing to work with others for solutions to real problems," Kassebaum said in a statement released Tuesday by the Kelly ...

ACLU seeks to examine Kansas lists in effort to identify barriers to voting

OVERLAND PARK — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has asked a state court for lists of Johnson County voters who cast provisional ballots and lists of advance mail ballots rejected because signatures didn't match their voter record. The organization filed its petition Monday under ...