Kansas and regional news

Fate of man who jumped from jail window still unknown
July 4, 2014
State and federal officials this week were unable to say whatever happened to Alberto Contreras Gonzalez, who left Kansas University Hospital holding a nearly $140,000 medical bill. His case was the subject of a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling. By Peter Hancock
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Kansas jobless rate drops slightly in November; seasonal retail hiring slower than expected
December 22, 2014
The Kansas economy lost 4,100 jobs in November, but the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell a tenth of a point, to 4.3 percent. State officials said seasonal hiring in the retail industry was slower than expected, but pointed to other indicators of a strong economy. By Peter Hancock
Kansas mulling response to legal pot in Colorado
December 22, 2014
Kansas hasn’t decided whether to join a lawsuit filed by other states against Colorado over its legalization of marijuana even though the two states share a border.
Documentary features Liberal boy’s heart surgery
December 21, 2014
Like many his age, Nelijah Tatum enjoys taking part in sports, and as a student at Liberal’s Sunflower Intermediate, he had participated in many competitions in various athletic pursuits. Now 12, Tatum had started attending South Middle School, but just before the current school year started, the young man was taken to a doctor to get a yearly physical to continue playing sports, the Liberal Leader & Times reported. During the exam, the administering doctor discovered something Tatum’s mother, Misty Tatum, said was kind of funny with Nelijah’s heart.
Oil-price drop rattles smaller producers in Kansas
December 20, 2014
When crude prices were high, Kansas oilman Robert Murdock made plans to drill 20 new wells next year. Not anymore.
Kansas towns fight housing shortage amid uphill battle to boost population, vitality
December 19, 2014
The theme is the same across much of the rural Midwest. While the Great Plains has more than doubled in population since 1950, outside the metro areas in rural counties, population is waning.
Governor seeks study of big changes to KPERS
02:21 p.m., December 19, 2014 Updated 02:53 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget director told a legislative committee Friday that the proposed cuts in contributions to the state’s pension system are only temporary and will not be part of Brownback’s budget proposal for the next two fiscal years.
Judge sets February trial date in odd Kansas ID theft case
December 19, 2014
A judge has set a trial date in the case of a Mexican man accused of legally changing a U.S. citizen’s name to his own.
Brownback fills new spots on Saline County board
December 19, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has named a banker and small-business owner to two, newly created seats on the Saline County Commission.
Kansas House speaker changes leaders of key panels
December 18, 2014
Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick has replaced the leaders of two key committees and filled vacancies in two other chairmanships.
Bedbugs found in Kansas state office building
December 18, 2014
Kansas officials say bedbugs have been found inside a state office building near the Statehouse targeted for demolition.
Brownback rejects Salina newspaper records request for 3rd time
01:14 p.m., December 17, 2014 Updated 05:28 p.m.
The Kansas governor’s office insists that the public doesn’t have the right to know who it’s considering to fill two new positions on the Saline County Commission.
US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
10:24 a.m., December 17, 2014 Updated 02:46 p.m.
President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.
Action on Topeka’s Heartland Park plans delayed until 2015
December 17, 2014
The future of Heartland Park Topeka will be in limbo until at least early next year.
New Kansas House minority leader appoints chief of staff from Lawrence
December 17, 2014
New Kansas House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs has filled three staff positions.
KCC approves Chanute public broadband proposal
09:34 a.m., December 17, 2014 Updated 10:19 a.m.
The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved the city of Chanute’s request to issue bonds that will allow it to buy equipment and extend ultra-high speed Internet service to area homes and small businesses.
Black Hills gets approval from KCC for rates increase
December 16, 2014
Black Hills Energy announced Tuesday it received approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission on an agreement that allows the company to increase its rates by 4.8 percent.
USGS: High Plains Aquifer groundwater declining
01:02 p.m., December 16, 2014 Updated 01:31 p.m.
Groundwater levels are declining in an aquifer that serves parts of Kansas and seven other states, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Koch gives $11.25 million to Wichita State
December 16, 2014
Wichita State University will receive an $11.5 million donation from Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.
Sheriff’s Office: 1st-grader brought gun to Topeka school
December 16, 2014
The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office says a first-grade student brought a loaded handgun to school but didn’t display it or make any threats.