State and Region

Kansas congressman addressing residence issue for 2nd time

TOPEKA - A freshman Kansas congressman might have to correct his voter registration a second time after changing it earlier this month while local authorities investigated him for previously listing a UPS Inc. store as his home. The Kansas City Star reports that Republican Rep. Steve Watkins ...

Kansas Sen. Moran: Undecided but echoing GOP on impeachment

TOPEKA — Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran said Friday that he hasn't decided how he would vote on removing President Donald Trump from office but followed those comments up by criticizing the Democratic-led House's impeachment process. Moran's statement declared that he does not support ...

2nd man arrested in KC bar shooting that killed 4 people

Kansas City, Kan. — One of two men who is accused of opening fire inside a crowded bar in Kansas City, Kan., killing four people and wounding five others, has been captured in Mexico, authorities said Thursday. Authorities have been searching for Hugo Villanueva-Morales, 29, since the ...

Community college denies claims in football player’s heatstroke death

Wichita — Attorneys for the parents of a 19-year-old football player who died of heatstroke on the first day of practice at a Kansas community college said Thursday that negotiations with the school remain on track, downplaying the significance of a decision by trustees to deny claims ...

Kansas judge admits cursing, says he didn’t mistreat staff

Topeka — A Kansas judge acknowledged Thursday during a disciplinary hearing that he frequently cursed in his conversations with employees and attorneys and was sometimes unprofessional in his conduct, but he insisted he didn’t abuse court staff or direct vulgar and sexist terms at female ...

Walmart chooses Topeka for distribution center with 300 jobs

TOPEKA — Walmart will build a $200 million distribution center in Topeka, bringing 300 jobs over the next five years to the Kansas capital, the company announced Wednesday. The company announced the plans at a meeting with the city's Joint Economic Development Organization, which voted 7-0 ...

Only Kansas Democrat in Congress supports impeaching Trump

TOPEKA — The only Kansas Democrat in Congress announced Tuesday that she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Freshman Rep. Sharice Davids said she supports both articles of impeachment drafted by fellow Democrats over Trump's effort to get Ukraine to investigate Democratic political ...

New Kansas State Board of Education policy urges districts to ban vaping

TOPEKA — The Kansas State Board of Education has voted to encourage school districts to pass strict vaping bans. The policy approved unanimously Tuesday calls for prohibiting students and staff from using, possessing or promoting any tobacco products, including vape pens, while they’re on ...

Controversial Kansas-run voter database suspended in lawsuit settlement

Story updated at 4:37 p.m. Tuesday WICHITA — A much-criticized database that checks whether voters are registered in multiple states has been suspended “for the foreseeable future” until security safeguards are put in place as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit, a civil rights ...

New website hosts resources for Kansas farmers who feel stressed, suicidal

In response to high suicide rates among America’s farmers, a new website developed by the Kansas Department of Agriculture provides resources and support to those dealing with stress. Kelsey Olson, KDA’s assistant secretary of agriculture, led the effort in creating the website: ...

Kansas GOP Rep. Watkins changes voter registration amid investigation

TOPEKA — A Kansas congressman who is being investigated by local authorities for listing a UPS Inc. store as his residence in registering to vote has changed his registration to name a Topeka apartment complex as his home. Republican Rep. Steve Watkins is still listing the UPS store in ...

Democratic Kansas governor, GOP lawmakers keep clashing over taxes

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican legislators are headed toward another confrontation over tax cuts because the GOP isn't giving up on reducing income taxes and Kelly has other priorities. Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature plan to push next year for tax ...

Baldwin City Council approves $1.35M bid to build new police station

The Baldwin City Council has approved a $1.35 million contract to construct a new police station that Mayor Casey Simoneau said will serve the community for half a century. At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Baldwin City Council approved a bid from Lloyd Builders, of Ottawa, to tear down the former ...

Kansas judge accused of bigotry, profanities in courthouse

WICHITA — A foul-mouthed Kansas judge accused of bigotry and racism who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a “swear journal” documenting his obscene outbursts is facing complaints that his conduct violates the central judicial canons of independence, integrity ...

Elections chief resigns in Kansas county beset with problems

TOPEKA — The top elections official resigned Thursday in Kansas' most populous county, which was plagued in two recent major elections by long delays in reporting results. Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab's office did not give a reason in announcing that Johnson County Election ...

KCK officer sues Wyandotte County over alleged discrimination

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City, Kan., police officer contends in a federal lawsuit that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County has not addressed rampant racism and sexism in the police department. In her lawsuit, Z’Iontae Womack, a black woman, joined the police force in July 2007. ...