State Government

Kansas families saddened by muscular dystrophy camp’s move to Missouri

LINWOOD — A summer camp for children with muscular dystrophy is moving from Kansas to Missouri, causing confusion for families on both sides of the state line.The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced Feb. 1 the merger of annual camps at Tall Oaks in Linwood, and Springfield, Missouri. The ...

2 Topeka officers involved in fatal shooting of black man are now back at work

TOPEKA — Two Topeka police officers who fatally shot a man have returned to work with the police department.City spokeswoman Molly Hadfield said Thursday that officers Michael Cruse and Justin Mackey returned from administrative leave on Wednesday. She would not reveal their duty ...

Woman charged in KC stabbing death

Kansas City, Kan. — A woman has been charged in a Kansas City, Kan., stabbing death after she was arrested over the weekend following a disturbance at a Missouri hotel.Tara Treece, 28, of Kansas City, Kan., is awaiting extradition to Wyandotte County, where she is charged with second-degree ...

Fire destroys Topeka-area auto body shop, 6 classic cars

Meriden — The owner of a Topeka-area auto body and restoration shop says it was “brutal” watching his business burn, knowing that six classic cars inside the building were destroyed.High Torque Racing Auto Body and Paint in Meriden was destroyed in the fire early Wednesday.The company ...

KC-area mother sues over 2-year-old daughter’s death

Gardner — A mother of a slain 2-year-old has filed a lawsuit against the suburban Kansas City girl’s father, his fiancee and the fiancee’s father.The Kansas City Star reports that Stephanie Porting alleges in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that Lindsey Thomasson committed intentional battery ...

Bill authorizing Eisenhower statue at Statehouse goes to governor

Topeka ? The Kansas House on Thursday passed and sent to Gov. Jeff Colyer a bill authorizing the placement of a statue on the Statehouse grounds honoring former President and five-star Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.The statue will be a replica of one designed by the late Lawrence artist Jim ...

Wichita man charged with raping 3- and 4-year-olds at YMCA Kid Zone

WICHITA — A Wichita area man charged with the rape of a 4-year-old girl at a YMCA has now been accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl at the same location.The Wichita Eagle reports 21-year-old Caleb Gaston was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a ...

Colyer signs executive orders to increase transparency

Topeka ? Vowing to make state government more transparent to the public, Gov. Jeff Colyer signed executive orders on Thursday aimed at increasing access to open records, open meeting information, official correspondence, and data about how well state agencies are performing."We want to start ...

Colyer lays out his agenda in speech to Kansas lawmakers

Topeka ? Gov. Jeff Colyer gave his first address to a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday, laying out a number of initiatives he wants to pursue involving government reform and transparency, job growth, health care and education.But he made no new specific proposals about the biggest ...

Kansas House advances bill to keep sales tax on some beer sales

Topeka ? The Kansas House gave first-round approval Wednesday to a bill that would allow the state to collect sales tax instead of a liquor enforcement tax on beer sold at convenience stores and grocery stores starting in 2019.The bill is intended to correct one of the unintended consequences ...

Procter & Gamble closing Kansas plant, affecting 280 workers

Kansas City, Kan. ? Procter & Gamble says it is closing its plant in Kansas City, Kansas, in 2020.Company officials told about 280 full-time employees of the decision on Wednesday.The Kansas City Star reports the company plans to transfer production of its Our Dish Care business from ...

2 child deaths from flu reported at Wichita hospital

WICHITA — A Wichita hospital says two children have died from the flu there.Wesley Healthcare spokeswoman Susan Burchill could provide no details about the pediatric flu deaths because of privacy laws. The Wichita Eagle reports that the hospital defines pediatric as newborns through ...