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New US hospitals face fiscal crisis over COVID relief money

May. 17, 2022 01:31 AM EDT

THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A whole town celebrated in 2020 when, early in the coronavirus pandemic, Thomasville Regional Medical Center opened, offering state-of-the-art medicine that was previously unavailable in a poor, isolated part of Alabama. The timing for the ribbon-cutting seemed perfect:...

Man charged in fatal hit-and-run outside Arrowhead Stadium

May. 13, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police say a man has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred last year outside of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Thomas Weyer, 19, of Kansas City, Missouri, is charged with one count of leaving the scene of a fatal crash in the Oct. 10...

'From crisis to death': Probing teen's last, desperate hours

May. 13, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — “Y’all here to protect me,” the youth asked the officers, beseechingly. “Right?” The 17-year-old’s foster father, unable to deal with a teen who seemed to be in the throes of schizophrenia, had called Wichita police. When they arrived, Cedric...

Kansas legalizes sports betting, then gets sued by casino

May. 12, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legalized sports betting Thursday, only to be sued almost immediately by the operator of a state-owned casino that could offer the new wagering over an unrelated part of the law designed to revive a long-closed greyhound track in its area. Democratic Gov....

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

May. 10, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. May 6, 2022. Editorial: Can a cartoon character turn you LGBT? Kansas’ Sen. Roger Marshall seems to think so It’s becoming clearer by the day that the Republican Party is betting that animus toward LGBT Americans is a big winner this election...

Some rural areas near Kansas tornado had no siren coverage

May. 05, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

Sedgwick County officials acknowledge that some residents living in rural areas likely did not hear sirens going off before an EF-3 tornado roared through parts of the Kansas county last week. While much of the attention after the Friday night storm focused on the heavily populated...

Wichita State fires its athletic director Boatright

May. 04, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State fired athletic director Darron Boatright on Wednesday amid growing criticism over the university's inability to compete in the new market of name, image and likeness payments to athletes. University President Rick Muma said in a news release that...

Kansas gamer pleads guilty for role in fatal 'swatting' case

May. 04, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to his role in a hoax call that led to a fatal shooting of an innocent bystander by Wichita police in 2017. Shane Gaskell, 23, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to wire fraud in case that drew national attention to...

Kansas tornado generated 165 mph winds as it destroyed homes

May. 02, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The tornado that damaged more than more than 1,000 buildings in south-central Kansas generated winds up to 165 mph (266 kph) and carved a path of destruction nearly 13 miles (21 kilometers) long. The National Weather Service said the tornado that caused...

Tornado rips through Kansas; 3 students killed in crash

Apr. 30, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and buildings, injured several people and left more than 15,000 people without power, officials said Saturday. In addition to wreckage from the tornado itself, three...