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Fire damages business in Hutchinson »


Hutch Post HUTCHINSON —  Fire caused heavy damage to a dry cleaning and commercial laundry business on Main Street in Hutchinson on Thursday evening. Doug Hannen of the Hutchinson Fire Department said crews arrived around 6:30 p.m. to find fire coming from the back of the building. “The fire was trapped between the roof and […]

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Man guilty in DUI accident that cost student his legs »


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Douglas County judge has found a Lawrence man guilty of drug and alcohol-related charges after an accident that caused an 18-year-old University of Kansas student to have both his legs amputated. After a bench trial last week, 24-year-old Julian M. Kuszmaul was found guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit […]

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Police: Naked Kansas woman kicks officer »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police have arrested a woman who they say kicked an officer after they found her naked in the snow. A witness called 911 shortly before midnight Wednesday to report an unclothed woman trying to break into her car. Temperatures were in the low 30s. Police say the 53-year-old suspect tried […]

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Police: Kansas man, 71, injured in hit-and-run »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a 71-year-old man is in critical condition after being struck by a distracted driver who left him on the side of the road. The Wichita Eagle reports the unidentified victim was being treated at the Wesley Medical Center on Thursday. Sgt. Stephen Patton says the man was walking […]

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Kansas teenager pleads guilty in infant attack »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Jackson County teenager has pleaded guilty to severely beating an infant. WIBW-TV reports 18-year-old Koylen McKinney pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery, abuse of a child and aggravated endangerment of a child. McKinney was arrested in April after medics found the 7-month-old boy unresponsive at a Holton apartment complex. The […]

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Judge sets February trial date in odd Kan. ID theft case »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has set a trial date in the case of a Mexican man accused of legally changing a U.S. citizen’s name to his own. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Thursday scheduled the trial of Ramon Perez-Rivera and his wife, Antonia Vargas-Ortega, for Feb. 17. The husband’s attorney hasn’t commented, […]

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Kansas man pleads guilty in pharmacy robbery »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs during an armed robbery. Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Schmidt on Thursday admitted to commercial robbery and brandishing a firearm. He says he used a gun when he ordered a Gessler’s Drug Store employee to give him medication in September. Schmidt took seven bottles […]

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Report: Kansas banking greatly improved »


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A new report by the Kansas University Center for Banking Excellence has determined that the state of banking in Kansas is greatly improved and the industry positioned to thrive despite new regulatory standards. The Lawrence Journal-World  reports the research examines the current financial condition of commercial banks, trends over the past […]

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Kansas utility ends fees for credit, debit cards »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The largest electric company in Kansas says it is no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills. Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc. announced Thursday that it had abolished the charge. Westar Vice President Jeff Beasley said the utility has a team […]

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Moran Introduces Bill Directing VA to Help Vets Struggling with Healthcare Access »


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has introduced legislation (S.3006) directing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to utilize its authority to offer community care to veterans who currently are unable to receive the healthcare services they need from a VA medical facility within 40 miles […]

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2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflight »


MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight say their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will rocket into orbit from Kazakhstan in March. They will spend a year aboard the […]

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Governor fills new spots on NC Kansas county board »


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has named a banker and small-business owner to two, newly created seats on the Saline County Commission. Brownback on Thursday announced the appointments of Luci Larson and David Smith to the north-central Kansas county’s county board. Both are from Salina and take office Jan. 12. Saline County […]

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IRS head: Budget cuts could limit audits, delay your refund »


BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says budget cuts just enacted by Congress could delay tax refunds next year. At a news conference Thursday, Koskinen said taxpayer services will be hurt, and fewer agents will be auditing returns. He said about half the people who call the agency for […]

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