State and Region

GOP makes Nancy Pelosi an issue for Paul Davis

Topeka — Paul Davis kicked off a promising Democratic campaign to flip a GOP-leaning Kansas congressional district with a pledge to oppose Nancy Pelosi’s return as House speaker. It didn’t change the GOP’s strategy for keeping the seat: Republicans have branded him a “Pelosi ...

New safari experience opens in Topeka zoo

TOPEKA — Visitors to the Topeka Zoo's newest exhibit can now experience what it's like to go on a safari. Camp Cowabunga opened Friday to the public. The exhibit is based on zoo director emeritus Gary Clarke's experiences leading safaris, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported . "What we've ...

Christian school co-founder charged with child sex crimes

OLATHE — The co-founder and administrator of a Christian school in suburban Kansas City has been charged with child sex abuse. Forty-eight-year-old Dennis Creason, of Bonner Springs, was charged Thursday with three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The crimes are alleged ...

White House agrees to destroy documents collected by Kobach-led commission

TOPEKA - A public interest watchdog group said Thursday that the Trump administration has complied with an agreement to destroy sensitive voter registration information that was collected by a now-defunct advisory commission on which Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach served as vice ...

Kansas child welfare agency failed to meet 16 standards

TOPEKA — Kansas' child welfare agency failed to meet more than half of 30 federal and state performance standards last year, according to a report that used the agency's data. The Department for Children and Families released the report this week that showed it didn't meet 16 standards from ...

Kansas has continued issuing improper injection-well permits, attorney argues

TOPEKA - A Lawrence attorney has alleged that Kansas energy regulators are continuing to allow oil and gas drillers to file applications for injection-well permits without providing adequate public notice, even as those regulators were conducting an investigation into complaints that the ...

3 people from Illinois killed in I-70 crash

ELLSWORTH — Authorities say three people from Illinois have been killed in a fiery central Kansas crash. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened early Wednesday when a pickup truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in Ellsworth County. The impact sent the pickup truck ...

Pennsylvania man returned to Kansas, charged with 150 rapes

ABILENE — A man arrested in June in Pennsylvania on a Dickinson County warrant involving 150 counts of rape is back in Kansas. The Hays Post reports 44-year-old Eric Millsap, of McKeesport, Pa., arrived in Abilene on Monday. Dickinson County Attorney Andrea Purvis says he was extradited from ...

Kansas asks U.S. Supreme Court to deny workplace protections for transgender workers

Story updated 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018: TOPEKA - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined with officials from 15 other states in a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that transgender workers are not protected under federal workplace anti-discrimination laws. The ...

Colyer’s communications director, wildlife secretary move on

TOPEKA - Gov. Jeff Colyer's office announced Tuesday that communications director Kendall Marr has stepped down and that press secretary Kara Zeyer, formerly Kara Fullmer, will move into that position. Both Marr and Zeyer joined Colyer's office in 2017 when Colyer was still lieutenant governor ...

Kansas Republicans back Trump on Mexico trade deal; some skeptical of farm bailout

TOPEKA - Senior Kansas Republicans this week applauded President Donald Trump for reaching a tentative trade deal with Mexico. But at least one, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, also expressed skepticism of a proposed emergency aid package for farmers who ...

Man wounds 2 Kansas deputies, flees, then shoots himself

Mankato — A man suspected of shooting and wounding two Kansas deputies Tuesday and then turning the gun on himself has died, and investigators are trying to unravel a motive for the shooting. One of the wounded deputies has been released from the hospital, and the other is out of surgery and ...

A surprise visitor at Kansas’ Demofest: former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner

One of the more interesting side notes to the Kansas Democratic Party's "Demofest" convention in Wichita this past weekend was the surprise sighting of a Republican political celebrity, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. In what appeared to be a bizarre coincidence, both he and former ...

Post office supervisor admits opening mail and stealing gift and debit cards

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A woman who worked as a supervisor at the Shawnee Mission Post Office was sentenced Monday for stealing mail, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release Monday. Stacey L. Kampfer, 40, Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced to a year on probation and ordered to pay ...

Former Colyer campaign manager joins Orman campaign

TOPEKA - Steve Baccus, a former president of Kansas Farm Bureau who chaired Gov. Jeff Colyer's re-election campaign, is about to become co-chair of independent candidate Greg Orman's campaign. “I made it clear when I joined Governor Colyer’s campaign that I believed Kansas needed a leader ...

Colyer orders flags to be flown at half-staff to honor McCain

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday in honor of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday. “Senator McCain will long be remembered for his years of dedicated service to our nation,” Colyer said in a news release. “He displayed ...

Koch family’s new private school to open in Wichita

WICHITA — A new Wichita private school financed by members of the Koch family is preparing to open its doors to preschool and elementary-age children this fall. Wonder, a private pre-K-through-12th-grade school on the Wichita State University campus, will open Sept. 4 with 39 students, the ...