State Government

Family of Kansas Jewish site shootings settles gun lawsuit with Walmart

OVERLAND PARK — The family of two people fatally shot outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park has settled a lawsuit with Walmart over one of the guns used in the shooting.The Kansas City Star reports the settlement’s terms between Walmart and the family of William Corporon and ...

As homicides skyrocket, Kansas City grasps for answers, help

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City already was marching toward its worst homicide year in decades when three men were slain in separate shootings over four hours one day last month. One was gunned down on a porch, another in a vehicle. The third man was shot in a front yard.The bloodshed has the ...

Kobach doesn’t want to answer questions under oath; appeals order to do so

Wichita — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is seeking to avoid answering questions under oath about two documents containing plans for changes to U.S. election law.Kobach, who is also vice chairman of Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, filed a notice late ...

2 killed in Topeka crash after plane misses runway

Topeka — The Kansas Highway Patrol says two people were killed when the plane they were in crashed near an airport in Topeka.The patrol says the victims of the crash shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday were 61-year-old pilot William Leeds of Topeka and his 55-year-old co-pilot, James Bergman of ...

Lawmakers schedule audits of animal inspections, wildfire suppression

Topeka ? A legislative committee agreed Monday to authorize audits of the state's animal inspection program and its wildfire suppression efforts and to put those audits in line ahead of two previously scheduled audits.State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, was one of three lawmakers who asked ...

Student sentenced in Hutchinson apartment fire

Hutchinson — A judge has sentenced a Hutchinson college student to five years in prison for starting a fire while conducting chemical experiments in his apartment.District Judge Trish Rose sentenced 23-year-old Chase Coble, a Hutchinson Community College chemistry student, who was convicted ...

Man gets life sentence in boss’ slaying

Kansas City, Kan. — A man convicted of fatally shooting his boss outside the University of Kansas hospital in Kansas City, Kan., has been ordered to spend life in prison.The Kansas City Star reports that 48-year-old Willie E. Parker was sentenced Friday in Wyandotte County. That’s where he ...

Trump’s Russia ties are a hot topic in Kansas’ own Moscow

Moscow, Kan. (ap) — As a crow flies, this southwest Kansas town is about 5,579 miles from Moscow, Russia.Its 310 residents could fill one small apartment building in the Russian capital of 13.2 million people.There really isn’t anything the two Moscows have in common besides a name. And ...

Kansas economy shrinks in 1st quarter of 2017

Topeka ? The Kansas economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to numbers released this week from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.That contraction happened at a time when the national economy was growing at a pace of 1.2 percent.It also followed ...

Brownback bidding farewell to Kansas as he prepares for job as ambassador

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback began the process of saying goodbye to the state of Kansas Thursday as he prepares for a job in the Trump administration as U.S. ambassador at-large for religious liberty."It's been a great pleasure and an honor of mine to serve the people of the state of Kansas in ...

Next Kansas governor is a surgeon and a Brownback loyalist

TOPEKA ? Jeff Colyer is preparing to become Kansas' next governor after nearly a decade helping fellow conservative Republicans shape health care policy by drawing on his background as a plastic surgeon, who squeezed in medical relief missions to disaster and war zones.Loyal to GOP Gov. Sam ...

Trump to nominate Gov. Brownback to serve as ambassador

TOPEKA ? Five years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback made Kansas an economic laboratory for the nation by aggressively cutting taxes. He's expected to leave office with his Kansas reputation in tatters and his home state an example of trickle-down economics that didn't work.The White House on Wednesday ...

Kansas lawmaker to seek higher pay for corrections officers

TOPEKA ? A Kansas lawmaker who heads a budget subcommittee says he'll push next year for a pay increase of as much as 20 percent for corrections officers at state prisons.Republican Rep. J.R. Claeys of Salina announced his proposal following an uprising last month at the state's ...

Hundreds show up to nonexistent job fair in Kansas

WICHITA — Several hundred people in Wichita have shown up for a nonexistent job fair after a newspaper article about an event two years ago began circulating on social media.The Wichita Eagle reports nearly 300 people showed up to Spirit AeroSystems last weekend after someone shared the ...

2 Kansans in Congress disagree with Trump on transgender ban in military

Topeka — Two members of Kansas' congressional delegation say they disagree with President Donald Trump's proposal to ban transgender people from serving in the military, although they agree the government shouldn't pay for gender transition surgeries or hormone treatments.U.S. Rep. Kevin ...