State Government

House Republicans advance tax overhaul; entire Kansas delegation supports it

Republicans in the U.S. House, including all four members from Kansas, voted Thursday to advance a tax overhaul bill that supporters say will stimulate the economy, but critics say is a giveaway for corporations and wealthy individuals.The 227-205 vote, which fell largely along party lines, ...

Kansas media groups drop open records suit against governor

TOPEKA ? Three Kansas media organizations have dropped a lawsuit against Gov. Sam Brownback over his office's refusal to release records related to a state magistrate judge's appointment.The Associated Press, Hutchinson News and Kansas Press Association last week submitted an agreement with ...

Regents OK $26 million indoor practice facility for KU football

Wichita ? The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday gave the University of Kansas authority to build a $26 million indoor practice facility for a football team that hasn’t had a winning record since 2008.Meeting on the campus of Wichita State University, the board voted unanimously to ...

Kansas agencies seek $274 million in new funding next year

Topeka ? Only months after Gov. Sam Brownback called the Kansas budget bloated, state agencies have asked for more than $274 million in new funding.The agencies are collectively seeking a 4.1 percent increase in spending in next year's general fund budget, The Wichita Eagle reported. The ...

Coin flip decides close suburban Kansas City council race

Mission Woods ? A suburban Kansas City council race was so close that it took a coin flip to pick a winner.The Kansas City Star reports that William Young won the toss Monday for an at-large seat on the council for Mission Woods, which has fewer than 200 residents. He called tails.Voters were ...

Man arrested after OnStar disables stolen vehicle

Pittsburg ? Authorities have arrested a Missouri man after OnStar technology was used to disable a car that was reported stolen from a Kansas home.The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department says in a news release that the 2016 Chevy Malibu was discovered missing Sunday morning from a home where ...

Regents to discuss KU football practice facility, housing and meal fee hikes

The Kansas Board of Regents will be asked Wednesday to authorize the University of Kansas to build a $26 million indoor practice facility for its men's football team.The board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Wednesday on the campus of Wichita State University.It also will be asked to ...

Kansas State responds to racism with walk, rally

MANHATTAN — Hundreds of Kansas State University staff and students, along with Manhattan residents, gathered on campus to urge each other to unite make everyone feel welcome on campus.The university took the unusual move of cancelling all classes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday so participants ...

Attorneys: Topeka seeks to limit access to shooting video

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The city of Topeka is trying to prevent the parents of a black man fatally shot by police from reviewing officers' body camera footage by arguing that state law permits only his young children to see it, lawyers for the family said Monday.Attorney Gillian Cassell-Stiga ...

Still no agreement on new funding for Kansas water plan

Topeka ? An interim legislative committee agreed Monday not to recommend raising any fees to pay for projects that would extend the life of the state's water resources, something that has been a high priority for the Brownback administration.Instead, the joint Special Committee on Natural ...

Kansas child welfare agency described as overly secretive

Kansas City, Mo. ? The state agency in Kansas charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect instead works to hide how it operates to protect its reputation, legislators, former employees and family members say.The Kansas City Star reports that a former state Department for Children ...

New Kansas driver’s licenses vex electronic scanners at polls

Wichita ? The Kansas Secretary of State's office says new Kansas driver's licenses could not be scanned on electronic poll books across the state during last week's local elections.Elections Director Bryan Caskey said Monday that did not keep anyone from voting because poll workers manually ...

Wichita uses cameras to enforce traffic laws in Old Town

Wichita ? Wichita police officers no longer need to see drivers break traffic laws in the Old Town section of the city in order to write traffic tickets.The Wichita Eagle reports the city has installed 97 cameras in the core of Old Town, a business, arts and entertainment district.A staff ...

1 tiny Kansas town fails to dissolve; another’s fate undecided

Frederick ? One of Kansas’ tiniest towns has failed again to vote itself out of existence, and the election to decide the fate of another was too close to immediately call.The towns of Frederick and Freeport have only a handful of residents between them, and measures to dissolve them were on ...

Judge delays hearing in Kansas prison recording case

Kansas City, Kan. ? The hearing dealing with a court-appointed official’s findings in the investigation of recording of attorney-client meetings at a federal prison in Kansas has been delayed until early next year.U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson has rescheduled this month’s hearing to ...

Assistant Kansas insurance commissioner forms 2018 campaign

Topeka ? The Kansas insurance commissioner’s chief deputy is interested in running for the top job himself next year.Assistant Insurance Commissioner Clark Shultz appointed a treasurer last month for a campaign for the Republican nomination. It’s a step that allows Shultz to legally accept ...

Wichita arena more than tripled its profits this year

Wichita — Big-name acts like Paul McCartney and Neil Diamond helped the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita more than triple its profits this year.The Wichita Eagle reports the high-priced acts also led to a 43 percent increase in the average ticket price at the arena.Arena management reported ...

Homeland Security to test chemicals near Kansas border

Arkansas City ? The Department of Homeland Security is planning to conduct chemical and biological tests near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma.Department officials plan to execute a "low level outdoor release" of inert chemical and biological simulant materials at the old Chilocco Indian ...