State Government

In Lawrence, Jenkins vents frustration with Congress, shares opinion of Trump

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins told a Lawrence audience Thursday that she is thoroughly frustrated with the partisan gridlock in Washington, and that is one of the reasons she will not seek re-election in 2018."Did I mention that this is my last term?" Jenkins said when asked whether Congress will ever ...

State Sen. Tyson enters race for Jenkins’ congressional seat

Topeka — A conservative state senator is the latest Republican to enter the race to succeed retiring GOP U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins.Sen. Caryn Tyson of Parker announced her candidacy Thursday for the 2nd Congressional District seat that Jenkins has held since 2009. Tyson and her husband own and ...

Officers involved in deadly shooting in Olathe

OLATHE — Authorities are investigating after officers were involved in a deadly shooting in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe.Johnson County authorities say 26-year-old Ciara Howard, who is from the Kansas City metro area, was shot Wednesday evening while police and deputies were trying to ...

Kansas woman sentenced for driving into crowd, killing 1

Kansas City, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City, Kan., woman whose speeding car hit a group of teenagers, killing one, has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison.The Kansas City Star reports that 41-year-old Tamika Pledger was sentenced Wednesday for involuntary manslaughter in the ...

Grandmother: Church attendance played role in disputed firing in Kobach’s office

TOPEKA — The grandmother of a woman suing over her 2013 firing from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office testified that her granddaughter’s failure to go to church factored into her dismissal.Margie Canfield also told jurors Tuesday in Topeka that Kobach’s chief deputy, Eric ...

Remembrance service set for gorilla who lived for decades at Topeka Zoo

TOPEKA, Kan. — A 49-year-old lowland gorilla that died last weekend at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas will be remembered during a ceremony.The zoo says it will host the remembrance event in Tiffany's honor from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Attendees won't be charged admission to the zoo.Tiffany died ...

Uncounted Kansas ballots fuel fears about Kobach’s proposals

Wichita ? A conservative firebrand promoting President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud oversees a Kansas election system that threw out at least three times as many ballots as any similarly sized state did, fueling concerns about massive voter suppression should ...

Kansas Rep. Yoder tries to balance GOP views, centrist tone

A Republican congressman in Kansas sought Tuesday night to sound bipartisan, centrist notes while defending the GOP's approach on health care and other issues during a town hall meeting with national Democrats already targeting him in a district that President Donald Trump narrowly lost last ...

Kansas, Missouri storms lead to water rescues, 1 death

Kansas City, Mo. ? Authorities blamed flash-flooding Tuesday for the death of a man whose car was swept away by a torrent linked to thunderstorms that pummeled portions of Kansas and Missouri, prompting numerous rescues of stranded motorists and others who scrambled to safety atop a roof and ...

Trial begins on bias claim against Kobach’s office

Topeka ? A former employee of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office has testified in federal court that she was confused and embarrassed by her 2013 firing after being told that her lack of church attendance was a key reason.Jurors began hearing ex-employee Courtney Canfield’s ...

Gorilla at Topeka zoos dies of cancer days after surgery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas died Sunday after tests revealed she had late-stage ovarian cancer that had spread, four days after undergoing surgery for constipation.The zoo said in a statement that after Tiffany failed to improve since her ...

Amid anti-Confederate wave, Lecompton sites walk a fine line

Lecompton ? Paul Bahnmaier moves swiftly through the story of events that happened in the Kansas Territorial Capital back in 1857, speaking in a way that reveals how he has told the story many, many times before.In September of that year, the territorial Legislature of Kansas met in Lecompton ...

Trial to examine bias claim against Kris Kobach’s office

TOPEKA — A former employee in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office alleges in a lawsuit headed to trial Monday that she was fired because she didn't go to church enough.Kobach — who until the middle of 2016 held after-hours Christian prayer and Bible study sessions in his office ...

Kansas Democratic Rep. Jim Ward announces he’s running for governor

Topeka ? Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward, of Wichita, announced Saturday that he would seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018."I’m running to move Kansas forward," Ward said during an interview with the Journal-World before his official announcement. "To build on the ...

Worker dies at Wichita demolition site

Wichita (ap) — Authorities say one person has died in an industrial accident at a building demolition site in north Wichita.KAKE-TV reports the incident happened around 1:40 p.m. Friday when debris fell on the worker. Firefighters responding to the call say the dead worker was trapped under ...

KC homicide under investigation

Kansas City, Kan. — Authorities are investigating a homicide in Kansas City, Kansas.Police said in a news release that officers were responding to a shooting Thursday night when they found a juvenile male victim dead from an apparent gunshot wound to his chest. The name of the victim wasn’t ...

Zebra mussels found in Tuttle Creek Reservoir

Manhattan — The state Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says invasive zebra mussels have been found in Tuttle Creek Reservoir.The 12,500-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake is a popular recreation area six miles north of Manhattan. The department said in a news release that the ...

Kansas official making case for new mental hospital

Osawatomie — The head of the agency that oversees a troubled state mental hospital is making the case for a new facility.The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services announced in a news release Thursday that Secretary Tim Keck will make presentations in coming weeks in Wichita, ...