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Sedgwick County sued for racial discrimination

Jan. 28, 2022 12:09 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Sedgwick County employee alleges in a lawsuit that his coworkers called him the “colored guy” and sang spirituals from the slavery era while he worked as a bridge crewman. David Partridge, who is described in court documents as a biracial Black...

SC, Stanford, NC St, Tennessee projected top women's seeds

Jan. 27, 2022 19:54 PM EST

South Carolina, Stanford, North Carolina State and Tennessee would be the top seeds if the women’s NCAA Tournament began now. The NCAA selection committee revealed the teams in line for the top 16 seeds, although none of Thursday night's games were factored into the reveal. ...

Wichita announces deputy chief named as interim police chief

Jan. 27, 2022 12:02 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The city of Wichita has announced that Deputy Chief Lemuel Moore has been named the police department’s interim chief starting in March. Moore is a 30-year veteran of the department, having begun his career as a beat officer before becoming the department’s...

Council IV scores 31 to lead Wichita St. past UCF 84-79

Jan. 26, 2022 23:08 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Ricky Council IV had a career-high 31 points as Wichita State narrowly defeated Central Florida 84-79 on Wednesday night. Council IV shot 16 for 20 from the line. Morris Udeze had 16 points for Wichita State (10-7, 1-4 American Athletic...

GOP redistricting plan passes in Kansas; court fight looms

Jan. 26, 2022 17:35 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republicans pushed their congressional redistricting plan through the GOP-dominated Kansas Legislature without much trouble Wednesday with an expected court battle looming over whether it would go too far in hurting the state's only Democrat in Congress. The...

Wichita priest won't be charged with child sexual abuse

Jan. 26, 2022 15:44 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest who was accused of sexual exploitation of a child will not be charged because the statute of limitations has ended, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said Wednesday. The Catholic Diocese of Wichita placed Rev. Michael Schemm...

Kansas to pay about $900,000 to man wrongfully convicted

Jan. 26, 2022 12:24 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who spent more than 13 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sex crimes against an 8-year-old Kansas girl could receive nearly $900,000 in compensation from the state. Merardo Garcia Jr., 52, was convicted in 2008 of aggravated indecent...

Kansas governor calls for investigation into teen's death

Jan. 25, 2022 18:30 PM EST

Gov. Laura Kelly has ordered the Kansas agency that oversees foster care to investigate the death of a 17-year-old who was restrained face down for more than 30 minutes last fall at a Wichita juvenile intake center after his foster father called begging for help because the teen was hallucinating. ...

GOP map ties 'woke' Kansas enclave to Trump-loving areas

Jan. 25, 2022 17:19 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature are close to passing a congressional redistricting plan that marries an eastern Kansas community proud of its “woke” politics to Trump-loving small towns and farms five hours west by car on the expansive and stark plains....

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jan. 25, 2022 15:12 PM EST

Lawrence Journal-World. January 22, 2022. Editorial: We all have a role to play in this school closing debate It is tempting to say leaders of the Lawrence school district have gotten themselves into quite a mess. It would be more accurate to say the entire community...