State and Region

Asian American Kansas lawmaker says he was threatened at bar

TOPEKA — The only Asian American lawmaker serving in the Kansas Legislature says he was physically threatened in a western Kansas bar by an out-of-state patron, who he said questioned if he had been carrying COVID-19. In social media comments posted Friday, state Rep. Rui Xu, a Westwood ...

Man shot by Wichita police was holding a BB gun

Wichita — A man shot by police multiple times in the parking lot of a Wichita fast-food restaurant was on parole and holding a BB gun when officers confronted him, authorities say. The Wichita Eagle reports that 34-year-old George Phillips was seriously injured but is expected to ...

About 40% of Kansas prison staff, 30% of inmates decline COVID shot

TOPEKA — About 40% of Kansas prison staff and about 30% of inmates have declined to be vaccinated for COVID-19 despite massive outbreaks at lockups that have infected thousands. The Kansas Department of Corrections is in its sixth week of offering vaccinations to inmates and staff, the ...

Without an energy plan, Kansas could get left behind in the move to a greener economy

Overland Park — Nearly 70 years ago in a newly formed suburb of Kansas City, Kansas City Power & Light Co. built what it thought was a vision of the future — an all-electric home full of the latest technology. “It was advertised as the lazy man’s paradise,” said Johnson County ...

Forecast for spring: Nasty drought worsens for much of U.S., including Kansas

With nearly two-thirds of the United States abnormally dry or worse, the government's spring forecast offers little hope for relief, especially in the West where a devastating megadrought has taken root and worsened. Weather service and agriculture officials warned of possible water use ...

FBI: Kansas man said he asked officer if he could enter Capitol

MISSION — A Kansas man arrested in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol told the FBI that an officer shrugged his shoulders when he asked whether he could join the throngs streaming into the building and that he then filmed himself walking around inside, according to court records. Mark ...

Tornado damages roofs, siding in Johnson County

Overland Park — Severe thunderstorms rolled through the Kansas City area on Monday, spawning at least one brief tornado touchdown that damaged homes and downed fences and tree limbs. The National Weather Service said on Twitter that law enforcement reported a tornado had touched down in ...

Cluster of Wichita earthquakes rattles south-central Kansas

WICHITA — A cluster of earthquakes with epicenters in east Wichita has rattled south-central Kansas, the strongest one about a magnitude 4. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the strongest earthquake as magnitude 3.9, and the Kansas Geological Survey pegged that same one, which occurred ...

Kansas school district named after KKK leader to discuss new name

TOPEKA — Leaders of a Kansas school district that is named for an early 20th century Ku Klux Klan leader are meeting Monday to discuss whether to ditch the name. The discussions come after student journalists at Seaman High School found information confirming that the district's namesake, ...

500 U.S. immigration agency jobs to return to Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to restore 500 jobs that were cut last year in the Kansas City region. The agency, which processes immigration-related paperwork, including international adoptions, laid off 800 workers last year because of a sharp drop in ...

Family wants 2 Topeka officers returned to shooting death lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The family of a man who was shot to death by Topeka police are asking a federal judge to reinstate two officers to a lawsuit filed after his death. Attorneys for Kelly White and Theresa Wynne, the parents of Dominique White, filed a motion last week to amend the lawsuit ...

State worker finds alligator carcass in south Kansas river

WELLINGTON — The carcass of an American alligator was recently found in a south-central Kansas river, and wildlife officials speculate the animal was likely being kept as a pet before being released into the wild when it got too big to keep. A Kansas Department of Transportation worker ...

Grass fire burns through 7,000 acres, 2 homes in Kansas

CEDAR POINT — A fire fueled by dry grasses and strong winds burned some 7,000 acres of grassland and two homes in east-central Kansas on Wednesday. Several fire departments were called to the area in Marion and Chase counties for what was dubbed the Clover Fire. Two homes were destroyed by ...

USDA relocations curtail agriculture research, farmers’ confidence

Belle Plaine — More than a year after two U.S. Department of Agriculture research agencies were moved from the nation’s capital to Kansas City, Mo., forcing a mass exodus of employees who couldn’t or didn’t want to move halfway across the country, they remain critically understaffed and ...

1 person dead in police shooting in southwest Kansas

MINNEOLA — A person has died after being shot by police in the southwestern town of Minneola, state police said. The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, television station KWCH reported. The Kansas Bureau of Investigations confirmed it was called to investigate the shooting. ...

Mother arrested after daughter, 5, killed in crash

Wichita — A 26-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a rollover crash that killed her 5-year-old daughter. The crash happened around 3:15 a.m. Sunday in a rural area southeast of Wichita near 47th Street South and 127th Street East, Sedgwick County ...

Shooting death in Garden City investigated

Garden City — Police are investigating the shooting death of a Garden City man. Officers were called to an apartment Sunday night on a report of a man being shot. They found Victor Cabrera, 32, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He died later at a Wichita hospital, the Hays Post ...

Suspect arrested after child killed in hit-and-run in Wichita

Wichita — Police arrested a suspect Monday after a 4-year-old child was killed in a hit-and-run in downtown Wichita. The child was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the street with his mother, Capt. Wendell Nicholson said. They were in a crosswalk at the time. The truck did not stop ...