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GOP ends COVID emergency in Kansas; Kelly sees 'obstruction'

Jun. 15, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will struggle to vaccinate residents and thousands of families will lose extra food aid because top Republican legislators on Tuesday ended a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic, one of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's top aides said. ...

Utility's green energy plan fuels debate in Kansas, Missouri

Jun. 14, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' largest electric company expects to make its first big investments in solar energy over the next three years and promises zero net carbon emissions in 2045. Environmentalists don’t think Evergy is moving quickly enough. Conversely, other...

2 teens shot, 1 seriously injured, in Topeka over weekend

Jun. 14, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two teens were shot in separate incidents over the weekend in Topeka, and police say one of the teens suffered life-threatening injuries. Officers called around 11:30 a.m. Saturday to an area along SE 31st Street found a 13-year-old girl with a...

Worker shortage causes long waits for child psychiatric care

Jun. 13, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Psychiatric facilities have enough beds to treat children in Kansas in need of intensive mental health care, but a worker shortage means that about 100 of those spots remain empty. Kansas News Service reports that in recent...

Man shot to death outside Junction City barber shop

Jun. 12, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Junction City police are investigating the shooting death of a 23-year-old soldier from Fort Riley. Police said in a statement that LaVincent Perdue was shot outside the Elite Cuts Barber Shop on Friday afternoon. Fort...

Topeka residents honored for saving woman from burning home

Jun. 11, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Topeka men have been honored for rescuing a woman from a burning home. KSNT-TV reports that the Topeka Fire Department on Thursday gave “citizen heroism awards” to Robert Havens and Mark Elder. The...

Ex-Kansas Gov. Colyer riled by disclosure of personal data

Jun. 10, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer says a Kansas county election office isn’t doing enough to protect him after it accidentally disclosed his Social Security number to a political research firm this spring. Colyer is running for governor in 2022,...

Kansas National Guard airmen involved in accident identified

Jun. 10, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities identified on Thursday Staff Sgt. Wesley Kubie as the Kansas Air National Guard airman who was killed when a Humvee overturned during a training accident. The 30-year-old Salina man was among members of the Salina-based 284th Air Support...

Expansion planned for giraffe facility at Topeka Zoo

Jun. 08, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka Zoo is expanding and upgrading its giraffe facility, a move that also will provide new housing for other animals. Zoo officials say the project is expected to cost $7.75 million. Private donations will cover $6.25 million of the cost, and...

Two men arrested for May killing in Topeka

Jun. 07, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two men are now in custody in connection with a fatal shooting last month in Topeka. Police say the suspects were arrested Sunday on suspicion of first-degree murder. It wasn't immediately clear if the men have been formally charged. Both were...