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'Devious licks' videos of damage, thefts bedevil US schools

Sep. 17, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kids across the U.S. are posting TikTok videos of themselves vandalizing school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers and even turf from football fields, bedeviling school administrators seeking to contain the viral internet trend. The “devious...

Topeka students protest school's handling of rape accusation

Sep. 17, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — More than 100 Topeka West High School students protested outside the school Friday over administrators' handling of a male student who they said raped a female student during the summer and repeatedly harasses females at the school. Students carried...

Judge refuses to block enforcement of Kansas election law

Sep. 16, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge is allowing the state to keep enforcing a new election law and is expressing strong doubts about arguments that it hinders efforts to register and educate voters. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson on Thursday denied four...

Man who fled to Mexico convicted of 2015 rape in Topeka

Sep. 16, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man has been convicted of seven felonies, four years after he fled to Mexico while awaiting trial for rape. Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said a jury on Thursday found Daniel Arreola guilty of a 2015 sexual assault in Topeka....

Kansas schools see increasing number of COVID-19 outbreaks

Sep. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas schools are seeing a growing number of COVID-19 outbreaks, and school-aged children are getting infected more frequently than any other age group. The state Department of Health and Environment's latest data, reported Wednesday, showed 63...

GOP leader questions plans to put Afghan evacuees in Kansas

Sep. 15, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas said Wednesday that he's concerned about President Joe Biden's plan to resettle almost 500 Afghan evacuees in the state because he doesn't know how well they're being vetted. Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson...

Judge: Kansas must pay $1.42M to voting rights attorneys

Sep. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ordered Kansas on Wednesday to pay a total of $1.42 million to attorneys who succeeded in getting the federal courts to strike down a state law requiring new voters to show papers documenting their U.S. citizenship when registering. ...

AG: Spike in natural gas prices appears to break Kansas law

Sep. 13, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that sharp spikes in natural gas prices last winter appear to violate Kansas law and he is seeking outside legal help to investigate them. Schmidt's office said it is looking to retain a law firm with...

Lawmaker accused of kicking boy pleads guilty to 3 charges

Sep. 13, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislator accused of kicking a high school student in the testicles pleaded guilty Monday to three lesser misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and was placed on a year's probation under a deal with the local prosecutor. Republican Rep....

Kansas agrees to $1.9M for attorneys who fought voting law

Sep. 11, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas appears likely to pay $1.9 million to attorneys who succeeded in getting the federal courts to strike down a state law requiring new voters to show papers documenting their U.S. citizenship when registering. Attorneys for the state and lawyers...