State Government

ACLU says Kansas school boards’ rules violate speech rights

Topeka ? Local school boards in Kansas are violating people’s free speech rights with policies that restrict public comments, the American Civil Liberties Union’s state chapter argues as it pushes a Kansas City-area district to change its rules.The ACLU of Kansas first objected to the ...

California man arrested after Kansan killed by police in alleged ‘swatting’ hoax

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police in Los Angeles have arrested a man they suspect made a hoax emergency call that resulted in a SWAT police officer fatally shooting a man at the door of his own home in Kansas, law enforcement officials said Saturday.Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston on ...

Authorities investigate if video game prank led to fatal police shooting in Wichita

Kansas City, Mo. — Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Kansas man who apparently wasn’t involved in the dispute.Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston on Friday blamed a ...

Attorney: Deadly force by police unnecessary in shooting of Topeka man

Topeka — Kansas police officers who fatally shot a black man earlier this year did not need to use deadly force, a lawyer for his family said Thursday, disputing authorities’ account of him reaching toward a gun in one of his pockets just before the officers fired.Attorney Gillian ...

Cities and counties can restrict tobacco sales, Kansas attorney general says

Topeka ? Cities and counties may use their home rule authority to enact local laws prohibiting the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to people under age 21, Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office said Thursday.In a formal attorney general's opinion, Schmidt's office said such local ...

Wichita police: Man injured while firing at officers

Wichita — Authorities say a man is wounded after firing at Wichita police during a pursuit.Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said in a tweet that it’s not clear if the man shot himself Wednesday or if it was an officer-involved shooting. Ramsay said no officers were hit.The man’s name and ...

Johnson County to try bike sharing

Kansas City, Kan. — Officials in an eastern Kansas county are embracing the concept of a bike-sharing system.The Mid-America Regional Council awarded transportation funding in 2014 to BikeWalkKC to expand bike sharing into Johnson County. The county hopes to begin installing its own system ...

Kansas delaying launch of new system for driver’s licenses

TOPEKA ? Kansas is pushing back the launch of a new computer system for issuing driver's licenses so that the long-delayed project can undergo more work.The state Department of Revenue on Wednesday announced a "slight" delay for the KanLicense system, which was supposed to launch Jan. 2. The ...

Kansas Highway Patrol: Fatal I-70 accident occurred when truck fell off bridge

ABILENE — Icy conditions on Interstate 70 are being blamed for a Kansas accident that killed a woman, her two daughters and a family friend after the pickup truck they were in fell off a bridge.The Kansas City Star reports that 47-year-old Lisa Luft and her two daughters, 20-year-old Brianna ...

Tonganoxie clothing company provides hat for Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Christmas Day wardrobe featured a touch of Tonganoxie.Yes, Kate Middleton wore a Vallnord alpaca fur hat from Tonganoxie-based Peruvian Connection on Monday.Middleton wore the hat to Christmas Day services in Sandringham, England.Peruvian Connection posted a photo ...

Salina arson-sniffing dog in training to find trapped people

Salina — All arson-sniffing dogs can detect the presence of gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, lighter fluid and 10 other accelerants.Hoke, the Salina Fire Department’s new arson dog, also can detect a 15th smell: carbon dioxide. That enables him to find live people trapped under ...

Police: Video captured abuse of Wichita boy found encased in concrete

Wichita — Video images of a 3-year-old Wichita boy being severely abused months before his body was found encased in concrete in the home where he lived with his mother and her boyfriend were described in the police documents backing up the mother’s and boyfriend’s arrest.The images ...

1-vehicle crash kills 4 people on I-70

Abilene — Four people are dead after a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 in eastern Kansas.The accident was reported just before 10 a.m. Tuesday in Dickinson County, near Abilene. Names of the victims have not been released.Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner says the vehicle went ...

Black infant mortality in Kansas three times higher than whites and Hispanics

Topeka ? African-American infants in Kansas are nearly three times more likely to die before their first birthday than white or Hispanic infants, according to a new report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.KDHE reported recently that the overall infant mortality rate in ...

Wichita State to offer online degree in homeland security

Wichita State University plans to offer an online bachelor's degree in homeland security, beginning next spring.The Board of Regents last week approved the proposal to offer students an overview of homeland security with an emphasis on law enforcement operations.The Topeka Capital-Journal ...

Topeka Zoo expecting inspections after elephant’s death

Topeka ? Topeka Zoo officials are expecting inspections of its elephant program after one of the elephants died.Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the zoo expects to know by early January what killed the elephant, Shannon. The 35-year-old elephant died after spending about 20 hours lying on the ...