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Friday's Scores

Oct. 16, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= Andale 65, Clearwater 6 Andover Central 27, Andover 20 Arkansas City 24, Valley Center 21 Atchison 51, KC Schlagle 22 Atchison County 14, Republic County 12 ...

KBI say it has opened 122 clergy sex abuse cases in Kansas

Oct. 15, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A task force formed three years ago to investigate clergy sexual abuse in Kansas Catholic dioceses has received 215 tips and opened 122 cases, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Robert Jacobs, executive officer of the KBI, reported on...

Man charged in shooting of 2 Kansas bothers enters plea

Oct. 14, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — One of two Topeka men accused in a 2019 double shooting in a Lawrence park that injured two brothers will get prison time after pleading no contest last month to attempted first-degree murder. Sahavione Caraway, 19, also pleaded no contest to...

Kansas legislators press state school board on race theory

Oct. 13, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Chairpersons of the House and Senate education committees took the Kansas State Board of Education to task Wednesday because they don’t think the panel is taking seriously enough lawmakers’ and parents’ concerns about how race and racism are discussed in schools. ...

2 Larned State Hospital workers charged in offender's escape

Oct. 13, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — Two employees at Larned State Hospital have been charged with helping convicted sexual offender John Freeman Colt escape from the hospital last summer. Rachel Rena Perez, 50, of Larned, and Liliana Guadalupe Houser, 45, of Garden City, made their...

GOP doc dispenses sketchy medical advice on virus immunity

Oct. 09, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Roger Marshall won't let people forget he's a doctor, putting “Doc” in the letterhead of his U.S. Senate office's news releases. But when he talks about COVID-19 vaccines, some doctors and experts say the Kansas Republican sounds far more like a politician than a...

Judge orders 2 life sentences in Topeka double homicide

Oct. 09, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to two life prison terms in the beating and stabbing deaths of a Topeka woman and her cousin. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Richard Showalter, of Greenleaf, won’t be eligible for release for at least...

Friday's Scores

Oct. 09, 2021 03:00 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= Andale 96, Wichita Trinity 6 Andover 30, Valley Center 0 Ashland 95, Rolla 50 Atchison 35, KC Sumner 14 Atchison County 32, Riverside 13 Attica/Argonia...

Inmates spend more time in cells because of staff shortages

Oct. 07, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Staffing shortages have gotten so bad at a Kansas prison that has been the scene of past unrest that inmates are spending more time confined to their cells, officials say. Kansas Department of Corrections spokesperson Carol Pitts said in an email...

Masks touted as Kansas reports fewer school COVID outbreaks

Oct. 07, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Health officials are frustrated that many school boards remain reluctant to adopt mask mandates, even though most COVID-19 outbreaks in Kansas schools are occurring in districts without such requirements. The state has 68 active school clusters, down...