Newtown 911 Calls Show Calm Response To Shooting

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Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers calmly responding to a janitor, a teacher and others and assuring them help is coming. The operators urge the people inside the school to take cover as they reach out to town officials and state police for help. The operators also […]

Kan. AG Mulls Seeking Death Penalty For Four killings

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An assistant Kansas attorney general says there’s no decision yet on whether the state will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a Parsons woman and her three children. But Assistant Attorney General Amy Hanley declined to comment further Wednesday about the prosecution of 22-year-old David Cornell Bennett Jr., of Cherryvale. The […]

Sunday’s Quadruple Homicide Not Topeka’s First

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The quadruple homicide on Sunday was NOT the city’s first. The Topeka Capital-Journal is reporting that their newspaper archives show that 51 years ago to the day a quadruple homicide occurred. A 27 year old mother named Anne Fitzgibbons killed her four small children in southwest Topeka by slitting their throats with a large butcher […]

UPDATE: Burglary Suspects Lead Police On Brief Chase

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Around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress to a residence located in the 7300 block of SW Urish Rd.  The homeowner’s son reported an unfamiliar green minivan exiting the driveway of the residence.  A deputy, who was in the area at the time […]

Topless Shopper Chases Peeper Through Kansas Store

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Police say an accused peeping Tom faces a misdemeanor charge after a topless woman chased him through a northeast Kansas department store. Thirty-five-year-old Jeremy F. Bradley, 35, of Raytown, was charged Tuesday in Lenexa Municipal Court with breach of privacy. His home phone number is disconnected. Police say the woman was trying on bras Monday […]

2014 Police Athletic League Basketball Season Announced

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The Topeka Police Athletic League is accepting registrations for the 2014 Basketball season.  Participation is open to high school boys and girls who are currently enrolled and in good standing.The season will begin January 4, 2014, with games being played on Saturdays and Sundays at the Oakland Community Center. Registrations are in hardcopy at the […]

UPDATE: TPD Says Three Found In Home Dead, Shot

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Topeka Police have confirmed for WIBW NewsNow that the three people found in the home on Central Park home on Sunday, were shot. Capt. Scott Conklin said the three suffered gunshot wounds, but could not say if the three died from those wounds.  He says the cause of death must come from the Coroner’s Office. […]

Arrowhead Death Ruled Homicide

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Homicide. That’s what the medical examiner’s office determined in the case of 30-year-old Kyle Van Winkle, found dead in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday. The Kansas City Star reports the examiner did not provide a cause of death, but told police the manner of death would be ruled homicide, meaning the death […]

Riley County Police Search For Two Missing People Since 1981

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The Riley County Police Department is still searching for two people who have been missing since 1981. The RCPD tells WIBW NewsNow, Stevie Hammerle and Joseph Grashner went missing back on August 22nd, 1981. Hammerle and Grashner were last seen leaving a birthday party in the 1000 block of Poyntz Ave, in Manhattan. Both left the […]

Governor Sam Brownback Announces Date For State of the State Address

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced he has accepted the invitation of Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) to deliver his 2014 State of the State address to the Kansas Legislature at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 2014 in the Hall of Representatives.  In accordance with Section 5 of Article 1 of […]

Uh Oh, Much Colder

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 Under a cloudy sky we will see slowly falling temperatures today along with drizzle.  Some freezing drizzle is possible west and north of Topeka.  Tonight will be mostly cloudy and much colder with lows in the upper teens.  Thursday will be mostly cloudy with highs only in the lower to mid 20s.  There will be […]

Lawrence Library Gets $275K Matching Grant

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The Lawrence Public Library is getting a $275,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH announced Monday it will award the $275,000 grant in matching funds to the library for humanities programs. Kathleen Morgan, executive director of the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, says the NEH grant is contingent on the library’s […]

Kan. Man Charged With Capital Murder Over 4 Deaths

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A 22-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the deaths of a southeast Kansas mother and her three children a week after being jailed. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office also charged David Cornell Bennett Jr., of Cherryvale, with rape and criminal threat. And as a potential alternative to the capital murder charge, […]

Besler and Zusi Named Best 11 in MLS

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Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi were named to the 2013 MLS Best XI on Tuesday, further recognizing their outstanding seasons in Major League Soccer. The honor is the second straight Best XI selection — as voted on by players, clubs and media — for both Besler and Zusi, who join […]

Five Former Chiefs Suing Team

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Five former Kansas City Chiefs players are suing the team, claiming it hid the risks of head injuries. The plaintiffs in the county circuit court lawsuit are Leonard Griffin, Chris Martin and his wife, Joe Phillips, Alexander Louis Cooper and Kevin Porter. All say they are suffering from brain damage _ specifically chronic traumatic encephalopathy, […]

Kansas Koyotes Announce Player Signings

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The Kansas Koyotes announce their first round of player signings for the 2014 season.  Eight are players returning from last year’s squad and five are new to the Koyotes for the upcoming season.   Returning on the offense are Wide Receivers Adrian Perez (6’1”, 235, University of Miami), Mike Williams (6’ 5”, 215, Washburn University), […]

Ryan’s Rant: Losing Isn’t Fun, But Sports Are

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Sports should be fun. That is the thought on my mind as I return to work after a week off to spend time with family and friends while celebrating Thanksgiving. During my week away from the station, my beloved Kansas Jayhawks dropped a basketball game to previously-unranked Villanova and nearly lost another to a won’t-be-ranked-all-season […]

Topeka Still Under Phase 3 Accident Reporting

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Due to an extraordinary number of demands on police manpower, the Topeka Police Department has been placed into inclement weather accident phase reporting. Until further notice officers will only be dispatched to the scene of accidents involving injury, accidents involving disabled vehicles, or to hit-and-run accidents. During Phase III reporting, the Police will respond and […]

Kansas GOP Announces Speakers For Annual Gathering

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott are among the scheduled speakers for the Kansas Republican Party’s annual convention in January. The two-day event will be Jan. 24-25 in Wichita. Hundreds of GOP elected officials and party activists are expected to attend. The Kansas GOP says Perry is scheduled to speak at […]

Governor’s Economic Council To Discuss Housing

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A council advising Gov. Sam Brownback on the Kansas economy is meeting this week to discuss the importance of housing to economic growth. Wednesday afternoon’s meeting of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors in Topeka will include a discussion of housing needs in rural communities. After a discussion among business leaders and officials, the council […]

KU Police Looking For Man Who Tried To Lure Child

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University of Kansas police are looking for a man who reportedly tried to lure a 9-year-old boy into his car on the university campus. Police say the boy was on his way home Monday when the man tried to talk him into getting into the vehicle. The boy ran home and told his parents. The […]

Warmth Gets the Boot

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  It will be partly cloudy and mild one more day with afternoon highs in the lower 60s.  It will be mild early tonight but turning breezy and colder after midnight.  Lows will drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s while north winds increase to 12-20mph with gusts around 25.  Wednesday will be mostly […]

Ex-Wichita Officer Sentenced In Bribery Scheme

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A former Wichita police officer has been sentenced to one year of probation for conspiring to bribe a car-theft victim in an unsuccessful effort to keep her job. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 35-year-old Joletta Vallejo was sentenced Monday in federal court in Wichita, where she pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to commit wire […]

WSU Researcher Wants To Make Google Glass Safer

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A Wichita State University instructor is conducting research aimed at making Google’s Internet-connected eyeglasses safer for drivers. Assistant psychology professor Jibo He runs the school’s Human Automation Interaction Lab, which uses an advanced driving simulator, eye trackers and sensors to study how driving is affected by things like texting. He says texting impairs drivers’ ability […]

Kansas State Works To Improve Astronaut Outerwear

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Kansas State University researchers are laying the groundwork for a next-generation spacesuit that could monitor astronauts’ health and use body heat to power electronics. A team of students and professors in electrical and computer engineering is working with a model spacesuit. The replica is made of multiple layers of material, including metalized fabrics to model […]

Kan. Statehouse To Mark Hanukkah

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Gov. Sam Brownback will help mark the eighth night of Hanukkah during a ceremony at the Kansas Statehouse. Wednesday evening’s event will feature the lighting of the menorah by Brownback, Lt. Col. Moran Omer of the Israel Defense Force and Spec. Eliezer Godblatt of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley. Secretary of Labor […]

Wichita On Track For Low Homicide Total This Year

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With about one month left in the year, Wichita is on track to have one of its lowest homicide totals in a decade. So far, 16 homicides have been reported in 2013. Only 2005, which had 15 homicides, recorded fewer homicides in the last 10 years. The highest number of homicides in the last decade […]

Gov. Brownback Appoints New Ag Director

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Gov. Sam Brownback has named a deputy Kansas secretary of agriculture to lead the department. Brownback said in a release Monday that Jackie McClaskey will succeed Dale Rodman as secretary of the state’s Agriculture Department after Rodman steps down Dec. 10. McClaskey has been with the department since January 2011, when she became an assistant […]

KSHSAA Three to KSHSAA Hall of Fame

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Three individuals have been selected for induction into the Kansas State High School Activities Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Awards will be presented during second semester, 2014, in conjunction with a KSHSAA-sponsored State function /championship or locally, at the inductee’s request.  The time and location of each induction ceremony will be announced at a […]

KU’s Embiid Earns Newcomer of the Week

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After a busy holiday week of games, forward Cory Jefferson (Baylor) and center Joel Embiid (Kansas) have been named recipients of the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week awards.  Both players are recognized for the first time in 2013-14, while Jefferson earns player honors for the second time in his career. PHILLIPS 66 […]

2 More Days of Mild

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 It will be very mild today and tomorrow before very cold air settles in for the remainder of the week and this weekend.  Highs today will reach the mid 60s.  For Tuesday afternoon highs will range from the mid 50s near the Nebraska border to the lower 60s elsewhere.  Temperatures north of I-70 should be […]

Police Investigate Death Outside Arrowhead Stadium

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Police say one person has died and three people are in custody after an altercation in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium where the Kansas City Chiefs were inside playing the Denver Broncos. Police spokesman Darin Snapp tells The Associated Press the death is being treated as a homicide but no arrests have been made. […]

Winter Wonderland of Crafts Offers Unique Homemade Christmas Gifts

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Christmas gifts can again have the most special meaning. As shoppers have been crowding mainstream chain stores selecting gifts just like hundreds of others will open on Christmas Eve, there is now an opportunity to buy a unique present for loved ones, and the purchase will even benefit a worthy group. “No two-of-a-kind anywhere will […]

Southwell Paces Balanced Effort in Win Over Central Arkansas

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Senior Shane Southwell paced a balanced effort with a career-tying 19 points, as Kansas State opened up a four-game homestand with an 87-54 win over Central Arkansas on Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.   Southwell paced three Wildcats (4-3) in double figures with his career-tying effort, as he knocked down 8-of-14 field goals in 25 minutes. Junior Thomas […]

Publicist: ‘Fast & Furious’ Star Dies In Car Crash

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Paul Walker, the star of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, has died in a car crash north of Los Angeles. He was 40. His publicist says Walker died Saturday afternoon. A statement on the actor’s Facebook page says he was a passenger in a friend’s car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for […]

FDNY: ‘Multiple Injuries’ In NYC Train Derailment

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The Fire Department of New York says there are “multiple injuries” in a Metro-North passenger train derailment, but the extent of the injuries is unclear. The FDNY says the train derailment in the Bronx was reported at 7:20 a.m. Sunday near the Spuyten Duyvil station. The fire department says 130 firefighters are on the scene. […]

Man Seeks To Withdraw Plea In Topeka Shooting

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One of four defendants in a deadly shooting near a Topeka high school is seeking to withdraw his plea. The Capital-Journal reports that 24-year-old Coty Newman of Topeka pleaded guilty in March in Shawnee County District Court to felony first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Twenty-year-old Matthew Mitchell was killed in October 2010 near Topeka […]

Kan. Aqueduct Project Faces Challenges

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Aside from the potentially billions of dollars it could cost to divert water from the Missouri River to western Kansas, the negotiations among interested parties would make such an infrastructure project a daunting task. States along the river depend on water for agriculture, industry and navigation, beginning at the headwaters in Montana and extending to […]

No. 2 Kansas Outlasts UTEP

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Freshman guard Wayne Selden, Jr., scored 14 points and sophomore forward Perry Ellis added a game-high 19, including three crucial free throws with under 30 seconds to play, to lead No. 2 Kansas past UTEP, 67-63, and a third-place finish in the Battle 4 Atlantis Saturday night. After Kansas (6-1) pushed its way to a […]

High School State Football Title Game Scores

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The 2013 Kansas Football Season is in the books after the State Football Championship games were played on Saturday.  Class 6A Derby 28 Shawnee Mission East 21 Derby finishes the season 12-1 Shawnee Mission finishes season 11-2   Class 5A Blue Valley 27  Salina South 26 Blue Valley finishes the season 10-3 Salina South finishes […]

Rollover Accident Brings Power Lines Down

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A woman was stuck in her truck for over an hour Saturday morning, following a rollover accident. Around 6:30 a.m. the woman driving hit a power pole near 10th and Kent Place, two blocks West of Fairlawn, flipping her vehicle and causing power lines to come down. Westar was called to the scene to ground […]

Squirrel Blamed For Kan. Outages

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A utility company says a squirrel is to blame for a power outage that affected more than 3,000 customers in eastern Kansas on Thanksgiving. Westar Energy said a squirrel apparently got inside a substation and caused fuses to blow. The Kansas City Star reports that Westar apologized to customers for the incident Thursday morning. Westar […]

No. 2 Kansas Falls in Final Seconds to Villanova

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 Again freshman guard Frank Mason was asked to step up in a big spot. With a picture-perfect spin move through the lane, he answered, giving second-ranked Kansas its first lead of the second half with :35 seconds on the clock. But Villanova did one better, getting its only three of the night from Ryan Arcidiacono in the […]

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore Gets Two Year Extension

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The Kansas City Royals announced today that Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations/General Manager, Dayton Moore, has agreed to a two-year extension that runs through the 2016 season.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the agreement are not disclosed “When Dayton’s contract was extended during the 2009 season, I felt that this franchise had begun […]

Kan. Agency Releases Report Into Party Bus Death

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The Kansas Highway Patrol says a party bus driver insists she properly latched a door from which a Kansas woman fell to her death. But The Kansas City Star (bit.ly/1iiOIlY) reports that troopers found the side door wouldn’t have opened on its own with “minimal pressure” if it had been properly latched. The patrol made […]

AG Schmidt: “Thoroughly Evaluate All Evidence” In Parsons Murder Case

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The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will thoroughly evaluate all evidence before making charging decisions in connection with the deaths of Cami Umbarger, 29, and her three minor children, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. David Cornell Bennett Jr., Cherryvale, was arrested Tuesday night in Independence. On Wednesday, District Judge Robert J. Fleming found probable cause […]

Community College Chief: Remedial Classes Crucial

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A community college president tells Kansas education officials that remedial courses are critical for the progress of thousands of Kansans. The Lawrence Journal-World (bit.ly/IwoexF) reports Neosho County Community College president Brian Inbody told the Kansas Board of Regents remedial courses often provide students a path to higher education and out of poverty. Last year Kansas […]

Track Funding Clouds Kansas Amtrak Future

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Amtrak officials say a rail line is in need of additional funding in order to keep passenger service moving through southwest Kansas at a profitable speed. But the Topeka Capital-Journal reports (bit.ly/1b7oF7I) that Amtrak needs to have the track maintained at a proper level so trains can move quickly and keep passenger service on time. […]

Colorado Man Killed In Hays Crash

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A Colorado man has died in western Kansas when the car he was driving hit an embankment after a brief police chase. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 34-year-old Gerad F. Madrid of Colorado Springs died in the crash early Thursday. Police were seeking Madrid briefly after he was seen driving without headlights and going the […]

Six-Pack of Mild

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 We will see a mild and generally dry stretch of weather today through the middle of next week.  High temperatures for this period should range from the upper 40s to mid 50s.  Overnight lows will warm from the mid to upper 20s tonight into the lower to mid 30s by Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  If […]

Black Friday Wipeout

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It was a Black Friday indeed for one Topeka driver. Shortly after midnight, a man slammed on his brakes to avoid another car, setting off a chain reaction that resulted in his car spinning out of control, jumping a curb, and obliterating a privacy fence. The driver was alone in his vehicle and feels fortunate […]

Jayhawks advance in Battle for Atlantis

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Andrew Wiggins scored 17 poins as the Kansas Jayhawks fought off a comeback attempt by Wake Forest in an 87-78 victory in the first round of the Battle for Atlantis Thursday in the Bahamas.   The Jayhawks took a 40-26 lead at halftime but coach Bill Self got disgusted with his starters when the Demon […]

Standoff With Armed Robbery Suspect In Silver Lake

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On Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at approximately 9:30pm Wednesday, Deputies with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 424 South Chestnut Street (Casey’s General Store) in Silver Lake reference a reported armed robbery.  The victim identified the suspect as an individual that they recognized as a regular customer.  A Silver Lake Police Officer who […]

Mild, Thankfully

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 It will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy today with high temperatures warming into the lower 40s.  Under mostly clear skies tonight lows will settle into the lower and mid 20s.  Friday will be breezier and warmer with highs in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees.  The weekend will be dry and mild with […]

Voice of the Husker Greg Sharpe on 580 Sports Talk

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Voice of the Huskers Greg Sharp came on 580 Sports Talk to chat all things college football and the Thanksgiving holiday.  The Huskers face Iowa in their final game on the regular season. Kick is set for 11:00 and will be on ABC.  The Huskers are 8-3 on the year and Iowa is 7-4 on […]

Governor Sam Brownback Proclaims Nov. 30 As “Small Business Saturday”

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has proclaimed Nov. 30 as “Small Business Saturday” in Kansas to highlight the importance of small businesses to the state’s economy. “Supporting small business in Kansas is good for our communities and our overall economy,” said Governor Brownback. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and create a sense of […]

Kan. AG Issues Opinion On Guns At Polling Places

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is offering guidance on how the state’s concealed carry law applies to buildings used as polling places on election days. In an opinion issued Wednesday, Schmidt says voters with permits to carry concealed firearms must comply with regulations that applied to the specific location before an election. That means if […]

$5M bond For Suspect In Deaths Of Mom, Children

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The man suspected in the deaths of a southeast Kansas woman and her three children is being held on a $5 million bond. Labette District Judge Robert Fleming signed an order Wednesday that gives prosecutors until Dec. 10 to file charges against the 22-year-old man who was arrested late Tuesday. He was arrested late Tuesday […]

Police Search For Robbery Suspect In Manhattan

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Around 2:45 p.m. November 27, 2013, the Riley County Police Department responded to a robbery at 1101 Bluemont Avenue, which is the K-State Bank. A man entered the building and demanded money from a teller and ran westbound from the business. Police are still searching for him at this time. The man is a white […]

Chiefs Hali and Houston Injury Update

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Chiefs pass rusher Tamba Hali plans to play in Sunday’s matchup with the Denver Broncos despite spraining his right ankle in last weekend’s loss to San Diego. The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker rolled over his right ankle in the first half of a 41-38 loss to the Chargers. He watched the second half from the […]

State Officials Meet with Boeing over 777X Project

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by Stephen Koranda Governor Sam Brownback says state officials are working to attract a new Boeing aircraft production line to Kansas. Brownback says he met with Boeing officials last week. “And we entered into some discussions there with them to see what are (the) prospects in Kansas. Kansas is a huge Boeing state, as far […]

IDs Released On 4 Killed In Wichita Fire

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Wichita authorities have identified two adults and two young children killed in a mobile home fire. Fire Marshal Brad Crisp on Wednesday identified the four victims as 21-year-old Amanda Nichols; her 1-year-old son, Isaaca; 27-year-old Camaron McGowan, and his 2-year-old son, K’dyn McGowan. They were killed in the fire at the mobile home early Tuesday. […]

Kansas Courts Names New Spokeswoman

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The Kansas Supreme Court says a new spokeswoman has been named for the Kansas court system. The high court said in a release Wednesday that Lisa Taylor has been appointed public information director for the Kansas Judicial Branch. Taylor succeeds Ron Keefover, who retired in September after starting the court’s public information office in 1981. […]

Kan. Sheriff Seeks Concealed Carry Law Exemption

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A central Kansas sheriff says he will seek a four-year exemption from a state law allowing concealed carry permit holders to bring guns into the law enforcement center, even if county officials don’t agree. Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski told county commissioners Tuesday that his office often deals with people who have anger issues when […]

Jake’s Takes: College Football Picks Week 14

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. This is by far the best meal of the year. It has everything you want in a meal. Salad in every way, shape and form. Most of the time two different types of meat, a variety of sides and if your day is like mine, a choice between three different types […]

Presta Named New Kansas Lottery Director

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Former legislator and long-time business owner Terry Presta has been named the new executive director of the Kansas Lottery. Gov. Sam Brownback announced Presta’s appointment Wednesday. He replaces interim director Sherriene Jones-Sontag, who filled the post after the announcement that executive director Dennis Taylor was retiring. Presta served in the Kansas House from 1995 to […]

Emergency Management Urges Public ‘If You See Something, Say Something’

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Emergency Management and our partners would like to remind the public that “If You See Something, Say Something”. The program emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the local law enforcement authorities. This Thanksgiving weekend everyone should anticipate large crowds for “Black Friday” and Saturday’s “Miracle on Kansas Avenue” 5k run and Parade. People […]

Homeless Man Arrested For Manhattan Robbery

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A homeless man was arrested for the aggravated robbery of Dara’s Convenience Store in Manhattan. After a thorough investigation the Riley County Police Department arrested Travis Bowman, 22, who is listed as homeless and associated with the area of Manhattan.  Around 2:40 a.m. November 20th Bowman allegedly robbed the store, located at 1816 Claflin Road […]

When Your Kids Make Their List, Check it Twice for Safety

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This time of year, families are bombarded with catalogs, television commercials, store displays and online advertising for toys and gadgets.    When considering items on your child’s list, make sure you and other gift-givers are safety savvy before you hit the stores this holiday season. Selecting Toys When choosing toys for children, pay close attention to […]

Wichita Runway To Be Tested For Damage

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An engineering firm is being brought in to determine if last week’s wayward landing of giant Boeing cargo plane damaged the Wichita runway. The city’s Airport Authority is monitoring the condition of the runway at Jabara Airport after the Dreamlifter mistakenly landed at the airport last week. The Dreamlifter was supposed to land at McConnell Air Force Base. […]

Chilly but Calmer

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 Today will be sunny, cool and calmer.  Highs should range from the lower to mid 30s.  Under clear skies tonight lows will settle into the lower and mid 20s.  Thanksgiving will be sunny and warmer with highs in the lower to mid 40s.  Mild weather will be with us Friday through the weekend with highs […]

UPDATE: Missing 11-Year-Old Found Safe

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Topeka Police say they have found the missing girl, and she is safe. The girl was found near 3rd and Rice, and in good condition. No other details from Police at this time. —————————————————- Topeka Police are searching for a missing little girl in east Topeka. According to 911 dispatchers, the 11-year-old girl has been […]

Baker Earns MVP as Shockers Win CBE Classic

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Ron Baker scored 23 points, making six straight free throws down the stretch, and No. 12 Wichita State held off BYU for a 75-62 victory Tuesday night in the title game of the CBE Classic. Fred VanVleet and Cleanthony Early added 12 points each for the Shockers (7-0), who trailed by two at halftime but used […]

Royals Trade Kottaras For Cash

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 The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has traded catcher George Kottaras to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations.  Kottaras was designated for assignment on November 22.   Kottaras, 30, played in 46 games for the Royals last season, making 29 starts behind the plate.  The left-handed hitting catcher batted .180 with five homers […]

Washburn Men and Women Both Cruise in Wins

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 Casyn Buchman had her first career double-double to lead six Ichabods scoring in double figures in a 97-65 win Tuesday over Benedictine at Schendel Court at Lee Arena. The 20th-ranked Ichabods (4-2) will now break for Thanksgiving and resume action on December 5 at Southwest Baptist as they open MIAA play. Buchman led Washburn with 19 points as […]

Lawrence Police Announce Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign

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As additional motorists are hitting the road this week to visit family, attend holiday gatherings, or begin their shopping it is especially important to complete these trips safely. This week officers from the Lawrence Police Department join law enforcement officers throughout the state in conducting increased traffic enforcement. Through a grant from the Kansas Department […]

UPDATE: Parsons Murder Suspect In Custody

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s Office confirmed that homicide suspect David Cornell Bennett, Jr., was apprehended tonight in Independence, Kan., by law enforcement officials. The investigation remains ongoing. Any criminal prosecution resulting from the investigation will be handled by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office at the request of the Labette County Attorney. No charges have […]

Lawrence Man Competent To Stand Trial For Murder

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A 67-year-old Lawrence man accused of fatally shooting his wife has been found competent to stand trial. Larry L. Hopkins appeared in Douglas County court Tuesday for a competency hearing after being evaluated by a mental health specialist earlier this month. Judge Michael Malone found Hopkins competent to stand trial and scheduled a preliminary hearing […]

Topeka Fire Department: Cooking Safely for the Holidays

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As the Holiday seasons quickly approach, the Topeka Fire Department would like to remind everyone to have a safe and happy holiday.  One of the highlights of the season is the tasty meals and holiday treats coming from the kitchen.   Often when we are called to a cooking-related fire, the residents tell us they […]

Authorities Search For Violent Offender

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The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office & the Topeka Police Department are asking for your help in finding a violent offender. They are searching for 52-year-old Steven Craig Williams. Williams is a black male, who is a court ordered registered violent offender who has not properly registered with law enforcement. If you know of his whereabouts […]

Washburn Volleyball Earns Four Seed in NCAA Tournament

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Washburn did not move from its No. 4 spot in the Central Region and will play fifth-seeded Southwest Minnesota State December 5 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Minnesota Duluth is the No. 1 seed and will host the eight-team Central Region tournament. The winner of the regional will advance to the national tournament, […]

Researchers Shed Light On Black Friday Shopping Behavior

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Ready for the holiday shopping season?  Chances are, you’re conflicted about it. On one hand, you’re excited to find the perfect gift for that special someone. On the other hand, you’re terrified by the thought of spending too much money, dealing with crowds and falling prey to those sneaky marketing experts who are so adept […]

Santa Arrives In Downtown Lawrence Friday Night

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Firefighters in Lawrence are gearing up for the annual rescue of Santa Claus from a downtown rooftop. Santa is expected to “land” at 6 p.m. Friday on the roof of Weaver’s Department Store. Firefighters then will climb up and rescue him. Once on the ground, Santa will listen to the Christmas wishes of children and […]

Wheat Condition Mostly Good Heading Into Winter

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The latest government snapshot of the Kansas winter wheat crop looks mostly good as cold weather sets in across the state. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 7 percent of the wheat was in excellent condition. Fifty-six percent was in good condition and 33 percent was rated fair, with just 4 percent in […]

Hutchinson Police: Coaches Didn’t Condone Hazing

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Hutchinson police have concluded in a recent report that there was no evidence coaches at Hutchinson High School condoned hazing. Hutchinson USD 308 on Monday posted a statement online from Hutchinson Police Chief Dick Heitschmidt concerning the police investigation into high school football players accused of using a heated wire hanger to brand other students. […]

Cold Northerns

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 Today will be sunny, breezy and chilly with highs in the mid 30s.  North winds should range from 13-20mph this afternoon with gusts to 30.  Under clear skies tonight lows will drop into the lower to mid teens.  Sunshine should be abundant Wednesday but warmth will be lacking as highs only reach the upper 20s […]

Fire Under Investigation At Empty House

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Investigators have determined a fire at an empty house was set intentionally. Crews were called to the home at 25th and Minnesota Monday night to find heavy smoke coming from it.They were able to put out the fire quickly. Their initial investigation found the fire started in the kitchen and was set by some one. […]