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Topeka police arrest man for manslaughter after fatal crash

Jul. 25, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 39-year-old man was arrested after a fatal weekend crash in Topeka. Topeka Police Lt. Joe Perry said one person died in the crash that happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Police didn't immediately identify the person who was arrested or release...

Wichita-area splash park reopens after illness outbreak

Jul. 24, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — A splash park where several people became ill with bacterial infections has been allowed to reopen after it made necessary changes and passed inspection, Sedgwick County officials said. The splash park at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, which...

Police: Two killed, five injured in van crash near Newton

Jul. 24, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — Two people died and five others were injured after a passenger van went off Interstate 135 near Newton early Saturday, Newton police said. Seven adults were in the 16-passenger van when it the van went off the interstate, down an embankment and...

Strike at Frito-Lay ends as union members ratify contract

Jul. 24, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Union members at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka have approved a new contract and will return to work Monday, ending a nearly three-week strike at the plant, union officials said. Members of Local 218 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and...

Kansas coach Bill Self has tested positive for COVID-19

Jul. 24, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Self, who is fully vaccinated, said in a statement on the university's Twitter account Friday that he was “feeling pretty good right now.”...

Couple accused of reform school abuses released from prison

Jul. 24, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri couple facing multiple charges of abuse against girls at a Christian reform school have been released from jail and placed on home confinement after they reported health issues. In a bond hearing on Friday, Circuit Judge...

Chief wants Kansas site included in unmarked graves search

Jul. 23, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

The leader of an American Indian tribe is concerned that a former Kansas boarding school will be left out of a federal initiative seeking to determine whether thousands of Native American children were buried at schools across the country in the 1800s and early 1900s. ...

St. Louis city and county to require masks in some places

Jul. 23, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis city and county officials say they will require masks in some public places starting Monday, citing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases spurred by the delta variant. Masks will be mandatory in indoor public places and on public...

Kansas will continue extended federal unemployment benefits

Jul. 23, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will not stop paying extended federal unemployment benefits that started during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Laura Kelly said. Business groups, companies and Republican leaders have been pressuring Kelly to end the benefits, which include...

Court upholds convictions in torture killing of Kansas man

Jul. 23, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court upheld on Friday most of the convictions against a Wichita woman for torturing and killing a man in a crime that the trial judge called “horrific beyond imagination.” Heidi Hillard and her husband, Jeff, were convicted of...