State Government

LMH offering community wellness grants for Tonganoxie, Baldwin City, Eudora

Lawrence Memorial Hospital is now accepting grant applications for community wellness projects in Baldwin City, Eudora and Tonganoxie, the hospital announced Wednesday. The grants will be awarded to programs or projects that enhance local health and wellness, according to LMH’s news release. ...

Kansas announces effort to redesign public schools

Topeka ? Kansas officials have chosen seven school districts to participate in an effort to improve public education.The Kansas Board of Education announced the districts participating in the Kansans Can School Redesign program Tuesday. The districts were picked out of nearly 30 applicants, the ...

Man suspected of killing Kansas mother and 4-year-old daughter arrested

NEWTON — Police in Newton say a man suspected in the slayings of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter has been arrested in Texas.Authorities say 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and daughter Zaylynn Paz were found dead shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday by Runyon's ex-boyfriend in bedrooms in the ...

Police investigating slaying of mother and 4-year-old daughter in Newton

NEWTON — Newton police say they are investigating a double homicide involving a 24-year-old mother and her 4-year-old daughter.Officers found the two people dead at a home about 11 a.m. Tuesday.Chief Eric Murphy told KAKE that a suspect has been identified but no one is in custody. He says he ...

Report: Mechanical failure unlikely factor in Kansas plane crash that killed 2

Topeka — Federal investigators say mechanical failure likely didn’t play a role in a plane crash that killed a pilot and flight instructor near an airport in Topeka.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the National Transportation Safety Board says in a preliminary report that ...

Man convicted of setting supervisor on fire, attacking with a razor

Kansas City, Kan. — A federal jury has convicted a former civilian employee of charges that he set a supervisor on fire and attacked her with a straight razor and scissors at a health center at Kansas’ Fort Leavenworth.Jurors in Kansas City, Kan., found 55-year-old Clifford Currie guilty ...

Colyer confirms bid for full term as Kansas governor in 2018

TOPEKA ? Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer confirmed Tuesday that he will seek a full, four-year term as Kansas governor next year after he assumes the office upon Gov. Sam Brownback's departure for an ambassador's post.Colyer announced the appointment of a treasurer for his campaign for the Republican ...

Man killed in officer-involved shooting in north Wichita

Wichita — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting death of a man by a Wichita police officer.Wichita police chief Gordon Ramsay says the 29-year-old man was shot Monday after officers responded to a domestic violence call.Ramsay says the suspect had a knife and was ...

Massive inspection backlog in Kansas blocking use of kidney dialysis clinics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eight nearly new kidney dialysis clinics are mostly unused because the state is more than two years behind inspecting and certifying for the clinics.And another four clinics are waiting to expand because they are waiting for state inspections.The Kansas City Star reports ...

Kansas governor-in-waiting names GOP official as assistant

Topeka ? Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer announced two staff additions Monday as he transitions to the governor’s office, hiring a seasoned state Republican official as a special assistant and a former TV reporter as press secretary.Colyer said Clay Barker had started as his special assistant, ...

Kansas insurance regulator names treasurer for governor bid

TOPEKA ? Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer has appointed a treasurer for a campaign for the Republican nomination for governor next year.Selzer filed the form last week with the secretary of state's office. Appointing a treasurer allows him to legally accept contributions.Five other ...

3 replacements for Kansas regents not named with meeting days away

Manhattan ? Three seats on the Kansas Board of Regents have yet to be filled with new members even though the board's next meeting is just days away.The Manhattan Mercury reports that Gov. Sam Brownback hasn't named anyone to replace Regents Shane Bangerter, Ann Brandau-Murguia and Helen Van ...

Kansas schools preparing for sweeping changes in state oversight

Topeka ? The Kansas State Board of Education will take the first official step on Tuesday toward implementing sweeping changes in the way public schools in the state are accredited and held accountable for making sure students receive an adequate education.During its regular monthly meeting, ...

Kansas lawmakers seek swift action to boost pay at prisons

TOPEKA ? Kansas legislators from both parties called Friday for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's administration to quickly increase pay for corrections officers at state prisons, arguing that a dangerous safety crisis is looming.Staffing shortages and the potential for inmate unrest are serious ...

Corrections chief: Staffing shortages not related to recent prison violence

Topeka ? The head of the Kansas correctional system said Thursday that low wages are making it hard for his agency to recruit and retain prison guards, especially at the Lansing and El Dorado state prisons, but he denied any suggestion that staffing shortages were related to a series of recent ...