State and Region

A hotter, drier future could change how we eat, how we breathe and where we get our water

Droughts like the one that’s parched crops, drained rivers and ignited wildfires this year in the Midwest foreshadow more frequent, more severe droughts in the decades ahead. Long, deep dry stretches could mean you'll click a weather app in the morning not to check the forecast for rain — ...

For Kansas inmates and families, keeping in touch can be costly

Topeka — Trish Gaston spends $50 a week talking to her two sons at the Lansing Correctional Facility. Gaston has tried cutting back to save some money, but she said “I need to hear their voice every day.” “That’s their only contact to the outside world and to feel somewhat ...

‘New finds await’: Field guide updates record of Kansas mushrooms

As a girl hunting puffballs with her mother in south central Kansas, Sherry Kay never planned to write the comprehensive guidebook to mushrooms in her home state. “I just liked being outside, enjoyed mushrooms and enjoyed learning about things,” said Kay of how she found her lifelong ...

U.S. gives protection to rare Midwest bird; Kobach says he’ll sue to end protection

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. government announced protections Thursday for two populations of a rare prairie bird that's found in parts of the Midwest, including one of the country's most prolific oil and gas fields. The lesser prairie chicken's range covers a portion of the oil-rich Permian ...