State and Region

Kansas farmers are expected to have a bountiful wheat crop

MANHATTAN — Kansas farmers are expected to harvest a bountiful winter wheat crop this season, according to a government forecast released Wednesday. The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated that the Kansas wheat crop will come in at 331 million bushels, up 18% from last year's ...

Doorbell camera captures mountain lion strolling through Wichita

WICHITA — A doorbell camera captured video of a mountain lion trotting along a residential back alley in Wichita earlier this week, Kansas wildlife officials confirmed. Kansas Department of Wildlife Research Biologist Matt Peek said it's the first confirmed cougar sighting in Wichita. "We ...

KU alumna chosen to lead Washington Post

Updated at 2:19 p.m. Tuesday NEW YORK — Reenergized under owner Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post named Associated Press veteran Sally Buzbee as its executive editor Tuesday, making her the first woman in the paper's 144-year history to lead the newsroom. She succeeds the retired Marty Baron ...

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine expanded to U.S. children as young as 12

COVID-19 vaccines finally are headed for more kids as U.S. regulators on Monday expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect middle and high school students before they head back to class in the fall. Shots could begin as soon as a federal vaccine advisory ...

Evergy plans major coal shutdowns, but environmental groups say it’s not fast enough

Scientists say that if we’re going to stop rising global temperatures, the world will need to greatly reduce the amount of carbon it’s emitting into the air. Electricity production is one of the largest culprits and transitioning away from fossil fuels is seen as a key step in stopping ...

Olathe North coach fired for allegedly using racial slur

OLATHE — A Kansas school board has fired a high school baseball coach for allegedly using a racial slur toward a Black player. The Olathe board met Monday morning and announced the firing of Olathe North High School Coach Pete Flood, the Kansas City Star reported. The father of the team's ...

K-State changing outdoor mask policy, citing CDC guidance

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University is altering its mask policy for outdoor settings, citing updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WIBW-TV reports that starting May 17, those who are fully vaccinated can participate in campus outdoor activities and ...

3 teens die, 1 girl injured, when car crashes into a river

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Three teenagers died and a fourth teen was injured when the car they were riding in crashed into the Cottonwood River south of Emporia. The Lyon County Sheriff's office said the wreck was discovered around 6:30 p.m. Saturday after the injured girl, 15-year-old Ashley ...

Families sue Blue Valley and Olathe school districts over mask mandates

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The families of 16 students sued two suburban Kansas City school districts, arguing their children should be allowed to attend school during the pandemic without wearing masks. "The parents are terribly, terribly upset. There's a groundswell of dissatisfaction," said ...

Regents appoint new president at Wichita State University

WICHITA — The board that oversees Kansas' higher education system has appointed Richard Muma as the new Wichita State University president. The decision by the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday to make Muma the university's 15th president is effective immediately. Muma had been serving ...

Shawnee Mission High School names new mascot after dropping Indian mascot

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City-area high school has announced its new mascot: the Bison. The decision came this week after school officials moved earlier this year to drop culturally and racially insensitive mascots, including Shawnee Mission North High School's Indians mascot, ...

Coronavirus stimulus plan means many more Kansans can get free or cheap health insurance

Tens of thousands of uninsured Kansans qualify for enough government subsidies to get free health insurance. That was the case even before the passage of Congress' latest stimulus package in March, but now those benefits are available to many more people. For some, the potential savings for ...

Man who murdered 3 people at Kansas Jewish sites dies in prison

Updated at 11:51 a.m. Tuesday A man who testified that he wanted to kill Jews and was sentenced to death after he shot and killed three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City in 2014 has died in prison, the Kansas Department of Corrections said Tuesday. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 80, ...

Police ID 70-year-old killed in Prairie Village apartment; arrest made

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — Police have identified a man who was found shot to death Saturday in a Prairie Village apartment unit and announced an arrest in the case. Prairie Village police said John Hoffman, 70, died in the apartment after being shot several times. Officers were called to ...

Prairie Village police find man dead inside apartment

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — Police said a man who was found dead Saturday in Prairie Village appears to have been a victim of foul play. Officers were called to an apartment complex around 6 p.m. Saturday and found the man dead inside one of the units, said Prairie Village Police ...