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Topeka apartment building damaged in fire; 1 hospitalized

Oct. 1, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One person is hospitalized after a pre-dawn fire damaged an apartment building in Topeka. KSNT-TV reports that firefighters were called to the apartment complex around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. One occupant initially refused to leave. Once the fire was out, crews coaxed that person out. That...

Lawsuit filed over Kansas crash that killed mother, 4 kids

Oct. 1, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The paternal grandparents of a 10-year-old Kansas girl killed in a crash last week are suing the truck driver involved in the collision, along with his employer. The Wichita Eagle reports that Mark and Carrie Brady are seeking damages in excess of $75,000 from the driver and L.B....

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at al-Alam palace in the capital Muscat, Oman. The new sultan, while quietly making his mark, faces real challenges ahead. Oman has billions in looming loan repayments, including from China, and needs even more money as its youthful population wants jobs and its government cannot afford the cradle-to-grave benefits given in other Gulf Arab nations. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)

Oman's new sultan quietly makes his mark as challenges loom

Oct. 1, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — When Oman's ruler of a half century died without an heir apparent, brief fears of turmoil ended with the quick announcement of a new sultan in this nation on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. But instead of the military rulers whose arrivals come with martial...

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, answers questions from the press Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 during a briefing over COVID-19 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas health chief predicts bigger COVID-19 spikes to come

Sep. 30, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top public health official in Kansas said Wednesday that the state has yet to see its biggest wave of coronavirus cases, suggesting the pandemic could spawn an average of 800 or even 900 new cases a day in coming months. Dr. Lee Norman, the head of the state Department of Health...

Kansas City introduces another plan to combat growing crime

Sep. 30, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City officials on Wednesday introduced another attempt to reduce crime in the city, with a focus on increasing community involvement, breaking down barriers between groups, and helping those involved in criminal activity find a new path. The effort, called Reform Project KC,...

Relatives of members of the 1970 Wichita State University Shockers football team visit the crash site where an airplane carrying some of the players crashed near Loveland Pass Monday, July 27, 2020, west of Silver Plume, Colo. Wreckage from the plane, which was one of two being used to take the Shockers to play a football game against Utah State University in Logan, Utah, is still scattered on the mountain top nearly 50 years after the crash close to the Eisenhower Tunnel. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Wichita State's crash evokes moving memories 50 years later

Sep. 30, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

SILVER PLUME, Colo. (AP) — In a small clearing on Mount Trelease, a faded and tattered yellow shirt rests among twisted shards of metal. Emblazoned across the front: Wichita State. A heavy reminder of what took place 50 years ago in this section of the Colorado Rocky Mountains where memorials and tributes...

Former Wichita State president to be paid for consulting

Sep. 30, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita State University president who abruptly resigned last week will be paid a reduced salary until June 2021 for unspecified consulting services, according to an agreement with the Kansas Board of Regents. The document also requires Jay Golden to limit his presence on campus...

Texas' Sam Ehlinger (11) is tackled by Texas Tech's Adrian Frye (7) short of the goal line during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

College Football Picks: Another week of Big 12 upset alerts

Sep. 30, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

In recent years, the Big 12 has been at once completely stable and highly volatile. Oklahoma has won five straight conference championships, losing one game in league play along the way the last four seasons, always as a substantial favorite. The rest of the conference has been a choose-your-own-adventure ride,...

FILE - This undated file photo shows Rachael Hilyard of Wichita, Kansas. Hilyard was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to life in prison for decapitating the mother of her ex-boyfriend in 2017. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP, File)

Kansas woman gets life for decapitating ex-boyfriend's mom

Sep. 30, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman has been sentenced to life in prison for decapitating her ex-boyfriend's mother with a pair of kitchen knives. Rachael Hilyard, 38, of Wichita, was sentenced Tuesday in the 2017 death of 63-year-old Micki Davis, The Wichita Eagle reported. Hilyard apologized at the...

Man posing as police sought by real police in Wichita

Sep. 30, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are looking for a man suspected of posing as a police officer to pull over a driver. The Wichita Eagle reports that a police impersonator, driving a dark-colored car with red and blue emergency lights in the windshield, pulled over a driver Monday night. Police say the...