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This booking photo released by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Sheriff's Office shows Meredith Dowty, who was charged Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, with three counts of criminal threat. Dowty, 59, of Wichita, is accused of sending text messages to a city employee threatening to kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple because of his role in the passage of a mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Man charged with threatening Wichita mayor over mask mandate

Oct. 20, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who prosecutors say threatened to kidnap and kill Wichita's mayor because he was upset with the city's mask ordinance was charged Tuesday with three counts of criminal threat. Meredith Dowty, 59, of Wichita, is accused of sending text messages to a city employee threatening...

Body found in Shawnee County was man missing for 2 years

Oct. 20, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A body found this spring in Shawnee County was that of a man who was last seen in Topeka in 2018, police said. The body was identified as Gregory McGovern, who was last seen in June 2018, KAKE-TV reported Tuesday. Friends said he lived in the Topeka area but would also spend several...

FILE - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly gives a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, where she made an announcement regarding Kasnas' Unified Testing Strategy and give updates in regards to COVID-19. Kelly and Wichita State University officials are celebrating the opening of a new laboratory that can run 32,000 coronavirus testing specimens a week. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

10 residents dead amid virus outbreak at Kansas nursing home

Oct. 19, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak has killed 10 residents in a nursing home in a northwestern Kansas county that proportionally already had the nation's largest increase in cases over two weeks. The health department in Norton County reported Monday night that all 62 residents and an unspecified...

Topeka school considers racist past of its namesake

Oct. 19, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of a Topeka high school are considering how the community can respond to a report from its student newspaper that the man the school is named for was a prominent member of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 20th century. Seaman High School's student newspaper, The Clipper, reported...

Democratic Kansas Senate candidate outraises GOP pick

Oct. 16, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Kansas Senate candidate Barbara Bollier's campaign raised nearly five times the money that Republican rival Roger Marshall did for an unexpectedly tough race in the conservative state, campaign finance reports filed Thursday show. Marshall raised close to $2.7 million from...

In this photo taken by a drone, the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' is written in yellow paint on a parking lot East of Noto Arts and Entertainment District in Topeka in support of the national movement.Officials plan to wash away the words “Black Lives Matter” from the Topeka parking lot because the yellow block letters were painted without permission in a decision that has angered activists. Shawnee County County commissioner Bill Riphahn says the Parks and Recreation department is removing it next week, but organizers can ask to get a new, county-approved mural. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

'Black Lives Matter' painting to be removed from parking lot

Oct. 16, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials plan to wash away the words “Black Lives Matter” from a Topeka parking lot because the yellow block letters were painted without permission in a decision that has angered activists. The phrase, a rallying cry for demonstrators protesting police brutality,...

Kansas congressional candidates scuffle over police reform

Oct. 15, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican state treasurer and Democratic Topeka mayor who are running for the open seat in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District clashed over police reform and racial justice in a debate. Jake LaTurner, the state's treasurer, was on the attack Wednesday for much of the 30-minute...

This undated photo provided by Mike Haase shows a sign welcoming people to the town of Quinter, Kansas. Quinter is the largest city in Gove County. Rural northwestern Kansas communities last week of Oct. 9, 2020, were seeing some of the state's biggest spikes in COVID-19 cases, Gove County Sheriff Allan Weber caught the virus, found himself coughing and struggling to breathe, sometimes dozens of times a day, and landed in an acute-care hospital room more than an hour from home. The pandemic arrived late, but it's now stressing the county, which has had to send patients like Weber to hospitals in other towns. (Mike Haase via AP)

COVID spike arrives late, hits hard in rural Kansas county

Oct. 15, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With COVID-19 cases surging in rural areas across the Midwest, a county sheriff in northwestern Kansas found himself struggling to breathe and landed in a hospital room more than an hour from home because there was no space at the local medical center. The county’s emergency...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly gives a press conference Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 where she made an announcement about Kasnas' Unified Testing Strategy and give updates in regards to COVID-19. (Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas sets records for increases in COVID-19 cases, deaths

Oct. 14, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Wednesday reported its largest seven-day increases in both COVID-19-related deaths and new coronavirus cases. The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas had another 67 deaths since only Monday, an increase of 8.7%, to bring the total for the pandemic to 838....

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly gives a news conference Tuesday afternoon where she made an announcement regarding Kasnas' Unified Testing Strategy and give updates in regards to COVID-19. (Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal via AP)

Governor: Kansas won't jump into local COVID-19 hot spots

Oct. 13, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday that she doesn't plan to have the state health department use its power to manage disease outbreaks by shutting down businesses or imposing other restrictions in local coronavirus hot spots. The Democratic governor's statement went further than a...