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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Crowd-sourcing website Kanstarter goes live
October 24, 2014
A crowd-sourcing website aimed at helping Kansas communities has gone live with its first four projects.
Kansas court affirms verdict in abortion shooting
12:03 p.m., October 24, 2014 Updated 01:15 p.m.
Kansas’ highest court Friday agreed with the first-degree murder conviction of the man who admitted shooting abortion provider Dr. George Tiller to death, rejecting his argument that he should have been allowed to present a defense that his actions were necessary to stop a greater wrong.
Religious beliefs keep one of Kansas’ top cross country runners from regionals
10:12 a.m., October 24, 2014 Updated 12:04 p.m.
Hesston senior Mikala Heddin would be a strong competitor in this year’s Class 3A cross country state championships but her religious beliefs will stop her from running in this weekend’s regional qualifying races.
Hutchinson man guilty of using girlfriend as police shield
October 24, 2014
A Hutchinson man is guilty of kidnapping after using his girlfriend as a shield to escape from police.
Brownback unveils Urban Opportunity Zone plan
October 24, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has unveiled a new program intended to bring new economic development to financially struggling metropolitan areas in Kansas.
Dole wrapping up statewide homecoming tour
October 24, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returns to Kansas next week for the 10th and final leg of a statewide homecoming tour that began in April.
Brownback appoints public defender to central Kansas judgeship
October 24, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a veteran public defender in Salina to fill a soon-to-be vacant district court judgeship.
Kansas Supreme Court to hear cases in Kansas City
October 24, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court is traveling to Kansas City, Kansas, next week for a special session to hear arguments from attorneys in five cases.
Police: Wichita man strikes brother with hatchet
October 24, 2014
Wichita police are searching for a man who they say struck his brother in the head with a hatchet.
Governor backs Kansas high court justices’ ouster
October 23, 2014
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is endorsing an effort to persuade Kansas voters to remove two justices from the state Supreme Court.
Deer cam captures mountain lion on Kansas trail
October 23, 2014
Kansas wildlife officials have confirmed that a big cat photographed by a deer hunter’s trail camera was a mountain lion.
Report: Cause of plane crash that killed Lawrence residents unknown
10:55 a.m., October 23, 2014 Updated 12:24 p.m.
A small plane that crashed in suburban Chicago, killing three Kansas physicians, was nearly vertical with the ground when it came down in a field shortly after takeoff, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report.
Kansas contractors struggling to fill skilled jobs
09:26 a.m., October 23, 2014 Updated 10:07 a.m.
A survey finds that many Kansas contractors are having trouble filling skilled jobs in the construction industry.
Topeka has second fatal motorcycle accident in two days
October 23, 2014
For the second time in two days, a motorcyclist has died in an accident in Topeka.
Brownback, Davis want EPA to withdraw proposed water rule
09:17 a.m., October 23, 2014 Updated 02:56 p.m.
Democrat Paul Davis pushed back against Republican claims Thursday that he wouldn’t contest any Washington policies, saying he would vigorously fight a new federal rule that asserts authority over many of the nation’s streams and wetlands if he’s elected Kansas governor.
Wichita senators seek to eliminate food sales tax
10:17 a.m., October 22, 2014 Updated 01:58 p.m.
Two state senators from Wichita say they want to introduce a plan in the Legislature to eliminate sales tax on food purchased for preparation at home.
Military converges on scene of Kansas jet crash
October 21, 2014
Military personnel are investigating at the site in southeast Kansas where an Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jet crashed after a midair collision with another one during a training exercise.
Eastern Kansas school bus driver arrested on suspicion of DUI
October 21, 2014
An eastern Kansas school district has fired a bus driver following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Brownback cites Wichita murder case in last debate with Davis
02:28 p.m., October 21, 2014 Updated 04:56 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback assailed Democratic challenger Paul Davis Tuesday as a liberal who would appoint Kansas Supreme Court justices overly sympathetic to violent criminals, and Davis accused the Republican incumbent of trying to exploit a high-profile Wichita murder case to boost his re-election chances.