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KCK officials to meet with clergy over George Floyd's death

May. 29, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Officials in Wyandotte County said Friday that they plan to meet with clergy next week in the wake of a black Minnesota man's death after a white police officer knelt on his neck. Wyandotte County Sheriff Donald Ash; Interim Kansas City, Kansas, Police Chief Michael York, and...

Dr. Lee Norman, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's top administrator, answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference Friday, May 29, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman says he would have preferred that Gov. Laura Kelly had not lifted statewide restrictions on businesses. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas health secretary wanted to keep state COVID-19 limits

May. 29, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's top public health administrator acknowledged Friday that he would have preferred that she not lift statewide coronavirus restrictions on businesses and said local officials shouldn't allow bars and nightclubs to reopen yet. Dr. Lee Norman, state secretary of...

Authorities gather on Centennial Bridge after a shooting Wednesday, May 27, 2020, near Leavenworth, Kan. A Fort Leavenworth soldier is being credited with saving lives after he stopped a person who was randomly shooting on the bridge that connects Kansas and Missouri. (John Richmeier/Leavenworth Times via AP)

Missouri man charged with 9 felonies in bridge shooting

May. 29, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A 37-year-old Kansas City-area man was charged Friday with attempted first-degree murder and eight other felonies after authorities say he randomly fired into traffic on a bridge that connects Kansas and Missouri. The charges filed in Leavenworth County, Kansas, District Court...

Wichita man accused of kidnapping, raping runaway girl

May. 29, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan (AP) — A Wichita man has been charged with the kidnapping and rape of a runaway girl he lured into his car, police said. Gerardo Aguero-Hernandez, 26, was arrested Thursday on charges of rape, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery, television station KAKE reported. The victim was...

Police: Wichita man killed when motorcycle hits car

May. 29, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man died after his motorcycle collided with a car in south Wichita, police said. The crash happened Wednesday night, killing Gauge Fuqua, 21, the Wichita Eagle reported. Investigators believe Fuqua was traveling southbound on the motorcycle when a car driven by a 37-year-old...

Kansas man charged $50K in medical bills after accident

May. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Alvin Letner doesn’t remember signing the form where he promises to pay a medical bill of nearly $50,000 he hadn’t yet seen. Much of that day in July 2019 is a blank for him. A dog ran onto the highway as he and other motorcyclists on a veterans fundraiser rode by. It...

Kansas refinery reaches agreement over clean air violations

May. 28, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — The owners of an oil refining plant in El Dorado have agreed to pay a $4 million fine for violating federal clean air regulations, federal and state officials said Thursday. HollyFrontier also will make improvements at its plant to reduce emissions and improve risk management...

Senate candidate Susan Wagle answers a question during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Wagle decides not to join U.S. Senate race in Kansas

May. 28, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle said Thursday that she will not run for the U.S. Senate, citing “personal and political trials” in the last year for her decision. Wagle announcement also indicated that she would not seek reelection to the Kansas Senate. The filing...

Construction resumes at biosecurity lab in Manhattan

May. 28, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Construction workers are back on site at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility after officials announced Tuesday a worker had tested positive for COVID-19. Officials had stopped work on Tuesday to investigate potentially contaminated areas and materials and to disinfect areas...

Man charged in death of 17-year-old in Wichita

May. 28, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old during a drug deal, police said. Malcolm Louis Ganther, 22, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the death of Marcus Sain. Police say Sain and another...