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Maintenance work affects 911 service in two Kansas counties

Jul. 25, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Maintenance work affected 911 emergency call service in two Kansas counties over the weekend. Sedgwick County officials said Sunday that callers to 911 in the Wichita area heard a recording instead of reaching a live dispatcher overnight Saturday,...

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...

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 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...

Kansas pins hopes on stopping delta variant on vaccinations

Jul. 22, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday pinned Kansas' hopes of keeping the COVID-19 delta variant in check on more people getting inoculated because it is spreading rapidly among the unvaccinated. Kelly acknowledged that there's not enough time before K-12...

Man convicted in deaths of two victims in Topeka in 2018

Jul. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Washington County man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the beating and stabbing deaths of a Topeka woman and her cousin. Richard D. Showalter, 34, of Greenleaf, was found guilty Tuesday for his role in the killings of Lisa Sportsman,...

Rabid bat found in Shawnee County, Kansas

Jul. 21, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county health department on Wednesday announced it found a rabid bat. A Shawnee County Health Department official said a dog pulled the bat out of a tree July 12. Test results showing the bat had rabies came back...

Kansas health system declining to take patient transfers

Jul. 21, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A major Kansas health system is declining to admit patients from other hospitals because it has too few open beds with the faster-spreading delta variant wiping out recent months of progress for the state in containing COVID-19. Dr. Steve Stites, the...

Kansas debate heats up over nursing homes' visitor rules

Jul. 20, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Families and advocates for the elderly in Kansas argue that with most nursing home residents vaccinated against COVID-19, some facilities' visiting rules need to be relaxed, though the delta variant's spread is making operators nervous. A state...