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Tweets could doom judge's nomination to Kansas appeals court

Mar. 18, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to Kansas' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key Republican legislators decried past social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump and expressing support for gun control and abortion rights. Senate...

Employee leaves Kansas agency after tweet criticizing Trump

Mar. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Department of Transportation worker who posted a tweet from the agency's official Twitter account criticizing President Donald Trump is no longer employed by the department, the agency said. The tweet on Sunday came in response to a tweet from Trump that criticized Fox News...

Woman sentenced for stealing donations for young burn victim

Mar. 13, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 34-year-old Kansas woman who stole charitable donations meant for an 11-year-old burn victim has been sentenced to a year of probation. KAKE-TV reports Cinthia Davis, of Wellington, was sentenced Tuesday and ordered restitution to the victim's family. Davis was found guilty of felony...

Conservatives seek to put strings on new Kansas school funds

Mar. 12, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If Kansas' highest court is going to force state lawmakers to boost public education funding again, some conservative Republicans want something in return, including a say in how the extra money is spent and a voucher program to allow bullied kids to switch to private schools. A state...

No one badly hurt when small plane crashes into Kansas house

Mar. 11, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

BENTON, Kan. (AP) — A pilot and passenger walked away with only minor injuries after a small plane crashed into a home in Kansas. The crash happened around 1:15 p.m. Monday in Benton. Officials say the plane crashed shortly after takeoff at nearby Lloyd Stearman Field. The plane struck the front porch of a...

Dos Santos beats Lewis in main event at UFC Fight Night

Mar. 9, 2019 11:48 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Junior Dos Santos stopped Derrick Lewis by technical knockout Saturday night in the main event at UFC Fight Night in Wichita. "I'm feeling very good," the 35-year-old Dos Santos said after his 15th knockout. "I work on my combinations all of the time, so I knew at some point I was...

Kansas doctor sentenced to life in prison for patient death

Mar. 8, 2019 6:37 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas doctor was sentenced to life in prison Friday for unlawfully prescribing medication blamed for an overdose death, the latest prosecution in a government crackdown on physicians amid an opioid epidemic. Steven R. Henson was immediately taken into custody following sentencing....

Kansas GOP leader compares tax plan to returning a billfold

Mar. 8, 2019 4:31 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican in the Kansas House brushed aside criticism Friday that an income tax relief plan nearing final passage risks repeating a tax-cutting experiment that failed a few years ago, suggesting the new proposal is akin to finding and returning "a billfold filled with money." The...

McDuffie lifts Wichita St. past East Carolina 72-55

Mar. 5, 2019 11:45 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Markis McDuffie had 16 points as Wichita State defeated East Carolina 72-55 on Tuesday night. Asbjorn Midtgaard had 11 points and three blocks for Wichita State (16-13, 9-8 American Athletic Conference). Dexter Dennis added 10 points and eight rebounds. Isaac Fleming had 17 points and...

1 suspect pleads guilty in Kansas carnival vendors' deaths

Mar. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty in connection to the deaths of a couple who were killed at a Kansas fair after one suspect posed as a carnival mafia boss and ordered the killings. Michael Fowler Jr., of Sarasota, Florida, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder and theft. He...