NE Kan. Police Department Loses Dog To Illness


Members of a northeast Kansas police department are mourning the loss of a four-legged colleague known for helping crack big cases and letting children pat his tummy. The Atchison Police Department’s tracking and narcotics detection dog Bear died Wednesday of a terminal medical condition. The department says Bear died surrounded by fellow officers, and a […]

UPDATE: Missing Lawrence Man Found Dead

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A Lawrence disc jockey whose friends reported him missing has been found dead on the grounds of a northeast Kansas park. The manager of Clinton State Park told the Lawrence Journal-World that a body found Friday morning has been identified as that of 26-year-old Michael Packard. No information was released about the cause of death, but […]

Reward Offered In Theft From Dying Wichita Woman

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Police are looking for a man who was in a silver car near where a Wichita woman was robbed after she died at a fast-food restaurant. Danielle Zimmerman died Dec. 29 after suffering a brain aneurysm while pulling into a Taco Bell, causing her truck to hit a speaker in the drive-through lane. Someone took […]

Suspects In U-Haul Van Lead Officers On Chase


A man and woman suspected of stealing tried to flee from officers while driving a U-Haul van in western Kansas. The Colby police department says in a statement that a man from Florida and a woman from Colorado are in custody after the chase Thursday in Thomas County. They are accused of stealing from a […]

Five Chiefs Land on 1st or 2nd NFL All-Pro Team

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The Associated Press 2013 NFL All-Pro team selected by a national panel of 50 media members: OFFENSE Quarterback_Peyton Manning, Denver. Running Backs_LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City. Fullback_Mike Tolbert, Carolina. Tight End_Jimmy Graham, New Orleans. Wide Receivers_Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Josh Gordon, Cleveland. Tackles_Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Jason Peters, Philadelphia. Guards_Louis Vasquez, Denver; Evan Mathis, Philadelphia. […]

Fatalities On Kansas’ Roads Hit All-Time Low In 2013


In the past year there were fewer deaths on Kansas roads that in any other year since the Kansas Department of Transportation began keeping records. In 2013, according to preliminary, unofficial reports there were 344 fatalities, compared to 405 in 2012. “One fatality is one too many and we are going to work hard to […]

Legislation For The State To Appraise Complex Businesses

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The 2014 Legislative session will open in about a week, and one lawmaker plans to introduce a bill to make sure complex businesses are taxed fairly. Senate Vice President Jeff King, the Independence Republican, says he plans to introduce a bill calling for the state, not counties, to appraise properties like Oil Refineries and Ethanol […]

Five Sporting KC Players Named to USMNT Roster


Five Sporting Kansas City players were named to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster on Friday for a training camp that begins Jan. 6, the United States Soccer Federation announced . Defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic will join the U.S. Men’s National Team for the first time alongside fellow Sporting Kansas City teammates Matt […]

Streaking Mountaineers Rally Past Kansas, 65-55

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West Virginia used a second half scoring streak to push its winning streak to eleven straight as the Mountaineers topped Kansas, 65-55, in the Big 12 opener for both teams at Allen Fieldhouse Thursday night. The Mountaineers (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) turned their biggest deficit into their biggest lead with a 16-0 run starting near […]

Wildcats Fall to No. 9 Baylor in Big 12 Opener

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The duo of Ashia Woods and Leticia Romero combined for 47 points, but it was not enough for Kansas State, as the Wildcats dropped their Big 12 opener to No. 9/9 Baylor, 92-63, Thursday night at Bramlage Coliseum. Woods finished with a career-high 27 points on a career-best 9-of-14 shooting from the field including a […]

Red Cross Urges Residents To Prepare For Cold Weather #KSWX


The Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross urges residents to prepare as more cold weather moves into the area through the weekend. Extremely cold temperatures will affect communities across Kansas and the Red Cross has safety tips for the cold weather and home fire risks. To stay safe during this winter weather, […]

Libertarians Have Two Candidates for Kansas Governor

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The Libertarian party will pick its candidate for governor at the party’s convention in Wichita on April 26. About 150 registered Libertarians will choose between Keen Umbehr and Tresa McAlhaney. Because Libertarians are not considered a major party in Kansas, they are prohibited from picking their candidate by ballot in a primary election in August. […]

Snowstorm Hits Northeast

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Many people in the Northeast heading to work this morning are facing a messy and possibly slippery commute. A post-holiday storm has dumped nearly two feet of snow in some places and resulted in more than 2,300 flight cancellations. Many kids are getting an extended holiday vacation. State offices will be closed today in Massachusetts. […]

Wichita Police Say Two Children Abandoned With Stranger


Police in Wichita are investigating an apparent case of child abandonment. KAKE-TV reports a woman left her two girls, both less than 2 years old, with a stranger at a downtown apartment on December 28th. The woman who took them in described the girls as “filthy and thirsty.” She cared for them for three days, […]

Suspects In U-Haul Van Lead Officers On Chase

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A man and woman suspected of stealing tried to flee from officers while driving a U-Haul van in western Kansas. The Colby police department says in a statement that a man from Florida and a woman from Colorado are in custody after the chase Thursday in Thomas County. They are accused of stealing from a […]

A Chilly South Wind


 It will be warmer but breezy today as highs warm into the mid and upper 30s.  However with south winds gusting close to 30mph this afternoon the wind chill will not make it much above 25 degrees.  Under partly cloudy skies tonight lows will drop into the lower and mid 20s.  It will be mostly […]

Shockers Open Up Valley Play With a Win Over Salukies

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Fred VanVleet had 17 points, seven assists and two steals and No. 8 Wichita State remained unbeaten behind 62 percent shooting, opening Missouri Valley Conference play with an 82-67 victory over Southern Illinois on Thursday night. Cleanthony Early scored 23 points for the Shockers (14-0, 1-0), the preseason conference favorites coming off a Final Four appearance. […]

Oklahoma Beats Alabama in Sugar Bowl


Trevor Knight passed for 348 yards and four touchdowns and No.11Oklahoma  took down third-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, 45-31 on Thursday night. Kinght’s completion percentage entering the game was 52.2. He had completed 47 passes all season, and had 32 against Alabama to set a Sugar Bowl record. The victory was a sweet one […]

Mitch Holthus on 580 Sports Talk 1/2/14

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Mitch Holthus, the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, joined Jake and Mark on Thursday’s 580 Sports talk to preview Saturday’s AFC wild card game between the Chiefs and Colts. The game kicks off at 3:35 Saturday afternoon. Click below to listen to their conversation.          

Dead Inmate’s Family Seeking $1M In Compensation


Relatives of a man who died while serving a life sentence for killing a northeast Kansas woman are seeking $1 million in damages and threatening to file a lawsuit. The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports the family of Roger Hollister sent demand letters last month to the Kansas Department of Corrections, the Nemaha County Attorney’s […]

City Committed To Reducing Levels Of Chlorine By-Products

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Two Rural Water Districts (RWDs), CRWD#3 Shawnee and #8 Osage, and MTAA (Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority – Forbes Field) have been notified that they are in violation of HAA requirements.  HAAs are Haloacetic Acids, compounds that are byproducts created from chlorine water filtration.   CRWD#3 buys 100 percent of their water from the City of Topeka, […]

Kansas Issues Revised Fish Consumption Advisories


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) are issuing revised fish consumption advisories for 2014. The advisories identify types of fish or other aquatic animals that should be eaten in limited quantities or, in some cases, avoided altogether because of contamination.  General advice and […]

Andy Reid’s Thursday Press Conference


The Kansas City Chiefs will square off in the AFC Wild-Card round against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday at Lucas Oil Field. Kickoff is set for 3:35 central time.  The Chiefs, 11-5 on the season, earned the five seed. The Colts earned the four seed as they won their division with an 11-5 record as […]

UPDATE: Police ID Man Found Shot To Death In St. Mary’s


The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Levi Bishop of Rossville. —————————————— One person is dead, another is in jail, after a fatal shooting in St. Mary’s on New Year’s Day. Sheriff Greg Riat told the Topeka Capitol Journal that the 24-year-old man was found shot to death inside a car Wednesday morning. The dead […]

Police Find Crying Toddler In Cold Car

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A child found crying inside a frigid car in a northeast Omaha parking lot has been taken into protective custody and her parents have been cited for neglect. The Omaha Police Department says officers were sent to the lot around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The department says the officers found an intoxicated woman on the ground […]

Kansas Honor Flight Plans Six Flights This Year


Kansas Honor Flight is planning six more flights for veterans this year. The Hutchinson-based nonprofit group flies veterans for free to visit memorials in Washington D.C. The first two flights are scheduled for April 16-18 and April 30-May 2. Mike VanCampen, president of Kansas Honor Flight, says dates for the other four flights haven’t been […]

Pepsi Lobbies Kan. To Sell Diet Sodas In Schools


Pepsi-Cola of Topeka is lobbying the Kansas State Board of Education to drop a widely followed recommendation that schools not sell low-calorie sodas. The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports Pepsi of Topeka general manager Patrick O’Donnell says the company has voluntarily changed the products it sells in school vending machines to offer healthier options, even though […]

University Of Kansas Hires New Legislative Liaison

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The University of Kansas has hired a legislative liaison from the state Department of Transportation as the school’s new advocate at the Statehouse. The university announced the appointment of Lindsey Douglas as director of state relations this week. Douglas will play a major role in changing the university’s strategy for dealing with state policymakers and […]

Legislators Seek To Expand Kansas Rural Zones


A group Kansas House members has filed legislation for the 2014 session that would add three southeast counties to the state’s rural opportunity zone program. Gov. Sam Brownback established the program in 2011 to help draw new residents and businesses to counties where populations had dropped by 10 percent in the previous decade. People who […]

Can’t Shake the Cold


It will be partly cloudy and cold today with a slight chance for flurries later this afternoon.  Highs today will only make the lower and mid teens.  Under partly to mostly cloudy skies tonight lows will drop into the range for 5 to 10 degrees though with the return of a south wind temperatures should […]

Statehouse Visitor Center Opens Today

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At a ceremony this morning, state officials will unveil a new visitor center in the basement of the Kansas Statehouse. The facility contains pictures, documents and items focused around Kansas history and government. Mary Madden is with the Kansas Historical Society. She says they have a sword once owned by John Brown and ballots from […]

‘The Inside Story’ On Controversial Issues Facing The Horse Industry


Now: “The rest of the story.” Perhaps, one should say: “The whole story.” Or, maybe, “Things that haven’t been reported entirely truthfully concerning all aspects of issues facing the horse industry.” As seemingly with many controversial subjects, those reporting on highly debatable matters sometimes don’t get all of the information, fail to keep facts straight, […]

$1M Raffle Ticket Sold In South-Central Kansas

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The Kansas Lottery says a $1 million ticket has been sold in south-central Kansas. Lottery officials announced Tuesday that the winning Holiday Millionaire Raffle ticket number is 120298. Besides the $1 million prize, there were 25 winners of $5,000, 25 winners of $1,000, and 2,500 winners of $100 in Tuesday’s raffle drawing. Kansas Lottery Interim […]

Parents Charged In Death Of Salina Infant

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A Salina couple will have public defenders as they face charges of first-degree murder in the death of their infant son. The Salina Journal reports 27-year-old Nicholas Corbin and 20-year-old Desirah Overturf made their first court appearances Tuesday by video from the Saline County Jail. Police were called to their home the night of Dec. […]

Regents To Reconsider New Social Media Policy


The Kansas Board of Regents is taking another look at a new social media policy that was devised in the wake of criticism about a journalism professor’s anti-NRA tweet. A news release Tuesday says that board chairman Fred Logan is requesting a workgroup to review the policy. Under it, a university chief executive officer can discipline […]

Kansas Slightly Ahead Of Tax Revenue Target For Dec.

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Kansas revenue officials say the state took in $3.3 million more in taxes than anticipated in December and collections met expectations for the past six months. The Department of Revenue reported Tuesday that the state collected $550 million in taxes in December, when the state’s official financial forecast predicted less than $547 million. The surplus […]

Ice To Blame For Deadly Crash In Osage County

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One person is dead after a pickup truck slid off the icy roadway in Osage County. At 4:40 in the afternoon Tuesday, 37-year-old Eric Stinebaugh of Melvern was driving a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup truck when he lost control, went off the road, and struck a tree. The accident happened on S. Auburn Road, about […]

Shots Fired At Officers In Wichita On New Years Morning


(Story By: KAKE News, Wichita) Shots were fired at police around 1:30 A.M. near the area of 17th and Estelle in Wichita. Officers were called to a disturbance on North Estelle Street and upon arriving, they were fired at. Five-to-seven shots were fired at the officers. Officers immediately took cover and started to secure the […]

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers are in action New Year’s Day when they face Georgia in the Gator Bowl. Kickoff is set for 11:00 a.m.  The Huskers finished the season 8-4 and are coming off a loss in their last game of the regular season against Iowa 38-17. The Bulldogs finished the season 8-4 and are coming […]

Gay Couples Sue to Overturn KS Tax Filing Policy


by Stephen Koranda Legally married same-sex couples are suing the Kansas Department of Revenue over a policy that says they must file separate state tax returns. Kansas does not recognize same-sex marriages, but some other states and the federal government do. Thomas Witt is with the group Equality Kansas. He says married same-sex couples in […]

Consumer Alert: Despite cold weather, paving scams continue


Although winter has set in across Kansas, door-to-door paving scams are continuing to be seen throughout the state, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. In the past three months, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has received complaints regarding door-to-door driveway paving scams from Cloud, Douglas, Jefferson, Marshall, Mitchell, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Ottawa, Republic, […]

$1M Raffle Ticket Sold In South-Central Kansas


The Kansas Lottery says a $1 million ticket has been sold in south-central Kansas. Lottery officials announced Tuesday that the winning Holiday Millionaire Raffle ticket number is 120298. Besides the $1 million prize, there were 25 winners of $5,000, 25 winners of $1,000, and 2,500 winners of $100 in Tuesday’s raffle drawing. Kansas Lottery Interim […]

Jake’s Takes: The Year in Review


The 2013 year is coming to a close and as everyone is gearing up for their 2014 New Year’s Resolutions, which most people will stop doing around February, don’t worry I am the same way, lets take a look back at what happened in 2013.  We do a segment every Monday on our Sports Talk […]

Timing Of Kansas Voter Records Check Criticized

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Democratic challenger Jean Schodorf says Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach should have had a system in place months ago to search for state birth certificates for voters whose registrations are on hold. The Republican secretary of state said his office and the state health department were finalizing an agreement Tuesday on using birth certificates […]

Manhattan Man Arrested For Online Relationship With 14yo Girl

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A Manhattan man is behind bars after he allegedly had an online relationship with a 14-year-old girl. According to Riley County Police, they arrested 36-year-old Harold Heilman on Monday on felony charges of sexual exploitation of a child and electronic solicitation Officers say they received a complaint in November that Heilman was having the online […]

Wichita Woman Who Was Robbed In Drive-Thru Dies


A 43-year-old Wichita woman, who was robbed after becoming ill at a fast-food restaurant has died. Officials at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis say 43-year-old Danielle Zimmerman died Monday. She was hospitalized after being found unconscious at a Taco Bell restaurant Sunday evening. Police say her car drove over a speaker box and stopped in […]

University Sees Growth In Private, Research Funds

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University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says the university’s efforts to raise higher education funds from private donors and research grants continue at a brisk pace, but she cautions that state support is still critical. Gray-Little tells The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) that while outside research grants hit record levels, further gains may be difficult […]

Topeka Cab Company Offering Free Rides Night Of New Year’s Eve


A Topeka cab company is offering free rides for New Year’s Eve. In cooperation with AAA, Yellow Cab is providing “Care Cab” in Topeka. The service runs between 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve and 4 a.m. New Year’s Day.  Jim Hanni with AAA says, “If you plan to drink, don’t drive. If you plan to […]

KU Big Men Lead Jayhawks PastTakes Toledo


Needing a response to a 7-0 Toledo run, junior point guard Naadir Tharpe was happy to oblige, pulling up for a pair of threes to put distance between his Jayhawks and the Rockets during a career-high performance that drove No. 16/17 Kansas past Toledo, 93-83, Monday night inside Allen Fieldhouse. One of eight remaining unbeaten […]

Caleb Stegall To Be Sworn In As Court Of Appeals Judge January 3


Caleb Stegall will be sworn in as judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, in the courtroom of the Supreme Court in the Kansas Judicial Center, Topeka. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Thomas Malone will preside at the ceremony. The public can access a live webcast of the ceremony […]

Makin’ Moves in 2014 Community Registration Set for Saturdays at West Ridge Mall in Topeka

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 Are you interested in walking more in 2014? The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Wellness Information Network have partnered to offer a free walking program. Makin’ Moves is a six-week, structured walking program that teaches participants how much they should walk, how to increase walking pace and endurance and how physical […]

UPDATE: Authorities Continue Search For Milford Lake Drowning Victim

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Recovery efforts to locate Thomas Hedrick continue. Hedrick, the victim of a drowning that occurred at Milford Lake on Tuesday, has still not been located. Previous attempts had been hampered by unfavorable weather conditions. Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf hosted a meeting this morning with agencies that continue to be involved with the recovery effort. […]

Kansas Mulling Change In Driver’s License Renewals

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Kansas hasn’t decided when to start issuing a new type of driver’s license to residents who voluntarily document their U.S. citizenship when renewing their licenses. Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said Monday the timing is uncertain because officials aren’t sure how the federal government will enforce a 2005 anti-terrorism law aimed at making state […]

Four Escape Injury After Plane Crash In Concordia

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Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers say 4 people, including two children, escaped injury after a plane crash in Concordia. According to Troopers, they were called to the Concordia Airport just after noon, after the single engine plane flipped upside down at the end of a runway. Four people were inside the plane.  Troopers say no one […]

Andy Reid’s Monday Press Conference


The Kansas City Chiefs will square off in the AFC Wild-Card round against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday at Lucas Oil Field. Kickoff is set for 3:35 central time.  The Chiefs, 11-5 on the season, earned the five seed. The Colts earned the four seed as they won their division with an 11-5 record as […]

AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll

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The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:< 1. Arizona (60) 13-0 1,620 1< 2. Syracuse (5) 12-0 1,550 2< 3. Ohio […]

Police Grapple With Enforcing Driver Texting Ban


Lawrence police say they’re still trying to figure out how to enforce a ban on texting while driving, three years after the law went into effect. Exceptions allow drivers to use a phone’s map application or check emergency alerts, making enforcement even more complicated for police and prosecutors. Drivers’ phones typically are examined only after […]

Lawrence Moves Ahead With Repairs To Water Plant

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The city of Lawrence has awarded a $3.8 million construction contract to improve operations at its Kaw Water Treatment plant. Wolf Construction will build a new raw-water intake in the Kansas River and make improvements to an existing intake in the river. The intakes are key pieces of equipment that take water from the river […]

City Of Topeka Sends Flags To Submarine

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The city of Topeka sent two flags to its namesake submarine, which is currently being overhauled in Maine. Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast says the city recently sent three flags to the crew of the USS Topeka, in response to a request from submarine officials. The USS Topeka is a nuclear-powered attack submarine. It has been […]

Wichita Police Say Homeless Man Died Under Bridge


Wichita police are investigating the death of a homeless man, who they say might have frozen to death under a bridge. Police found the man’s body under the bridge Sunday afternoon after being called to check on his welfare. The man, who is believed to be in his 50s or 60s, was pronounced dead at […]

Sedgwick County Zoo Plans $11.5 Million Campaign

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The director of the Sedgwick County Zoo says the organization is considering an $11.5 million fundraising campaign to build a new elephant exhibit, along with bringing four more elephants to the facility in Wichita. Zoo director Mark Reed says the county’s zoological society is expected to announce the campaign soon. He says the zoo wants […]

Kansas Gay Inmate’s Husband Not Planning To Visit


The husband of a Kansas inmate says he isn’t interested in visiting his spouse, who has complained that the state is discriminating by prohibiting the visits. Christopher Yates is serving seven years in prison for crimes related to embezzlement. He says the state is treating him differently by refusing to allow his husband to visit. […]

Big Lots Robbed At Gunpoint Early Monday Morning

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Topeka Police are investigating the armed robbery of the Big Lots. Officers were called to the store at 29th and Fairlawn just after 6:00am Monday morning after an employee called 911 saying they were robbed. 911 dispatchers say the suspect was a black man in a flannel red shirt, blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt, […]

Lawrence Man Dies After Semi Strikes SUV

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A semi-trailer hit the back of a SUV that was stopped on the interstate, killing a 27-year-old Lawrence man. Jeffery Ely died early Saturday morning on Interstate 135, just south of Newton. For some reason, just after 2 a.m., Ely’s 2004 Chevy Tahoe was stopped northbound in the right lane when it was struck in […]

NFL Playoff Schedule

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NFL Wild Card Playoff Round SATURDAY, JAN. 4 3:35 p.m. CT on NBC: No. 5 Kansas City Chiefs at No. 4 Indianapolis Colts 7:10 p.m. CT on NBC: No. 6 New Orleans Saints at No. 3 Philadelphia or Dallas   SUNDAY, JAN. 5 12:05 p.m. CT on CBS: No. 6 San Diego Chargers at No. […]

Wildcats Dominate Michigan in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

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Kansas State ended their five game bowl losing streak with an impressive 31-14 win over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.  The first ever meeting between the two schools wasn’t as competitive as people thought. The Wildcats never trailed in the game as they scored on their opening drive when Jake Waters hit Tyler […]

Weidman defends UFC belt when Silva injures leg


Chris Weidman defended his UFC middleweight title when Anderson Silva apparently broke his left leg on a kick in the second round, ending UFC 168 with a horrific injury Saturday night. Weidman (11-0) quietly celebrated his victory while medical personnel tended to Silva (33-6), whose left shin bent grotesquely while landing a kick on Weidman’s left leg […]

Royals Add Two Minor League Players

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The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed two players to minor league contracts for the 2014 season.  The club plans to announce Major League Spring Training invitations at a later date. Infielder Jason Donald, 29, spent the 2013 season in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization, playing 78 games for Louisville (AAA).  He batted .219 […]

Southwell Leads Wildcats in Win Over Tulane

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Senior Shane Southwell tied his career-high with 19 points, as K-State ran its winning streak to seven games with a 72-41 win over Tulane on Saturday in the second game of the Brooklyn Winter Hoops Festival at the Barclays Center.   Playing close to his home of Harlem, Southwell posted double figures for sixth time this season, […]

Legislators To Put Tax Debate On Hold In 2014

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Kansas officials are expecting policymakers to take a wait-and-see approach to taxes during the 2014 session, content to let the changes take hold and build on anecdotal evidence of economic growth. Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican-controlled Legislature focused during the 2012 and 2013 sessions on eliminating income taxes for some 200,000 businesses and adjusting […]

Appeals Court Limits Power Of Kansas ‘Water Czar’

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The Kansas Court of Appeal has ruled that the state’s top water regulator doesn’t have power to reduce a landowner’s water rights once a permit has been issued. This month’s decision could limit the state’s ability to conserve water resources in the dwindling Ogallala Aquifer. In the ruling, the appeals court also found that the […]

Man, Woman Arrested In Baby’s Death At Salina Home

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A man and woman have been arrested in the death of a 3-month-old baby boy at a Salina home. Officers were called to the home Thursday night to investigate a report of an unresponsive child. Police Lt. Sean Morton said the child was pronounced dead, and a man and woman were taken into custody for […]

Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Life Sentence

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The Kansas Supreme Court is letting a life prison sentence stand for an inmate who claimed he was improperly forced to stand trial as an adult in a gang-related killing. The ruling issued Friday upholds a Sedgwick County judge’s decision to leave intact Sashada Makthepharak’s life sentence. Makthepharak was convicted in a May 2001 shooting […]

Eight Chiefs Make the Pro Bowl


 The National Football League announced on Friday that eight members of the Kansas City Chiefs have been selected to participate in the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl, Presented by McDonald’s. The below players have earned a spot on the NFL’s Pro Bowl Roster: Branden Albert (Tackle) – 1st Nomination Eric Berry (Safety) – 3rd Nomination Jamaal […]

Topeka Police Under Fire After YouTube Video Shows Teen’s Arrest


A video on YouTube showing Topeka Police officers arresting a teen has sparked outcry from the public. The video posted shows Topeka Police confronting the person shooting the video after that person allegedly broke a law. While we cannot identify the person shooting the video, officers approached the video recording pedestrian and asked him to […]

Wichita Leaders Hopeful About Merger

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Civic leaders in Wichita, Kan., are expressing optimism following the sale of one of the community’s linchpin aviation companies to a competitor. Textron Inc. announced late Thursday that it will pay $1.4 billion to purchase Wichita-based Beechcraft Corp. The deal is expected to close around the middle of 2014. What the deal will mean for […]

Health Officials Investigating Gastrointestinal Illness Outbreak In Garden City


The Finney County Health Department, along with the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), continues investigating an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that appears to be associated with the Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches restaurant in Garden City, Kan. The Finney County Health Department and KDHE are contacting diners […]

Two Accidents Reported Around Same Time In Topeka


Southbound Wanamaker is reduced down to one lane due to an accident. Around 1:15 Friday afternoon, an accident involving minor injuries happened right in front of the Spangles near 11th and Wanamaker Road.  Around the same time, another minor injury accident occurred at 29th and Fairlawn. The photo is below. No more information is available […]

Kan. Farmer Has New Internet Hit With Cyrus Parody


A southeast Kansas farmer whose video parody “What Does the Farmer Say” went viral last month has a new hit with his take on a Miley Cyrus song that features twerking cows. Derek Klingenberg’s spoof of “What Does the Fox Say?” got more than 4 million views online. The Peabody resident’s new video dubbed “Feeding […]

Kansas Says Last Part Of Medicaid Overhaul Delayed


Kansas is postponing the last part of an overhaul of its Medicaid program amid questions from federal officials about in-home services for the developmentally disabled. State officials announced Friday that they won’t be bringing long-term care services for the developmentally disabled under the administration of three private health insurance companies on Jan. 1 as planned. […]

School Board Member To Run For Kan. House


A Topeka business owner says he will challenge a Topeka representative for his seat in the Kansas House. Fred Patton, a Topeka-based lawyer who owns three businesses, announced his plans Thursday to face Rep. Josh Powell in the August 2014 Republican primary. The district includes parts of north, northwest and west Shawnee County. The Topeka […]

Lawrence Woman Charged In Fatal Stabbing

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A 27-year-old Lawrence woman has been charged with second-degree murder in a stabbing death. Marci Cully was charged Thursday in the death of Wayne Francisco, who was stabbed to death early Wednesday.   Cully is being  held on $150,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 31.

Lawrence Police Increase Patrols On Street

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Lawrence police have recently increased their presence on a street where there’d been several alcohol-related problems. From Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 police arrested five men along a particular block of Oread Avenue where there are bars and nightclubs. The spate of offenses included unlawful use of a driver’s license, public alcohol consumption, consumption by […]

Kansas To Start Testing Welfare Recipients

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Kansas is set to begin a drug testing program next year for some welfare recipients similar to a Missouri program that cost about $500,000 and turned up fewer than two dozen people who tested positive. After eight months, and 636 drug test requests, Missouri’s program this year cost nearly $500,000 and found 20 people who […]