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KBI identifies man shot and killed by Topeka police officer

Dec. 02, 2022 12:25 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has identified the man who was shot and killed by a Topeka police officer during a fight over a weapon. Dylan Walstrom, 28, of Topeka, died Thursday after he was shot by an officer investigating a car that was blocking an alley...

GOP elections chief in Kansas decries 'horrible environment'

Dec. 01, 2022 18:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican elections chief on Thursday decried a “horrible environment” for local officials overseeing voting and counting ballots this year as top state officials certified November's results. Secretary of State Scott Schwab aggressively defends the...

Kansas sees taxes fall 5.3% short of expections in November

Dec. 01, 2022 18:32 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected 5.3% less in taxes than expected in November, the first time in more than two years that its collections have fallen short of the state's monthly target. The shortfall was $36 million, but the state Department of Revenue's report Thursday came...

Kansas Bureau of Investigation director to retire in January

Dec. 01, 2022 18:18 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director Kirk Thompson said Thursday he plans to retire in January after more than a decade of leading the state's largest criminal investigation agency. Newly elected Attorney General Kris Kobach, a Republican, will name...

Kansas justice chides state law school for 'closed' climate

Dec. 01, 2022 18:15 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A member of Kansas' highest court has resigned in protest from a part-time teaching job at a state law school following what he says was an unsuccessful attempt by the university to pressure students into canceling an event featuring a leader of a group that opposes LGBTQ...

Topeka chief: Man killed by officer after struggle over gun

Dec. 01, 2022 13:30 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka police officer shot and killed a man early Thursday during a struggle over a handgun, Police Chief Bryan Wheedles said. The shooting occurred as the officer was investigating a report of a car, which was later determined to be stolen, blocking an alley...

Kansas providers cautious about doing telemedicine abortions

Nov. 30, 2022 12:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas providers might not be ready for months to do telemedicine abortions even though a state-court judge has blocked the state from enforcing its ban on teleconferencing with patients seeking pregnancy-ending medications. Planned Parenthood Great Plains said...

Ex-majority leader jailed for DUI is leaving Kansas Senate

Nov. 29, 2022 17:29 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas lawmaker who was forced out of one of the state Senate's most powerful jobs following an arrest for drunken driving and speeding the wrong way on two interstate highways is planning to leave the Legislature in early January. Former Senate Majority...

Top Kansas transportation official is stepping down Dec. 23

Nov. 29, 2022 13:28 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top transportation official in Kansas is stepping down just before Christmas in the first major change at a state agency since Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly narrowly won reelection earlier this month. Kelly's office announced Tuesday that Transportation...

Rift in Kansas GOP boils over after loss in governor's race

Nov. 17, 2022 18:10 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A push by top Republicans in Kansas to punish party officials who backed an independent candidate for governor is shining a spotlight on an internal rift that could hinder GOP leaders' efforts to steer the state to the right over Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's objections. ...