State Government

School finance response could include 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 vs. Kansas, and one of the responses the panel may consider is rewriting a part of the Kansas Constitution ...

Illinois to stay in much-criticized Kansas-run voter database for now

Chicago ? Illinois election officials voted Monday to remain in a much-criticized multistate voter registration database, but opponents who raised questions about inaccuracies and security vowed to take the fight to the state Legislature.For weeks, advocates and top Illinois Democrats — ...

Tyson: Plans for chicken plant in Kansas remain on hold

Wichita ? Tyson Foods Inc. says its plans for a chicken plant in Kansas remain on hold while it moves forward with its Tennessee project.The Springdale, Arkansas-based company announced Monday it would build a $300 million chicken production complex in Humboldt, Tennessee, that is expected to ...

Wichita to reconsider camera traffic tickets

Wichita ? The city manager in Wichita, Kansas, says the city will likely cut back its use of candid-camera security video for writing tickets for minor traffic violations in the Old Town area of the city.The Wichita Eagle reports that he video tickets were part of a pilot program that is ending ...

Shootings by police officers, other cases cloaked in secrecy in Kansas

Some Kansas police departments do not identify officers involved in fatal shootings, and body camera footage from the incidents may never become public. Records in unsolved criminal cases can remain closed indefinitely, even to victims' families.Grieving families can wait years to get answers ...

Kansas lawmakers’ panel on school funding to meet Dec. 4

TOPEKA ? A special Kansas legislative committee on public school funding is having its first meeting next month to start work on a response to a state Supreme Court order to boost funding.The committee is scheduled to convene Dec. 4 at the Statehouse.The Supreme Court ruled in October that ...

Crawford County Historical Museum gets second chance at life

Pittsburg — A group of volunteers was able to restore the heartbeat of a once-forgotten museum on the verge of flatlining.The Joplin Globe reports that through the help of restoration and community service efforts, the Crawford County Historical Museum, which first opened in 1978, now has a ...

Hutchinson man dies in crash after being chased by sheriff’s deputy

Hutchinson — A Hutchinson man has died in a crash in central Kansas that happened as he was being chased by a sheriff’s deputy.The Wichita Eagle reports that the Friday night crash killed 25-year-old Angel Montiel. Officials say Montiel was fleeing a Rice County Sheriff’s deputy in a ...

Teen found dead inside Kansas City, Kan., business

Kansas City, Kan. — Police are investigating after officers found a teenager dead inside a Kansas City, Kan., business.Television station KMBC reports that officers were called to business around 7:15 a.m. Saturday to check on a person who had been shot.Arriving officers found the teen, who ...

Rural population in steep decline amid slow economic recovery, USDA study finds

Topeka ? Rural areas throughout much of the United States are now shedding population at an unprecedented rate as both people and industries are concentrating in urban areas, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The latest edition of "Rural America at a Glance," an ...

Kansas lawmakers call for reform after secrecy story breaks

Topeka ? Kansas lawmakers from across the political spectrum say they'll push to fix the state's culture of secrecy after a newspaper highlighted alarming levels of opacity in state and local government.Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer pledged last week to address the problem of transparency. Colyer is set ...

Kansas disputes federal agency’s claim on Medicaid funds

Wichita ? A federal agency and Kansas are at odds over whether the state took nearly $18 million in Medicaid funds that it shouldn't have.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General says Kansas overstated enrollment, particularly in the Children's Health ...

Man sentenced for participating in scheme that cost Sedgwick County $566K

Wichita — A Georgia man has been sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison for participating in a scheme that cost Sedgwick County $566,000.U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said 49-year-old George James, of Brookhaven, Ga., was sentenced Wednesday for wire fraud.James told authorities ...

Coffeyville man sentenced for trying to buy explosives online

Wichita — Federal prosecutors say a Coffeyville man who tried to buy an explosive on the internet was sentenced to two years in federal prison.U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a news release that 19-year-old Carlos Francisco Martin was sentenced Friday for attempting to obtain an explosive ...

Democrat tries forcing Trump voter panel to provide records

AUGUSTA, Maine — A member of President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission is asking a federal judge to issue an injunction to force the group to give him documents about what it is doing.Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is one of four Democrats on the Republican president's ...

Cost of protesting at the Kansas Capitol going way up

Topeka — Advocacy groups wanting to hold events at the Kansas Capitol will pay more — sometimes substantially more — under a new fee schedule set to take effect Jan. 1.Currently, Kansas charges $20 for any activist group event at the Capitol. Under the new rules, the lowest price will be ...

Kansas jobless rate falls to 3.6 percent while labor market remains flat

Topeka ? The Kansas unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.6 percent in October, the lowest rate recorded since 2000, although there was little measurable change in the state's overall labor market.The Kansas Department of Labor said preliminary estimates showed that the ...

Kansas jailer accused of sex with inmates, impregnating one

Garnett ? A Kansas jailer who was fired last year for smuggling tobacco into his lockup had sex with male and female inmates and paid for an abortion for one of them, authorities allege in a newly released affidavit.Lexington Laiter, 27, was charged in Anderson County last month with 11 counts ...