State Government

Sens. Moran, Lee oppose GOP health bill, killing it for now

Washington, D.C. ? The latest GOP effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare" was fatally wounded in the Senate Monday night when two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the legislation strongly backed by President Donald Trump.The announcements from Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and ...

Trump’s voter panel responds to group’s lawsuit, dismisses privacy concerns

CONCORD, N.H. — President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud continues to defend its request for detailed voter information in court ahead of its first meeting later this week.The commission, of which Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the vice chairman, had asked states to ...

Kansas disciplinary board investigates Kris Kobach

Wichita ? A state agency has launched an investigation into Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's involvement in voting cases, including allegations that he misrepresented the content of a document he was photographed taking into a November meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump.The ...

‘Little House on the Prairie’ log cabin to be rebuilt

Wichita ? The deteriorating log cabin at the "Little House on the Prairie" site in Kansas is expected to soon get a makeover.The Wichita Eagle reports that the current cabin was re-created and built near Independence in 1977 at the television series' peak of popularity. The show is based off ...

Trump hires Kansas native as special counsel in Russia probe

GREAT BEND — A Washington attorney chosen to serve as President Donald Trump’s special counsel to handle the White House’s response to the Russia probes hails from Kansas.The White House announced Great Bend native Ty Cobb’s hiring on Saturday. The move reflects the president’s ...

Pilot and manager of Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport die in plane crash after festival

CUMMINGS — Authorities say an Illinois pilot and his passenger have died after a World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter crashed one day after it flew in a festival that celebrates famed aviator Amelia Earhart in her Kansas hometown.The Kansas City Star reports that the crash happened Sunday in ...

Clinic provides free care at Salina shelter

Salina (ap) — Kimberly Williams hasn’t had a primary physician for 10 years.The Salina woman has struggled for some time with mental health issues and substance abuse, the Salina Journal reported.But since being referred by Saline County District Court to Salina’s Ashby House about a ...

Study finds Oklahoma leads U.S. with higher education cuts; Kansas also on list

OKLAHOMA CITY — A recent study says Oklahoma is leading the U.S. in higher education cuts over the last five years.The study conducted by Illinois State University shows that Oklahoma's appropriations for education have decreased since 2012 by nearly 18 percent.The only other states whose ...

Driver in deadly Kansas wreck fined earlier for brake issues

Records show that a tractor-trailer driver who caused a multi-vehicle crash that killed five people in eastern Kansas was fined three years ago in Missouri for operating a commercial vehicle without proper brakes.The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Dan Smith says the ...

Kansas City Kansas Community College leader placed on leave

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The president of Kansas City Kansas Community College has been placed on administrative leave.The Kansas City Star reports that the college provided no information about what led to the action being taken against Doris Givens in a closed executive board meeting Friday. The ...

Earthquake rumbles central Oklahoma, felt in Wichita; no reports of damage

Stroud, Okla. ? The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 struck Friday morning in Oklahoma.The USGS says the quake hit shortly before 9 a.m. near Stroud, about 55 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. There have been no reports of injuries or damage. The ...

Ex-Honeywell worker gets year in prison for $50K fraud

Kansas City, Mo. ? A former Honeywell employee has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for a fraud scheme that cost the company more than $50,000.Thirty-seven-year-old Trent Christie, of Olathe, was sentenced Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. Authorities say Christie pleaded guilty ...

Newspaper: Log contradicts Kansas prison disturbance account

El Dorado ? An emergency log book suggests that inmates fought during a south-central Kansas prison disturbance that also included a fire and at least one prisoner obtaining a weapon, contradicting a state version that no violence erupted, according to a newspaper report Thursday.Kansas prison ...

4 die in crash in which good Samaritan’s vehicle was taken

Kansas City, Kan. ? Authorities say the death toll has grown to four from a stolen vehicle crash in Kansas City, Kan., that ended with a survivor taking a vehicle from a good Samaritan.Police identified the fourth victim in a new release Thursday as 18-year-old Cory Thornburgh, of Shawnee. Also ...

Roberts: Fraudulent organic imports threaten U.S. producers

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas said Wednesday that the Department of Agriculture should do more to prevent foreign countries from importing food fraudulently labeled as organic into the United States."A recent Washington Post article highlighted the issue of fraudulent organic imports, but my ...

Leavenworth woman admits that she stole employees’ 401(k) contributions

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A Kansas City area business owner has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of theft from an employee benefit fund, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall announced Thursday in a news release.Brenda Wood, 48, of Leavenworth, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of theft. In her plea, she ...

4-year-old found in Tonganoxie after car in which she slept was stolen

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Authorities have found a girl safe in the backseat of a car where she was sleeping when the vehicle was stolen from a Kansas City, Kansas, gas station.The Kansas City Star reports that a woman stole the car around 7 p.m. Wednesday after the driver left the vehicle running ...