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Woman critically injured in Wichita apartment fire dies

Nov. 27, 2021 17:01 PM EST

WICHITA,Kan. (AP) — A 59-year-old woman who was found unresponsive during Friday's fire at the Broadmoor at Chelsea apartments in north Wichita has died, said Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Jose Ocadiz. Ocadiz said the cause of the fire remains under...

Retired Kansas lawmaker, Black aviation leader, dies at 98

Nov. 26, 2021 17:43 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Ulysses Lee “Rip” Gooch, who was a leader in the Black aviation industry and Kansas' oldest serving state senator when he retired at the age of 80, has died. Gooch, also a former Wichita City Council member, died on Wednesday, according to a...

Police suspect speed, alcohol were factors in fatal wreck

Nov. 26, 2021 08:20 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say speed and alcohol use are suspected to be factors in a Thanksgiving night accident that killed a man and critically injured a woman. KSNW-TV reports that the accident happened around 8 p.m. Thursday at 13th...

Utility commission criticizes hedge fund influence on Evergy

Nov. 25, 2021 16:39 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas utility regulators have issued an order requiring Evergy to explain and justify a plan to spend $10.4 billion on its electrical system and report quality of service measures on a quarterly basis amid concerns that the plan is designed largely to benefit a hedge...

Judge sends Wichita woman to prison for ex-stepdad’s murder

Nov. 24, 2021 17:11 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Wichita woman to life in prison for murdering her ex-stepfather during a plot designed to get back at him for allegedly molesting her as a child. Micaela L. Spencer, 27, will serve at least 50 years for...

No prison time for drunk-driving wreck that killed man, son

Nov. 24, 2021 07:58 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man will not go to prison for a 2018 drunk-driving accident that killed an off-duty Wichita police officer and his young son. The Wichita Eagle reports that a judge on Tuesday agreed to a plea agreement recommending...

Kansas financially protecting workers who refuse COVID shots

Nov. 23, 2021 17:26 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday brushed aside complaints from fellow Democrats about signing a Republican measure aimed at financially protecting workers who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccines by declaring, “leadership means seeking compromise.” ...

Widow frustrated by lack of progress in hit-and-run case

Nov. 23, 2021 09:14 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas widow says she's still waiting for answers, more than 40 days after her husband was fatally struck in a hit-and-run accident outside of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Steven and Laurie Hickle of Wichita left the stadium...

Man critically injured after being struck near Chiefs game

Nov. 22, 2021 08:18 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 49-year-old man from Omaha, Nebraska, is hospitalized in critical condition after being struck while crossing a road on the Truman Sports Complex property in Kansas City, Missouri, during a Chiefs game. Police say the man was struck by a...

Two people hurt in shooting between two vehicles in Wichita

Nov. 21, 2021 12:21 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two people were injured in a shooting that Wichita police said may have been motivated by road rage. The shooting between two vehicles happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday in north Wichita, police Lt. Roderick Miller said. Both vehicles were driving...