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Ex-Dallas Cowboys running back strikes plea deals

Jun. 22, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say they have reached plea deals with former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle that allow him to be released on probation as long as he stays out of trouble. The Sedgwick County district attorney's office said in a news release Friday the agreements cover four cases...

Crews respond to possible pipeline explosion near Hesston

Jun. 15, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a natural gas pipeline exploded in rural central Kansas, sending flames shooting more than 75 feet (23 meters) into the air. A Harvey County dispatcher says the explosion was reported around 7:30 a.m. Friday near the town of Hesston, which is about 30 miles (50...

Trial set for ex-Wichita YMCA employee accused of rape

Jun. 14, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former employee of the Wichita YMCA who is accused of sexually assaulting two young girls at the Kansas center will go to trial this summer. Caleb Gaston waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty on Thursday. He's accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl and a...

2 gamers plead not guilty in Kansas 'swatting' death

Jun. 13, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two online gamers whose dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty WWII video game bet allegedly led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a "swatting" case that drew national attention. Casey Viner, 18, of North College Hill, Ohio, and Shane Gaskill,...

Latest: Judge: Gamers cannot play pending 'swatting' trial

Jun. 13, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on two gamers charged in fatal "swatting" call in Wichita (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Two gamers whose online dispute over a video game allegedly led to a swatting call that resulted in police fatally shooting a Wichita, Kansas, man were prohibited from any online gaming...

Kansas to use 'Rep' to distinguish candidate with same name

Jun. 11, 2018 7:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Activists in both parties strongly suspect that political skullduggery led to two Kansas candidates with the same first and last name running against each other in a congressional primary, but a state board on Monday faced its own challenge: How should ballots differentiate between the...

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake shakes part of northern Oklahoma

Jun. 9, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

CHEROKEE, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook parts of northern Oklahoma and neighboring Kansas. Geologists say the earthquake was recorded at 8:59 a.m. Saturday about 16 miles (26 kilometers) east of Cherokee, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma...

Kansas teen sentenced in death of transgender woman

Jun. 8, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas teenager has been sentenced to juvenile corrections in the stabbing death of a transgender woman. Sedgwick County authorities say the boy was sentenced Friday for second-degree murder in the 2016 death of 32-year-old Tyreece Walker. The juvenile, whose name was not released,...

The Latest: Prosecutor says investigation will continue

Jun. 8, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a woman who led an investigator to the body of her 5-year-old stepson (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A prosecuting attorney says law enforcement will continue to work to determine how a 5-year-old Wichita boy died, despite the death of his stepmother, who had...

Kansas stepmom dead after leading investigator to dead boy

Jun. 8, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A woman who led an investigator to the decomposing remains of her 5-year-old stepson three months after reporting him missing was found dead early Friday in a Wichita home with three suicide notes and a rifle at her feet, police said. Officer Charley Davidson said during a press...