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Kansas and regional news

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.
Topeka council delays public nudity ban discussion
September 10, 2014
The Topeka City Council has delayed taking up a public nudity ban because it cancelled its meeting to honor a slain police officer.
Kansas seeks to dismiss gun lawsuit challenge
10:17 a.m., September 9, 2014 Updated 03:07 p.m.
Kansas’ attorney general has asked a federal court to toss out a national gun control group’s challenge of a law that asserts the federal government lacks authority to regulate firearms manufactured, sold and kept only in the state.
Pictures of Kansans killed in Vietnam sought
September 9, 2014
The Kansas Press Association is seeking photos of Kansas servicemen killed in Vietnam for a memorial project called “Faces Never Forgotten.”
Winter wheat planting underway in Kansas
September 9, 2014
Kansas growers have begun seeding their fields for next year’s winter wheat crop.
Man wanted in police officer killing skipped sentencing Friday in Lawrence for unrelated case
September 8, 2014
A man connected to Sunday’s Topeka police officer killing was supposed to be sentenced in another case Friday in Douglas County but didn’t show up for his hearing. By Sara Shepherd
Ex-budget director to discuss deficit with Kansas farmers; Lawrence date set
September 8, 2014
The former Kansas budget director will discuss the effect of the budget deficit at a series of presentations hosted by farm groups.
Topeka council to consider nudity ban
September 8, 2014
The Topeka City Council will consider making public nudity a misdemeanor offense.
Suspect in shooting death of Topeka police officer apprehended in Lawrence; second person wanted in case found overnight
08:58 p.m., September 7, 2014 Updated 08:37 a.m.
A suspect in the shooting death of a Topeka police officer was apprehended in Lawrence Sunday evening, and a second person who was wanted in the investigation was found overnight near Linwood.
Task force unable to pinpoint cause of earthquakes
September 7, 2014
There’s not enough data to make any determinations about why there has been an increase in the number of earthquakes in Kansas, a three-member task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback has concluded.
KU alumnus to create art using unwanted household items
September 7, 2014
Lawrence-based artist and Kansas University alumnus Eli Gold has been selected as artist-in-residence at the Salina Art Center where he plans to complete an installation from Kansans’ accumulated clutter.
9,800 marijuana plants found on Corps property near Perry Lake
September 5, 2014
Authorities in northeast Kansas say a drug raid led to the seizure of 9,800 marijuana plants from Corps of Engineers property.
Good crops, low prices mark start of corn harvest
September 4, 2014
The five round steel grain bins at Randy Small’s farm in southeast Kansas are nearly full, and farmers have dumped about a half-million bushels of corn on the ground at the local grain elevator because it, too, lacks enough storage room to hold it all.
Lockdown lifted at Johnson County Community College
04:53 p.m., September 4, 2014 Updated 07:17 p.m.
Police have lifted a lockdown at a northeast Kansas community college after checking a report of a suspicious woman carrying a long gun.
Pottawatomie County sees uptick in whooping cough
08:50 a.m., September 4, 2014 Updated 02:13 p.m.
Pottawatomie County has experienced a recent increase in whooping cough cases, leading some school districts to offer free vaccinations to students and employees.
AFL-CIO goes after Koch brothers in ad campaign
September 4, 2014
The nation’s largest labor federation took aim Tuesday at the conservative Koch brothers in ads designed to highlight the billionaire industrialists’ political clout and to gin up liberal voters.
Kansas doctor convicted of Medicaid fraud
September 4, 2014
A Leavenworth physician has been convicted of defrauding the Medicaid program by billing for services he didn’t perform and altering patients’ records.