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Kansas firefighters find man on fire in Walmart bathroom

Jan. 29, 2023 15:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas firefighters found a man on fire inside a restroom at a Walmart store this weekend. Topeka city spokeswoman Gretchen Spiker told the Topeka Capital-Journal that firefighters found the man when they went to a Walmart Neighborhood Market around 8:15 p.m....

Man charged in fire that killed 2 children, his girlfriend

Jan. 26, 2023 13:51 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder after his girlfriend and two young girls died in a house fire. Kyle J. Tyler, 32, was also charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated child endangerment and one count of aggravated...

Kansas man arrested after house fire killed woman, 2 girls

Jan. 22, 2023 15:06 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The only survivor of a Kansas house fire that killed a woman and two young girls has been arrested on suspicion of setting the blaze. Topeka police arrested Kyle J. Tyler, 32, of Holton, on Saturday, not long after he was released from a hospital once police...

Kansas man convicted of threatening to kill congressman

Jan. 19, 2023 22:15 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal court jury convicted a Kansas man who insisted that a death threat he made against U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner was a message from God, amid what authorities have said is a sharp rise in threats against members of Congress and their families. Jurors found...

Kansas man convicted of threatening to kill congressman

Jan. 19, 2023 19:01 PM EST
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas man convicted of threatening to kill congressman.

Jury deliberates; man says threat to lawmaker was from God

Jan. 19, 2023 17:07 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A jury began deliberating Thursday in the federal criminal case of a man who told them that a death threat he made against U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner came from God, prompted by the Kansas Republican ignoring concerns about sorcery, wizards, extraterrestrials and a war for...

Defendant cross-examines Kansas congressman he threatened

Jan. 18, 2023 18:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man on trial for threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner cross-examined the Kansas Republican on Wednesday in federal court, with the congressman rejecting the defendant's suggestions that he was conveying a message from God. LaTurner was the last...

Defense: Man harmless despite threat against Kansas lawmaker

Jan. 17, 2023 18:25 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man charged with threatening to kill a Kansas congressman is harmless, believing he has a special relationship with God and his weapons are “meteors and plagues,” not “knives and guns,” a defense attorney argued Tuesday during a federal criminal trial. ...

Fight over Kansas budget surplus: How much gets socked away?

Jan. 12, 2023 18:18 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature are headed toward big fights over spending on special education programs, pay raises for government workers and how much the cash-flush state should sock away for worse economic times. ...

Democratic Kansas Gov. Kelly urges civility; Kobach is AG

Jan. 09, 2023 18:31 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly called Monday for leaders in Republican-leaning Kansas to follow the lead of the state's residents and “turn down the volume” on “this hate, this vitriol, this divisiveness” in politics as she started a second term with a new, hard-right...