State and Region

Former Colombian president, KU alumnus to deliver lecture at K-State in February

A University of Kansas graduate who went on to become president of Colombia and win the Nobel Peace Prize will be returning to Kansas in February to deliver a lecture at Kansas State University. Juan Manuel Santos will deliver an address Feb. 4 in K-State's Student Union as part of the ...

Kansas expanding program for avoiding lines at DMV offices, including Lawrence site

TOPEKA — Kansas is allowing some residents seeking to get or renew a driver's license to schedule appointments so that they can avoid a tedious wait in line. The Division of Vehicles in the Kansas Department of Revenue recently expanded the program to an additional nine offices in populous ...

Christmas Eve shooting kills man in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Christmas Eve shooting in Kansas City, Mo., has left one man dead. The Kansas City Star reports that police were dispatched to a southern Kansas City neighborhood about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. A man was located on the ground near a car and was declared dead at the scene, ...

Moran: Trump to try to soften blow over Boeing 737 Max

WICHITA — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran says President Donald Trump has given him assurances that Trump will try to soften the economic blow for Kansas from the suspension of production of the troubled Boeing 737 Max jetliner. Boeing has announced plans to suspend 737 Max production in January, ...

Kansas officials want charity regulation under a single office

TOPEKA — The Kansas officials whose offices register charities and enforce anti-fraud laws separately want the Legislature to give both duties to one agency. Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Secretary of State Scott Schwab are jointly proposing to have the Consumer Protection Division in ...

Changing Kansas Supreme Court faces wary GOP-led Legislature

TOPEKA — Kansas’ new chief justice plans to push for changes aimed at helping veterans and the mentally ill, and expects to press for a big budget increase from a Republican-controlled Legislature that’s likely to remain sharply critical of the state Supreme Court. Chief Justice Marla ...

Kansas State sees big enrollment drop from rural counties

MANHATTAN — A decline in students from rural counties is playing a major role in an overall drop in enrollment at Kansas State University, according to a new analysis. Total enrollment from Kansas counties considered completely rural fell by more than 27% over the last five years, while ...

Ellis County Drug Court celebrates first graduates

HAYS, Kan. — Drug Court's recent graduation day lacked caps and gowns and was a little less formal than traditional pomp and circumstance, but it was no less joyous for the participants who filled the third-floor courtroom in the Ellis County Courthouse. The six who graduated were among the ...

Kansas man gets life in prison for leaving woman to die

Overland Park — A Kansas man has been sentenced to life in prison for severely beating a woman in 2016 after she refused to have sex with him and then leaving her to die in a wooded area. Korrey Raine White Rinke, 26, won’t be eligible for parole for 25 years under the sentence ordered ...

Some see retaliation in Kansas City-area community’s move against newspaper

Topeka — A growing community near Kansas City has decided to stop publishing its legal notices in its hometown newspaper, describing the move as cost cutting but doing it after several officials criticized the coverage the city was receiving. The City Council in Gardner changed its ...

When it comes to raw milk, do your research first

Garden City — Wearing sweaters, small kids (of the goat variety) went springing over hay-lined pens in the Good Karma Micro-Dairy barn in Russell County. Here, Erin and Doug Renard milk goats and cows and make raw cheese, Greek yogurt, butter and gelato. “As you noticed when you came here, ...

Former police officer sentenced to life for child sex crimes

GARDEN CITY — A former Garden City police officer was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for sex crimes involving a minor child. Douglas Heit, 50, won't be eligible for parole for 25 years. The Kansas Attorney General's Office said Heit pleaded no contest in October to two counts of ...

Judges sue Kansas lawmakers hoping to boost courts’ funding

TOPEKA — Six trial-court judges in Kansas filed a lawsuit Friday against the state Legislature in hopes of forcing it to increase funding for the court system in a move certain to intensify majority Republicans’ ongoing frustrations with the judiciary. The judges filed their lawsuit ...

Kansas Supreme Court considers parental rights of former same-sex partners

Topeka — Some LGBTQ Kansans who wanted to raise children with a partner before they could legally marry have been denied parental rights after splitting up with the biological mothers. The Kansas Supreme Court is being asked in a pair of cases to change that. The court heard arguments in two ...

Judge criticized by abortion foes named to Kansas Supreme Court

Story updated at 11:53 a.m. Monday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday named a veteran trial-court judge opposed by the state's most influential anti-abortion group to the Kansas Supreme Court, an appointment that's likely to intensify a backlash against the court from ...