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This undated photo provided by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office shows Shawn O'Brien. University of Kansas authorities who have been investigating O'Brien, a massage therapist who had connections to women's sports programs said Tuesday, March 24, 2020, that their investigation so far has found inappropriate behavior including unwanted touching during massages with multiple female athletes. The investigators also found an athletic trainer was aware of at least some of the incidents but failed to appropriately report the conduct. (Douglas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Kansas massage therapist accused of misconduct with athletes

Mar. 24, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A massage therapist charged with a sex crime involving a girl also engaged in inappropriate behavior toward at least six female athletes at the University of Kansas, including unwanted touching during massages, school officials alleged Tuesday. Chancellor Doug Girod and Athletic...

Kansas House Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, center, R-Ottawa, confers with House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, left, D-Wichita, and Rep. Les Mason, R-McPherson, during talks with senators over extending a state of emergency over the new coronavirus, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Some Republicans are upset with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's order to close schools and are looking to curb her power to deal with the pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

GOP right pushes back on Kansas governor for closing schools

Mar. 19, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As most of the U.S. raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor’s emergency powers, including the ability to establish quarantine zones if the need arises. Conservatives are angry...

Wichita St. dumps Tulsa behind 18 points from Stevenson

Mar. 8, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Erik Stevenson scored 18 points with nine rebounds and Wichita State beat Tulsa 79-57 on Sunday to end American Athletic Conference play. The Shockers are the fourth seed to the conference's post-season tournament, which starts Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas. Wichita State gets a...

Late basket by Burton carries Wichita St. over Temple

Feb. 27, 2020 10:28 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Jamarius Burton hit a pair of foul shots with 1:48 remaining to give Wichita State the lead en route to a 72-69 win over Temple on Thursday night. Burton followed his key score with a layup with 23 seconds left to help secure the win for the Shockers. Trey Wade had a season-high 21...

Court sides with family of man shot by police in Kansas

Feb. 27, 2020 12:49 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that jurors should be allowed to decide whether a white police officer in Kansas used excessive force nearly eight years ago when he fatally shot a black man as he was lying face down in a parking lot. The U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit in Denver...

Lobbyists Scott Schneider, left, of the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association, and Kristi Brown of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, watch as a Kansas House committee debates a bill their groups support on single-use plastic bags and straws, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The bill approved by the committee prohibits cities and counties from banning them for the next five years. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas business groups mobilize to stop local plastics bans

Feb. 21, 2020 5:03 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas business groups have mobilized to snuff out a budding movement among a few cities to ban single-use plastic bags and straws, frustrating environmentalists who can't get the Republican-controlled Legislature to tackle climate issues. The GOP-led House commerce committee on Friday...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle talks to reporters at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Wagle, who is running for the U.S. Senate, sought an ambassadorship in 2018 ,according to published reports by The Wichita Eagle. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

Kansas Senate leader wanted ambassadorship, Trump ally's aid

Feb. 21, 2020 2:52 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas now running for the U.S. Senate sought an ambassadorship in 2018, calling it “an excellent time” to leave state politics and enlisting help from a billionaire casino mogul who is a close friend of President Donald Trump. The Wichita...

Cancer-linked chemical found inside Kansas aircraft hangar

Feb. 21, 2020 2:18 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 50 personnel at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas may have been exposed to dangerous levels of a compound linked to cancer that was found inside an aircraft hangar last year, according to internal memos. Contamination by hexavalent chrominium, the subject of the case...

Wichita St. rallies past USF for 11th straight 20-win season

Feb. 20, 2020 9:53 PM EST

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) — Jaime Echenique tied his career high with 20 points as Wichita State defeated South Florida 65-55 on Thursday night and the Shockers have secured 20 wins for the 11th straight season. Echenique sank two free throws and Dennis Dexter followed with a 3-pointer as Wichita State (20-6,...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 photo, Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of the Kansas Interfaith Alliance, testifies against a bill to bar cities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags and straws, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Rieber says he's frustrated that lawmakers are considering such a measure and not having a meaningful conversation about climate change. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas' attention

Feb. 20, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such as...