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Small fire in cooler at KSU stadium causes $10K in damage

Feb. 22, 2020 3:04 PM EST

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A small fire in an industrial cooler inside Kansas State University's Bill Snyder Family Stadium caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to food stored there, authorities said. The fire broke out Friday evening and was quickly contained by firefighters who responded, the...

Kansas legislation rethink public offender registry rules

Feb. 22, 2020 10:18 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering making changes to the criminal public offender registry system and cutting back on penalties. The expansive system that publicly tracks convicted criminals after they've served their time covers a wide range of crimes beyond sex offenses, Kansas News...

Lobbyists Scott Schneider, left, of the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association, and Kristi Brown of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, watch as a Kansas House committee debates a bill their groups support on single-use plastic bags and straws, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The bill approved by the committee prohibits cities and counties from banning them for the next five years. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas business groups mobilize to stop local plastics bans

Feb. 21, 2020 5:03 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas business groups have mobilized to snuff out a budding movement among a few cities to ban single-use plastic bags and straws, frustrating environmentalists who can't get the Republican-controlled Legislature to tackle climate issues. The GOP-led House commerce committee on Friday...

Kansas could release more evidence in fatal police shootings

Feb. 21, 2020 3:28 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Wendy Couser, a former juvenile intake officer at the Newton Police Department, has always believed in the importance of consequences. But Couser feels that she’s yet to see consequences for the law enforcement officials who beat, shot and killed her son, William...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle talks to reporters at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Wagle, who is running for the U.S. Senate, sought an ambassadorship in 2018 ,according to published reports by The Wichita Eagle. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

Kansas Senate leader wanted ambassadorship, Trump ally's aid

Feb. 21, 2020 2:52 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas now running for the U.S. Senate sought an ambassadorship in 2018, calling it “an excellent time” to leave state politics and enlisting help from a billionaire casino mogul who is a close friend of President Donald Trump. The Wichita...

Former Johnson County official tapped to run 2020 elections

Feb. 21, 2020 1:01 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab tapped on Friday a former Johnson County election commissioner to return to her old job to oversee this year's elections in the state's most populous county before a new deputy takes over the reins of the election office in 2021. Connie Schmidt,...

State mulls ending statute of limitations on sex abuse suits

Feb. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One detailed how her father sexually abused her decades ago. Another recalled a priest fondling him as a teenager. And yet another remembered walking directly back to class after a priest raped her in the fourth grade. One by one, they pleaded with lawmakers. Their main message: Please...

Man pleads guilty in connection to Topeka triple homicide

Feb. 20, 2020 9:46 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The fifth of five defendants charged in a triple murder in Topeka pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges related to the case. Shane Andrew Mays, 22, entered the pleas to attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery, WIBW reported. Matthew Leavitt, 19; Nicole Fisher, 38; and...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 photo, Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of the Kansas Interfaith Alliance, testifies against a bill to bar cities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags and straws, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Rieber says he's frustrated that lawmakers are considering such a measure and not having a meaningful conversation about climate change. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas' attention

Feb. 20, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such as...

Man charged with first-degree murder in Topeka hit-and-run

Feb. 20, 2020 9:40 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 51-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man who was run over earlier this week near a Topeka hiking trail. Chad Thomas Cuevas was charged Thursday and is being held on a $1 million bond, District Attorney Mike Kagay announced. Emerson D. Downing,...