Kansas and regional news

Program run by Kobach checks voter registration records of more than 100 million people
April 20, 2014
A little-known program run by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach goes through more than 100 million voter records from states across the nation. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback signs Medicare, gun bills
April 23, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday signed into law a bill that could put Kansas officials in charge of Medicare and other federally funded health programs in the state. By Scott Rothschild
Hundreds gather to greet Bob Dole at KU
April 22, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returned to the Kansas University campus Tuesday to speak at the political institute that bears his name. At age 90, he still maintains an active interest in global affairs, but also a strong desire to stay connected with his friends and associates at home. By Peter Hancock
Brownback signs school finance, tenure-repeal bill
12:12 p.m., April 21, 2014 Updated 06:16 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law a school finance bill that will provide more funds to classrooms in an effort to comply with a court order, but also includes controversial policy changes, including the repeal of tenure for teachers. “This is a good bill,” Brownback said. The funding portion of the bill is meant to address a Kansas Supreme Court order handed down in March to increase aid to poor school districts by July 1. By Scott Rothschild
One killed, seven hospitalized in two-vehicle Jefferson County accident
April 20, 2014
A 71-year-old woman was killed and seven people — including three children between the ages of one and nine — were hospitalized from a two-vehicle accident in Jefferson County Sunday afternoon.
Kansas task force seeks answers to earthquake increase
April 20, 2014
Supporters of the oil and gas industry are urging a three-member, governor-appointed task force to avoid jumping to conclusions in its study of whether man-made activity is causing a rise in earthquakes across south-central Kansas.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
April 20, 2014
Construction projects listed are now available in a map format at
Kansas Supreme Court blasts bill signed into law by Brownback
April 18, 2014
In a rare public statement, the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday denounced a bill signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback, saying the measure would weaken the judicial system. By Scott Rothschild
Casino, Medicaid among issues decided by Brownback
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday made it easier to get a casino in southeast Kansas and harder to get Medicaid coverage for thousands of low-income Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints
10:42 a.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 04:52 p.m.
Given their druthers, some Kansas high school students and their parents said they would rather keep their graduation day just a family affair instead of expanding the guest list to include first lady Michelle Obama.
New revenue estimate prompts debate over Brownback’s tax cuts
April 17, 2014
Kansas tax revenue to fund state government continues to fall because of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts but administration officials maintained that the state budget was in good shape and that the governor’s policies are helping the economy. By Scott Rothschild
Silver alert canceled for Franklin County man
12:53 p.m., April 17, 2014 Updated 04:02 p.m.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office issued a Silver Alert for a 75-year-old Franklin County man.
Holder: Americans stand with Kansas City mourners
10:37 a.m., April 17, 2014 Updated 01:53 p.m.
Attorney General Eric Holder says all Americans are standing with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.
Lawrence native wins Best Ranger Competition
April 17, 2014
A two-man military team featuring a Lawrence native recently won the 2014 David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition, according to officials from the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade.
Tonganoxie dismisses case against green stripe ‘leprechaun’
April 16, 2014
The case of the green stripe appears to be closed. Tonganoxie resident Charlie “Tuna” Conrad was to appear in municipal court Wednesday after being cited in March for criminal damage to property, painting a traditional green line down Fourth Street hours before the annual St. Patrick’s Parade.
Kansas gov. orders flags to be flown at half-staff
April 16, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Thursday and Friday to honor three people shot to death at two Jewish sites in Overland Park.
Water vision meeting scheduled at KU
April 15, 2014
A task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to develop a 50-year vision for Kansas water resources will conduct a public meeting at Kansas University on April 24. Major topics will include depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas and the condition of federal reservoirs in eastern Kansas. By Peter Hancock
Praeger, health care groups urge Brownback to veto bill allowing state to take over Medicare
April 15, 2014
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and senior citizen and health care groups on Tuesday urged Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill that they said could jeopardize health care to hundreds of thousands of Kansans under Medicare. By Scott Rothschild
Math, reading tests results may not go public
April 14, 2014
Kansas education officials are considering not releasing the results of annual state math and reading tests after computer problems and cyberattacks have plagued the administration of this year’s exams.