State Government

Kansas collects $72M more in taxes than expected in June

TOPEKA ? Kansas collected $72 million more in taxes than anticipated in June, ending its budget year with a dose of good news just ahead of an income tax increase meant to keep the state operating in the black.The Department of Revenue reported that the state took in $609 million in taxes last ...

Appeals court spurns challenge to Kansas pesticide rules

Wichita ? A federal appeals court has spurned a lawsuit challenging a Kansas regulation on pesticide treatment.The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Monday sided with a lower court in upholding its decision to throw out a lawsuit filed by filed by pest control applicator Ralph ...

Federal court rejects ex-AG’s lawsuit against Kansas Supreme court

TOPEKA ? A federal appeals court is refusing to revive a former Kansas attorney general's lawsuit against the state Supreme Court over its indefinite suspension of his state law license.A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Monday against ex-Attorney ...

A primer on the do’s and don’ts of concealed carry at KU

Concealed carry on the KU campus is here, as of Saturday. But first, a primer on the do's and don'ts of responsible gun-toting — and some relevant information on the subject for everyone else, too.For more need-to-know facts, check out our earlier story on concealed carry and what to expect ...

Kansans to see effects of tax hike on paychecks this month

Topeka ? Kansans will see the bite from an income tax increase with their first paychecks this month, and the state is advising business owners who legally can avoid the bill until next year to start paying up this fall.Legislators enacted an income tax increase over Republican Gov. Sam ...

Topeka pedestrian dies in accident

Topeka (ap) — Topeka police say a 77-year-old man who was hit by a vehicle while crossing a street has died.Sgt. Jason Junghans says the man was hit Friday evening in southwest Topeka. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the driver ...

KU police handle crimes involving guns about once every 2 years, records show

Once every other year — that’s the rate at which University of Kansas police currently encounter crimes involving guns on campus.KU police deal with more weapons of other types, but not many more.With Kansas law and, consequently, KU’s weapons policy soon undergoing a major change, the ...

Plaintiffs ask Kansas Supreme Court to reject school funding fix

Topeka ? Attorneys for the four school districts that are suing the state over school funding formally asked the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday to reject the new finance system lawmakers enacted this year, saying the roughly $293 million in new money it would phase in over two years is neither ...

Finance council approves $200K for state to settle lawsuits

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders agreed Friday to pay out just over $200,000 to settle two lawsuits against the state that have been pending in federal court.The settlements — which were brought to the State Finance Council for approval — included $133,000 to settle a ...

Lawmakers take Brownback to task over budget comments

Topeka ? Top Republicans in the Kansas Legislature pushed back hard Friday against Gov. Sam Brownback and his administration's vocal criticism in recent days of the budget and tax plan they passed, over his objection.The exchange took place during a meeting of the State Finance Council, a group ...

Kansas not sharing sensitive voter data Kobach seeks from others

Wichita ? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Friday his office will not be giving a federal commission that he leads the partial Social Security numbers that he has asked other states to provide from their voter rolls.Kobach, who is also vice chairman of Presidential Advisory Commission ...

Kansas lawmakers call out Kobach on ‘culture of corruption’ charge

Topeka ? Kansas legislative leaders said Friday that they want Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to back up his claim that there is a "culture of corruption" at the Statehouse in Topeka.Kobach has made that assertion as part of his campaign for governor, arguing that there should be term ...

Kobach apologizes to court for ‘misunderstanding’ that led to fine

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has apologized for what he calls a "misunderstanding" that led to a $1,000 fine against him for misleading the court.Kobach asked U.S. Magistrate Judge James O'Hara on Thursday to reconsider the fine and order requiring him to submit to a deposition by the ...

Kansas wheat harvest mixed amid disease, storm damage

Wichita ? This year’s winter wheat harvest has been a mixed bag for Kansas, as farmers race to bring in the crop amid damaging spring storms that have pounded some fields with hail.Fields around Norton and Goodland in northwest Kansas were hit by hail this week, while a “big hail event” ...

Topeka man sentenced in crash

Topeka (ap) — A Topeka man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing a passenger in another vehicle during a February 2016 police chase.KSNT-TV reports that 21-year-old Marcos Cruz Jr. was sentenced Thursday for five felonies, including second-degree murder.A witness at a ...

Trump commission on voting fraud asks states for voter data

Sacramento, Calif. ? President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has asked states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public.A Wednesday letter from the ...

Kansas says prison incident resolved; lawmakers worried

Topeka ? An unspecified number of inmates refused to return to their cells for at least several hours Thursday at Kansas' second-largest prison, and legislators said they're concerned that short staffing and an increasing prisoner population led to the problem.The state Department of ...

Mastermind of lottery fraud admits he rigged jackpots, including in Kansas

DES MOINES, Iowa — A man who helped write the computer code behind several U.S. lotteries, including some of its biggest, pleaded guilty Thursday to masterminding a scheme through which he rigged the winning numbers for jackpots in several states and collected millions of dollars.Eddie ...

Candidate meet-and-greet today for Lawrence City Commission and school board

Lawrence voters can meet candidates in the running for open City Commission and school board seats on today. The Voter Education Coalition is hosting a meet-and-greet with candidates from both races. The terms of commissioners Lisa Larsen, Mike Amyx and Matthew Herbert are expiring this year. ...