State Government

Kansas man lists converted nuclear missile silo on Airbnb

ESKRIDGE ? A Cold War-era missile silo in rural northeast Kansas that housed a nuclear warhead 65 years ago and was later converted into an underground mansion is now finding a new lease on life as an Airbnb location.The Subterra Castle Airbnb opened for business about six months ago, The ...

Tree display fills Lecompton museum with Christmas spirit

When Dennis Gowing brought his 15-year-old granddaughter Saturday to the Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton to see the nativity scene he made for the museum, she couldn’t see his handiwork for the trees.“All she was interested in was the trees,” Gowing said. “I think she took a ...

School finance response could include Kansas constitutional amendment

Topeka ? A special legislative committee will begin meeting Dec. 4 to examine possible responses to the Kansas Supreme Court's latest decision in the ongoing school finance case, Gannon v. Kansas, and one of the responses the panel may consider is rewriting a part of the Kansas Constitution ...

Wichita hosting convention for fans of vinyl records

Wichita — Vinyl records are not the only things making a comeback.Wichita is hosting a vinyl record convention Saturday at the Holiday Inn Wichita East. The last such convention in Wichita was more than 20 years ago. About a dozen vendors from Kansas and Oklahoma are expected to attend. They ...

Dinosaur theme park to open next year in Wichita suburb

Derby — A Wichita suburb is scheduled to open a $6.5 million dinosaur theme park next year.The Wichita Eagle reports that the 14-acre Derby park will feature more than 30 life-size animatronic dinosaurs.Executive director Guy Gsell says the park will be set up like a scientific expedition. He ...

Four arrested in kidnapping of 16-year-old Kansas teen

Emporia ? Authorities say they have arrested four teenagers in connection with last week's kidnapping of a 16-year-old Emporia boy.The Lyon County sheriff's office said in a news release Wednesday that deputies responded to Newman Hospital on Nov. 18 to a report of an aggravated kidnapping. The ...

4 arrested in kidnapping of Emporia teen

Emporia — Authorities say they have arrested four teenagers in connection with last week’s kidnapping of a 16-year-old Emporia boy.The Lyon County sheriff’s office said in a news release Wednesday that deputies responded to Newman Hospital on Nov. 18 to a report of an aggravated ...

Eagle owls to make debut at Topeka Zoo

Topeka — The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center has two new Eurasian eagle owls that are expected to make their debut to the public on Thanksgiving Day.The birds are the largest of the owl species. The zoo says in a news release that the newly-acquired breeding pair were put together by the ...

Kansas priest named bishop in Missouri

Wichita — A Kansas priest has been named bishop of the Catholic diocese in Jefferson City, Missouri.The Wichita Eagle reports that Pope Francis has named the Rev. W. Shawn McKnight to lead the diocese in central Missouri. McKnight is pastor at the Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.He will ...

Brownback still confident of confirmation; Colyer preparing to step in as governor

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that he believed he would be confirmed for a diplomatic post in the Trump administration before the end of the year, and he said Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer was preparing to step into the governor's office."I think there’s a good chance it’s going to take ...

Kansas regulators to review Westar merger with Great Plains

Wichita ? Shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger of Kansas' largest electric company with a Missouri firm Tuesday, a move that aims to create a new unified company with a combined equity value of about $14 billion in a revised deal that still requires regulatory approval.Kansas ...

Kansas campuses struggle for diverse student body populations

Topeka — The racial and ethnic makeup of student body populations on state university campuses in Kansas has changed little over the last six years, according to a new report provided to the Kansas Board of Regents.While the Hispanic and Latino population on campuses has measurable growth and ...

Kansas candidates for governor differ on potential state auditor position

TOPEKA ? Two Democrats running for Kansas governor say they support the creation of a statewide office to handle complaints about government practices.Democrats Josh Svaty and Carl Brewer said they support establishment of a state auditor position after a Kansas City Star editorial on Sunday ...

Tree display fills Lecompton museum with Christmas spirit

When Dennis Gowing brought his 15-year-old granddaughter Saturday to the Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton to see the nativity scene he made for the museum, she couldn’t see his handiwork for the trees.“All she was interested in was the trees,” Gowing said. “I think she took a ...

Kansas campuses struggle for diverse student body

Topeka ? The racial and ethnic makeup of student body populations on state university campuses in Kansas has changed little over the last six years, according to a new report provided to the Kansas Board of Regents.While the Hispanic and Latino population on campuses has measurable growth and ...