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The Latest: Amazon pushes back its return-to-office date

Aug. 05, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE - Amazon has pushed back its return-to-office date for tech and corporate workers until January as COVID-19 cases surge nationally due to the more contagious delta variant. Unlike its Seattle-area rival Microsoft and other tech giants, Amazon will not mandate...

Kansas' most populous county mandates masks for K-6 schools

Aug. 05, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' most populous county on Thursday imposed a mask mandate for students and staff in elementary schools in hopes of checking the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant. The Johnson County Commission voted 5-2 for a mask requirement for schools...

Patrol says Salina woman killed in crash with semitrailer

Aug. 05, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

CLAY CENTER, Kan. (AP) — A Salina woman died when her car collided with a semitrailer on a northern Kansas highway, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The crash happened Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 24 several miles west of Clay Center, according to the patrol....

Woman sentenced to prison for 2019 killing of boyfriend

Aug. 05, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for the 2019 killing of her boyfriend at an underground gambling operation she ran in Wichita. Stacey Jeanie Peters, 47, of Haysville, was sentenced Wednesday in Sedgwick County...

State lawmaker accused of kicking boy: Stress caused 'mania'

Aug. 04, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislator accused of kicking a high school student in the testicles has surrendered his state substitute teacher's license and said Wednesday that “extreme” stress caused him to have "an isolated episode of mania with psychotic features" in a classroom. ...

Police say man threw girlfriend's caged poodle in river

Aug. 04, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been arrested for animal cruelty after he allegedly threw his girlfriend’s caged miniature poodle into a river Monday. Police said the 24-year-old man tossed the kenneled dog into the Missouri River at Riverfront Park in...

Police: Man hit by vehicle in Olathe succumbs to injuries

Aug. 04, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — An Olathe man who was hit by a vehicle in the Kansas City, Kansas, suburb over the weekend has died from his injuries, police there said. Joseph Miller, 62, was hit around 9:40 a.m. Saturday near Old 56 Highway and Parker Street, television station...

St. Louis mask mandate temporarily on hold; Kansas City sued

Aug. 03, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

St. Louis County residents will not be required to wear masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for at least two more weeks, after a judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday against a mask mandate that was issued last month. Circuit Judge Ellen “Nellie”...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Aug. 03, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 31, 2021. Editorial: Greitens wants Trump’s endorsement. That it’s even a possibility speaks volumes. In an encouraging sign of sanity among Missouri Republican campaign donors, scandal-plagued former Gov. Eric...

Kansas sees tax collections beat expectations by 11% in July

Aug. 03, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is reporting that its tax collections in July were 11% greater than expected, good news even as the spread of the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant has some officials worried about the economy. The state Department of Revenue says Kansas...