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GOP map likely to hinder lone Democrat clears Kansas Senate

Jan. 21, 2022 18:07 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans used their supermajority Friday to win Kansas Senate approval for a redistricting plan that likely would make it harder for the state's only Democrat in Congress to win reelection this year. The nearly four-hour debate ahead of the Senate's 26-9 vote...

Help extended for hospitals, nursing homes hit hard by COVID

Jan. 21, 2022 18:04 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill Friday extending executive orders that help address crippling shortages of medical personnel and nursing home workers. One order allows hospital staff to perform a broader range of duties. The other makes licensing of...

Kansas teen's death has spotlight on 'stand your ground' law

Jan. 21, 2022 16:53 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers were thinking of homeowners facing down burglars and people attacked on the street when they wrote a “stand your ground” law more than a decade ago allowing use of deadly force in self defense. They didn't envision it applying to police officers, jail...

Death sentences upheld in case dubbed 'the Wichita massacre'

Jan. 21, 2022 16:51 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the death sentences Friday of two brothers who were sentenced in 2002 for four killings known as “the Wichita massacre.” Jonathan and Reginald Carr argued that a ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access...

Bills prove Patriots were bogus, can they do same to Chiefs?

Jan. 21, 2022 12:14 PM EST

So Pro Picks was correct on one count in the Patriots-Bills wild-card game. One of those teams was a bogus playoff contender. We just had the wrong team. For an Upset Special, no less. The beating Buffalo put on New England came the night before Tom Brady and the...

Man sentenced in 2017 killing of 18-year-old Topeka woman

Jan. 21, 2022 11:58 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man who killed one person and injured four others when he shot into two separate vehicles has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Javon Amond Smith, 20 was sentenced Thursday for crimes linked to the March 4, 2017 shooting, which killed 18-year-old...

Bills head to KC for AFC title game rematch against Chiefs

Jan. 21, 2022 11:56 AM EST

BUFFALO (11-6) at KANSAS CITY (12-5) Sunday, 6:30 p.m. EST, CBS BETTING LINE: Chiefs by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Buffalo 10-6-2; Kansas City 9-9. SERIES RECORD: Bills lead 27-23-1. LAST...

Man arrested more than 2 years after fatal Wichita crash

Jan. 21, 2022 09:32 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of causing a fatal motorcycle crash in Wichita more than two years ago has been arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter while under the influence and operating without a proper license. Travis James Brent Bryson, 31, was arrested...

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Gay arrested on misdemeanor

Jan. 20, 2022 17:52 PM EST

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay was charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property after he broke a vacuum and other items during an argument, putting his status for Sunday's divisional round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills in question. ...

Kansas fire officials say several rural fires were arson

Jan. 20, 2022 16:35 PM EST

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Several brush fires in rural Chase and Lyon counties this week were arson, fire officials said. Chase County Sheriff Richard Dorneker said four fires were set in rural areas of his county on Tuesday morning. He said the fires were put out...