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Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, answers questions from the press Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 during a briefing over COVID-19 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas health chief predicts bigger COVID-19 spikes to come

Sep. 30, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top public health official in Kansas said Wednesday that the state has yet to see its biggest wave of coronavirus cases, suggesting the pandemic could spawn an average of 800 or even 900 new cases a day in coming months. Dr. Lee Norman, the head of the state Department of Health...

Kansas City introduces another plan to combat growing crime

Sep. 30, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City officials on Wednesday introduced another attempt to reduce crime in the city, with a focus on increasing community involvement, breaking down barriers between groups, and helping those involved in criminal activity find a new path. The effort, called Reform Project KC,...

Relatives of members of the 1970 Wichita State University Shockers football team visit the crash site where an airplane carrying some of the players crashed near Loveland Pass Monday, July 27, 2020, west of Silver Plume, Colo. Wreckage from the plane, which was one of two being used to take the Shockers to play a football game against Utah State University in Logan, Utah, is still scattered on the mountain top nearly 50 years after the crash close to the Eisenhower Tunnel. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Wichita State's crash evokes moving memories 50 years later

Sep. 30, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

SILVER PLUME, Colo. (AP) — In a small clearing on Mount Trelease, a faded and tattered yellow shirt rests among twisted shards of metal. Emblazoned across the front: Wichita State. A heavy reminder of what took place 50 years ago in this section of the Colorado Rocky Mountains where memorials and tributes...

Former Wichita State president to be paid for consulting

Sep. 30, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita State University president who abruptly resigned last week will be paid a reduced salary until June 2021 for unspecified consulting services, according to an agreement with the Kansas Board of Regents. The document also requires Jay Golden to limit his presence on campus...

Texas' Sam Ehlinger (11) is tackled by Texas Tech's Adrian Frye (7) short of the goal line during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

College Football Picks: Another week of Big 12 upset alerts

Sep. 30, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

In recent years, the Big 12 has been at once completely stable and highly volatile. Oklahoma has won five straight conference championships, losing one game in league play along the way the last four seasons, always as a substantial favorite. The rest of the conference has been a choose-your-own-adventure ride,...

FILE - This undated file photo shows Rachael Hilyard of Wichita, Kansas. Hilyard was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to life in prison for decapitating the mother of her ex-boyfriend in 2017. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP, File)

Kansas woman gets life for decapitating ex-boyfriend's mom

Sep. 30, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman has been sentenced to life in prison for decapitating her ex-boyfriend's mother with a pair of kitchen knives. Rachael Hilyard, 38, of Wichita, was sentenced Tuesday in the 2017 death of 63-year-old Micki Davis, The Wichita Eagle reported. Hilyard apologized at the...

Man posing as police sought by real police in Wichita

Sep. 30, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are looking for a man suspected of posing as a police officer to pull over a driver. The Wichita Eagle reports that a police impersonator, driving a dark-colored car with red and blue emergency lights in the windshield, pulled over a driver Monday night. Police say the...

Topeka authorities: Explosive device was placed in car

Sep. 30, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka authorities say a car was badly damaged after an explosive device was placed inside the vehicle. WIBW-TV reports that police were called Monday night after an explosion inside a car that was parked near an apartment building. The Topeka Fire Department said a preliminary...

This undated photo provided by Larry Arbuckle shows his daughter Debra, at his Andover, Kan,. home. A lawsuit says Arbuckle who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy after refusing to pull over was unarmed and posed no danger to him or the public. The court filing Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, paints a different picture to that recounted by authorities following the fatal shooting in Wichita of 51-year-old Arbuckle by Sedgwick County Deputy Kaleb Dailey on Dec. 30, 2019. (Larry Arbuckle via AP)

Lawsuit: Kansas woman posed no danger when deputy killed her

Sep. 29, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy after refusing to pull over was unarmed and posed no danger to him or the public, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. The court filing paints a different picture to that recounted by authorities following the...

Kansas governor backs new guidelines on nursing home visits

Sep. 29, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday she supports new federal guidelines that will allow some visitations at nursing homes that accept Medicaid and Medicare if proper coronavirus-related safety measures are followed. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued guidance last...