Latest Wichita News

Gay Wichita couple marries as they worry about court rulings

Jun. 26, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita couple decided to get married Saturday at a pride event instead of waiting until later this year after a Supreme Court justice suggested the court should consider overturning rulings legalizing same-sex marriage and striking down laws criminalizing gay sex. ...

Kansas county settles discrimination lawsuit with $22K

Jun. 24, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County has agreed to pay $22,000 to a former employee to settle his racial discrimination lawsuit. David Partridge, who is biracial, sued the county last year, saying a coworker on a county work crew called him “boy” or the “colored guy” and...

Wichita man pleads guilty in fatal AutoZone shooting

Jun. 21, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of attempted robbery in the 2020 shooting death of an AutoZone store employee. Lamonte Lucas entered the pleas last week and will be sentenced on July 22 for the killing of 40-year-old...

Ex-teacher in Wichita pleads guilty to sex with student

Jun. 21, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former teacher at a private Christian school in Wichita has pleaded guilty to one count of having sexual relations with a student under 16 and faces prison time when he’s sentenced later this summer. Matthew McFarren, 43, of Wichita, pleaded guilty to the...

Missouri man gets prison term for killing friend in Kansas

Jun. 16, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for the shooting death of his friend in Wichita three years ago. Brandon Craig, 25, of Independence, Missouri, was sentenced Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court to 74 months in prison,...

Wichita State hires Murray State athletic director Saal

Jun. 15, 2022 19:16 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State has hired Murray State athletic director Kevin Saal as its athletic director. Wichita State President Rick Muma announced Wednesday that Saal, a 44-year-old Kansas native, will take over the job in mid-July. Saal replaces Darron...

White Kansas fire supervisor suspended over offensive text

Jun. 14, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A white Wichita Fire Department supervisor who texted a photo of himself wearing a sweater featuring a naked Black man has been suspended for three days without pay in the latest fallout over racist, sexist and homophobic texts and images exchanged by first responders in...

Golf's toughest test returns to Brookline at Country Club

Jun. 14, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION U.S. OPEN Site: Brookline, Massachusetts. Course: The Country Club. Yardage: 7,264. Par: 70. Prize money: TBA ($12.5 million in 2001). Television: Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (USA Network), 2...

Lawsuit: Death of Black teen at juvenile center foreshadowed

Jun. 13, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The death of a Black teenager at a Kansas juvenile detention center was foreshadowed five years earlier by a state inspection that noted systemic deficiencies in the facility's handling of children with mental health issues, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed...

Kansas Appeals Court Judge Anthony Powell to retire

Jun. 06, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Judge Anthony Powell plans to retire from the Kansas Court of Appeals on June 30, the court announced Monday. Powell has served on the state appeals court since January 2013. Prior to his appointment, he was a district judge in Sedgwick County for 11 years. He...