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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Report: Kansas economy picked up steam in late 2013
04:37 p.m., August 21, 2014 Updated 05:54 p.m.
New economic numbers released this week show the Kansas economy picked up steam in the fourth quarter of 2013 and actually outperformed the Plains region and the nation as a whole. For the entire year, though, Kansas’ Gross Domestic Product grew only 1.9 percent. By Peter Hancock
Perry-Lecompton school board to meet in executive session next week
August 21, 2014
The Perry-Lecompton school board will meet in closed, executive session at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 to discuss non-elected personnel and protect the privacy interests of the individuals being discussed, according to a news release.
Kansas fights labor rule for home health workers
08:17 a.m., August 21, 2014 Updated 01:58 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s not sure the federal government knows the unintended consequences of a planned labor overtime rule that aims to protect domestic service workers.
Police: 800-pound wok taken from Kansas restaurant
August 21, 2014
Police are searching for whoever stole an 800-pound wok from an Asian cuisine restaurant in Kansas.
KCC challenges Westar transmission rates
05:16 p.m., August 20, 2014 Updated 06:25 p.m.
The Kansas Corporation Commission filed a complaint Wednesday with federal utility regulators accusing Westar Energy of charging unjust and unreasonable rates for electric transmission.
State warns residents about tax debt fraud
August 20, 2014
The Kansas Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers about fraud schemes involving tax debt.
New Jersey Gov. Christie stumps for Brownback
01:00 p.m., August 20, 2014 Updated 03:16 p.m.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie praised Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s leadership during a Wednesday stopover in the Midwest, hoping to give his fellow Republican a boost in the polls amid Brownback’s tougher-than-expected race against Democrat Paul Davis.
Sunset Hill Elementary to kick off school year with ‘Back to School Bash’
August 20, 2014
Sunset Hill Elementary School plans to open the new school year with its second annual “Back to School Bash,” hosted by the Sunset Hill Parent-Teacher Organization.
$250,000 grant aims to promote Kansas exports
August 20, 2014
The Kansas Department of Commerce is joining forces with Kansas Global Trade Services to increase awareness of the importance of exports to the state’s economy.
Overland Park adds e-cigarettes to smoking ban
August 20, 2014
The second-largest city in Kansas is adding electronic cigarettes to its ban on smoking in public places.
Kansas teachers union to efficiency panel: ‘Stop cutting’
August 19, 2014
Deena Burnett of the American Federation of Teachers in Kansas told a state education panel that the best way to make Kansas schools more efficient is to “stop cutting.” Her remarks were in stark contrast to claims by the administration that “total” education spending has gone up during his administration. Burnett, a former president of the local teachers union in Lawrence, was one of several education advocates who testified before the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. By Peter Hancock
GOP intensifies efforts in Kansas governor’s race
August 19, 2014
The Republican Governor’s Association is intensifying its efforts to help Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign.
Kansas crops that missed rain showing stress
August 19, 2014
The latest government snapshot says dryland crops in Kansas that missed the recent rain are showing signs of stress.
Two dead after car crash west of Tonganoxie
10:31 p.m., August 18, 2014 Updated 06:48 a.m.
A head-on collision Monday claimed two drivers west of Tonganoxie.
Lawrence schools: five cool gadgets
August 18, 2014
As Lawrence students and teachers go back to class, we’re focusing on a few of the district’s standouts. Today, five cool gadgets.
Brownback discusses efforts to fight federal laws
12:07 p.m., August 18, 2014 Updated 06:52 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback vowed Monday that if he is re-elected, he will make battling the federal government on issues such as environmental regulation, health care and gun rights a major focus of his second term. By Peter Hancock
Kansas jobless rate ticks up to 4.9 percent
August 18, 2014
The Kansas unemployment rate rose a tenth of a point in July to 4.9 percent. The total number of people employed fell since June while new claims for unemployment increased. By Peter Hancock
Report: Kansas gasoline prices continue downward trend
August 18, 2014
As average gasoline prices continue a downward trend across the country, Kansas is no exception, according to a report released Monday by
Brownback: Friend not shoo-in for court vacancy
August 17, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback says his friend and former aide is not his obvious choice to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court. Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Caleb Stegall is among three finalists selected by a special nominating commission earlier this month for a seat on the high court. Stegall was chief counsel until the governor appointed him to the state Court of Appeals in January 2014.