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This booking photo released by the Sedgwick County, Kan., Sheriff's Office shows Meredith Dowty, who was charged Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, with three counts of criminal threat. Dowty, 59, of Wichita, is accused of sending text messages to a city employee threatening to kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple because of his role in the passage of a mask mandate to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Man charged with threatening Wichita mayor over mask mandate

Oct. 20, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who prosecutors say threatened to kidnap and kill Wichita's mayor because he was upset with the city's mask ordinance was charged Tuesday with three counts of criminal threat. Meredith Dowty, 59, of Wichita, is accused of sending text messages to a city employee threatening...

FILE - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly gives a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, where she made an announcement regarding Kasnas' Unified Testing Strategy and give updates in regards to COVID-19. Kelly and Wichita State University officials are celebrating the opening of a new laboratory that can run 32,000 coronavirus testing specimens a week. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

10 residents dead amid virus outbreak at Kansas nursing home

Oct. 19, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak has killed 10 residents in a nursing home in a northwestern Kansas county that proportionally already had the nation's largest increase in cases over two weeks. The health department in Norton County reported Monday night that all 62 residents and an unspecified...

Topeka school considers racist past of its namesake

Oct. 19, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of a Topeka high school are considering how the community can respond to a report from its student newspaper that the man the school is named for was a prominent member of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 20th century. Seaman High School's student newspaper, The Clipper, reported...

This undated photo provided by Mike Haase shows a sign welcoming people to the town of Quinter, Kansas. Quinter is the largest city in Gove County. Rural northwestern Kansas communities last week of Oct. 9, 2020, were seeing some of the state's biggest spikes in COVID-19 cases, Gove County Sheriff Allan Weber caught the virus, found himself coughing and struggling to breathe, sometimes dozens of times a day, and landed in an acute-care hospital room more than an hour from home. The pandemic arrived late, but it's now stressing the county, which has had to send patients like Weber to hospitals in other towns. (Mike Haase via AP)

COVID spike arrives late, hits hard in rural Kansas county

Oct. 15, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With COVID-19 cases surging in rural areas across the Midwest, a county sheriff in northwestern Kansas found himself struggling to breathe and landed in a hospital room more than an hour from home because there was no space at the local medical center. The county’s emergency...

Missouri man pleads guilty to armed carjacking in Kansas

Oct. 13, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man pleaded guilty Tuesday to an armed carjacking in Kansas, a crime investigators solved by testing DNA on a hat and wig he left behind, authorities said. Antonio Duane Simpson, 43, of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking and one count of unlawful...

Democratic candidate Barbara Bollier addresses the crowd and answers questions during a lawn chair chat with Johnson County voters at Sar-Ko-Par Park, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Lenexa, Kan. Bollier is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, facing Roger Marshall, a U.S. Representative of Kansas' 1st congressional district. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Democrat's praise of strict gun law roils Kansas Senate race

Oct. 11, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Sunday circulated a video of the Democrats' candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas praising strict Australian gun laws that she said “took them all away” to undercut her campaign as a political moderate in what's been an unexpectedly tough...

Tina Arons, 32, speaks as she removed her phone from a tripod at the Harvey Cornell Rose Park Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Arons used the video recording setup to capture a dance routine with silk fan veils, draped over her shoulder, for and online she teaches. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

The Latest: New Mexico loses ground in COVID-19 spread fight

Oct. 9, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico is losing ground in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 as newly reported daily infections hit a record of 488 cases. Three additional deaths from the pandemic also were disclosed Friday by state health officials as fatalities from the pandemic surpassed 900. Bernalillo...

A Black Lives Matter supporter raises her fist in solidarity amid a crowd of

Debate over policing roils Kansas cradle of Brown v. Board

Oct. 7, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When police in Kansas' capital city used force the last couple of years, Black residents were on the receiving end 35% of the time, though they make up less than 11% of Topeka's population. A city auditor who reviewed more than 100 cases said the force applied was appropriate every...

A local resident Shin Dae-sik, 83, speaks during an interview at his home in Cheongju, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus is forcing South Koreans to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday differently this year, that begin Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Shin said about 15 family members assembled for Chuseok in past years but they decided not to do so this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast

Sep. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew. Eight more members of the Filipino crew tested positive for the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 17 out of a crew of 21....

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...