Kansas and regional news

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.
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.