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Senate leader, presidential candidate Bob Dole dies at 98

Dec. 05, 2021 17:46 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Bob Dole, who overcame disabling war wounds to become a sharp-tongued Senate leader from Kansas, a Republican presidential candidate and then a symbol and celebrant of his dwindling generation of World War II veterans, died Sunday. He was 98. His...

Bob Dole, who overcame severe WWII wounds to lead Senate GOP and run for president, dies at 98

Dec. 05, 2021 12:02 PM EST
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Bob Dole, who overcame severe WWII wounds to lead Senate GOP and run for president, dies at 98.

Man acquitted in granddaughter's carbon monoxide death

Dec. 04, 2021 15:21 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of his 4-year-old granddaughter from carbon monoxide poisoning. A Shawnee County District Court jury on Friday acquitted Timothy Wayne Funk, 58, of murder and two counts of...

Kelly names new leader of Kansas Child Advocate division

Dec. 02, 2021 16:01 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence attorney will be the first director of the Division of the Child Advocate, which was created in October to improve the state's child welfare system, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday. Kerrie Konard, a former social worker who has worked...

Ex-Kansas health chief says he was 'Fauci'd' out of his job

Dec. 01, 2021 11:23 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Dr. Lee Norman, who led Kansas through the coronavirus pandemic until his abrupt departure last month, has said in an interview that he was “Fauci'd” out by COVID-19 politics. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced on Nov. 19 that Norman had...

Kelly appoints former hospital executive as health secretary

Nov. 29, 2021 12:08 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday appointed a former Topeka hospital executive as the new secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Janet Stanek has most recently been director of the state employee health benefits program. She replaces...

Kansas state parks will offer free admission on Black Friday

Nov. 25, 2021 13:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — All 28 state parks in Kansas will be free to visit on Black Friday. The Kansas City Star reports that entrance fees will be waived for all visitors, including guests from out of town. “Being outside in nature does wonders...

Topeka High mourns loss of teacher found unresponsive

Nov. 24, 2021 18:04 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka teacher has died after he was found unresponsive in his classroom. WIBW reports that emergency responders were called to Topeka High School just before 8 a.m. Tuesday. They rushed 40-year-old John Keller to an area hospital, where he was...

Man gets life sentence for carjacking, fatal wreck in Topeka

Nov. 24, 2021 12:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man has been sentenced to life in prison for a carjacking and an accident that led to the death of another man. Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced the sentence Wednesday for Darren Matthew Johnson. Johnson was convicted in...

Kansas health official: COVID cases rising ahead of holiday

Nov. 24, 2021 11:22 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas health advisor says the coronavirus pandemic is starting to worsen in Kansas again as families prepare to gather over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Public health advisor Marci Nielsen blames less mask use and more indoor gatherings, The...