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Shelly Smith braids hair for Bridget Dunmore at her salon, Braid Heaven Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Kansas City, Kan. Legislators in Kansas and Wisconsin are considering whether to revise their states' anti-discrimination laws to ban bias in housing, employment and public accommodations based on hairstyles

Midwestern states consider banning bias based on hairstyles

Jan. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Black female legislators in two predominantly white Midwestern states urged their Republican colleagues Tuesday to join a national push to outlaw discrimination based on hairstyles such as braids and dreadlocks. Legislative committees in Kansas and Wisconsin held separate hearings on...

NFL dealing with social media hackers during Super Bowl week

Jan. 28, 2020 5:40 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The NFL has been dealing with hackers, not someone trying to peak into the league's records or team playbooks. The hackers apparently attacked social media accounts for the league and the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. The NFL said Tuesday that its...

North Carolina man pocketed $685,000 in fraud on employer

Jan. 28, 2020 5:35 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A North Carolina man admitted Tuesday to defrauding his employer in Kansas by placing orders for more than $685,000 for electrical and wire cable, then selling them to another company and pocketing the money, prosecutors said. Coe Downing, 48, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded...

Kansas woman accused of abandoning caged, starving dog

Jan. 28, 2020 4:48 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita woman faces a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals after a caged and starving dog was discovered next to a trash dumpster earlier this month. Raykesha Hardyway, 26, made a first appearance in court Tuesday in a case that accuses her of abandoning a pit bull named Kodak...

Child porn charges filed against Kansas man in threat case

Jan. 28, 2020 4:47 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of threatening on social media to kill President Donald Trump faces additional charges after investigators found child pornography on his cellular phone and elsewhere. Aaron McDowell, 24, of Salina was charged in a criminal complaint Tuesday with two counts related...

Kansas residents find boa constrictor in living room couch

Jan. 28, 2020 3:30 PM EST

ROSE HILL, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters are looking for anyone who might be missing a boa constrictor after some Kansas residents found the 6-foot snake in their living room couch. Police officers responding to a 911 call Monday from a resident in Rose Hill, a town about 20 miles southeast of Wichita,...

FILE - In this March 6, 2017, file photo firefighter Travis Pohlman checks for hot spots in the trees in the Highlands in Hutchinson, Kan. A University of Nebraska study indicates that trees in Kansas are posing a mounting wildfire risk as they continue to take over grassland around the state. Initial research suggests a link between the spread of trees in the Great Plains and a rise in the size and frequency of large wildfires. (Lindsey Bauman/The Hutchinson News via AP, File)

Study: Trees in Kansas increasingly pose a wildfire hazard

Jan. 28, 2020 3:29 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Trees in Kansas pose a mounting wildfire risk as they continue to take over grassland around the state, according to a new study. Initial research from the University of Nebraska also suggests a link between the proliferation of trees in the Great Plains and an increase in the size...

Analysis: Kansas State University enrollment trends downward

Jan. 28, 2020 12:42 PM EST

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The number of Kansas residents enrolled at Kansas State University hit a 31-year low last fall, continuing a five-year downturn that may worsen despite efforts to reverse it, an analysis shows. The Manhattan Mercury reported that its analysis of enrollment and population data shows...

Kansas man pleads guilty to marketing misbranded drugs

Jan. 28, 2020 10:26 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man pleaded guilty Monday to selling erectile dysfunction drugs he imported from China and marketing them as herbal remedies for men, authorities said. Rick Shepard, 60, of Overland Park entered the plea to one count of conspiracy to import misbranded drugs for the sale of...

Recent Kansas editorials

Jan. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EST

The Topeka Capital-Journal, Jan. 25 The possibility of an anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution being brought before voters during the August primary election is an obviously bad and unfair idea. First, let’s make this clear: We do not have a stance on this amendment itself. We’re...