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Organizers cancel annual Vinland Fair because of pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic accomplished what two world wars, the Great Depression and the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 couldn’t do: lead organizers of the Vinland Fair to cancel the annual three-day event. The board of the Vinland Fair announced the cancellation on its website, ...

As COVID-19 cases climb, it’s hard to measure how Kansas is doing

When the coronavirus hit Kansas, there’s no question the state — like the rest of the country — was unprepared. That showed in the mad scramble to buy more surgical and N95 masks, gowns and nasal swabs. Public officials say Kansas has made progress on those and other fronts. Yet gaps in ...

Lawrence police blotter for Aug. 1, 2020

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity up to 6 a.m. on the date listed and extending back to 6 a.m. on the previous day. Each listing includes a date, time and general ...

Tonganoxie woman killed after car strikes motorcycle on highway

A Tonganoxie woman was killed and a Bonner Springs man was injured Friday morning in Leavenworth County when a car rear-ended a motorcycle. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol's online report, the accident occurred at 5:04 a.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 24/40 just west of 150th Street in ...

Northeast Kansas election workers quarantined days before primaries

Holton — Two employees at a rural county clerk’s office in northeast Kansas have contracted COVID-19, forcing its other two employees to quarantine just days before the state’s primary election. Jackson County Clerk Kathy Mick has COVID-19 and members of the Jackson County Elections ...

Medicaid expansion in Kansas could hinge on down-ballot primary races

Topeka — Control of the Kansas Legislature could turn on dozens of down-ballot races in Tuesday’s primary election, in which many of the contests, particularly for the Kansas Senate, pit conservative Republicans against moderate incumbents. In Republican Senate primaries, moderates facing ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 31, 2020

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity up to 6 a.m. on the date listed and extending back to 6 a.m. on the previous day. Each listing includes a date, time and general ...

Missouri governor supports trying kids 12 to 18 as adults

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is asking lawmakers to approve legislation that would allow judges to decide whether a child between the ages of 12 and 18 should be tried as an adult in court for unlawful use of weapons and armed criminal action. This comes two years after ...