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GOP redistricting plan passes in Kansas; court fight looms

Jan. 26, 2022 17:35 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republicans pushed their congressional redistricting plan through the GOP-dominated Kansas Legislature without much trouble Wednesday with an expected court battle looming over whether it would go too far in hurting the state's only Democrat in Congress. The...

Wichita priest won't be charged with child sexual abuse

Jan. 26, 2022 15:44 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who was accused of sexual exploitation of a child will not be charged because the statute of limitations has ended, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said Wednesday. The Catholic Diocese of Wichita placed Rev. Michael Schemm...

Kansas to pay about $900,000 to man wrongfully convicted

Jan. 26, 2022 12:24 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who spent more than 13 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sex crimes against an 8-year-old Kansas girl could receive nearly $900,000 in compensation from the state. Merardo Garcia Jr., 52, was convicted in 2008 of aggravated indecent...

Kansas governor calls for investigation into teen's death

Jan. 25, 2022 18:30 PM EST

Gov. Laura Kelly has ordered the Kansas agency that oversees foster care to investigate the death of a 17-year-old who was restrained face down for more than 30 minutes last fall at a Wichita juvenile intake center after his foster father called begging for help because the teen was hallucinating. ...

GOP map ties 'woke' Kansas enclave to Trump-loving areas

Jan. 25, 2022 17:19 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature are close to passing a congressional redistricting plan that marries an eastern Kansas community proud of its “woke” politics to Trump-loving small towns and farms five hours west by car on the expansive and stark plains....

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jan. 25, 2022 15:12 PM EST

Lawrence Journal-World. January 22, 2022. Editorial: We all have a role to play in this school closing debate It is tempting to say leaders of the Lawrence school district have gotten themselves into quite a mess. It would be more accurate to say the entire community...

Police ID man accused in Wichita hotel shootout with police

Jan. 25, 2022 13:46 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County authorities have identified a man accused of exchanging gunfire with law enforcement outside a Wichita hotel before he was arrested following a seven-hour standoff. Kory Anziana, 26, of Wichita, was arrested and faces charges of aggravated...

Standoff after gunfire at Wichita hotel ends peacefully

Jan. 24, 2022 12:33 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man was arrested after he exchanged gunfire with Sedgwick County deputies and then barricaded himself with five other people inside a west Wichita hotel room for several hours, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said. The incident began about 1:20 a.m....

Kidnapping suspect dies in custody at a Wichita hospital

Jan. 23, 2022 16:13 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man charged with trying to kidnap a 10-year-old boy in 2020 has died in custody while awaiting trial. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office said 64-year-old Webb Wray Ketcherside died Thursday at a Wichita hospital where...

Ex Waste Management worker sues over racial discrimination

Jan. 23, 2022 12:01 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Black former Waste Management employee said in a federal lawsuit that his supervisor and coworkers in Topeka discriminated against him because of his race. The Wichita Eagle reports that Robert Smith worked for the trash company for 13 years before he was...