Latest Wichita News

Wichita woman admits defrauding employer of $3.1 million

May. 27, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding her former employer of about $3.1 million, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Nancy Martin, 77, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and filing a false tax document. Martin was bookkeeper, business...

Officials ID man killed in standoff with Wichita SWAT team

May. 27, 2022 09:39 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man killed earlier this week following an exchanging gunfire with a Wichita SWAT team during a more than 10-hour standoff. Police said Gregorio Merced Banuelos, 39, of Wichita, died following the shootout. Officers...

One person dies after standoff with Wichita SWAT team

May. 25, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 39-year-old man died after he exchanged gunfire with members of a Wichita SWAT team after a lengthy standoff on Wednesday, police said. Officers were called to a home in west Wichita after a report of a shooting. The officers found a woman and child in the...

Kansas looking at $50M for businesses restricted over COVID

May. 23, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is moving to provide $50 million in relief to businesses such as bars, gyms and hair salons that were forced by state or local officials to shut down or restrict their operations during the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

New US hospitals face fiscal crisis over COVID relief money

May. 17, 2022 01:31 AM EDT

THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A whole town celebrated in 2020 when, early in the coronavirus pandemic, Thomasville Regional Medical Center opened, offering state-of-the-art medicine that was previously unavailable in a poor, isolated part of Alabama. The timing for the ribbon-cutting seemed perfect:...

Man charged in fatal hit-and-run outside Arrowhead Stadium

May. 13, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police say a man has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred last year outside of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Thomas Weyer, 19, of Kansas City, Missouri, is charged with one count of leaving the scene of a fatal crash in the Oct. 10...

'From crisis to death': Probing teen's last, desperate hours

May. 13, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — “Y’all here to protect me,” the youth asked the officers, beseechingly. “Right?” The 17-year-old’s foster father, unable to deal with a teen who seemed to be in the throes of schizophrenia, had called Wichita police. When they arrived, Cedric...

Kansas legalizes sports betting, then gets sued by casino

May. 12, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legalized sports betting Thursday, only to be sued almost immediately by the operator of a state-owned casino that could offer the new wagering over an unrelated part of the law designed to revive a long-closed greyhound track in its area. Democratic Gov....

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

May. 10, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. May 6, 2022. Editorial: Can a cartoon character turn you LGBT? Kansas’ Sen. Roger Marshall seems to think so It’s becoming clearer by the day that the Republican Party is betting that animus toward LGBT Americans is a big winner this election...

Some rural areas near Kansas tornado had no siren coverage

May. 05, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

Sedgwick County officials acknowledge that some residents living in rural areas likely did not hear sirens going off before an EF-3 tornado roared through parts of the Kansas county last week. While much of the attention after the Friday night storm focused on the heavily populated...