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Judge opposed by abortion foes finalist for top Kansas court

Oct. 18, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas trial-court judge opposed by an influential anti-abortion group is among three finalists to fill a vacancy on the state's highest court. A state nominating commission on Friday named Shawnee County District Judge Evelyn Wilson as a potential appointee for Democratic Gov. Laura...

Pair of NASCAR teams scrambling amid hauler issues at Kansas

Oct. 18, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — One hauler caught fire while traveling to Kansas Speedway, another went off the road when its driver had a medical emergency and wound up totaled at the bottom of a 60-foot embankment. So much for wrecks only happening on the track. The No. 47 team from JTG Daugherty Racing was...

K-State coach Klieman to get first shot at Patterson's Frogs

Oct. 18, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Every time longtime Kansas State coach Bill Snyder seemed to be leaning toward retirement, it seemed as if TCU coach Gary Patterson's name would surface as the logical successor for the Wildcats. He was born in Kansas. Played linebacker at Kansas State. Got his first coaching gig, as...

Kayakers find partially fossilized bear skull in Kansas

Oct. 18, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Two sisters have found a partially fossilized bear skull while kayaking the Arkansas River in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks said in a news release Ashley and Erin Watt made the discovery in August after flooding apparently dislodged the skull. They...

Former ICE agent pleads guilty in foiled Kansas escape plot

Oct. 18, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has pleaded guilty to helping an inmate try to escape from a Kansas jail by impersonating an immigration officer. Forty-two-year-old Andrew Pleviak pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kingman County District Court to making false...

Kansas says backlog of untested rape kits nearly eliminated

Oct. 17, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas law enforcement agencies have nearly eliminated a backlog of 2,200 sexual assault kits that had gone untested, including some that dated back decades, authorities announced Thursday. Agencies have had about 2,000 of the kits tested by forensic labs and the remaining 235 should be...

Kobach fires Kansas Senate campaign aide over hateful posts

Oct. 17, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kris Kobach's campaign for the Senate in Kansas says it has fired an aide after learning he regularly posted hateful comments about Jews and racial minorities on a white nationalist website. The latest campaign finance report filed by Kobach's campaign shows it paid Joe Suber...

Former prosecutor drops out of US Senate race in Kansas

Oct. 17, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor from Kansas abandoned his Senate run on Thursday and endorsed a fellow Democrat who just entered the race. Barry Grissom urged Democrats to unite behind state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a retired Kansas City-area anesthesiologist who made headlines in December by...

Clint Bowyer signs extension with Stewart-Haas Racing

Oct. 17, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Clint Bowyer has reached an agreement with Stewart-Haas Racing to return to the No. 14 Ford next season. Bowyer has been with SHR for three of his 15 seasons in the Cup Series. His extension announced Thursday came as the Kansas native headed to his home track on the verge of...

Rhule, Hurts, Brooks top Big 12 honors at season's midpoint

Oct. 17, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

No. 5 Oklahoma keeps rolling behind yet another star transfer quarterback, although the Sooners are not the only team to claim a stake for Big 12 supremacy so far in 2019. No. 18 Baylor, behind a stout defense, has made huge strides under third-year coach Matt Rhule and has matched high-scoring Oklahoma on top of...