State and Region

Kansas prison accused of discriminatory treatment of Muslim woman

LEAVENWORTH — A civil rights group alleges that staff at a privately run Kansas prison repeatedly disparaged a Muslim woman for wearing a headscarf and ordered her to take it off before she left her cell. Washington-based Muslim Advocates raised concerns about the treatment of 49-year-old ...

Kobach’s claim about Wichita school administrators not true

WICHITA — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's claim that a Wichita high school has a dozen assistant principals is not true but his campaign says he stands by his contention that Kansas schools have too many administrators. Kobach made the statement Saturday during a debate between GOP ...

Kansas officials back Trump plan for biodefense lab

MANHATTAN — Kansas officials are backing President Donald Trump's plan to switch federal agency control of a biodefense laboratory complex under construction in the state. The National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan is currently controlled by the U.S. Department of Homeland ...

Kansas GOP lawmakers divided over Kobach’s candidacy

TOPEKA — GOP state lawmakers are divided over whether they support fellow Republican Kris Kobach's candidacy to become the Kansas next governor, according to a newspaper's survey. The Kansas City Star reported 28 percent of GOP lawmakers it surveyed would not say if they support Kobach's ...

Elections board keeps Kobach in Kansas governor’s race

Story updated at 7:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10: TOPEKA — An all-Republican board said on Monday that GOP candidate Kris Kobach’s name will stay on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, despite an objection from a liberal activist from Topeka. That same board also said that a Republican ...

Immigration a tricky issue in tight Kansas 3rd District race

TOPEKA — Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder and his Democratic challenger are having a hard time keeping their political footing on immigration issues, complicating their efforts to win a competitive swing House district in Kansas that President Donald Trump narrowly lost. Yoder is under pressure ...

Is illegal immigration a problem in Kansas? Despite small numbers, Kobach says yes

Republican gubernatorial nominee Kris Kobach’s vision for undocumented immigrants in Kansas includes databases, higher tuition costs and punishments for “sanctuary” cities that don’t help with deportations. But some say Kobach’s tactics to discourage illegal immigration are not only ...

Kansas State Fair offers unusual new deep-fried food, fresh shows

HUTCHINSON — The Kansas State Fair is welcoming some unusual food vendors and new attractions this year, from deep-fried piña coladas to an inaugural Bread Sculpture contest. The fair in Hutchinson opened Friday, featuring a food lineup that attempts to outdo outrageous concoctions from ...

Southwestern artists make annual trip to Haskell Indian Art Market

As he sat at behind a table filled with his animal carvings Saturday in a tent on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus, artist Joseph Begay, of Albuquerque, N.M., said he was part of an annual September migration from the American Southwest to Lawrence. “This is the week New Mexico ...

Candidates spar at Kansas State Fair gubernatorial debate

HUTCHINSON – The three major candidates for Kansas governor traded barbs Saturday before hundreds of raucous supporters at the Kansas State Fair. Democrat Laura Kelly, a state senator from Topeka, charged Republican Kris Kobach with wanting to take Kansas back to “the devastation” of the ...

Grand jury probe into Kobach’s office might not start for months

LAWRENCE — Court procedures are likely to delay a Douglas County grand jury investigation into Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office until well after the fall election. A Lawrence man, Steven Davis, who gathered enough signatures to force the investigation, contends Kobach’s office ...

Activist challenges Kobach’s status as GOP governor nominee

TOPEKA — A liberal Kansas activist is challenging Secretary of State Kris Kobach's right to appear as the Republican nominee for governor on the November ballot, alleging that perhaps hundreds of legally cast ballots were not counted in his close primary race with Gov. Jeff Colyer. Davis ...

Topeka man charged with murdering woman on cruise ship

WASHINGTON – A Topeka, Kan., man made his initial appearance Thursday on a federal indictment charging him with murdering a woman on board a cruise ship in January, according to a news release Thursday from the Department of Justice. Eric Newman, 53, was charged with murder in the second ...

Kansas House candidate charged with election perjury

OLATHE — A 35-year-old Olathe man running for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives has been charged with election perjury. Adam Thomas, a Republican candidate in the 26th District House race, was charged Thursday. The Kansas City Star reports charging documents allege that Thomas ...

Kansas gubernatorial candidates face off in first debate

Story updated at 5:34 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018: OVERLAND PARK – The three major candidates for governor in Kansas faced each other for the first time Wednesday, offering vastly different views on taxes, education policy, illegal immigration and a host of other issues. Democrat Laura ...

Kansas tax collections in August meet projections

TOPEKA - Kansas tax receipts came in almost exactly as projected in August, the Kansas Department of Revenue said Tuesday. During August, the state collected $494.3 million in receipts from various kinds of taxes. That was about $6 million, or 1.27 percent, more than expected. Individual ...

Former Republican Gov. Bill Graves endorses Democrat Laura Kelly

TOPEKA - Former Republican Gov. Bill Graves on Tuesday formally endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly in the 2018 race for Kansas governor. “Laura Kelly is the only Democrat I have ever endorsed for public office,” Graves said in a statement released by the Kelly campaign. “And the reason I’m ...

Over 300 people evacuated from flooding in Manhattan

Story updated 8:36 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 MANHATTAN — Heavy rain caused a creek to burst its banks and flood the Kansas college town of Manhattan, forcing more than 300 people to evacuate their homes, including some who were ferried to dry land in boats. Nearly 9 inches of rain fell from ...