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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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Woman who was raped, burned in Wichita dies
November 22, 2014
A 36-year-old woman who had been sexually assaulted and set on fire died Saturday morning, police said, just over a week after she was found in a Wichita park with severe burns on more than half her body and cuts on her head.
Salina recalls anniversary of shuttered base
November 22, 2014
It has been 50 years this month since the announcement that Schilling Air Force Base was closing rattled Salina residents.
Lawmakers study pros and cons of moving municipal elections to November
November 21, 2014
An interim committee is studying proposals to move municipal elections from the spring to November, and possibly making them partisan. Many Douglas County officials think that’s a bad idea, but they do say there are other options to increase voter participation. By Peter Hancock
Kansas secretary of state Kobach to seek expanded power
November 21, 2014
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says that next year he’ll revive a proposal to give his office the power to prosecute election fraud cases.
Kansans listen closely to Obama’s immigration speech
November 20, 2014
Kansans on all sides of the immigration debate listened closely Thursday as President Barack Obama announced executive actions that could spare millions of undocumented residents from deportation. The new policies could have a direct impact on the Kansas labor force, higher education and partisan politics in the state. By Peter Hancock
Carjacking suspects crash into Overland Park duplex
November 20, 2014
Two carjacking suspects crashed into an Overland Park duplex while fleeing from police Thursday.
Kansas could tap highway funds to fill budget gaps
November 20, 2014
Kansas legislators are likely to consider diverting funds from highway projects toward general government programs next year to help solve the state’s budget problems.
Woman killed in blaze just west of downtown Topeka
November 20, 2014
A woman has been killed in a house fire in a neighborhood just west of downtown Topeka.
Republican River states pledge to cooperate more
11:21 a.m., November 20, 2014 Updated 11:43 a.m.
The three states crossed by the Republican River have agreed on a new approach to managing water in the disputed basin.
Arrest made after Wichita woman raped, set on fire
09:29 a.m., November 20, 2014 Updated 01:47 p.m.
A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the rape and severe burning of a woman who was found in park near the Wichita State University campus, police said Thursday.
Kansas Democrats’ petition seeks to oust Republican House speaker
09:24 a.m., November 20, 2014 Updated 11:58 a.m.
Kansas Democrats are seeking to remove House Speaker Ray Merrick from his leadership post because of disparaging remarks he made about government employees, but party leaders acknowledge they don’t have much of a say in who holds that position.
7 Kansas hunters plead to violating federal law
November 20, 2014
Seven Kansas hunters pleaded guilty and were sentenced for violating federal laws protecting birds.
DA: Wichita police fatal shooting justified
November 20, 2014
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says a Wichita police officer was justified when he shot and killed a man in April.
US attorney’s office collects $11.4M in Kansas
November 20, 2014
The U.S. attorney’s office says it has collected more than $11.4 million this year from criminal and civil actions in Kansas.
Regents, university officials fear budget cuts ahead
November 19, 2014
Higher education officials in Kansas are growing concerned that they may be the target of major budget cuts as the state tries to fill a projected $715 million revenue shortfall. Proposals being circulated include sweeping tuition fund balances, changing the block grant system for universities and moving to a “performance based” budgeting process. By Peter Hancock
Kansas considering opening some state lakes to seaplanes
November 19, 2014
The state’s aviation office is considering whether to allow qualified seaplanes to use state lakes that are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Topeka committee passes on public nudity ban
November 19, 2014
A Topeka city committee has declined to take action on a proposed public nudity ban that is headed to the City Council for consideration.
Report: Winter wheat faring well so far
November 18, 2014
The latest government report shows most of the newly planted Kansas winter wheat crop is faring well so far.
Lawmakers seek more regulation of mental health drugs
November 18, 2014
A legislative oversight committee agreed Tuesday to recommend considering repeal of a law that prohibits the state Medicaid system from regulating the use of mental health drugs. A recent federal study showed Kansas has the third highest rate in the nation of nursing home patients being prescribed powerful antipsychotic medications. By Peter Hancock

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