2 charged with attempted murder of Kan. inmate

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HUTCHINSON -Two Kansas Department of Corrections inmates appeared in Reno County court on Thursday.. The two men, 22-year-old Jerrod Green, 22, and Juan Garza, 31, are charged with attempted capital murder or in the alternative aggravated battery. The two are also charged with conspiracy to commit attempted capital murder or in the alternative conspiracy to […]

Kansas governor plans $63M in budget changes

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JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has outlined nearly $63 million in adjustments to Kansas’ current budget. See a detailed outline of the budget cuts here The measures unveiled Thursday take advantage of unanticipated federal funds, unused agency funds and lower-than-expected spending by state agencies to lessen […]

Kan. man pleads not guilty to killing twin, sister-in-law


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has pleaded not guilty to killing his twin brother and his sister-in-law. Luis Alvarado-Meraz is charged with capital murder in the January deaths of 24-year-old Manuel Alvarado-Meraz and 22-year-old Lucero Rodriguez. He is charged with two alternative counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Luis Alvarado-Meraz fired 21 shots […]

Man charged with intent to distribute cocaine in Kansas

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ABILENE – A Kansas man being held in the Dickinson County Jail has been indicted in federal court in Topeka. Santos Benjamin Ramos-Valdez, 28, was charged Thursday with one count of possession with intent to distribute powder cocaine. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 6, 2015, in Dickinson County. If convicted, he faces […]

Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch

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JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has passed a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. The Senate has approved the bill on a 91 to 4 vote. The House passed the bill Wednesday. The bill extends the government’s […]

Kan. sheriff’s deputy fires shot during pursuit

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WICHITA – Law enforcement officials in Sedgwick County are investigating the discharge of a firearm by a Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy during a Thursday morning pursuit. The sheriff’s office reported in a media release that just after midnight Thursday morning, deputies attempted to stop a gold Pontiac Grand Am for traffic violations near Harry and Seneca. […]

Judge says Salina teen’s statement can be used at trial

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Saline County judge has ruled that statements a teenager gave to investigators hours after her sister was killed can be admitted at trial. Judge Patrick Thompson ruled Wednesday that statements Sierra Niehaus made to four investigators over a period of nearly 15 hours will be allowed at her first-degree murder […]

Police ID man killed in shooting near KU Med Center

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police in Kansas City, Kansas, have identified a 54-year-old Missouri man shot to death earlier this week. Police said in a release Thursday that Michel G. Ziade of Lee Summit, Missouri, was fatally shot Tuesday. Police responded to the shooting outside a medical office building near the University of Kansas […]

3 Kansas men face federal weapons charges

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Three Topeka men face federal charges after several recent shootings in a Topeka neighborhood. The U.S. Attorney’s office for Kansas says it’s working with the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office to address gang violence in Topeka. U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom said in a statement Thursday about the indictments that […]

Solar group wants more input into review of Westar plan

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A solar advocacy group says it doesn’t agree with a decision by Kansas regulators to limit the group’s input over a large utility’s rate plan to boost rates. The Kansas Corporation Commission says it will allow the Alliance for Solar Choice, which represents solar businesses, partial access to proceedings over Topeka-based […]

Kan. woman arrested after shot fired at animal control officers


RENO COUNTY — An 80-year-old Kansas woman was taken to jail on Wednesday after allegedly firing a gun at Reno County animal control officers over a complaint about a dog. The Reno County Sheriff reported deputies responded just after 6:15p.m. on Wednesday to the 4500 block of East G Road for a report of an […]

Kan. man to appear in hearing on death of bicycle rider

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GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — An October preliminary hearing date has been set for the Chanute man charged in the traffic death of a Washburn University professor who was struck and killed while riding her bike The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the hearing for 37-year-old Todd M. Kidwell will be held Oct. 26 in the Crawford County […]