Kansas and regional news

Former Kansas Gov. John Anderson dies at 97; flags at half-staff
11:07 a.m., September 17, 2014 Updated 01:04 p.m.
John Anderson Jr. who served as Kansas governor from 1961 to 1965, has died at age 97, his daughter-in-law said Wednesday.
School task force leader makes recommendations
09:03 a.m., September 17, 2014 Updated 10:13 a.m.
The head of a school efficiency task force is recommending several changes to education policies in Kansas, including incentives for school districts to consolidate and potential restrictions on teacher bargaining rights.
Kansas petitioners work to repeal anti-discrimination ordinance
September 17, 2014
A petition to repeal Roeland Park’s anti-discrimination ordinance can move forward, according to the Johnson County legal department.
Kansas gets $3.8M federal grant for conservation
September 17, 2014
Kansas will receive $3.8 million in conservation funding to help landowners protect key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands.
Kansas Supreme Court weighing Taylor’s ballot withdrawal
12:01 p.m., September 16, 2014 Updated 01:22 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court is now weighing whether Democrat Chad Taylor’s name should remain on the ballot for U.S. Senate. By Peter Hancock
Public hearing this week on proposed gun signage
September 16, 2014
Kansas officials are holding a public hearing this week on proposed signs to be placed on buildings where firearms are prohibited.
Kansas farmers planting wheat, harvesting corn
September 16, 2014
Some Kansas farmers have begun planting next year’s winter wheat while others are busy harvesting corn and sorghum.
Texas Gov. Perry to campaign for Brownback in Kansas
September 15, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be in Wichita next week to raise money for Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign.
Kansas City airport officials promise better Wi-Fi
11:37 a.m., September 15, 2014 Updated 12:44 p.m.
Kansas City International Airport officials have heard the complaints from travelers about spotty Wi-Fi service and they say they are working to make it better.
Salina representative defends residency, condo in Lawrence
11:00 a.m., September 15, 2014 Updated 12:44 p.m.
A Kansas state representative whose district includes Salina says the condominium he owns in Lawrence is simply a place for him to stay while the Legislature is in session, and his full-time residence is at his sister’s home in Salina.
KCC investment rulings might save customers money
08:47 a.m., September 15, 2014 Updated 09:57 a.m.
Recent Kansas Corporation Commission decisions on investment returns could save customers of two utilities millions of dollars but that does not mean the commission has changed its policies, according to a KCC spokesman.
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.