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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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Citizenship law hits young voters, low-income neighborhoods hardest
11:18 a.m., October 30, 2014 Updated 12:32 p.m.
Young voters and those who live in low-income neighborhoods are having the hardest time complying with the state law requiring voters to show proof-of-citizenship in order to register. The law is also having a disproportionate impact on unaffiliated voters. The Journal-World has conducted a comprehensive data analysis of the nearly 24,000 voters whose registrations are being held “in suspense” because they have not shown the required citizenship documents. By Peter Hancock
Officials: Death toll at 4 after plane crash at Wichita airport
10:23 a.m., October 30, 2014 Updated 04:01 p.m.
A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita, officials and witnesses said.
Washburn pledges to stop sexual violence on campus
October 30, 2014
Washburn University faculty, staff and students are pledging to help stop sexual violence on campus.
Police: Two men arrested after Overland Park bank robbery
October 30, 2014
Authorities in Overland Park have arrested two men who they say robbed a Bank of America.
Four Kansas education commissioner candidates named
October 30, 2014
The Kansas State Board of Education has identified four candidates for state education commissioner.
Kansas candidate criticized for black fathers post
October 30, 2014
A Kansas House candidate is facing criticism for a Facebook post that joked about black fathers.
New Fort Hays State president says school is step to ‘American dream’
October 29, 2014
Fort Hays State University’s new president hopes increasing global partnerships will boost the university academically and financially. Mirta Martin — an immigrant who describes her own experience as the American dream — became president of Fort Hays State University in July, following the retirement of 28-year president Ed Hammond.
Kansas students try to ‘break’ testing system
11:57 a.m., October 29, 2014 Updated 12:23 p.m.
Many Kansas students participated in a statewide effort to “break” the state’s online mathematics and reading testing system to find its technical limits and uncover any problems.
Meetings aimed at boosting Kansas exports start this week
October 29, 2014
A Wichita-based trade advisory firm is working with Kansas communities to identify companies that seem ready to export but haven’t yet.
Lawsuit alleges problems with Medicaid in Kansas
October 29, 2014
A former executive with a private company managing part of the Kansas Medicaid program has alleged in a federal lawsuit that she was wrongly fired for protesting potentially improper cost-saving measures.
Warm temperatures spur rapid winter wheat growth
October 28, 2014
Unseasonably warm fall weather is spurring rapid growth of the emerging winter wheat crop in Kansas.
Snyder, KSU athletic director pay to open dorms early for KU game
October 28, 2014
Kansas State football Coach Bill Snyder and Athletics Director John Currie are giving a Thanksgiving gift to student fans of the football team.
Cosmosphere planetarium to be renovated, upgraded
October 28, 2014
The Justice Planetarium at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will be renovated and upgraded next year, including installation of a new digital project system.
Feds block Kansas plan to reduce school testing
08:46 a.m., October 27, 2014 Updated 11:10 a.m.
Kansas will not be able to let high school students skip state mathematics and English tests so they can focus on college entrance exams and career-oriented tests.
Settlement reached in Black Hills Energy case
October 27, 2014
State officials and Black Hills Energy have reached a settlement in the utility company’s request to raise natural gas rates.
Young girl shot to death in Kansas City, Kansas
08:44 a.m., October 27, 2014 Updated 10:34 a.m.
Kansas City, Kansas, police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl in a drive-by shooting.
Police say officers shot, killed man in Wichita
October 27, 2014
Wichita police say officers have shot and killed a man who fired at officers and struck three vehicles.
Victims’ families seek to remake top Kansas court
October 26, 2014
A small group of victims’ family members is waging a campaign to remake the Kansas Supreme Court after it overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of notorious multiple murders.
Kansas gay marriage: Drive underway to oust judge
October 25, 2014
The husband of a state senator is working to oust a northeast Kansas trial judge who ordered the court clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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