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Kansas abortion vote: Why recount with such a large margin?

Aug. 16, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Tuesday began a partial hand recount of this month’s decisive statewide vote in favor of abortion rights, a move forced by two Republican activists even though the margin was so large that the recount won’t change the outcome. Nine of the state’s...

Abortion foes tap credit cards to get partial Kansas recount

Aug. 15, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to do a partial hand recount that won't change the outcome of this month's decisive vote in favor of abortion rights after abortion opponents charged almost $120,000 to credit cards Monday to cover the cost. The Kansas secretary of state's office...

Wichita officer won't be charged in man's fatal shooting

Aug. 13, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police officer who shot and killed a man during a domestic violence incident will not be charged, Sedgwick County District Attorney Mark Bennett said. The officer, who was a member of the department's SWAT team, shot Jason Williams, 37, in December...

Kansas district rejects strategic plan urging diversity

Aug. 12, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district's board rejected a proposed strategic plan after some members questioned its emphasis on diversity and students' mental health. The Derby Board of Education voted 4-3 this week to reject a plan presented after months of work by parents,...

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...