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Ex Waste Management worker sues over racial discrimination

Jan. 23, 2022 12:01 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Black former Waste Management employee said in a federal lawsuit that his supervisor and coworkers in Topeka discriminated against him because of his race. The Wichita Eagle reports that Robert Smith worked for the trash company for 13 years before he was...

Video shows struggle that preceded restrained teen's death

Jan. 22, 2022 18:22 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Surveillance video shows a Black 17-year-old struggling with staff at a Wichita juvenile center last fall before he died after he was restrained facedown for more than 30 minutes. Sedgwick County released 18 video clips late Friday afternoon of what happened...

Kansas teen's death has spotlight on 'stand your ground' law

Jan. 21, 2022 16:53 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers were thinking of homeowners facing down burglars and people attacked on the street when they wrote a “stand your ground” law more than a decade ago allowing use of deadly force in self defense. They didn't envision it applying to police officers, jail...

Death sentences upheld in case dubbed 'the Wichita massacre'

Jan. 21, 2022 16:51 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the death sentences Friday of two brothers who were sentenced in 2002 for four killings known as “the Wichita massacre.” Jonathan and Reginald Carr argued that a ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access...

Man arrested more than 2 years after fatal Wichita crash

Jan. 21, 2022 09:32 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man accused of causing a fatal motorcycle crash in Wichita more than two years ago has been arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter while under the influence and operating without a proper license. Travis James Brent Bryson, 31, was arrested...

Homeless man sentenced for killing woman who helped him

Jan. 20, 2022 10:37 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A homeless man has been sentenced to life plus 195 months in prison for killing a 72-year-old Wichita woman who had sometimes provided him with food and a place to stay. John Darwin Pepper, 57, was sentenced last week after being convicted in November of...

Prosecutor: No charges in Black Kansas teen’s custody death

Jan. 18, 2022 18:06 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor said Tuesday that he won't file criminal charges over the death of a Black 17-year-old who became unresponsive while being restrained facedown for more than 30 minutes following an altercation with staff at a Wichita juvenile center in September. ...

Wichita police say 2 teenagers killed in shooting

Jan. 18, 2022 15:54 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A shooting on the south side of Wichita has left two teenagers dead, police said. Officers who were called to an apartment complex on Monday night found 17-year-old Alexis Cervantes-Martinez and 16-year-old Mariah Zamora in a vehicle that had crashed into a...

Two large Kansas school districts shuttered as COVID surges

Jan. 17, 2022 16:31 PM EST

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Two large school districts in Kansas have canceled classes this week as COVID-19 cases surge among their staff and students. Olathe Public Schools and Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools canceled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday, the Kansas City Star reported....

DeJulius lifts Cincinnati past Wichita State 61-57

Jan. 16, 2022 15:37 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — David DeJulius scored 18 points and made a go-ahead layup with 2:20 remaining in the game as Cincinnati rallied past Wichita State 61-57 in American Athletic Conference play on Sunday. Hayden Koval had 13 points for the Bearcats (13-5, 3-2). John Newman III...