State and Region

Hundreds apply to grow or sell marijuana in Missouri

St. Louis — More than 400 pre-applications from potential marijuana growers and sellers have already been filed with the state of Missouri, months before licenses will be awarded. St. Louis Public Radio reports that potential businesses have already paid more than $3 million in application ...

Police ID man who traded gunfire with officers near Kansas City-area school

Fairway — Police have identified a man shot and injured in a gun battle with police across the street from an elementary school in suburban Kansas City. Fairway police say 26-year-old Dylan Ruffin was injured Friday afternoon when he exchanged gunfire with officers who had been called to the ...

Kansas Supreme Court says judge botched sex offender’s first resentencing

Topeka — The Kansas Supreme Court issued a rare order directing the Brown County District Court to sentence a sex offender for a third time, saying the man was a victim of “judicial vindictiveness.” Friday’s high court decision stemmed from a 2013 case involving Wyatt Brown, who was ...

Man exchanges gunfire with police across the street from suburban Kansas City school

Fairway — A man was shot and wounded Friday afternoon while exchanging gunfire with police across the street from an elementary school in suburban Kansas City, authorities say. The shooting happened around 3:10 p.m. Friday at a house in Fairway that is located directly across the street from ...

Filing: Schlitterbahn has offseason cash-flow shortage

Kansas City, Kan. — A public filing says a Kansas water park where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated has cash flow troubles. The Kansas City Star reports that EPR Properties said Thursday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it agreed to advance Schlitterbahn ...

Kansas lawmakers struggle over school aid, Medicaid, taxes

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers have hit the halfway point of their annual session and they haven't had a hearing on a Medicaid expansion plan or pushed an education funding bill out of committee in the face of a court mandate to boost spending on public schools. And the GOP-dominated Legislature ...

Kansas DCF considers getting rid of ombudsman position

TOPEKA — The new leaders of the Kansas Department for Children and Families are considering whether to fill the agency's ombudsman position or to find new ways to address foster parents' frustrations. Since 2014, families or others with questions or complaints about the department could ...

Kansas Senate OKs bill for openness on missing foster kids

TOPEKA — Kansas legislators are moving ahead with a bill aimed at making sure they and the governor are notified whenever foster children run away or go missing. The Senate approved the measure Wednesday, 40-0, sending it to the House. The vote came two days after new Democratic Gov. ...

Kansas reduces payments to prison health care company

TOPEKA — Kansas is paying the company that provides health care to the state's prisons millions less than due under its contract because the company is not meeting performance standards, such as hiring enough nurses or health workers for the prisons. The state currently has a $68.8 million ...

United GOP in Kansas Senate blocks Kelly’s school funding plan

TOPEKA — Unified Republicans blocked an attempt Tuesday by the Kansas Senate’s top Democrat to speed up work on education funding issues and advance Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan for increasing spending on public schools. The new Democratic governor has urged legislators to pass a ...

Kansas lawmakers consider panel to study changes to criminal justice system

TOPEKA — The Kansas Legislature is considering creation of a panel to study and recommend changes to the state's criminal justice system. The Kansas City Star reports that the group's findings could have major implications as Kansas looks to fix problems caused by prison overcrowding. Kansas ...

Former Kansas Gov. Brownback tours Middle East as U.S. religious freedom envoy

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Pakistan has “a desire to change” its ways and be removed from an American blacklist of countries that infringe on religious freedoms, a U.S. special envoy said Sunday on a tour of a Mideast long riven by faith. Sam Brownback, the U.S. ...

Kansas GOP lawmakers include grocery tax cut in income tax bill

Story last updated at 9:11 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. TOPEKA — Republican lawmakers in Kansas have wedded a popular proposal to cut taxes on groceries to a GOP income tax relief bill in hopes of winning over skeptical colleagues and making Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly think harder about ...

Gov. Kelly promises more openness in Kansas foster care system

Story last updated at 5:28 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly pledged Monday to give legislators and the general public more information about children who run away or go missing from the state's foster care system, starting with a daily count. The new Democratic ...

Kansas lawmakers consider bill addressing ballot signature problems

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal that would require election officials to notify voters before their ballots are thrown out because of problems with signatures. The proposal comes after last year's GOP primary for governor between Kris Kobach and then-Gov. Jim Colyer was ...

Former Kansas lawmaker faces federal fraud trial

WICHITA — A former Kansas legislator accused of fraudulently taking $10,500 from campaign funds for his personal use goes to trial Monday in federal court in Wichita. Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of wire fraud and three counts of money ...

Man fatally shot in Kansas City, police say

Kansas City, Kan. — Police say a man has been shot to death in in Kansas City, Kan. In a news release, police said that the shooting happened shortly after 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Officers responding to the shooting found a man in the 200 block of Kindleberger Road, the release said. Police ...

4-legged therapists connect with patients at Salina clinic

Salina — Whenever Jackie Casteel has difficulty dealing with her depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, she knows she can rely on the comforting paw of a four-legged therapist named Louise. Louise, a black English Labrador, doesn’t ask anything of Casteel except to provide a warm ...