State and Region

Rural suicide rates rising in Kansas — and solutions won’t be easy

Hays — Kyle Carlin understands firsthand how hard a mental health crisis can hit in rural Kansas. He dealt with depression starting as a teenager. It eventually led him to attempt suicide. But he didn’t think about seeking counseling until he was preparing to leave the Army Reserve in ...

Kansas nurse pleads guilty to over-drugging dementia patient

A Kansas nurse who texted a co-worker a picture of a dementia patient slumped over in a wheelchair and then suggested she was responsible and deserved thanks has pleaded guilty to intentionally administering the wrong medication. The Kansas City Star reports that 37-year-old Jennifer Lynn ...

Wichita State students protest over reported dorm rape

WICHITA — More than 200 people have marched to the Wichita State University police station to protest the handling of a reported rape in a dormitory. The Wichita Eagle reports that students gathered Friday at Shocker Hall, where the sexual assault is alleged to have occurred Sept. 12. They ...

First family of Afghan refugees arrive in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first family of Afghan refugees has arrived in Kansas City as resettlement agencies in the area prepare for hundreds more. Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted that he was “proud" of the city for “welcoming all people" in announcing the family's arrival this week. He said ...

Lawrence residents joining nationwide October rally for reproductive rights

Lawrence residents are planning a march for Oct. 2 to coordinate with nationwide protests against the new Texas law that prohibits abortion six weeks after conception. As the Journal-World reported, a march is also scheduled in Topeka the same day. The Topeka march to the state Capitol is at ...