State and Region

Some Kansas counties turn down COVID-19 vaccine shipments as demand falls

Mission — Some Kansas counties are rejecting new COVID-19 vaccine shipments or reducing their orders because of decreased demand for the drugs, worrying health officials who say mass vaccinations are the only path to a return to normalcy. Dennis Kriesel, the executive director of the Kansas ...

Remains of Kansan who died at Pearl Harbor identified

TOPEKA — A 20-year-old Wichita man who died in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack at Pearl Harbor will be buried in his native state in May. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Thursday it had identified the remains of Navy 3rd Class Cook Robert Goodwin. He was aboard the USS Oklahoma when it ...

Police identify 12-year-old shot and killed in Leavenworth; 2 charged with murder

LEAVENWORTH — A 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed near a Leavenworth pharmacy was an innocent bystander, Police Chief Pat Kitchens said. Brian Henderson Jr., of Kansas City, Mo., died after the shooting Wednesday night near the Kare Pharmacy, police said. Police responding to calls ...

12-year-old Kansas City child fatally shot in Leavenworth pharmacy

LEAVENWORTH — A 12-year-old child from Kansas City was killed in a shooting at a Leavenworth pharmacy, police said. Leavenworth officers responded Wednesday evening to several reports of a shooting at a Kare pharmacy, Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said. No victims were found but ...

Overland Park Republican considers challenging Rep. Sharice Davids

TOPEKA — The Republican chairman of a Kansas House committee that will redraw the state's congressional districts is considering a run against Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids in a Kansas City-area district. State Rep. Chris Croft, of Overland Park, met last month with National Republican ...

Sens. Marshall, Hawley oppose moving ahead with hate crimes bill

TOPEKA — Republicans Roger Marshall of Kansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri were among a handful of conservative U.S. senators who opposed moving forward with a Democratic-sponsored measure for confronting hate crimes against Asian Americans. Marshall's office said Thursday that an existing ...

Ex-Wichita police officer sentenced for abusing minors for years

WICHITA — A former Wichita police officer and school safety services director has been sentenced to five years in prison for molesting underage boys for more than a decade. Alex Robinson, 58, will begin serving his sentence in Kansas after he is paroled in Colorado, where he was also ...

Kansas City, Mo., to name street route after Martin Luther King Jr.

Kansas City, Mo. — After years of debate and a divisive election, Kansas City will soon have a street route named for Martin Luther King Jr., removing its designation as one of the largest cities in the U.S. without a street named for the civil rights icon. The city’s Board of Parks and ...

Johnson County Community College paying staff $250 to get COVID-19 vaccination

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Kansas' largest community college is paying staff members to get COVID-19 vaccinations, and one of the state's largest public school districts is making in-home coronavirus testing kits available to students who want them. Johnson County Community College is paying ...

Police seeking suspect following shooting of 2 in Hutchinson, 1 fatally

HUTCHINSON — Police are searching for a suspect in the shooting two people in Hutchinson over the weekend, one of whom died. The shooting happened just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Hutchinson police said. Police were alerted when officers on patrol in the area heard a volley of gunshots. As ...

Small Kansas water utility system hacking highlights risks

ELLSWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas utility worker has been charged with remotely tampering with a public water system's cleaning procedures, highlighting the difficulty smaller utilities face in protecting against hackers. Wyatt Travnichek, 22, was charged last month with remotely ...

Judge: 2019 ruling nullifies Kansas’ ban of common abortion procedure

TOPEKA — A judge ruled Wednesday that a Kansas law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure is “unconstitutional and unenforceable” under a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling protecting abortion rights. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson's decision was the first on ...

Wichita woman killed while walking on road

Wichita — Authorities are investigating the circumstances of a vehicle accident Sunday evening that killed a 43-year-old woman in Sedgwick County. Deputies responding to the scene around 10 p.m. learned that a northbound Toyota Camry struck Kandy Fairchild of Wichita as she was walking in ...

Topeka man charged in crash that killed infant

Topeka — A Topeka man was charged in connection with a two-car collision last week that killed an infant and injured three others, prosecutors said Monday. Troy A. Vsetecka, 51, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated ...

Ex-Kansas GOP Chair Adkins seeks rematch with Rep. Davids

OVERLAND PARK — A former Kansas Republican Party chair wants a rematch in 2022 against Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids after losing to Davids last year. Amanda Adkins announced Monday that she is running again for the GOP nomination in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District in the Kansas ...

Daily Amtrak service will return to Kansas in May

WICHITA — Amtrak plans to resume daily service across Kansas beginning May 31, thanks to renewed federal funding. The Southwest Chief route from Los Angeles to Chicago was reduced to three days a week in October in response to falling use during the coronavirus pandemic. But the company ...

Wichita State University drops its COVID-19 restrictions

Wichita — Wichita State University has announced it’s dropping its coronavirus restrictions after GOP lawmakers overrode Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s newly reissued mask order. The Wichita Eagle reports that Friday’s announcement means masks are no longer required at the school and ...