State Government

Complex formula distorts ag land values and taxes, audit shows

Topeka ? Kansas lawmakers may seek changes next year in the way agricultural land is valued and taxed in light of a new audit report that shows the current, complicated formula is distorting those values, resulting in higher property tax bills for many farmers, despite plummeting farm commodity ...

Property tax lid causing harm, Kansas cities and counties tell lawmakers

Topeka ? New limits on the ability of cities and counties to raise property tax revenues from one year to the next are causing severe problems for cities and counties, officials representing local governments told an interim legislative committee Thursday, but most members of that panel ...

Federal judge dismisses drug case, citing Kansas prosecutor’s misconduct

Kansas City, Kan. ? A federal judge in Kansas has dismissed a man's drug indictment, citing misconduct by a prosecutor who was criticized earlier this year for her handling of case in the 1990s that caused a man to be imprisoned for nearly 23 years for a crime he didn't commit.U.S. District ...

Committee seeks Eisenhower statue on Kansas Statehouse grounds

Topeka ? The grounds of the Kansas Statehouse may soon be home to a replica of a Dwight Eisenhower statue that currently stands in the U.S. Capitol, a statue that was designed by the late Lawrence artist Jim Brothers.The Capitol Preservation Committee, a volunteer group appointed to oversee the ...

Sedgwick County pulls bid for Tyson plant amid opposition

Wichita ? The Kansas county that's home to Wichita has withdrawn its bid for a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant after weeks of public opposition.The Greater Wichita Partnership confirmed on Thursday that Sedgwick County has taken itself out of the running for the project. The business group ...

Lawmakers seek more oversight of business incentives

Topeka ? Kansas currently has no mechanism to monitor how effective its many business development incentives have been, but that could soon change if one group of lawmakers gets its way.The interim Special Committee on Commerce voted Wednesday to recommend that the Legislature set up a ...

Brownback still hoping for confirmation, but won’t step down until it happens

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday that he remains hopeful that he'll be confirmed for a diplomatic post in the Trump administration before the start of the 2018 legislative session, but he won't step down as governor unless and until that happens."My hope is they will get a vote up yet ...

Spirit AeroSystems announces $1B expansion, 1,000 new jobs at Wichita plant

Wichita ? Spirit AeroSystems plans a $1 billion expansion of its manufacturing facility in Kansas and the addition of 1,000 new jobs.The project announced Wednesday includes capital investments at its Wichita plant site over the next five years.Spirit Chief Executive Officer Tom Gentile says ...

Topeka limits sale of tobacco products to those 21 and older

TOPEKA ? Topeka officials have voted to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21.The ban approved Tuesday by the city's governing board includes prohibitions against selling cigarettes and other tobacco-related products, including electronic cigarettes, to anyone under ...

In awkward situation, Kansas seems to have 2 governors

TOPEKA ? After Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's nomination this summer to an ambassador's post, the fellow Republican destined to succeed him as governor ducked policy questions by declaring, "There's one governor at a time."Four months later, some people in Kansas think they have two ...

Orman launches bid for Kansas governor

Topeka ? Johnson County businessman Greg Orman filed paperwork Wednesday to launch an independent campaign for Kansas governor in 2018.Orman, 49, of Olathe, ran a surprisingly close race for the U.S. Senate in 2014 against longtime incumbent Republican Pat Roberts, but he eventually lost that ...

Payless trying to sell its Topeka headquarters

TOPEKA ? Payless ShoeSource is putting its corporate headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, up for sale.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the company is seeking $8.5 million for the headquarters, amid rumors that Payless might leave Topeka.Payless emerged from bankruptcy in August. In early November, ...

Judge removes contempt order against Larned State Hospital

Kansas City, Kan. ? A Wyandotte County judge has removed a contempt of court order against Larned State Hospital over records involving a man charged with the murder of a Kansas police officer.Wyandotte County District Judge Wes Griffin issued the order after saying the hospital hadn't ...

Lawmakers question $557M spent on sales tax districts

Topeka ? The state of Kansas has spent more than $557 million of taxpayer money over the last 16 years financing the development of retail shopping districts and tourism projects, and now some lawmakers are beginning to question how much benefit the state is getting back.That's the amount of ...

‘Suspicious packages’ shut down I-70 in Topeka for 4 hours

TOPEKA ? Topeka police say two people were taken into custody after suspicious devices prompted the closure of a section of Interstate 70 for four hours.Police Lt. Chris Heaven says officers noticed the suspicious packages in the cab of a vehicle they stopped for several traffic violations ...

Topeka City Council considering raising tobacco-buying age to 21

TOPEKA — Topeka officials are considering increasing the minimum age at which people can legally buy tobacco products.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Topeka City Council will take up the issue at a meeting Tuesday night.Councilwoman Elaine Schwartz has proposed banning the sale or ...