State Government

Paul Davis launches bid for 2nd District congressional seat in Kansas

Topeka ? Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis officially kicked off his campaign for the 2nd District congressional seat in Kansas, using a familiar theme in national politics by saying he wants to change the political culture in Washington."Our political system is fundamentally broken," Davis told a ...

Reports: Kansas computer system outage preventing payment of welfare benefits

Topeka ? The Kansas Department for Children and Families has suffered a statewide computer system failure that is preventing the agency from paying welfare benefits, processing new applications or processing reports of abuse and neglect, according to reports on social media.Robert Choromanski, ...

Court rejects KPERS effort to limit benefits for teachers union leaders

Topeka ? A Shawnee County judge dealt a setback last week to efforts by the state pension system to reduce the retirement benefits of educators who take time off from their teaching jobs to work as leaders of their local teachers union.The ruling in favor of Nancy Fritz, a recently retired ...

Brownback’s communications director to step down

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback's office announced Monday that communications director Melika Willoughby will step down at the end of this week to take a job with a nonprofit conservative organization, the Forge Leadership Network.Willoughby, who has served as communications director since November ...

Kansas Republicans urge Roberts to back Senate rules change

Wichita ? Two fellow Republicans in the Kansas congressional delegation urged a reluctant Sen. Pat Roberts on Monday to support changing the Senate rules to make it easier for the party to push through its legislative priorities.The sometimes testy exchange came at the convention of the Kansas ...

16-year-old is running for Kansas governor seat

Topeka ? He won't even be able to vote, but a 16-year-old Wichita high school student says he's serious about his bid to run for governor of Kansas.Jack Bergerson has filed to run as a Democrat in the 2018 race for governor of Kansas, saying he wanted to give people another option, The Kansas ...

Wichita man sentenced to 13 years in sex crimes

Wichita — A Wichita man has been ordered to spend more than 13 years in prison for raping one woman and trying to sexually attack another after taking them to his apartment.Forty-two-year-old Jimmie Trosclair pleaded guilty in April to charges of rape, attempted rape and breach of ...

Convention elects Lawrence-Douglas County sustainability coordinator to Kansas House

After being elected at a special convention Saturday, the newest member of the Kansas House said she would bring a message of sustainability to Topeka.Eileen Horn, the Lawrence-Douglas County sustainability coordinator, was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives at a convention of the ...

Kansas to air-condition next prison as heat becomes concern

Topeka ? Kansas corrections officials expect the next prison built by the state to be fully air-conditioned, including the cells for inmates, viewing it both as a way to lessen problems with inmates and to combat high employee turnover.Some lawmakers who don't want to coddle criminals see a ...

Damaging storms slam western Kansas county

Wakeeney ? Trego County authorities are tallying the damage after a storm carrying large hail damaged homes and businesses throughout the county.Emergency Management Director Kathleen Fabrizius says softball-sized hail hit the county Thursday afternoon, overturning vehicles, downing power lines ...

Suspect in double slaying to be returned to Kansas

Newton ? A man suspected in the slayings of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter is being returned to Kansas after waiving extradition in Texas, where he was arrested.Harvey County Undersheriff Shawn Chapman says a team of investigators from that department were bringing the suspect back ...

Loved ones remember Wichita Marine killed in military plane crash

Wichita — The U.S. Marine Corps has confirmed that a Wichita man was one of three Marines lost when their aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia.Cpl. Nathan Ordway, 21, was the crew chief of the MV-22 Osprey that crashed while trying to land during a training exercise on Aug. 5, the ...

Kansas county hit hard by fires gets fencing funds

ASHLAND ? About five months after wildfires swept through Kansas, ranchers in the hardest-hit county have received the second installment of federal funds needed to replace thousands of miles of expensive fences destroyed in blazes.Clark County ranchers will get about $18 million in federal ...

El Dorado pool shut down after unusual vandalism

El Dorado officials are looking for those involved in an unusual vandalism case at the city’s pool.El Dorado police say officers were called to the pool Sunday after the water was dyed a reddish-purple color.The vandalism caused officials to shut down the pool on Sunday and Monday.A note was ...

Kansas State provost to resign in June

Manhattan ? Kansas State Provost April Mason says she plans to resign next summer.Mason announced Tuesday that her resignation will be effective June 30.The Manhattan Mercury reports Mason, who has been provost and senior vice president since 2010, was a finalist for the chancellor position at ...

CEO: Westar-Great Plains merger plan to be filed this month

Topeka ? The CEO of Westar says the utility and Great Plains Energy will file their new merger plan with Kansas regulators later this month.CEO Mark Ruelle says meetings will be scheduled later this year for a shareholder vote on the proposal.Ruelle updated investors Wednesday on the second ...

Kansas scrutinizes doctor over 13-year-old girl’s abortion

Kansas City, Mo. ? Kansas' regulatory medical board is weighing disciplinary action against a doctor who Planned Parenthood self-reported may have violated state law in handling a 13-year-old girl's abortion.The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts on Thursday was to discuss a petition alleging ...

KBI report: Violent crime, including murder, increased in Kansas in 2016

Violent crime and murder are on the rise in Kansas, according to the annual crime report released Thursday by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.The KBI's 2016 Kansas Crime Index Report found an overall increase of 4.2 percent in violent crimes such as murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated ...

Kansas Senate leader: Governor should boost prison pay now

TOPEKA ? The Kansas Senate's top Republican called for GOP Gov. Sam Brownback to give corrections officers at state prisons an immediate pay increase, adding to the bipartisan pressure for quick action in the wake of recent disturbances at a maximum-security prison.Senate President Susan Wagle ...

Kansas’ chief justice reports to jury duty, not selected

TOPEKA — If a Kansas man had been convicted at trial of felony theft, one of his jurors might have been none other than the top official on the judicial panel that ultimately could have reviewed his appeal.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss ...