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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Death penalty case rulings prompt legislative ire
July 28, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to overturn two brothers’ death sentences for a notorious robbery, rape and killing rampage will likely fuel another push by conservative Republicans to give the governor and legislators more say in how the justices are chosen.
Kansas City abortion clinic closes
July 28, 2014
One of four remaining clinics that provide abortions in Kansas has closed because its doctor and manager have retired, the outgoing manager confirmed Monday.
Number of kids in state custody at all-time high
July 28, 2014
The number of Kansas child abuse and neglect cases is increasing at the same time a record number of children are in state custody, though experts differ on what is causing the increase.
Leavenworth County Humane Society helping cats and Leavenworth penitentiary inmates
July 27, 2014
Inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth are benefitting from a friendly relationship between the feral cats at the prison and the Leavenworth County Humane Society in Basehor.
Court to rule in Carr brothers death penalty appeal
July 25, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court will issue rulings Friday in the death penalty appeals of Reginald and Jonathan Carr, brothers convicted in the 2000 murders of four people in Wichita. The decisions come amid renewed debate over the death penalty in the United States. By Peter Hancock
Wichita organizers turn in petitions to reduce marijuana penalties
July 25, 2014
Organizers have turned in petitions seeking to have a measure to reduce penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana put on Wichita’s November ballot.
United to end Topeka-Chicago flights in September
July 24, 2014
A Topeka official says United Airlines will end flights between the Kansas capital and Chicago on Sept. 2.
Moran: VA center begged for equipment
July 23, 2014
A veterans medical center in Wichita left its laboratories unstaffed for entire shifts and sometimes resorted to “begging, borrowing and manipulation” just to obtain vital surgical equipment, Sen. Jerry Moran alleges in a letter to the top official at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Audit says Kansas computer system security lacking
July 23, 2014
The state’s current level of computer security could leave Kansas residents’ sensitive personal information vulnerable, a recent internal audit of the state’s computer systems concluded.
Appeals courts give conflicting rulings on key parts of the Affordable Care Act
July 22, 2014
Two federal appeals courts gave conflicting decisions Tuesday in cases challenging key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The rulings could affect nearly 45,000 Kansans who receive federal subsidies to buy health coverage through a federal health insurance exchange, as well as about 16,000 large employers who face tax penalties if they don’t provide their full-time workers with coverage. By Peter Hancock
Kansas considering new rules for no-gun signs
July 22, 2014
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to have a public hearing in September on new regulations for signs that businesses and groups must post if they want to ban guns from their premises.
Salina bans open-carry weapons in public buildings
July 22, 2014
Open carry of weapons will not be allowed in city-owned buildings in Salina.
Roeland Park defeats sexual orientation ordinance
July 22, 2014
Council members in a Kansas City suburb have voted down an effort to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance.
Kansas gets $31.8 million from federal program
July 21, 2014
A U.S. Treasury Department program that helps states collect debts from taxpayers brought $31.8 million to Kansas last year, and that number could grow in the future.
Centro Hispano seeks to help rising number of underserved Spanish speakers
July 20, 2014
Inside a small blue house near downtown, the art of making sure people don’t fall through cracks is practiced daily. Latino immigrants — both documented and undocumented, Spanish speakers and those whose primary tongue is indigenous — have come to Centro Hispano since 2006 for bilingual mental health services, case management or even help trying to parse bureaucratic language in legal documents or applications. By Stephen Montemayor
Federal agencies probe alleged contracting corruption in Kansas Army National Guard
July 19, 2014
Multiple agencies are said to be investigating allegations that an officer in the Kansas Army National Guard has received gifts, including ski tickets, from a medical services company whose contract he oversees. Investigators reportedly are also looking into sexual harassment claims involving another Guard soldier and a female employee of the medical company. By Peter Hancock
Local wheat fares better than rest of state
July 19, 2014
Area wheat farmers fared much better this year than growers across much of the rest of Kansas, which just had one of its worst wheat harvests on record. By Giles Bruce
KPERS hits 60 percent funded benchmark
July 19, 2014
The state’s pension system has been looking healthier thanks in part to investment gains and legislative changes that boosted employer and employee contributions.
Death sentence in 2004 Kansas murders overturned
July 18, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence for a man convicted of capital murder in the 2004 killings of a Great Bend woman and her boyfriend.