State and Region

Ex-postal worker fined after delaying mail, opening letters with cash inside

WICHITA — A former postal worker in eastern Kansas has been ordered to pay $1,100 in fines and restitution for destroying mail and presumably stealing cash contained in that mail. Dennis Tapscott, 24, of Emporia, was fined Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita, the Wichita Eagle ...

Patient influx from other states increases number of abortions performed in Kansas

TOPEKA — The number of abortions performed in Kansas increased by 9.1% last year as far more women traveled from Oklahoma and Texas to terminate pregnancies than in 2019 and the state reported that out-of-state patients outnumbered Kansas patients for the first time in almost 50 years. The ...

Swimming pools across Kansas grappling with lifeguard shortage

Wichita — During a normal year, Brian Hill doesn’t have much trouble hiring enough lifeguards to staff Wichita’s six public swimming pools. Not in this pandemic year. “Usually I’m about 80% staffed by February,” said Hill, Wichita’s aquatics director. “This year, I was about ...

3 killed, including pastor and his child, in head-on crash on I-135

SALINA — Three people died — including a central Kansas pastor and his 10-year-old daughter — in a head-on crash on Interstate 135 near Salina over the weekend, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported. The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday about 8 miles south of Salina, the patrol ...

‘Fauci effect’ is inspiring young Kansans to pursue health care careers

Wichita — Even before Gracie Dean's graduation from Maize South High School this month, she was already working in a field that drew increasing interest during the pandemic. As a certified nursing assistant at a long-term care facility, she’s among a growing number of young people ...