State Government

Court reinstates Kansas lawsuit over unsuccessful SWAT-style raid

Kansas City, Mo. ? A SWAT-style raid to search for marijuana at the home of a Kansas City couple was an unjustified government intrusion based on nothing more than junk science, an incompetent investigation and a publicity stunt, a federal appeals court judge wrote Tuesday in a decision that ...

Guards say 2 unreported uprisings occurred at troubled Kansas prison

WICHITA — Inmates at a Kansas prison housing some of the state's most dangerous criminals twice took control of the prison yard for hours in recent months, setting a fire, trying to create barricades and breaking into a security office, in mass disturbances not previously disclosed by ...

Catholic priest charged in Kansas with child sex crimes

Kansas City, Kan. ? A Catholic priest charged in Kansas with child sex crimes has been arrested in Maryland, authorities say.The Wyandotte County, Kansas, prosecutor's office announced Tuesday that the Rev. Scott Kallal was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a ...

Bob Dole nominated for Congress’ highest civilian honor

Wichita ? Kansas statesman Bob Dole has been nominated for the highest civilian honor Congress bestows.Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Lynn Jenkins are seeking to honor the longtime senator with the Congressional Gold Medal. The Wichita Eagle reports that Roberts and Jenkins jointly introduced ...

State employee pay raises spark confusion, resentment

Topeka ? Some state of Kansas employees are seeing their first pay raise in several years, thanks to the budget that state lawmakers approved in June. At the same time, however, many others are getting no raise at all, including some who have been on the job longer than those who are getting ...

Kansas safety law could shut down some amusement rides

Hutchinson ? A new amusement ride law would affect more than a dozen counties in western Kansas that have home-owned carnivals and rides.The Hutchinson News reports that Gov. Sam Brownback signed the bill in April following the death of a 10-year-old who rode a giant water slide in Kansas City. ...

Kansas woman sets apartment on fire in attempt to kill bug

Topeka ? An eastern Kansas woman accidentally has set her apartment on fire in an attempt to kill a bug by burning it with a small, flip-style lighter.Monique Quarles tells The Topeka Capital-Journal that sparks shot out of the lighter and caused a mattress to catch fire in the Fairlawn Green ...

Tonganoxie checkpoint leads to car chase, woman being apprehended in creek

A checkpoint being operated by area law enforcement on Saturday led to a car chase through downtown Tonganoxie that ended with a woman being apprehended in a creek. Tonganoxie police Chief Jeff Brandau said the incident happened about 1:15 a.m. Saturday at U.S. Highway 24-40 and Laming Road. ...

Kansas lawyer linked to Bernie Sanders enters congressional race

Bonner Springs ? A suburban Kansas City lawyer who worked for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is seeking the Democratic nomination for a Kansas congressional seat currently held by Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder.Brent Welder, a labor lawyer from Bonner Springs, on Monday announced ...

Contest winner disqualified over pro-Trump Instagram post

Wichita ? A Kansas makeup artist says she won a national contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty but was later disqualified because of an Instagram post supporting Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy.Screenshots taken by Gypsy Freeman show she was declared the winner last month of an ...

Thousands in Kansas City area lose power after storms

Kansas City, Mo. ? Thousands of people remain without power in the Kansas City area after severe thunderstorms moved through the area overnight.The Kansas City Star reports utility officials believe the power outages will linger into Monday before everyone regains electricity. The storms that ...

Why are young legislators rare at the Kansas Statehouse? Money plays a role

Topeka ? In the final hours of this year’s legislative session, House and Senate budget negotiators made a small but meaningful last-minute change by adding half a million dollars to their own legislative budget for the fiscal year that was just about to end.That money was needed to pay the ...

Greek iconographer shares religious art knowledge at Wichita church

Wichita (ap) — Theodoros Papadopoulos has painted images of Christ, the Virgin Mary and angels that cover the walls and ceilings of churches.Those images are not decorations, he said. Rather, they are a way of “meeting with the divine.”“The icon has as its purpose to transport us into ...

1 of 4 men charged in gun shop killing gets life sentence

Olathe (ap) — One of four men charged in the shooting death of a Kansas gun store owner will have to serve at least 33 years in prison before being eligible for parole.Londro Patterson III was sentenced to life in prison Friday for the January 2015 fatal shooting of Jon Bieker at the She’s ...

Kansas Sen. Roberts pushing to move GOP health plan forward

TOPEKA ? Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is working with fellow Republicans on their legislation to overhaul health care and arguing that a debate should occur quickly even as fellow Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran grabs national headlines for helping stall the effort.Roberts acknowledged during an Associated ...

Union: Kansas prison forcing officers to work 16-hour shifts

TOPEKA ? A union representing Kansas state employees said Friday that some officers are being required to work 16-hour shifts at a maximum-security prison that was the scene of an hours-long inmate disturbance last month.The Kansas Organization of State Employees disclosed that it filed a ...

Kansas data breach gives hackers access to millions of Social Security numbers

TOPEKA ? Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts that didn't include the Social Security numbers, according to records obtained from the agency.The ...

Kansas jobless rate steady at 3.7 percent in June

Topeka ? The Kansas economy continued to shed jobs in June although the state's unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday.On a seasonally adjusted basis, the state lost 3,500 jobs in June, including 3,400 private-sector jobs. Although there ...

Local Obamacare advocates share stories, urge action during town hall meeting

Topeka ? Around 70 people who support the federal health care law known as Obamacare turned out for a town hall meeting Thursday to share their own personal health care stories and to organize a campaign to pressure the local congressional delegation not to repeal or weaken the law.The ...