State and Region

Only Democrat running for Kansas 2nd Congressional seat drops out of race

TOPEKA — The only Democratic candidate running for an eastern Kansas congressional seat has dropped out of the race. Abbie Hodgson announced Tuesday that she was ending her campaign in the 2nd District. WIBW-TV reports that Hodgson said she didn't have a "viable path" for winning the seat ...

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)

With Kansas case, U.S. Supreme Court to consider role of states in prosecuting immigrants

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Donaldo Morales caught a break when federal prosecutors declined to charge him after he was arrested for using a fake Social Security card so he could work at a Kansas restaurant. But the break was short-lived. Kansas authorities stepped in and obtained a state conviction ...

Small Kansas town buys a Tesla to convince residents to use more electricity

LINDSBORG — The city-owned utility here wants to sell more electricity to the 3,500 people in town. So it bought a $40,000 Tesla Model 3 sedan. It wants to show that getting around in an electric car can make sense. “We’re trying to sell more electricity in the face of LED bulbs and ...

Kansas lags in legislator wages; some lawmakers say low pay keeps people from running

Even though it’s the offseason, Kansas Rep. Rui Xu says being a legislator is a full-time job. Over the course of a week, on top of his part-time gig as a freelance marketer, the Democrat spends 20 to 30 hours meeting with constituents in Johnson County, going to events, working on ...

Past releases of men charged in Kansas bar shooting highlight issues judges often face

Two convicted felons facing criminal charges over a Kansas bar shooting that killed four people and wounded five others had previous brushes with the law that could have kept them behind bars had judges and other officials made different decisions, according to a review of court records by The ...

Boyda drops out of 2020 Senate race in Kansas

TOPEKA — A former Kansas Democratic congresswoman has dropped out of the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Pat Roberts. Former U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda formed a campaign committee in June to run for the Democratic nomination next year. Former federal prosecutor and ...

KC bar shooting suspect got probation, not prison, in contraband case last year

Kansas City, Kan. — A fugitive suspected of taking part in a mass shooting last weekend at a Kansas bar that killed four people and wounded five others was given probation last year for trafficking contraband in prison instead of more time behind bars. Hugo Villanueva-Morales could have ...

State’s new tourism director wants people to ‘see themselves’ in Kansas

TOPEKA — Kansas’ new director of tourism used to have difficulty seeing herself reflected in Kansas’ advertising campaigns. It was “outdoors focused,” she said, and apart from her love of watching Kansas sunsets, Bridgette Jobe doesn’t see herself as outdoorsy. Jobe, who grew up ...

Kansas sees rise in syphilis cases, newborns with disease

TOPEKA — Kansas has seen a big jump in syphilis cases over the past five years and a spike in the number of infants born with the sexually transmitted disease. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that Kansas reported 152 cases of primary and secondary ...

Overland Park becomes latest Kansas city to ban LGBT discrimination

OVERLAND PARK — The second-largest city in Kansas has passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The city council in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park voted 10-1 Monday to protect residents and employees from being denied housing, ...

Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman speaks to reporters after he and his running mate Sen. John Doll delivered more than 10,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office in Topeka, Kan., Monday morning, Aug. 6, 2018, to formalize their campaign for governor. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas businessman Orman: No plans to run for office again

TOPEKA — Greg Orman says he has no plans to run for political office "anytime soon" after unsuccessful campaigns as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate and governor in Kansas. The Kansas City-area businessman made the statement in an email to supporters Tuesday touting a column for ...

1 of 2 men wanted in deadly Kansas bar shooting arrested

Story updated at 2:22 p.m. Monday KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One of the two men accused of opening fire inside a Kansas bar, killing four people and wounding five others, was arrested while the other remained at large, police said. Javier Alatorre, 23, and Hugo Villanueva-Morales, 29, were each ...

U.S. Supreme Court to review Kansas’ lack of insanity defense

TOPEKA — The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to consider how far states can go toward eliminating the insanity defense in criminal trials as it reviews the case of a Kansas man sentenced to die for killing four relatives. The high court planned to hear arguments Monday in James Kraig ...

Police look for 2 men in Kansas City bar shooting that killed 4

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two men opened fire inside a bar in Kansas City, Kan., early Sunday, killing four people and wounding five others in a shooting believed to have stemmed from an earlier dispute, police said. Authorities were searching Sunday for the two gunmen, said Officer Thomas ...

Governor brushes off attorney general’s opinion on online tax collection

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly is discounting Republican calls to rescind a policy requiring out-of-state online businesses to collect sales taxes on sales in Kansas and remit the tax to the state. On Monday, Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued a nonbinding opinion that Kelly's administration ...

Director named for national biodefense lab in Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. — A permanent director has been named for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that Alfonso Clavijo will take over Oct. 13 at the $1.25 billion national research and diagnostic plant in Manhattan. The ...