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Kansas distillery pleads guilty to Clean Air Act violation

Nov. 18, 2019 6:28 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A distillery could be fined up to $1 million for a chlorine gas cloud that lingered over a city in northeastern Kansas in 2016. Federal prosecutors say MGP Ingredients pleaded guilty Monday to negligently violating the federal Clean Air Act, a misdemeanor. In October 2016, a chlorine...

Kansas Rep. Watkins pays account after foreclosure lawsuit

Nov. 8, 2019 5:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins paid a homeowners association in Alaska that was seeking to foreclose on his condominium, an email sent by the property manager shows. The email shows that Watkins called the property manager to resolve the matter on Thursday, the same day that The...

DA: Kansas judicial panel did not violate open meetings law

Nov. 7, 2019 9:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission that screens applicants for the Kansas Supreme Court didn't violate the state's open meetings law in naming three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy, a prosecutor said Thursday. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett rejected...

Kansas boosts tax collection forecast $510M over 2 years

Nov. 7, 2019 7:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials on Thursday boosted the state's projections for tax collections by $510 million over two budget years, something certain to renew an already intense dispute between Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature over cutting income taxes. The new,...

GOP complaint spurs probe of Kansas court selection process

Nov. 6, 2019 6:50 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican legislator's complaint has launched an investigation into whether the commission that screens Kansas Supreme Court applicants violated the state's open meetings law in picking three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy. The...

Trial delayed over bomb plot for solider said to be Satanist

Nov. 4, 2019 11:57 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas has delayed the trial of an Army infantry soldier who prosecutors say is a Satanist hoping to overthrow the U.S. government and distributed information about building bombs. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Topeka on Monday granted a request from...

Kobach acknowledges he failed to properly supervise staff

Oct. 28, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach acknowledged that he failed to properly supervise his staff while representing himself in that role during federal court proceedings in a voter registration lawsuit, according to a diversion agreement reached with state regulators. The Topeka...

Kansas court strikes down part of law criminalizing threats

Oct. 25, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators went too far by criminalizing violent language not backed up by an intent to act, the state's highest court ruled Friday in striking down part of a law that it says violates free speech rights. The Kansas Supreme Court kept in place portions of the 2010 law banning...

Pompeo plans to visit Wichita for event with Ivanka Trump

Oct. 22, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to visit Wichita later this week for an event about workforce development with Ivanka Trump, an appearance that could raise fellow Republicans' hopes that he'll run for the Senate next year. It's Pompeo's fourth visit to Kansas this year and it...

Foster care problems left kids vulnerable to sex traffickers

Oct. 19, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a dozen children who ran away from troubled Kansas welfare system and juvenile corrections placements have wound up incarcerated for crimes related to human trafficking, drawing the ire of victims' advocates and some lawmakers who say the runaways were victims themselves....