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Tornadoes rake Southern Plains; more severe weather expected

May. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains, leaving damage and causing few injuries, and parts of the region were bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF2 twister Saturday morning with winds up to 130 mph (209 kph)...

APNewsBreak: Kansas again keeping foster kids in offices

May. 17, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abused and neglected children are again sleeping overnight in the offices of Kansas foster care contractors because homes cannot be found for them quickly enough. Since January, when Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took office, more than 70 children have been kept overnight in the offices...

Kansas' Democratic governor vetoes 2nd GOP tax relief plan

May. 17, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a tax relief plan from the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature for the second time in two months, arguing that even the new, smaller measure would "decimate" the state's finances. The second tax bill, like the first, was designed to...

5 states announce new suits over prescription opioids

May. 16, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that's now the leading cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, Connecticut-based...

Kansas college agrees to outside probe after player's death

May. 15, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas community college agreed under mounting pressure to an independent investigation into the heatstroke death last year of a football player who collapsed after the first day of conditioning practice. Trustees for Garden City Community College voted Tuesday evening to authorize...

Spirit AeroSystems faces more than $193K in OSHA fines

May. 15, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems faces more than $193,000 in penalties after government officials alleged the Wichita company exposed some employees to a known carcinogen. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Spirit AeroSystems...

Dragging levee repairs leave riverside communities stressed

May. 15, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Communities that were flooded when levees failed along the Missouri River earlier this spring will likely remain exposed to high water for months to come, leaving displaced residents wondering when — or if — they will be able to return and rebuild their homes. The U.S. Army...

Missouri man charged with killing, dismembering a Kansas man

May. 14, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City, Missouri, man was charged Tuesday with fatally shooting another man, using an electric saw to dismember the body and setting the remains on fire. Colton Stock, 30, is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, abandonment of a corpse and tampering with...

Suit: Kansas City jail staff joked amid dying woman's cries

May. 14, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The children of a woman who died of a torn aorta at a jail in downtown Kansas City allege in a lawsuit that staff joked as their mother lay curled up on the floor, crying in pain. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed this month in Jackson County Circuit Court, describes ReGina...

Man charged with sexually assaulting 3 teens at YMCA pool

May. 14, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been charged with sexually assaulting three teenage girls in the pool area of YMCA in downtown Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports 31-year-old Keith Magoon was charged Monday with one count of rape and four counts of aggravated sexual battery. His bond was set...