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Kansas reporting 717 more confirmed cases of COVID-19

Jul. 8, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top health official says most counties are not following Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order requiring people to wear masks to help contain the spread of COVID-19, even though data is showing that masks work. Department of Heath and Environment Secretary Norman said at a news...

Man shot by deputies booked into southeast Kansas jail

Jul. 8, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

IOLA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man who was shot by two sheriff’s deputies at a campground in a tiny southeast Kansas town following an altercation. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that 41-year-old Edward Bridges, of Chanute, was taken into custody Tuesday...

Kansas man sentenced to 12 years in cruise ship killing

Jul. 8, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison for killing his girlfriend by strangling her and pushing her over a balcony on a cruise ship off the coast of Florida. Eric Newman, 55, of Topeka, also was sentenced to five years of supervised release during a hearing...

This undated photo provided by the Shawnee County Department of Corrections shows Austin Bryce Langley. Langley, has been charged with stabbing a Black man at a Kansas fireworks stand in an attack that the prosecutor said may have been racially motivated. Langley, was charged Tuesday, July 7, 2020, with one count each of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and the criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon in the July 2 attack in Topeka, Kan. (Shawnee County Department of Corrections via AP)

Prosecutor: Fireworks stand attack may be racially motivated

Jul. 8, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

A white man has been charged with stabbing a Black man at a Kansas fireworks stand in an attack that the prosecutor said may have been racially motivated. Austin Bryce Langley, 40, was charged Tuesday with one count each of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and criminal possession of a weapon by a...

GOP candidate’s dad steers cash into PAC attacking rival

Jul. 8, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The father of a former Kansas Republican Party chairwoman who is seeking to unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids from her seat representing a Kansas City area swing district has contributed more than $100,000 to a super PAC airing ads attacking one of his...

Woman charged in June shooting death of Wichita man

Jul. 8, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A woman has been arrested and charged with murder and other counts in the June shooting death of a man in Wichita, police said. Amber Ahrens, 41, of Wichita, was booked into the Sedgwich County Jail on Tuesday, television state KAKE reported. Ahrens is charged with second-degree...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., a candidate for the U.S. Senate, awaits the start of a debate in Olathe, Kansas, Establishment Republicans who'd been coy for months about the GOP primary for Kansas' open Senate seat are increasingly putting their thumbs on the scale. They're hoping to push western Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall to victory over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

GOP establishment boosting Kansas congressman's Senate bid

Jul. 8, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Establishment Republicans who'd been coy for months about the GOP primary for Kansas’ open Senate seat are increasingly putting their thumbs on the scale, hoping to push Rep. Roger Marshall to victory over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach. A new GOP super-PAC this week...

Kansas governor issues order on foster children's education

Jul. 7, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued an executive order on Tuesday that will require the state to track foster children’s progress in school, shortly after having vetoed a similar bill last month. In an annual report card detailing the academic progress and classroom struggles of...

Kansas officer appeals ruling allowing lawsuit to proceed

Jul. 7, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police officer who fatally shot an innocent man in 2017 while responding to a hoax emergency call stemming from a dispute between two online gamers is appealing a ruling allowing a lawsuit filed against him to move forward. The Wichita Eagle reports that attorneys for Justin...

Kansas among 14 states with most rapid COVID-19 spread

Jul. 7, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is among the top 14 states in the country for the most rapid spread of coronavirus, and in the top 14 states for having the least restrictions on activities, the state's top health official said Tuesday. Lee Norman, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment,...