State and Region

Kansas City to get $50 million to extend streetcar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City will receive nearly $51 million to expand its streetcar from downtown to near the Country Club Plaza, federal officials announced Wednesday. The Federal Transit Administration said it has approved $50.8 million in Capital Investment Grants for the ...

Agency head says foster care system in Kansas is improving

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The head of the Kansas agency responsible for foster care in the state told lawmakers improvements have already been made in response to a scathing federal report and the settlement of class-action lawsuits over care foster children are receiving. Laura Howard, secretary ...

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief to reduce service through Kansas

NEWTON — Amtrak riders in Kansas will encounter reduced service starting in October as part of the rail passenger service's nationwide cutback in routes because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Southwest Chief, which runs through Kansas from Chicago to Los Angeles, will reduce its service ...

Kansas approves coyote hunts with lights, thermal imaging

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — Coyote hunters in Kansas will be able to use artificial light and thermal imaging equipment at night, beginning next year. The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commissioners voted last week to change regulations to allow the equipment. Matt Peek, a furbearer biologist ...

KCK crews pull body of 11-year-old girl from Kansas River

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Crews have pulled the body of an 11-year-old girl from the Kansas River, where she went missing over the weekend, police in Kansas City, Kansas, said. The body of Rebecca Van Sui Par was found Monday evening after a boater spotted a body along the river’s ...

Kelly reappoints Lawrence attorney to different opening on Kansas Court of Appeals

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has again submitted the application of a Lawrence resident to the Kansas Court of Appeals, two months after the Kansas Senate rejected his nomination for a different open seat on the bench. In June, members of the Kansas Senate rejected the appointment of Carl Folsom, ...

Kansas no longer has any COVID-19-free counties as cases top 38K

Updated at 6:47 p.m. on Monday TOPEKA — Kansas no longer has any counties free of reported coronavirus cases, with the last two, sparsely populated ones confirming their first as local schools were preparing to reopen. The state Department of Health and Environment on Monday marked the ...

KCK crews search Kansas River for missing 11-year-old girl

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Emergency crews from Kansas City, Kansas, continued over the weekend to search the Kansas River for an 11-year-old girl who went missing in its waters and is presumed to have drowned. Several boats and at least 10 firefighters searched the river Sunday, a day after ...

How Kansas’ other universities are preparing for virus

Wichita — Some students at public universities in Kansas have, or will yet get, the coronavirus. Football players training over the summer have tested positive. A frat house in Manhattan has an outbreak. And some dorm students elsewhere in the state have gone from just-unpacked to ...

Kansas offers counties drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas secretary of state's office has offered each of the state's 105 counties up to two drop-off boxes where people can deposit their absentee ballots for the November election if they don't mail them in or want to risk voting in person because of the ...

Judge rejects Kansas Rep. Watkins’ request to remove DA

TOPEKA — A state court judge has rejected a freshman Kansas congressman's request to remove the Topeka area's prosecutor from a criminal election fraud case against him. Attorneys for Republican Rep. Steve Watkins failed to show that District Attorney Mike Kagay in Watkins' home of Shawnee ...

Kansas sees schools moving online, crowd-size reductions

Story updated at 5:15 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Two large Kansas school districts moved classes online for middle and high-schoolers while public health officials in Topeka imposed stricter crowd size limits to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The Wichita school district, the state's biggest ...

Chiefs to prohibit Native American imagery at Arrowhead; chop under discussion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will prohibit the wearing of Native American headdresses, face paint and clothing at Arrowhead Stadium. They also are discussing the future of the iconic tomahawk chop as they address what many consider racist imagery associated with their ...