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Kansas state parks will offer free admission on Black Friday

Nov. 25, 2021 13:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — All 28 state parks in Kansas will be free to visit on Black Friday. The Kansas City Star reports that entrance fees will be waived for all visitors, including guests from out of town. “Being outside in nature does wonders...

Topeka High mourns loss of teacher found unresponsive

Nov. 24, 2021 18:04 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka teacher has died after he was found unresponsive in his classroom. WIBW reports that emergency responders were called to Topeka High School just before 8 a.m. Tuesday. They rushed 40-year-old John Keller to an area hospital, where he was...

Man gets life sentence for carjacking, fatal wreck in Topeka

Nov. 24, 2021 12:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man has been sentenced to life in prison for a carjacking and an accident that led to the death of another man. Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced the sentence Wednesday for Darren Matthew Johnson. Johnson was convicted in...

Kansas health official: COVID cases rising ahead of holiday

Nov. 24, 2021 11:22 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas health advisor says the coronavirus pandemic is starting to worsen in Kansas again as families prepare to gather over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Public health advisor Marci Nielsen blames less mask use and more indoor gatherings, The...

Veteran officer to lead Topeka Police Department

Nov. 24, 2021 07:47 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man who has spent his entire 27-year law enforcement career with the Topeka Police Department will now lead it. City Manager Brent Trout on Tuesday introduced Bryan Wheeles as the new police chief, effective immediately. He has served as interim...

Kansas financially protecting workers who refuse COVID shots

Nov. 23, 2021 17:26 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday brushed aside complaints from fellow Democrats about signing a Republican measure aimed at financially protecting workers who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccines by declaring, “leadership means seeking compromise.” ...

Kansas GOP lawmakers OK helping workers defy COVID mandates

Nov. 23, 2021 00:45 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas approved a measure Monday night to make it easy for workers to claim religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates and provide unemployment benefits to people fired for refusing the shots. Gov. Laura Kelly said...

Topeka police investigate fatal weekend shooting

Nov. 21, 2021 12:47 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man is dead after a weekend shooting in Topeka. Police Lt. Kelvin Johnson said the shooting was reported shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday. The victim was identified as 31-year-old Adrian Williams of Olathe, according to the Topeka...

Kansas push to defy COVID rules complicates governor's race

Nov. 20, 2021 13:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are treating Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s opposition to federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates as a political bluff and are forcing policy choices upon her that could complicate her already difficult bid for reelection. ...

Kansas to phase out some free testing for COVID-19 next year

Nov. 19, 2021 18:01 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will start next year to require employers, individuals and health insurance companies to pay some costs associated with COVID-19 testing. The state Department of Health and Environment announced Friday that it will start phasing out free...