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Kansas dioceses tie Medicaid expansion to abortion changes

Nov. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The four Catholic dioceses in Kansas will not support expanding Medicaid to thousands more low-income adults and children unless the state passes a constitutional amendment and new laws restricting abortion, the head of the Kansas Catholic Conference said. Chuck Weber, the...

Police: 2 deaths in Topeka were murder-suicide

Nov. 14, 2019 3:21 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Police say the deaths of two people in a southeast Topeka apartment were a murder-suicide. Police spokeswoman Gretchen Koenen said Thursday that 32-year-old Valerie Taylor was found dead Tuesday afternoon by officers responding to a medical call. Taylor died from a single gunshot wound....

Topeka police say 2 shooting deaths were homicides

Nov. 13, 2019 12:30 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Police say a teenager and a young man were killed in a shooting in Topeka. Spokeswoman Gretchen Koenen said 15-year-old Owen Hughes and 21-year-old Reginald McKinney Jr., both of Topeka, were shot to death Tuesday in southeast Topeka. Officers found one victim inside a home and another...

2 people dead after shooting in southeast Topeka

Nov. 12, 2019 6:31 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Police say a shooting in southeast Topeka left two people dead. Topeka police Lt. Andrew Beightel said the shooting occurred Tuesday in the Highland Park community. One of the victims was found outside and the other was indoors. Both died at the scene. He said police are searching for...

GOP Kansas state school board member running for US Senate

Nov. 12, 2019 3:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican member of the Kansas State Board of Education who shares retiring GOP U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts' last name is running to replace him in Washington. Steve Roberts of Overland Park filed paperwork Tuesday with the state to claim a spot on the ballot in the August primary. Pat...

Kansas had 10-year high for deer-related crashes in 2018

Nov. 11, 2019 12:09 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state transportation agency says Kansas hit a 10-year high for deer-related crashes last year. The agency says 10,734 deer-related wrecks were reported in 2018 in Kansas. The Department of Transportation says that accounted for 16.5% of total wrecks for the year. The department's...

Kansas parks agency to consider turkey hunting restrictions

Nov. 11, 2019 11:46 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will vote this week on whether to restrict turkey hunting harvest in parts of Kansas for at least two years. The commission will take up two measures Thursday in Scott City. A proposal from state biologists would reduce spring turkey tag...

Man arrested after pair of northeast Kansas police chases

Nov. 11, 2019 9:16 AM EST

SILVER LAKE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested after a pair of police chases in northeast Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that it started when a driver fled from Shawnee County sheriff's deputies in a stolen Toyota Camry. The Camry then was found crashed early Monday in a ditch...

NTSB: Loss of Control blamed for fatal Kansas plane crash

Nov. 8, 2019 5:11 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Investigators say loss of control resulted in the 2017 crash that killed a Topeka physician. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the National Transportation Safety Board posted on its website that investigators had found "no mechanical anomalies." Topeka pulmonary physician William...

Kansas Rep. Watkins pays account after foreclosure lawsuit

Nov. 8, 2019 5:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins paid a homeowners association in Alaska that was seeking to foreclose on his condominium, an email sent by the property manager shows. The email shows that Watkins called the property manager to resolve the matter on Thursday, the same day that The...