Latest Wichita News

White helps Houston beat No. 16 Wichita State 65-54

Jan. 18, 2020 7:15 PM EST

WICHITA. Kan. (AP) — It was the type of validating victory that made Houston coach Kelvin Sampson get a bit reflective. After the Cougars emphatically took down No. 16 Wichita State 65-54 on Saturday, beating a ranked team in a very difficult environment, Sampson thought back to this season’s...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo medical marijuana dispensary owner Chance Gilbert displays some of the marijuana he's grown at the Oklahoma Roots dispensary in Shawnee, Okla. Legislators in neighboring Kansas expect to have their most serious debate so far on legalizing marijuana for medical uses, partly because conservative Missouri and Oklahoma already have approved it. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy, File)

Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate

Jan. 17, 2020 1:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana this year, fueling high hopes for advocates who have been stymied by the state's prohibitionist roots and Republican-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has said she would sign a bill...

ARCHIVO - En imagen de archivo del 3 de octubre de 2019, los fuselajes del Boeing 737 MAX, fabricados por Spirit Aerosystems en Wichita, Kansas, se encuentran cubiertos pr lonas cerca de la fábrica. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle vía AP, archivo)

Kansas says it's better prepared now for aviation layoffs

Jan. 16, 2020 6:31 PM EST

Kansas Labor Secretary Delia Garcia said Thursday that the state is better prepared to respond to layoffs stemming from the grounding of the troubled Boeing 737 Max than it was during the Great Recession, when it had to borrow money to prop up its unemployment insurance trust fund. That fund now has about $1...

Brittany Jones, advocacy director for the conservative Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, answers questions from reporters following the unveiling of a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution on abortion, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Jones' group and other anti-abortion organizations are backing the amendment, which would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas abortion measure's fate may rest on when vote is set

Jan. 16, 2020 5:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The fate of a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution could depend more on when it would appear on the ballot than the language being considered by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Supporters of the proposal for overturning last year's Kansas Supreme Court...

Kansas House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, answers questions from reporters as he prepares to depart from the Statehouse to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security briefing at a former Air Force base, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Sawyer later called the briefing

DHS briefs Kansas lawmakers on business, agriculture threats

Jan. 14, 2020 7:08 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Foreign governments are trying to get proprietary information about Kansas business and agricultural assets, state legislators heard Tuesday in extraordinary, secret briefings with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official, according to participants. Lawmakers who attended one of...

Moody's downgrades debt rating for largest Boeing supplier

Jan. 14, 2020 3:38 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Moody's Investors Service announced that it is downgrading the debt rating for Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. to junk-bond status after the major supplier of fuselages for Boeing's troubled 737 Max announced massive layoffs last week. Monday's downgrade comes after Spirit announced Friday...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019, file photo completed Boeing 737 MAX fuselages, made at Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan., sit covered in tarps near the factory. On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems announced it is laying off 2,800 employees at its Wichita facility due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP, File)

Boeing travails begin to ripple, 2,800 jobs lost in Kansas

Jan. 10, 2020 4:48 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Problems for Boeing and its troubled 737 Max aircraft, which appear to be growing deeper, have begun to ripple outward, with a major supplier announcing Friday that it will lay off more than 20% of its workforce in Kansas, where it is based. The announcement of 2,800 layoffs at a major...

Wichita State's Grant Sherfield goes to the basket against Memphis' D.J. Jeffries (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Wichita, Kan. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Burton leads No. 23 Wichita State past No. 21 Memphis

Jan. 9, 2020 10:36 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Erik Stevenson, Wichita State’s sophomore team leader, flexed his arms, puffed his chest and jutted out his chin as he stared down the screaming fans. But he wasn’t celebrating his own play — instead, it was a tough layup that teammate Jamarius Burton converted...

This May 24, 2019 aerial photo, shows the Spirit Aerosystems Facility in Tulsa, Okla. The looming production shutdown of Boeing 737 Max jets is taking a toll on a key supplier. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. is asking employees if they will take voluntary buyouts. Spirit suspended production of fuselages and other parts for the Max on Jan. 1, after Boeing told the Wichita, Kansas, company to suspend shipments. Employees learned about the buyout offer – with terms depending on union contracts for workers in Wichita, Tulsa and McAlester, Okla. – in a Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, memo from CEO Tom Gentile(Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)

Grounding of 737 Max takes growing toll on Kansas suppliers

Jan. 9, 2020 7:37 PM EST

WICHTA, Kan. (AP) — The suspension of production of the Boeing 737 Max is taking a growing toll on suppliers in Kansas, where more than 40 aerospace companies provide parts and services for production of that aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. is the largest employer in Wichita, Kansas, which bills...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, center, answers questions from reporters about a new Medicaid expansion plan as lawmakers and other advocates watch, including Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, second from the left, during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

New Kansas proposal breaks impasse on expanding Medicaid

Jan. 9, 2020 1:06 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor and a top Republican lawmaker on Thursday outlined a new proposal for expanding the state's Medicaid program, breaking an impasse that had allowed a handful of GOP leaders to thwart bipartisan legislative majorities. The plan from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly...