Latest Topeka News

Ex-coach admits posing as girl to get pics from other teens

Jan. 22, 2022 17:09 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former assistant boys high school basketball coach in Topeka has admitted to posing as a teenage girl on social media to get explicit photos from other teens. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 41-year-old Jeffrey Pierce pleaded guilty Friday to one...

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...

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...

State works to increase COVID-19 testing amid high demand

Jan. 20, 2022 15:55 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — In response to increasing demand, Kansas health officials said Thursday they are working to increase the availability of COVID-19 testing sites. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release that demand for testing has significantly...

GOP redistricting plan in Kansas splits Democrat's district

Jan. 18, 2022 19:12 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are pursuing a redistricting proposal that would remove Democratic voters from the Kansas-City area swing district currently held by the state’s only Democratic member of Congress. The plan unveiled Tuesday also would move...

Police say they are investigating as a homicide man's death

Jan. 15, 2022 11:19 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Police said Saturday they are investigating as a homicide the death of a Topeka man whose body was found a day earlier. The man was identified as 39-year-old Mack Lee, the Topeka Police Department said in a news release. Officers found the body...

GOP race for Kansas AG focuses on fighting Biden, not crime

Jan. 15, 2022 10:29 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The last time a Republican primary for Kansas attorney general was competitive, candidates argued over criminal sentencing laws and crowded prisons. That was 20 years ago. This year's competitive primary race is focusing on fighting Democratic President Joe...

Kansas governor proposes to set aside $600M, spend reserves

Jan. 12, 2022 17:19 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Wednesday that Kansas put $600 million of its surplus revenue in a rainy day fund and spend nearly $1.8 billion of the excess revenue on a long list of projects. Parts of Kelly's proposed spending blueprint for state...