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Report: Dozens got sick after visiting Kansas splash park

Aug. 07, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — A new federal study said dozens of people got sick after visiting a splash park near Wichita, Kansas, last summer. The study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 21 people contracted Shigella bacteria and six others became sick...

Kansas court: Self-defense doesn't apply when bystander hurt

Jul. 29, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas law allowing deadly force against an attacker doesn't protect people from prosecution if a bystander is injured, the state's highest court declared Friday. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in the case of a Wichita police officer whose shots at a charging...

Kansas man faces trial for alleged actions in Jan. 6 riot

Jul. 28, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of assaulting a federal officer during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will go to trial on several felony and misdemeanor charges, a federal judge has ruled. A federal judge this week set a Nov. 28 trial date for Michael Eckerman,...

Sedgwick County abortion ballot contains two misspellings

Jul. 25, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County ballots for next week's election on a proposal that could remove abortion rights from the Kansas Constitution include two misspellings, including of the word “pregnancy.” The misspellings in the text of the proposal will not impact the...

Kansas vote could allow ban, but abortion foes mum on plans

Jul. 21, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Republicans have spent more than three decades making it as hard as possible to get an abortion in Kansas, and now that their chance to ban the procedure is in sight, they’re reluctant to tell voters whether that's their goal. In the first statewide abortion...

3 Wichita officers suspended for inappropriate tweets

Jul. 21, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three Wichita, Kansas, police officers have been suspended after they exchanged racist, homophobic or inappropriate messages with several other law enforcement officials, according to city officials. City Manager Robert Layton ordered that the officers be...

Wichita police promote officer who killed man

Jul. 03, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita Police Department has promoted an officer who killed an unarmed man in a “swatting” incident. The Wichita Eagle reported Sunday that Justin Rapp was promoted to detective on June 25. Interim Chief Lem Moore said Rapp qualified for promotion...

Two dead, one injured in shooting in Sedgwick County

Jul. 02, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — Two people died and a third was wounded in a shooting near Wichita in Sedgwick County. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a call reporting a shooting at 5:15 a.m. Saturday on Rock Road in Derby. Deputies found a man and woman dead...

Gay Wichita couple marries as they worry about court rulings

Jun. 26, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita couple decided to get married Saturday at a pride event instead of waiting until later this year after a Supreme Court justice suggested the court should consider overturning rulings legalizing same-sex marriage and striking down laws criminalizing gay sex. ...

Kansas county settles discrimination lawsuit with $22K

Jun. 24, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County has agreed to pay $22,000 to a former employee to settle his racial discrimination lawsuit. David Partridge, who is biracial, sued the county last year, saying a coworker on a county work crew called him “boy” or the “colored guy” and...