State and Region

Meier-Hummel appointed as Kansas youth suicide prevention coordinator

TOPEKA — The Kansas attorney general has appointed the state's first Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Tuesday appointed Gina Meier-Hummel to the job, which was created after recommendations from a task force. Meier-Hummel was secretary of the ...

Report: Kansas Medicaid complaints went to unchecked email

TOPEKA — A new report says dozens of complaints about Kansas Medicaid fraud went to a government email account that no one checked. The Kansas City Star reports that the state attorney general released findings on Monday that show more than 200 emails were left unread. The attorney ...

New governor’s administration brings sharp shift on LGBTQ foster kids in Kansas

TOPEKA — Kansas' child welfare agency has drafted guidelines urging foster parents to allow LGBTQ kids in their care to "express themselves as they see themselves," riling conservatives a little more than a year after the state granted legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that ...

Woman dead in shooting at Kansas City, Mo., arts event; suspect charged

Kansas City, Mo. — An 18-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in the shooting death of a 25-year-old woman police describe as an innocent bystander hit by a stray bullet Friday night during a fight at a popular monthly arts festival on the edge of downtown. Deon’te Copkney was ...

Kansas, Missouri truce over economic ‘border war’ appears shaky

Story updated at 4:30 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — The governors in Kansas and Missouri have moved to end an economic "border war" that has gained their states unwanted national attention for using millions of dollars in incentives to entice companies into shifting jobs close to the Kansas City-area ...

ACLU: Lawyer with state utility regulators filed bogus complaint against activists

Wichita — The American Civil Liberties Union sued Thursday on behalf of two environmental activists who claim a lawyer with the state utilities regulating agency filed a baseless complaint against them as retaliation for their protests against injection wells. The federal lawsuit contends ...

Wichita State settles with pregnant professor over job offer

Wichita — An Ohio woman who said she lost a job offer at Wichita State University after she revealed she was pregnant has reached a $50,000 settlement with the university. Evangeline Heiliger sued Wichita State in December because she said the school withdrew a job offer for an assistant ...

Rep. Watkins talks election security, Mueller and immigration at town hall

OSKALOOSA — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins says he is "very concerned" about integrity of elections but wasn't impressed with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watkins, in his first term representing much of eastern Kansas, met with ...

Audit criticizes lack of transparency in job creation fund

Topeka — The Kansas Department of Commerce has no written guidelines governing a fund designed to promote job creation and sometimes awards money to groups not clearly associated with economic development, according to a new audit. The department oversees the Kansas Job Creation Fund, which ...

Washburn professor sues over fluorescent lighting

TOPEKA — A Washburn University professor alleges in a lawsuit that officials required her to teach in a room illuminated by fluorescent light despite knowing she had a neurological disability triggered by that type of light. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the suit filed earlier ...

Sprint sells K.C. campus for well below its value

OVERLAND PARK — Wireless carrier Sprint has sold its massive suburban Kansas City campus for well below its appraised value under a deal that allows it to lease back office space at a rate well below market value. Investment research firm Moody's released research on the $250.9 million deal ...

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle to run for Pat Roberts’ seat

Updated at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — A veteran conservative Republican legislative leader who helped block Medicaid expansion in Kansas this year launched a campaign Wednesday for the U.S. Senate, jumping into an already crowded race within weeks of nationally known immigration hardliner ...

State investigating more than 70 cases of alleged sex abuse by clergy

Topeka — State authorities have opened more than 70 investigations into alleged sexual abuse by Catholic clergy after receiving over 100 abuse reports in less than six months, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday. The agency’s brief statement was its first update since ...

Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to uphold abortion rights doesn’t settle debate

This spring, abortion rights supporters scored a massive legal victory: The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that women have the right to abortion under the state constitution. That means even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, lawmakers won’t be able to ban abortion ...

KTA installs electric vehicle charging stations at two service areas near Lawrence

Drivers of electric vehicles will now be able to charge their batteries near Lawrence while traveling on the Kansas Turnpike. The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced in a Wednesday news release that three “fast-charging” electric car stations, two in the Lawrence area, have been installed ...

Grant will help rebuild house of baseball great Satchel Paige

Kansas City, Mo. — A new grant will help rebuild the fire-damaged Kansas City, Mo., home of Satchel Paige, one of baseball’s legendary pitchers and showmen. The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced more than $1.6 million in grants earlier this month for 22 sites and ...

Kansas Sen. Moran: Trump’s tweets about congresswomen ‘inappropriate’

LOUISBURG — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas says President Donald Trump's suggestion that four Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to where they came was inappropriate because the women are Americans. At a town hall meeting Monday in Louisburg, Moran says he disagreed with the ...

Man banished from Kansas in plea deal seeks to return

WICHITA — A man who was permanently banished from Kansas as a condition of his plea deal in a criminal case is seeking to return to the state with the help of an organization that says the punishment harkens back to “draconian penalties of Ancient Greece or the vigilante justice of the Old ...

Date set for U.S. Supreme Court to hear Douglas County traffic case

A date has been set for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in a Douglas County case, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday. On Nov. 4, the high court will hear the state’s appeal in the vehicle-stop case of Kansas v. Charles Glover, according to a news release from ...