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This photo provided by the Norton Telegram shows the Andbe Home, a privately owned nursing home facility in Norton, Kan., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A coronavirus outbreak has killed 10 residents in the nursing home. The health department in Norton County reported Monday night that all of the remaining 52 residents and an unspecified number of employees had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. (Dana M. Paxton/Norton Telegram via AP)

Kansas governor calls for help with statewide mask mandate

Oct. 21, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is again calling for a statewide mask mandate as the coronavirus case count continues to climb in rural parts of the state that don't require them. Kelly said Wednesday that two-thirds of the state's COVID-19 cases are now coming from outside the...

Topeka police respond to fight, find man fatally stabbed

Oct. 21, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Topeka are investigating the city’s latest homicide after finding a man fatally stabbed at a home. Officers were called to the home around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a fight, police said in a news release. Arriving officers found a man — later identified...

Report: Topeka officer should take de-escalation refresher

Oct. 21, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka police officer who injured a teenager with autism while handcuffing him did not violate department policies but should undergo a refresher course on de-escalation training, an independent police auditor said. The officer, whose name has not been released, fractured the...

This booking photo released by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Sheriff's Office shows Meredith Dowty, who was charged Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, with three counts of criminal threat. Dowty, 59, of Wichita, is accused of sending text messages to a city employee threatening to kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple because of his role in the passage of a mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Man charged with threatening Wichita mayor over mask mandate

Oct. 20, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who prosecutors say threatened to kidnap and kill Wichita's mayor because he was upset with the city's mask ordinance was charged Tuesday with three counts of criminal threat. Meredith Dowty, 59, of Wichita, is accused of sending text messages to a city employee threatening...

Body found in Shawnee County was man missing for 2 years

Oct. 20, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A body found this spring in Shawnee County was that of a man who was last seen in Topeka in 2018, police said. The body was identified as Gregory McGovern, who was last seen in June 2018, KAKE-TV reported Tuesday. Friends said he lived in the Topeka area but would also spend several...

FILE - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly gives a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, where she made an announcement regarding Kasnas' Unified Testing Strategy and give updates in regards to COVID-19. Kelly and Wichita State University officials are celebrating the opening of a new laboratory that can run 32,000 coronavirus testing specimens a week. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

10 residents dead amid virus outbreak at Kansas nursing home

Oct. 19, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak has killed 10 residents in a nursing home in a northwestern Kansas county that proportionally already had the nation's largest increase in cases over two weeks. The health department in Norton County reported Monday night that all 62 residents and an unspecified...

Topeka school considers racist past of its namesake

Oct. 19, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of a Topeka high school are considering how the community can respond to a report from its student newspaper that the man the school is named for was a prominent member of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 20th century. Seaman High School's student newspaper, The Clipper, reported...

Democratic Kansas Senate candidate outraises GOP pick

Oct. 16, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Kansas Senate candidate Barbara Bollier's campaign raised nearly five times the money that Republican rival Roger Marshall did for an unexpectedly tough race in the conservative state, campaign finance reports filed Thursday show. Marshall raised close to $2.7 million from...

In this photo taken by a drone, the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' is written in yellow paint on a parking lot East of Noto Arts and Entertainment District in Topeka in support of the national movement.Officials plan to wash away the words “Black Lives Matter” from the Topeka parking lot because the yellow block letters were painted without permission in a decision that has angered activists. Shawnee County County commissioner Bill Riphahn says the Parks and Recreation department is removing it next week, but organizers can ask to get a new, county-approved mural. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

'Black Lives Matter' painting to be removed from parking lot

Oct. 16, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials plan to wash away the words “Black Lives Matter” from a Topeka parking lot because the yellow block letters were painted without permission in a decision that has angered activists. The phrase, a rallying cry for demonstrators protesting police brutality,...

Kansas congressional candidates scuffle over police reform

Oct. 15, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican state treasurer and Democratic Topeka mayor who are running for the open seat in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District clashed over police reform and racial justice in a debate. Jake LaTurner, the state's treasurer, was on the attack Wednesday for much of the 30-minute...