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Kansas man gets life sentence for 2018 night club shooting

Aug. 10, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 38-year-old man convicted of a 2018 fatal shooting outside a Wichita night club has been sentenced to life in prison, prosecutors said Monday. Brandon Evans shot and killed 37-year-old Isaac Lewis of Wichita outside Daiquiri's Club, the Sedgwick County District attorney’s...

Officials: deputy arrested on suspicion of domestic battery

Aug. 9, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's office said 27-year-old Kellie Geiger was arrested Saturday after a disturbance with “an intimate partner who she shares a residence with” was...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly discusses an executive order requiring mask wearing and daily temperature checks in all public and private K-12 schools during a news conference, Monday, July 20, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly also wants to delay the reopening of schools from mid-August to after Labor Day but needs the State Board of Education's approval. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Governor tests negative; Kansas COVID-19 cases jump past 30K

Aug. 7, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly tested negative for the coronavirus Friday as a Republican legislative leader faced criticism from some Democrats for not telling colleagues until this week that he’d been infected and hospitalized before he, Kelly and other top lawmakers had a public...

Stephanie Byers conducts a band class at Wichita North High on April 23, 2018. Byers ran unopposed and won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the 86th District of the Kansas House of Representatives. Byers has since retired from teaching. (Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Kansas poised to elect its first openly transgender lawmaker

Aug. 7, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A retired music teacher would become the first openly transgender member of the deeply conservative Kansas Legislature if she's elected from a Democratic-leaning district she's expected to win. Stephanie Byers, of Wichita, would join the ranks of other transgender people who have...

Kansas man, wife charged 2 days after he resigned as mayor

Aug. 5, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — The man who resigned as mayor of Goddard on Monday has been charged along with his wife with misdemeanor counterfeiting, Sedgwick County authorities said Wednesday. Jamey Blubaugh and his wife, Elizabeth, allegedly used counterfeit tickets to attend last year's Zoobilee at the Sedgwick...

The Latest: Barnett wins Democratic primary in Kansas 1st

Aug. 4, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on Kansas' primary election (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Kali Barnett has won the Democratic primary in Kansas’ 1st District. The 35-year-old author and music teacher from Garden City defeated Christy Davis, the former executive director of Symphony in the Flint...

Dr. Lee Norman, top administrator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, discusses the ongoing resurgence in coronavirus cases in the state during a news conference, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman is calling the resurgence

Kansas sees rate of positive coronavirus tests inching up

Aug. 3, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has seen its rate of positive coronavirus tests inch up and reported cases double in nearly half of the state's counties over the past month so that the state is approaching 29,000 reported cases for the pandemic. The state Department of Health and Environment reported Monday...

Board of Education races draw attention after COVID-19 vote

Aug. 3, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Board of Education primary election has drawn more attention than usual after the panel voted against the governor's plan to delay the start of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic. One member who had been running unopposed, Deena Horst, voted against Gov. Laura...

Police: second man dies after shooting at Wichita motel

Aug. 2, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A second man has died days after a shootout at a Wichita motel that police suspect happened during a fight over drugs. Wichita Police say 23-year-old Keion Whyte, of Wichita, died Saturday at a hospital. He was injured early Thursday morning during a shooting at the Scotsman Inn West....

Laid-off Kansas aviation workers find new opportunities

Aug. 2, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Some aviation workers who were laid off in Wichita are taking advantage of a federal program that helps people looking for new opportunities or a chance to gain more education and skills. Tracy Taylor, 32, lost her job on the 737 program at Spirit AeroSystems in January. She has since...