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Former Kansas House member to lead children's advocacy group

Sep. 21, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas House member will be taking over as president of a children's advocacy group later this fall. Kansas Action for Children says former state Rep. John Wilson will become president when current President Annie McKay steps down Oct. 31. Wilson has been the group's vice...

Kansas jobless rate in August was lowest in 20-plus years

Sep. 20, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is reporting that unemployment in the state dropped to 3.2% in August and was at its lowest rate in more than 20 years. The state Department of Labor said Friday that the state gained private-sector jobs during the month and over the past year. Labor economist Emilie Doerksen...

Regents seek $95.3 million increase for higher education

Sep. 20, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents is requesting a $95.3 million increase in state tax funding for 32 universities and colleges in the system. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports $50 million of that proposal advanced this week would go to the six public universities that some regents hope could...

Kansas judge whose tweets sank higher court bid to step down

Sep. 20, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge whose past political tweets sank his nomination for a higher court and prompted Republican legislators to call for a review of his conduct announced Friday that he will step down early next year. Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack said he will retire Jan. 2 from...

Standards changes mean more will qualify for Kansas colleges

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — More students will qualify for Kansas public universities under new admission standards approved by the state Board of Regents. The board voted unanimously Wednesday to eliminate a rule that required high school students to take specific courses in English, math and science before...

Kansas man shot with his own gun heads to prison

Sep. 19, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old Kansas man who was shot with his own gun was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison after admitting he was not legally allowed to have the weapon. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release that Keeno DeVonte Collins, of Ozawkie, was sentenced Wednesday after...

Barton County civil process server charged with rape

Sep. 18, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A civilian employee for the Barton County Sheriff's office has been charged with rape. Barton County Attorney Levi Morris says 64-year-old Jimmy Hapes, of Great Bend, was charged Wednesday after he turned himself in to county officials. Hapes is a civil process server for the sheriff's...

Woman arrested after 145 pounds of marijuana found in car

Sep. 18, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Shawnee County authorities say officers arrested a 30-year-old woman after finding marijuana worth an estimated $500,000 in her car. Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Stallbaumer says the woman was stopped Tuesday on Interstate 70 in Topeka. Officers found about 145 pounds of marijuana in her car. He...

Man jailed for hatchet attack in Topeka

Sep. 16, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 40-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly attacking another person with a hatchet in Topeka. WIBW-TV reports that the attack happened late Sunday at a home in south Topeka. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment. The victim's name was not released. Police have not...

Kansas has a lot of jobs, but not enough people to fill them

Sep. 14, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — While the Kansas economy continues to add jobs, state and labor officials are considering ways to address a looming shortage of workers, particularly in high-demand careers like health care. The state's recent monthly economic report showed that Kansas created 14,000 jobs in the last...