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Kansas had 10-year high for deer-related crashes in 2018

Nov. 11, 2019 12:09 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state transportation agency says Kansas hit a 10-year high for deer-related crashes last year. The agency says 10,734 deer-related wrecks were reported in 2018 in Kansas. The Department of Transportation says that accounted for 16.5% of total wrecks for the year. The department's...

Kansas parks agency to consider turkey hunting restrictions

Nov. 11, 2019 11:46 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will vote this week on whether to restrict turkey hunting harvest in parts of Kansas for at least two years. The commission will take up two measures Thursday in Scott City. A proposal from state biologists would reduce spring turkey tag...

Man arrested after pair of northeast Kansas police chases

Nov. 11, 2019 9:16 AM EST

SILVER LAKE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested after a pair of police chases in northeast Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that it started when a driver fled from Shawnee County sheriff's deputies in a stolen Toyota Camry. The Camry then was found crashed early Monday in a ditch...

NTSB: Loss of Control blamed for fatal Kansas plane crash

Nov. 8, 2019 5:11 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Investigators say loss of control resulted in the 2017 crash that killed a Topeka physician. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the National Transportation Safety Board posted on its website that investigators had found "no mechanical anomalies." Topeka pulmonary physician William...

Kansas Rep. Watkins pays account after foreclosure lawsuit

Nov. 8, 2019 5:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins paid a homeowners association in Alaska that was seeking to foreclose on his condominium, an email sent by the property manager shows. The email shows that Watkins called the property manager to resolve the matter on Thursday, the same day that The...

Fleeing motorist causes deadly Topeka crash, patrol says

Nov. 8, 2019 11:25 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man driving a car linked to a bad-check cashing case has caused a deadly Topeka crash while trying to get away from a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. Patrol Lt. Adam Winters says the chase lasted only a couple seconds Thursday before the fleeing driver ran a stop sign...

DA: Kansas judicial panel did not violate open meetings law

Nov. 7, 2019 9:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission that screens applicants for the Kansas Supreme Court didn't violate the state's open meetings law in naming three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy, a prosecutor said Thursday. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett rejected...

Kansas boosts tax collection forecast $510M over 2 years

Nov. 7, 2019 7:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials on Thursday boosted the state's projections for tax collections by $510 million over two budget years, something certain to renew an already intense dispute between Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature over cutting income taxes. The new,...

Kansas man arrested in death of his granddaughter

Nov. 7, 2019 5:40 PM EST

SILVER LAKE, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 4-year-old granddaughter. Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced Thursday that 56-year-old Timothy Wayne Funk Sr., of Silver Lake, was charged in the July death of Brandy Funk. He is...

State concedes law on raw milk ads is unconstitutional

Nov. 7, 2019 3:17 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas farm couple prevailed in a lawsuit challenging a state law that limited advertising of raw milk. Shawnee County District Court Judge Richard Anderson signed a consent judgment Wednesday ending a lawsuit filed by goat farmers Coraleen and Mark Bunner, who run Shepherd's...