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Court: Attorney can't claim immunity in wrongful conviction

Aug. 22, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a former Kansas county prosecutor does not have absolute immunity in lawsuits filed by a man who spent nearly 16 years in prison for a murder his brother later confessed to committing in a suicide note. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on...

New coaches at Kansas, K-State are studies in contrast

Aug. 21, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — About the only thing the football programs at Kansas and Kansas State have had in common much of the past three decades is the often desolate stretch of Interstate 70 that connects them. The Jayhawks have the proud tradition of John Riggins and Gale Sayers, yet recent success has been...

The Latest: 4.2 magnitude earthquake reported in Kansas

Aug. 16, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a series of earthquakes in Kansas (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A series of earthquakes shook parts of Kansas near Hutchinson, knocking down ceiling tiles and breaking some windows. The largest earthquake measured 4.2 and struck around 8 a.m. Friday, with an epicenter...

4.2 magnitude earthquake reported in Kansas

Aug. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A series of earthquakes shook parts of Kansas on Friday morning near Hutchinson, knocking down ceiling tiles and breaking some windows. The largest earthquake measured 4.2 and struck around 8 a.m., with an epicenter about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from Hutchinson. The U.S. Geological...

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...

Kansas imposes toughest online tax collections in the nation

Aug. 7, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to impose what some tax experts said Wednesday would be the nation's most aggressive policy for collecting state and local taxes on online sales, possibly inviting a legal battle. The state Department of Revenue issued a notice last week saying any "remote seller" doing...

Union: Mulvaney comments confirm agency moves meant to cut

Aug. 6, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal employees union charged Tuesday that recent comments by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney confirm the Trump administration's "grand strategy" to cut the federal workforce by relocating agency offices out of Washington. Mulvaney said last week that the U.S....

New Kansas governor brings sharp shift on LGBTQ foster kids

Aug. 5, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' child welfare agency has drafted guidelines urging foster parents to allow LGBTQ kids in their care to "express themselves as they see themselves," riling conservatives a little more than a year after the state granted legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that do...

Kansas, Missouri truce over jobs conflict appears shaky

Aug. 2, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The governors in Kansas and Missouri have moved to end an economic "border war" that has gained their states unwanted national attention for using millions of dollars in incentives to entice companies into shifting jobs close to the Kansas City-area border. Their truce appears shaky. An...

Sheriff: DNA may show if exhumed body is Belgium woman

Aug. 1, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in Kansas say a body exhumed this week could be that of a woman missing from Belgium. Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said Tuesday DNA will determine the identity of a body exhumed from Gypsum Hill Cemetery. The woman, referred to as "Miss Molly," was buried 33 years ago...