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Kansas to allow trans residents to change birth certificates

Jun. 24, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow transgender people to change their birth certificates so the documents reflect their gender identities under a legal settlement that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's young administration and LGBTQ-rights advocates announced Monday. The agreement ends a federal lawsuit...

Report: Kansas winter wheat harvest way behind normal

Jun. 24, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report shows just how far behind the Kansas winter wheat harvest is from normal. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that just 5% of the wheat in the state has been cut. That is far less than the 48% that was harvested at this time a year ago...

Missouri judge allows abortions to continue, for now

Jun. 24, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge on Monday ruled that the state's lone abortion clinic can continue performing abortions through Friday but kicked the clinic's lawsuit out of court. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer extended a preliminary injunction he previously issued in order to give a...

Kansas grapples with growing number of abandoned wells

Jun. 24, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

EUDORA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents and environmentalists are calling on oil and gas regulators to address the growing number of abandoned wells over the past five years. The state is home to 22,000 deserted oil and gas wells, with more than 19,000 of those residing in a 32-county area in eastern Kansas,...

Correction: Missouri Inmates-Hepatitis C story

Jun. 24, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a story June 23 about Missouri prison inmates being treated for hepatitis C, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the state of Missouri has roughly 52,000 prisoners. The Missouri Department of Corrections oversees 28,000 prisoners. A corrected version of the story is...

Jan Meyers, Kansas' 1st GOP congresswoman, dies at age 90

Jun. 24, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Longtime Rep. Jan Meyers, the first Republican woman elected to the U.S. House from Kansas, has died at the age of 90. Meyers died Friday at a nursing home where she was living. The cause of death was not announced. Meyers, of Overland Park, represented the state's 3rd Congressional...

Sedgwick County deputy loses license for bad traffic stops

Jun. 24, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Sedgwick County deputy sheriff has lost his law enforcement certification for conducting illegal traffic stops and searches. A state board revoked Joel Sutherland's certification last month, citing more than 30 unnecessary traffic stops or searches. The Wichita Eagle reports...

Sedgwick County searching for driver who injured deputy

Jun. 24, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is searching for a woman who injured a deputy while fleeing after being stopped. Sgt. Justin Maxfield says the deputy was dragged about 100 feet and the vehicle ran over the deputy's foot during the stop Sunday. The deputy was taken to a hospital...

Kansas man drowns trying to rescue woman on Missouri river

Jun. 24, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

NOEL, Mo. (AP) — A 26-year-old Wichita, Kansas, man died when he tried to rescue a woman on a Missouri river. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Jacob Farley drowned Friday while trying to rescue a woman near the Elk River Dam at Noel. The patrol's report says the woman had been swept under water at...

Hannah Green wins KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Jun. 23, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Hannah Green held her nerve and saved par from the bunker with a 5-foot putt on the final hole to win the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sunday for her first major championship, and the first by an Australian in 13 years. Green closed with an even-par 72 at Hazeltine for a one-shot...