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Man charged in shooting of Giants draft pick and teammate

Jul. 13, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An 18-year-old Kansas man has been charged in the April attack that wounded New York Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine and killed one of his Washburn University teammates, Dwane Simmons. Francisco Alejandro Mendez was charged Friday with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree...

GOP threat ends Kansas governor's food assistance extension

Jul. 11, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday dropped a policy that allowed several thousand Kansas adults to keep receiving food assistance after failing to meet a work requirement, reversing course days after the state's Republican attorney general threatened to file a lawsuit. Kelly...

Kobach launches US Senate bid in Kansas; some in GOP wary

Jul. 8, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach, a nationally known advocate of tough immigration policies and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, launched a campaign Monday for the U.S. Senate in Kansas amid hostility from some Republicans worried that his loss in the governor's race could threaten the party's...

Kansas judge won't give go-ahead for telemedicine abortions

Jul. 8, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state-court judge declined Monday to give a Kansas clinic permission to provide telemedicine abortions. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson rejected a request from the Trust Women Foundation for an injunction to block the state from subjecting the clinic and its doctors to...

The Latest: Kobach announces run for US Senate in Kansas

Jul. 8, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Senate race in Kansas (all times local): 1:09 p.m. Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate next year. Kobach filed paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission forming a campaign committee and made his...

Zookeeper hurt in tiger attack back to work at Kansas zoo

Jul. 3, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A zookeeper who spent two months recovering from a tiger attack at a Kansas zoo is now back to work. Topeka zoo director Brenden Wiley told KSNT-TV that Hayden-Ortega returned to work Tuesday. She was seriously injured in the April 20 attack by a 7-year-old Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv....

Top Kansas court: Cities can raise age for buying tobacco

Jun. 28, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court ruled Friday that cities can raise the age for buying tobacco products even though state law sets it at 18, bolstering a public health movement driven in part by concerns about teenagers' use of e-cigarettes. The state Supreme Court's unanimous decision allows the...

Ex-Chiefs player, businessman runs for US Senate in Kansas

Jun. 27, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas City Chiefs player and now businessman who has served on local and state government boards is running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Dave Lindstrom, who lives in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, launched his bid for the Republican nomination with an event...

Kansas parks department employee dies in ATV accident

Jun. 27, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas parks department says an employee died when his all-terrain vehicle overturned and rolled down an embankment at the Milford Wildlife Area. The agency said in a news release that 48-year-old Mark Jackson, of Milford, died Tuesday when he was pinned underneath the ATV. Jackson...

Kansas abortion ruling prompts new attack on death penalty

Jun. 26, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty. Attorneys for five of the 10 men on death row in Kansas argue that the abortion decision means the state's courts can...