Kansas

Liberal icon, new Democratic star wade into GOP-heavy Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. "We know that ...

Kansas delays launch of new license plates

WICHITA — Kansas officials have delayed the launch date for the state's new vehicle plates. State officials said Friday that the original Aug. 1 launch date for the license plates has been delayed until Aug. 15 because of issues in the new digital processing equipment. Wichita's Center ...

Wichita State to have marching band starting this fall

Wichita — Wichita State University plans to start a marching band this fall. The university said in a news release that the band, which will be called the “Shocker Sound Machine,” will include brass, saxophone and a drum line. Tim Shade, director of bands at the school, says the new ...

Carnival workers arrested in deaths of Kansas fair vendors

Story updated at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three carnival workers have been arrested in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from a fair in Kansas and whose bodies were found days later in a shallow grave in an Arkansas forest. Police Cpl. Jonathan Wear said ...

Kansas Senate president demotes GOP senator for endorsing Democrats

TOPEKA — Republican Senate President Susan Wagle on Wednesday stripped fellow GOP Sen. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills, from her leadership position on a key committee after Bollier endorsed two Democrats in the upcoming elections. Wagle, of Wichita, issued a statement Wednesday calling ...

ACLU flyer sparks further sparring between Colyer, Kobach

WICHITA — The American Civil Liberties Union is defending a flyer it mailed comparing the civil rights records of the leading Republican candidates for Kansas governor, calling it voter education. Secretary of State Kris Kobach pointed to the flyer in seeking to portray Gov. Jeff Colyer as ...

Westar customers may see rate drops amid settlement

WICHITA — A settlement between Kansas agencies and Westar Energy may lead to utility customers seeing rate drops instead of previously expected increases. The Wichita Eagle reports that the settlement reached Monday would reverse Westar's request for a $17 million rate increase and turn it ...

Kobach says he wants to do for Kansas what Trump has done for U.S.

WICHITA — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has told Donald Trump Jr. at a fundraising event that he wants to do for Kansas what the president has done for the country's blue-collar workers. The president's son arrived nearly two hours late for a Wichita fundraiser for Kobach's campaign ...

Kansas giving out $5M in security funds to schools; 2 districts ask to buy guns

Story updated 5:27 p.m. July 17, 2018: TOPEKA — Kansas is distributing $5 million in state grants to beef up security and improve safety at schools in more than 150 districts. The state Department of Education began distributing the grants Monday for new doors, windows, security cameras, ...

NRA backs Colyer over Kobach in Kansas race for governor

TOPEKA — Kansas conservative firebrand Kris Kobach, who appears in parades riding a jeep with a replica machine gun mounted on back, failed Monday to land the coveted endorsement from the National Rifle Association in the Republican primary race for governor. Instead, it went to Gov. Jeff ...

Grand jury that would investigate Kobach delayed pending Supreme Court decision

TOPEKA — No grand jury will be called in Douglas County to investigate alleged mishandling of voter registrations in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office, at least until the Kansas Supreme Court decides whether it will review the case. Steven Davis, a Democratic candidate running ...

Police: Suspect dead after wounding 3 Kansas City officers

Story updated at 11:35 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2018: KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A gunman being investigated in the killing of a university student from India shot and wounded three Kansas City police officers Sunday before dying in an exchange of gunfire with police, authorities said. The three ...

Kobach rails against immigrants at pro-ICE rally in Wichita

Wichita — GOP gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach railed against people in the U.S. illegally at a Wichita rally intended to show support for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Wichita Eagle says Kobach blamed those immigrants for everything from stealing American jobs to ...

Croatian-American priest all in as his team competes for World Cup title

The Rev. Mark Goldasich said he might need an iPad at the altar for his Mass at 10:30 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie. After all, Croatia — the Goldasich family’s homeland — plays France at 10 a.m. today for the World Cup soccer championship. Goldasich was ...

Local candidates for Kansas House share views at Lawrence forums

Local candidates who are involved in contested primaries for seats in the Kansas House shared their views on issues ranging from school finance and taxes to guns and abortion during a pair of forums Saturday at Lawrence City Hall. The two Republican primaries that will take place Aug. 7 will ...

Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor’s race

TOPEKA — Democrats running for Kansas governor are falling in line with the national gun-control movement stirring the party's liberal base, even if it means disavowing a loosening of gun laws in recent years that had been playing well in their gun-friendly state. The top three Democratic ...

How the abortion issue threatens to divide Democrats

TOPEKA — Although abortion has been a lightning-rod issue that has been dividing the Kansas Republican Party for decades, in the 2018 primaries, it’s an issue that threatens to divide Kansas Democrats, as well. In the primary race for governor, state Sen. Laura Kelly has been blasting one ...

Kobach, Colyer exchange strong criticisms during Kansas GOP debate

OVERLAND PARK — The last party-sponsored debate between GOP candidates for Kansas governor grew heated as Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer spent much of the evening criticizing each other and audience members frequently booed. The debate Thursday night at Johnson County ...