State Government

Former Rep. Mark Hutton joins race for Kansas governor

Topeka ? Former state Rep. Mark Hutton, of Wichita, filed paperwork Monday to appoint a campaign treasurer in a bid for the Republican nomination for Kansas governor in 2018.Hutton, who founded a general contracting firm in 1992 that is now operated by his son, served two terms in the Kansas ...

Deputy kills driver in central Kansas after police chase, skirmish

NEWTON — Authorities say a deputy has killed a driver in central Kansas after he tried to take another officer's gun.The Newton Kansan reports that the man was killed Monday night near Moundridge after Newton Police attempted to stop a vehicle with suspected ties to car burglary. Police said ...

Kansas attorney general announces $241K in grants for Lawrence organizations

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday that several Lawrence organizations would receive more than $241,000 in grants to provide services to crime victims.Those grants represent a portion of the nearly $2.2 million the attorney general's office has awarded this year to local and ...

Just south of Lawrence, 6 acres of sunflowers are about to hit full bloom

For years, Lawrencians have traveled in droves to Grinter’s Sunflower Field between Lawrence and Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County, at one point last September contributing to miles-long traffic backups that temporarily shut down the popular spot.George Hunsinger hopes to ease congestion along ...

Skeletal remains found at Melvern Lake in eastern Kansas

Emporia ? Authorities are working to identify skeletal remains that were found this weekend at Melvern Lake in eastern Kansas.A park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found the remains on Friday night at the lake, which is northeast of Emporia, Kansas.The Osage County Sheriff's ...

Kansas 2018 races for governor, Congress drawing unusually crowded fields

Topeka ? Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer plans to hold a barbecue event in Louisburg Sunday afternoon to officially kick off his campaign for governor in 2018.Selzer, 64, a Republican and relative newcomer to Kansas politics, will become at least the sixth Republican to enter the race, ...

Federal officials investigating Lansing inmate’s death

Lansing ? Federal officials are investigating the death of an inmate at the Lansing Correctional Facility.A Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman says that 56-year-old James Beeson died March 26 under circumstances that were "out of the ordinary." No further details, including how Beeson ...

Brownback signs disaster declaration for Douglas County, 7 others

TOPEKA ? Gov. Sam Brownback has signed an emergency disaster declaration in response to strong storms that have hit the state this month.The declaration covers thunderstorms, hail and flooding that hit Kansas beginning Aug. 3.Counties included in the declaration include Barber, Douglas, ...

Westar and Great Plains formally ask KCC to approve merger

TOPEKA ? Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy have formally asked the Kansas Corporation Commission to approve a merger between the two utility companies.The companies submitted a filing to the KCC Friday, seeking formal approval of a $14 billion merger announced in July.The Topeka ...

Pay hike at Kansas prisons builds pressure for other raises

TOPEKA ? A decision to increase Kansas corrections officers' pay is building pressure on legislators to consider raises for all government workers, even though it's not clear the state has enough money to fund government as it is despite a large tax increase passed earlier this year over Gov. ...

Kobach, author of controversial Arizona law, defends Arpaio pardon

Topeka ? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who was at the center of a controversial anti-illegal immigration law in Arizona that led to a criminal contempt conviction against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is now defending President Donald J. Trump's decision to pardon Arpaio."Joe ...

Fatal shooting in eastern Topeka under investigation

Topeka (ap) — Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting at home in eastern Topeka.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that police identified the victim as 32-year-old Eric Plummer, of Topeka. He was suffering from life-threatening injuries when emergency crews responded to a shooting ...

Low revenues spur state-owned casino to cut staff, reduce hours

Pittsburg — A new, state-owned casino in southeast Kansas is cutting staff and trimming the hours it runs table games after failing to generate as much revenue as expected.Kansas Crossing in Pittsburg was expected to rake in about $3 million monthly, The Joplin Globe reported. In its first ...

Former Kansas Lt. Gov. Tom Docking dies at 63

TOPEKA ? Former Kansas Lt. Gov. Tom Docking, a member of what was once the state's most prominent Democratic family and the son and grandson of governors, has died. He was 63.Docking died Thursday night in Wichita after battling cancer, said A.J. Schwartz, the CEO of Docking's law firm. Other ...

Kansas appeals court finds Douglas County judge erred in contempt order

Topeka — A Kansas Court of Appeals panel vacated a criminal contempt citation Friday against a Lawrence man who repeatedly spread unfounded reports that his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child was involved with Colombian drug cartels.In an opinion written by Judge Steve Leben, the ...

Couple give $3 million for Kansas State library renovation

Manhattan — A couple from Florida has donated $3 million for renovation of Kansas State University’s Hale Library.The university said the gift from Dave and Ellie Everitt, of Marco Island, Fla., is first major donation toward the $6.5 million first-floor renovation and modernization ...

Police investigate deadly shooting in eastern Topeka

Topeka — Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting at home in eastern Topeka.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that police identified the victim as 32-year-old Eric Plummer, of Topeka. He was suffering from life threatening injuries when emergency crews responded to a shooting around 3 ...

Shooting under investigation in Merriam

Merriam (ap) — Authorities are investigating a deadly shooting in the Kansas City suburb of Merriam.The Kansas City Star reports that a shooting happened early Thursday after a confrontation outside a house. Police say they have identified all the people involved. No other information was ...