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College football players left in limbo as seasons get pushed

Aug. 11, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson is ready to play football next month. Or in the winter. Or even the spring. He just wants to pull on his shoulder pads one last time, run onto the field in front of thousands of adoring fans, and experience the thrill of college football. It doesn't matter much to Thompson...

Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., R-Olathe, speaks with reporters following a meeting of legisative leaders with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Ryckman says a plan from Kelly to erase a budget shortfall that arose amid the coronavirus pandemic merely pushes the state's financial problems off a year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas House speaker had coronavirus; governor to get tested

Aug. 6, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican legislator in Kansas was hospitalized last month after testing positive for the novel coronavirus and didn't disclose it to colleagues until this week. The state's Democratic governor declared Thursday that she'll get tested because the two of them attended a meeting...

KU adds Southern Illinois to open football season -- for now

Jul. 25, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas added Southern Illinois to open its football season in just over a month. The game, however, might not be played. The revision came after New Hampshire backed out of the game Sept. 5 because of the Colonial Athletic Conference's decision to suspend fall sports due to COVID-19....

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office shows Shawn O'Brien. O'Brien who provided massages for female athletes at the University of Kansas is facing six new misdemeanor charges of sexual battery. The amended charges come after O'Brien was charged in February 2020, with a child sex crime, prompting Kansas to cancel its contracts with him. The university said in March that six female athletes told investigators they had experienced

New charges for massage therapist for Kansas female athletes

Jul. 23, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A man who provided massages for female athletes at the University of Kansas is facing six new misdemeanor charges of sexual battery. Shawn O'Brien, 49, of Lawrence, was charged in February with indecent liberties with a child. When the charges were reported, the University of Kansas...

NCAA case against Kansas hoops taken for independent review

Jul. 1, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA's infractions case against the University of Kansas men's basketball program has been accepted into a newly created independent investigation process that was created to handle especially complex cases. The Infractions Referral Committee said Wednesday that the case against...

Prosecutors file more charges against Kansas professor

Jun. 25, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas researcher accused of concealing work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas defrauded the U.S. government and the university, according to revised federal charges filed Thursday. The new indictment charges Feng “Franklin” Tao of...

Sheriff's office: 6 killed in fiery head-on crash in Kansas

Jun. 19, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Six people were killed and one was seriously injured in a fiery head-on crash on a northeast Kansas highway, authorities said. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened around 6:40 p.m. Thursday when a Ford Fusion and another vehicle collided on U.S. 40 southwest of...

Kansas officers shoot, kill man who pointed gun after chase

Jun. 15, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas law enforcement authorities on Monday shot and killed a man wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service who led them on a car chase then pointed a gun at them, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The patrol didn't identify the suspect, a white man who died at the scene. The chase...