Latest Kansas News

Zoo investigates animal handling after tiger attacks worker

Apr. 23, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas zoo is investigating its animal-handling protocols after a Sumatran tiger seriously injured a veteran zookeeper, and its director acknowledged Tuesday that human error probably led to the attack. The Topeka Zoo has "100% confidence" that no problem with the tiger's enclosure...

Defense order of the day for 1st round of NFL draft

Apr. 23, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — We learned during the 2018 season that offense is beloved by NFL teams (and fans). We also learned that defense, as performed by the Patriots in the Super Bowl, carries away the Lombardi Trophy. This year's draft, which begins Thursday night, is stocked with defenders who can be...

Former Kansas guard Charlie Moore transfers to DePaul

Apr. 23, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Kansas guard Charlie Moore is returning home to Chicago to play for DePaul. Coach Dave Leitao announced the move Tuesday, making DePaul Moore's third school. He began his career at California and played one season at Kansas. Moore averaged 2.9 points in 35 games as a sophomore after...

Kansas governor aims to spur 2020 Census participation

Apr. 23, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly is creating an advisory committee that aims to ensure every person in Kansas is counted in the 2020 Census. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the governor signed an executive order Tuesday that charged the committee with sparking public engagement in Kansas ahead of...

Kansas man gets life in prison for killing at Kansas lake

Apr. 23, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man convicted of killing a Lawrence man at a northeast Kansas lake has been ordered to spend life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years. County Attorney Joshua Ney says Jonathan D. Blevins was sentenced to the "Hard 50" Thursday in Jefferson County District Court....

Skeletal remains found in wooded area west of Topeka

Apr. 23, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are searching a wooded area west of Topeka where skeletal remains were found. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Shawnee County sheriff's Lt. Harry Louderback says deputies responded Monday after receiving a report that the remains had been found near a Kansas...

Child support evader site that caught 1 man is taken down

Apr. 23, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas government website designed to nab child support evaders has been taken down after it caught only one man in a year. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas Department for Children and Families spokesman Mike Deines says the Child Support Evaders website "had little to no...

Report: Driver says brakes failed before he killed teen

Apr. 23, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A 70-year-old driver told investigators that his brakes failed before his car careened onto a suburban Kansas City sidewalk where it struck and killed a 14-year-old girl and narrowly missed three other children. The Kansas City Star reports that police in Overland Park, Kansas,...

LGBTQ-friendly Wichita church vandalized; not the first time

Apr. 23, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The pastor of a Wichita church that has been repeatedly vandalized says she believes her congregation is being targeted because it is welcoming of people who are gay, lesbian and transgender. KSNW-TV reports that Table of Hope Pastor Jackie Carter says she started crying Monday when...

AG asks top Kansas court to say who names new appeals judge

Apr. 22, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to settle an unprecedented dispute between Gov. Laura Kelly and a top lawmaker over whether Kelly can name a new lower-court judge after withdrawing her first pick. The Democratic governor announced last week that she is...