State and Region

Kansas Evergy customers could soon get help to make homes more energy efficient

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Ashok Gupta and his wife bought their home, adding insulation to their walls and roof and investing in energy-efficient appliances was a no-brainer knowing they would save money in the long run through lower energy bills. But Gupta, a senior energy economist for the ...

State investigates after 32-year-old prison inmate dies

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — The death of a 32-year-old inmate who was being held at the Lansing Correctional Facility is being investigated because he died in state custody. The Kansas Department of Corrections said only that officials don't believe Lawrence Brown Jr. died of the coronavirus. ...

Allegations of police bias in Kansas yield few sanctions

Topeka — Kansas law enforcement agencies have received hundreds of complaints of bias over the past 10 years, but records available to the public show only two alleging racial bias resulted in consequences for officers, an Associated Press examination of the data shows. Advocates for racial ...

Why new political maps could give more power to Kansas college towns

For the first time in more than 30 years, Kansas will count all of its college students in the towns where they go to school for redrawing state legislative districts next year. Since 1990, Lawrence, Manhattan, Emporia and other college towns lost out on the potential political clout those ...

Man pleads guilty to shutting down rural Kansas water system

ELLSWORTH — A man has admitted that he shut down a rural central Kansas water system but said he was too intoxicated to remember what happened, prosecutors said. Wyatt Travnichek, 22, of Ellsworth County, pleaded guilty Wednesday to tampering with a public water system and reckless damage to ...