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Amateur coach gets 3 months in prison in college hoops scheme

New York — An amateur coach was sentenced to three months in prison Friday for his role in a college basketball bribery scheme that sought to steer impressionable NBA-bound athletes toward fledgling money managers and handlers. Merl Code, 45, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by ...

Kansas Congresswoman Davids sees Trump comments as ‘abuse of power’

TOPEKA — Democratic Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids says President Donald Trump’s call for China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden is “a clear abuse of power and far beneath of the office of the president.” Davids said Thursday that Trump is inviting foreign interference in ...

California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Defying the NCAA, California opened the way Monday for college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers, car dealerships and other sponsors, just like the pros. The first-in-the-nation law, signed by ...

Ex-Kansas lieutenant governor Mann running in 1st District

SALINA — Former Kansas Lt. Governor Tracey Mann says he plans to run for the state's 1st District seat in Congress. Mann, who was lieutenant governor for former Gov. Jeff Colyer, announced his candidacy on Monday. The announcement comes two days after the 1st District's two-term incumbent, ...

Billionaire David Koch, conservative donor with Kansas connections, dies at age 79

WASHINGTON — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles was both celebrated and demonized for transforming American politics by pouring their riches into conservative causes, died Friday at 79. The cause of death was not disclosed, but Koch Industries said ...

Judge rules immigration law unconstitutional in case involving Lawrence company

Story updated at 2:32 p.m. Thursday KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A federal judge in Kansas has ruled that a law making it a crime to "encourage" or "induce" immigrants to enter or live in the country illegally is unconstitutional. KCUR-FM reports that U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia issued his ...

GOP commentator running for Roberts’ Senate seat in Kansas

TOPEKA — A conservative commentator says he is joining the race of the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Bryan Pruitt said Monday he will return to the state from Washington D.C. for what he acknowledged is a "long shot" bid for the Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts. Pruitt, who is a ...

Rep. Watkins talks election security, Mueller and immigration at town hall

OSKALOOSA — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins says he is "very concerned" about integrity of elections but wasn't impressed with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watkins, in his first term representing much of eastern Kansas, met with ...

As deportation powers expand, immigrants prepare

Chicago — A sweeping expansion of deportation powers unveiled last week by the Trump administration has sent chills through immigrant communities and prompted some lawyers to advise migrants to gather up as much documentation as possible — pay stubs, apartment leases or even gym key tags ...

Feds OK T-Mobile’s takeover of Sprint

Washington — U.S. regulators have approved T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts, in a deal that would leave just three major cellphone companies in the country. Friday’s approval from the Justice Department and five state ...

A look at the 5 federal death row inmates facing execution; one is from Kansas

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume executing death row prisoners for the first time in nearly two decades. At the direction of Attorney General William Barr, the federal Bureau of Prisons has scheduled the executions of five inmates being held on death ...

Koch executive, Black Lives Matter in group pushing prison reform

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A criminal justice reform group that launched Tuesday has brought together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and a Koch Industries executive in an unlikely collaboration focusing on finding solutions to problems like racial disparity and ...

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle to run for Pat Roberts’ seat

Updated at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — A veteran conservative Republican legislative leader who helped block Medicaid expansion in Kansas this year launched a campaign Wednesday for the U.S. Senate, jumping into an already crowded race within weeks of nationally known immigration hardliner ...

Tensions between U.S., Iran causing ‘a scary time’ for Iranian students at KU

As the relationship between the United States and Iran becomes increasingly hostile, some students at the University of Kansas are living in uncertainty, an Iranian student told the Journal-World recently. However, a KU political scientist thinks the tension will eventually subside without a ...

White House calls Douglas County Republican official ‘partisan’

After Douglas County Commission Chair Michelle Derusseau said she did not plan to attend a White House summit, calling it a “publicity stunt,” a member of Republican President Donald Trump’s staff has accused her of partisanship. The three Douglas County commissioners were invited — ...

Kansas Sen. Moran: Trump’s tweets about congresswomen ‘inappropriate’

LOUISBURG — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas says President Donald Trump's suggestion that four Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to where they came was inappropriate because the women are Americans. At a town hall meeting Monday in Louisburg, Moran says he disagreed with the ...

Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws, study shows

CHICAGO — New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot. One reason may be that it's harder and costlier for teens to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries than from dealers, said lead author Mark ...