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4 plead guilty in $5.4 million meth distribution conspiracy

Nov. 20, 2019 6:32 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Four people — including a mother and two of her children — have pleaded guilty in a $5.4 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Federal prosecutors say 67-year-old Linda Kay Ballard; her 27-year-old son, Eric Edward...

Impeachment intensifies buzz about Pompeo run for US Senate

Nov. 20, 2019 5:06 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A persistent buzz about Mike Pompeo stepping down as the top U.S. diplomat to run for an open Senate seat in Kansas has built to a roar as impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump have intensified scrutiny of the State Department. The U.S. secretary of state was in Brussels on...

Kansas City names its first female fire department chief

Nov. 20, 2019 3:21 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City has named its first female fire chief. The city announced Wednesday that interim chief Donna Maize will become fire chief. She has served as interim chief since September, when she replaced Gary Reese. The Kansas City Star reports Maize joined the fire department in...

Olathe councilwoman says she won’t resign over LGBTQ flap

Nov. 20, 2019 2:11 PM EST

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas city councilwoman says she will not resign after an LGBTQ advocate accused her of complaining to his employer about his public support for a nondiscrimination ordinance. Olathe Councilwoman Karin Brownlee made the announcement Tuesday during a council meeting that drew a...

Teen charged in Kansas says he didn’t know gun was loaded

Nov. 19, 2019 3:52 PM EST

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A 13-year-old charged with murder in Kansas told investigators he didn’t know a gun was loaded when a 14-year-old was fatally shot. The Kansas City Star reports court documents released recently say the teenagers stole the gun from a car and were playing with it when Zavier...

Kobach’s brand still sells with GOP in Senate race in Kansas

Nov. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach isn’t fazed that fellow Republicans worry he’s unpopular or too brash in pushing his hard-right views to keep Kansas’ open Senate seat in GOP hands next year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others are so concerned that they’ve spent...

Gay rights advocate seeks Olathe councilwoman’s resignation

Nov. 19, 2019 12:52 PM EST

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A gay rights activist says an Olathe City Council member should resign after she complained to his employer about his efforts to persuade the council to adopt an ordinance providing protections for LBGTQ residents. Brett Hoedl, chairman of the Equality Kansas Metro Kansas City chapter,...

Kansas distillery pleads guilty to Clean Air Act violation

Nov. 18, 2019 6:28 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A distillery could be fined up to $1 million for a chlorine gas cloud that lingered over a city in northeastern Kansas in 2016. Federal prosecutors say MGP Ingredients pleaded guilty Monday to negligently violating the federal Clean Air Act, a misdemeanor. In October 2016, a chlorine...

Perdue defends, celebrates USDA agency moves to Missouri

Nov. 15, 2019 5:52 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Friday that he has “absolutely zero regrets” about moving the headquarters of two research agencies from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, despite continuing criticism that the move would harm agricultural research and...

Party-switching Kansas House member to seek open Senate seat

Nov. 15, 2019 9:59 AM EST

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City-area lawmaker who made headlines by switching to the Democratic Party last year is seeking the state Senate seat of another lawmaker who did the same thing. Four-term state Rep. Stephanie Clayton of Overland Park announced Friday that she would run next year for the...