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Game warden's dog died in hot patrol vehicle that stalled

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas game warden's dog died when the handler's patrol vehicle stalled and an emergency system that's designed to turn on fans and lower windows if the cabin gets too hot wasn't engaged. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and...

8-year-old boy struck, hurt while crossing highway on bike

Oct. 14, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old boy on a bicycle was seriously hurt when a sport utility vehicle crashed into him as rode across a highway in central Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the boy was struck around 6:40 p.m. Sunday while crossing U.S. 56 in Ellinwood. The boy and the...

High court to consider state role in prosecuting immigrants

Oct. 14, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Donaldo Morales caught a break when federal prosecutors declined to charge him after he was arrested for using a fake Social Security card so he could work at a Kansas restaurant. But the break was short-lived. Kansas authorities stepped in and obtained a state conviction that could...

Wichita lawyer to change his plea in cyberattack case

Oct. 11, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita lawyer accused of plotting a cyberattack on websites with information criticizing his work has told a federal court he intends to change his plea. A docket notation Friday shows attorney Bradley Pistotnik has a change-of-plea hearing Tuesday. The move comes two days after his...

2 injured after semi overturns in Kansas

Oct. 11, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two men have been injured after a semitruck overturned in Wichita, Kansas. A Wichita firefighter told The Wichita Eagle on Friday that the two men were taken the hospital after the accident. First responders had to cut through parts of the crushed semi to reach one of the men. The...

2 men killed in Kansas crash with semi

Oct. 10, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two men were killed after their van collided with a semi headed in the opposite direction in Marion County. The Wichita Eagle reports that 84-year-old Cecil Gill Jr. of Illinois was headed west on Highway 50 around 7:36 p.m. Wednesday. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Gill was traveling...

Software engineer to change plea in Kansas cyberattack case

Oct. 10, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A computer software engineer accused of plotting cyberattacks on websites criticizing a Wichita attorney's work has notified the court he plans to change his plea. A docket notation on Wednesday in U.S. District Court says VIRAL Artificial Intelligence co-founder David Dorsett is set...

Wichita water plant behind schedule amid scrutiny of mayor

Oct. 9, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new water plant planned for Wichita is behind schedule, delaying a City Council decision on keeping a nearly $524 million contract that has prompted an investigation of the mayor. The Wichita Eagle reports the contract gave Wichita Water Partners until Oct. 4 to submit a cost...

Wichita man sentenced to federal prison for store robbery

Oct. 9, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to 84 months in federal prison for robbing a convenience store last year. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister's office said the sentence was imposed Tuesday on 39-year-old Willie Smith. He pleaded guilty to a single robbery charge in June. U.S. District...

Kansas City firm makes $6.9M bid for rural Kansas hospital

Oct. 9, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

HILLSBORO, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City, Missouri, company that specializes in turning around financially distressed hospitals is seeking to a rural central Kansas hospital that is in bankruptcy. KCUR-FM reports that Rural Hospital Group is proposing to buy Hillsboro Community Hospital for $6.9 million. It...