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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Brownback calls for steps to prepare for Ebola in Kansas
October 20, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered the creation of a special team to respond quickly to any suspected Ebola cases in the state.
Kansas anthropology researchers waiting for test results from site
October 20, 2014
Researchers are waiting to hear if evidence found at a Pottawatomie County site this summer can be tied to the early populations of the Americas.
New attempt to reduce Wichita marijuana penalties
October 20, 2014
A second attempt to reduce marijuana penalties in Wichita has begun.
85-year-old professor accused of sexual harassment battling KU and its policies in court
October 19, 2014
Three and a half years after a student accused him of groping her during a study session, a longtime Kansas University professor is still fighting KU in court. By Sara Shepherd
Top Republicans make gay marriage issue in Kansas
October 19, 2014
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback are raising gay marriage as an issue to help paint their challengers as too liberal for GOP-leaning Kansas in the final weeks of tough re-election races.
Charges amended against supremacist suspect
October 19, 2014
Criminal charges have been amended against a supremacist accused of fatally shooting three people at suburban Kansas City Jewish sites.
Kansas education cuts among largest in the nation
October 18, 2014
Kansas is one of several states where K-12 education funding is still below pre-recession levels. The report by the Center for Budget Policies and Priorities is likely to fuel the debate over school funding, which has been a central issue in this year’s race for governor. By Peter Hancock
Intruder grabs child in Kansas home
October 17, 2014
A Kansas man is accused of breaking into a home and grabbing a 3-year-old child before police wrestled the intruder away.
Kansas wildlife commission removes snake from threatened list
07:49 a.m., October 17, 2014 Updated 02:14 p.m.
Despite a scientific recommendation against it, a Kansas commission voted to remove the redbelly snake from the state’s threatened species list in response to complaints from developers and the possibility of retaliation from state lawmakers.
Kansas attorney general appeals two death penalty decisions
October 17, 2014
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has formally appealed a decision to vacate death sentences of three men convicted in two separate murder cases.
Biofuels plant harbinger of renewable fuel future
October 17, 2014
A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.
Brownback fills vacant northeast Kansas judgeship
October 17, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a veteran Topeka attorney to a seat on the district court that considers challenges to state laws and agency actions.
Home foreclosures down sharply in Kansas, Missouri
October 17, 2014
A California-based real estate research company says new foreclosure cases in Kansas and Missouri declined sharply in the third quarter from year-ago levels while rising slightly nationwide.
Jury awards nearly $1 million to fired officer
October 16, 2014
A federal jury has awarded nearly $1 million in wages and damages to a former McPherson police officer who was fired after being found asleep on duty.
Solar panel project underway at Topeka VA center
October 16, 2014
Dozens of solar panels have been installed and thousands more are planned at Topeka Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center as part of a green initiative expected to save more than $300,000 a year on electricity.
Kansas National Guard gains new brigade
October 16, 2014
The Kansas National Guard armory in Manhattan is gaining 15 full-time and 163 part-time jobs with the creation of a new brigade.
CDC confirms Kansas patient does not have Ebola
October 15, 2014
A second lab has confirmed that a Kansas City, Kansas, man who came to University of Kansas Hospital this week with Ebola-like symptoms does not have the deadly disease.
Vote on snake’s status could change Kansas policy
08:48 a.m., October 15, 2014 Updated 10:20 a.m.
Conservationists are concerned that a Kansas commission’s vote on the status of a snake species could be the first time in 40 years that a threatened species’ future is determined by politics rather than science.
Kansas names 3 new innovative school districts
October 15, 2014
The Kansas State Board of Education has added three school districts to a program that allows them to operate with less regulation in hopes of boosting student performance.