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Aetna changes Kansas leaders with Medicaid contract at risk

Aug. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Insurance company Aetna is bringing in new leaders to run its Medicaid operations in Kansas after complaints from hospitals and others put it at risk of losing its state contract. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed Friday that Keith Wisdom is no longer the CEO of...

Teen makes right moves, now national master in chess

Aug. 23, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Sometimes attaining a goal can be a struggle, but all one needs is a single opportunity for a breakthrough moment. For Hays teen Sheena Zeng, that time came at the beginning of this month when she was able to represent Kansas at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions and earned...

Kobach had law enforcement officer investigate voter fraud

Aug. 22, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A law enforcement officer said that former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach asked him to investigate possible double voting and non-citizen voting, and that missing ammunition that had been purchased by Kobach's office was to keep his certification current. Craig McCullah told The...

Kansas launches prison book policy, strikes banned book list

Aug. 22, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The new Kansas corrections chief has abolished a list of 7,000 books banned from state prisons and adopted a policy that allows for the review and appeal of confiscated publications. Jeff Zmuda became the acting secretary of the state Department of Corrections last month. His policy,...

Court: Attorney can't claim immunity in wrongful conviction

Aug. 22, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a former Kansas county prosecutor does not have absolute immunity in lawsuits filed by a man who spent nearly 16 years in prison for a murder his brother later confessed to committing in a suicide note. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on...

Kansas regulators investigate increased earthquake activity

Aug. 21, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas regulators are investigating the cause of a cluster of 11 earthquakes that hit Reno County in the last five days. The Kansas Corporation Commission announced Wednesday that it is analyzing injection well activity in the county. It will work with other state agencies to examine...

New coaches at Kansas, K-State are studies in contrast

Aug. 21, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — About the only thing the football programs at Kansas and Kansas State have had in common much of the past three decades is the often desolate stretch of Interstate 70 that connects them. The Jayhawks have the proud tradition of John Riggins and Gale Sayers, yet recent success has been...

Warden of Topeka women's prison transferring to Lansing

Aug. 21, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The warden of the state-run women's prison in Topeka has been reassigned to Lansing Correctional Facility, where she will become the state's first female warden of a men's correctional facility. Shannon Meyer, who has been warden at Topeka Correctional Facility for three years, will...

Adult charges to be sought against 17-year-old in killing

Aug. 21, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors want a 17-year-old to face adult charges in a Topeka shooting that left an 18-year-old woman dead. WIBW-TV reports that the teen suspect faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Ashley Usher. She was found Saturday afternoon inside a house suffering from a gunshot...

Kansas adds jobs, sees unemployment rate dip to 3.3% in July

Aug. 20, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is reporting that it added private-sector jobs in July and saw its unemployment rate drop slightly to 3.3%. The state Department of Labor says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month declined from 3.4% in June and was the same as the 3.3% recorded in July 2018. The...