Kansas and regional news

7 protected white pelicans shot in Kansas
September 15, 2014
A game warden in northern Kansas is asking the public for help to find anyone connected to the shooting death of seven American white pelicans.
In time of need, Topeka woman offered comfort to dying officer
September 14, 2014
Topeka police Cpl. Jason Harwood lay in the street near his patrol vehicle this month in East Topeka. Topekan Gina Barron-Jaramillo cradled his head in her hands, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. “I kept telling the officer: ‘Stay with me. Stay with me,’” she said with tears in her eyes. “He was looking at me. He didn’t speak, but I could tell in his eyes he was looking for help. I started praying for him.”
Small Kansas towns seeing movie theater revival
September 14, 2014
In an era where watching movies is as easy as logging onto the Internet or making a selection from a supermarket display, small communities across Kansas are reviving old theaters to give residents a place to socialize while taking in the latest flick.
Analysis: Kobach at center of Kansas Senate drama
September 14, 2014
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s position as chief Kansas elections officer is allowing him to play a marquee role in the political drama surrounding Democrat Chad Taylor’s attempt to get off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race.
Alcohol and sex can create a dangerous mix on campus
September 13, 2014
As Kansas University and other institutions grapple with sexual assault on campus, alcohol is a complicating factor. And it will remain that way, national experts on campus rape say, until changes occur in cultural norms and attitudes that allow or even encourage students to go to bars and parties, get drunk and have sex.
Two dead, three injured on Kansas Turnpike west of Topeka
08:17 p.m., September 13, 2014 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Two people were killed Saturday evening in a single-vehicle accident on the Kansas Turnpike west of Topeka.
Stegall to join court on Dec. 5
September 12, 2014
Caleb Stegall is scheduled to be sworn in as the Kansas Supreme Court’s newest justice on Dec. 5.
Services this weekend for slain Topeka officer
September 12, 2014
A Topeka law enforcement officer will be laid to rest Saturday, nearly a week after he was killed during a car stop.
Kansas Supreme Court to hold session at college
September 12, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court plans to hold court late next month at Kansas City Kansas Community College as part of its outreach effort in which sessions occasionally are held at various sites across the state.
Ogallala to be subject of State Fair discussion
September 12, 2014
Ideas for sustaining the Ogallala Aquifer will be discussed this weekend at the Kansas State Fair.
Pinckney teacher receives district’s Horizon Award
September 11, 2014
Mark Buckman, a special education teacher at Pinckney Elementary School, received the Lawrence school district’s Horizon Award, which recognizes exemplary novice teachers.
Kansas corn crop forecast larger than anticipated
September 11, 2014
The latest government forecast on Kansas crop production is painting a far rosier picture than had been anticipated for most fall crops just a month ago.
Mental exam for suspect in chase that killed girl
September 11, 2014
An Atchison man charged after a police chase ended in the death of a 5-year-old girl will undergo a mental competency evaluation.
Suspicious man turns out to be new school employee
September 11, 2014
Reports of a suspicious man seen trying to get into a southern Kansas school turned out to be a new employee who forgot the correct way to enter the building.
Kansas high court hears offender registry case
08:09 a.m., September 11, 2014 Updated 03:50 p.m.
The attorney for a convicted child molester on Thursday challenged the constitutionality of the Kansas offender registry before the state’s highest court, arguing social media has made the Internet the new town square for public shaming.
$12.5M to repair Amtrak route in Colorado, Kansas
September 10, 2014
A $12.5 million federal grant will pay for urgent repairs on the route of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief in western Kansas and eastern Colorado, but funding for upgrades in southern Colorado and New Mexico remains uncertain.
Residents evacuated as roof collapses during Overland Park fire
09:23 a.m., September 10, 2014 Updated 11:48 a.m.
Firefighters helped evacuate residents during a fire at an Overland Park apartment complex shortly before a roof collapsed.
Manager pleads guilty to harboring immigrants
September 10, 2014
The manager of a Chinese restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, has pleaded guilty in Kansas to a charge of conspiring to harbor workers who were in the U.S. illegally.
Capital charge filed over Kansas officer’s death
08:31 a.m., September 10, 2014 Updated 03:59 p.m.
A 30-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in connection with the killing of a Kansas police officer during a car stop.