State and Region

Kansas activists hope to maintain momentum for police reform

As demonstrations against police brutality and racism have rocked the world, some Kansans have protested in hopes of pushing reforms at home. Since Memorial Day, thousands of people have attended rallies and marches across the state, from Garden City to Kansas City, protesting the deaths of ...

KU announces shortened in-person fall semester to avoid COVID-19 resurgence

Story updated at 1:50 p.m. Monday Joining other universities around the country hoping to prevent another wave of COVID-19 from taking hold in the fall, the University of Kansas announced Monday that it will shorten the time students are on campus for the fall semester. The current plan is ...

U.S. Senate candidate Kobach reports 4 guns stolen from truck

WICHITA — U.S. Senate candidate and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach reported that he had four guns stolen from his pickup truck that was parked at a Wichita hotel. Officers responded to a call from Kobach around 11:30 a.m. Saturday at a hotel parking garage, Wichita police ...

Health, jobs, loneliness: In survey, Kansans share their COVID-19-related concerns

A full two-thirds of Kansans say they don’t personally know someone who’s been infected with the coronavirus. Yet an overwhelming number of respondents to a survey say the pandemic remade their lives, mostly for the worse. They talk of worry, boredom. It has cost most of them money. In a ...

Wichita police to ban kneeling on handcuffed people’s necks

WICHITA — Wichita police plan to ban officers from kneeling on the necks of people in handcuffs. The Wichita Eagle reports that several other proposed policy changes that protesters have called for are included in a document that police provided Thursday to the Citizen's Review Board. Other ...

Former Wichita mayor and gubernatorial candidate Carl Brewer dies

WICHITA — Carl Brewer, Wichita's first elected African American mayor and a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate, died Friday after a long illness. He was 63. Brewer's family confirmed his death in a statement in which they requested privacy. Memorial service details were ...

Donaldo Morales, left, and his wife Isleen Gimenez Morales, right, pose for a photograph at an attorney's office in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

After SCOTUS ruling, Kansas justices uphold immigrants’ identity theft convictions

Story updated at 3:20 p.m. Friday The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld two state identity theft convictions following a decision by the nation's highest court that made it easier for states to prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to secure employment. The U.S. ...

Local health departments struggled to get tools for the frontline coronavirus fight

TOPEKA — County health departments in Kansas lacked the resources and manpower to swiftly ramp up “boots-on-the-ground” work when the coronavirus pandemic hit, new research suggests. The work by researchers at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita sheds light on the ...

Feds offer reward in 2004 death of black man in Linn County, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Calling it a potentially racially motivated crime, federal authorities offered a $100,000 reward Thursday in a 16-year-old cold case involving a black man whose body was found in a creek in Kansas. The FBI reopened the investigation a more than a year ago into the death ...

Kansas City, Kan., police officer charged with 2 child sex crimes

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City, Kan., police officer was charged Wednesday with two counts of felony aggravated indecent liberties with a child, Wyandotte County Attorney Mark Dupree said. The charges against Nicholas Schafer, 36, involve lewd fondling or touching of a child under the age ...

Kansas City parks board to consider renaming iconic Nichols fountain

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Kansas City should rename an iconic fountain and street that bears the name of an important city developer who barred minorities from living in affluent neighborhoods that he designed in the early 1900s, a member of the city's parks board said. Chris Goode wrote last week ...

Kansas sees 4 more virus deaths, 162 new cases since Monday

Kansas on Wednesday confirmed four more deaths as a result of COVID-19 and 162 new cases statewide since Monday, when the state Department of Health and Environment last released data on the spread of the respiratory virus. The new cases bring Kansas' cumulative case total to 10,812 since the ...

Donors call for firing of WSU president after cancellation of Ivanka Trump speech

Story updated at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Donors are pushing Kansas' higher education board to fire Wichita State University's president after he canceled a virtual speech by Ivanka Trump for its technical school's graduation. The Kansas Board of Regents had a special Zoom meeting ...

Kelly highlights progress made in Kansas since first COVID-19 case 3 months ago

Speaking nearly three months to the day since Kansas confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in Johnson County, Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday praised Kansans for how they've responded to an unprecedented global pandemic. Kansans' response, combined with a continued adherence to social distancing ...