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March 19, 2019 - 11:38 pm
Tuesday night's Wichita city council meeting drew a larger than normal crowd, ready to voice their opinion on the downtown land development deal near the new ballpark currently under construction. The council heard from several people, for and against the sale of about 4 acres of land to the...
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March 19, 2019 - 7:15 pm
A Kansas judge whose Twitter feed sunk his nomination to the state's second-highest court says he was expressing personal opinions that do not influence his work on the bench. In a statement Tuesday, Judge Jeffry Jack also criticized Senate President Susan Wagle for opposing his confirmation to the...
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March 19, 2019 - 7:03 pm
Lawrence city leaders are considering whether to slash the city's penalties for possessing marijuana. The City Commission will discuss Tuesday whether to lower fines for marijuana possession, which currently amount to hundreds of dollars. Commissioners last month voiced support for a proposal to...
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March 19, 2019 - 6:59 pm
Authorities say two people have been killed in a crash in Kansas City, Kansas. It happened around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday when a driver lost control, went off the side of a road and hit a tree. The driver and his female passenger died at the scene. Both of them were in their 30s. Police say speed may...
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March 19, 2019 - 6:50 pm
Barton County is purchasing new voting equipment to replace its aging machines and move back to using paper ballots. The commissioners on Monday approved $183,000 to buy voting equipment from Election Systems and Software in Omaha, Nebraska. The county's current system is 12 years old and beginning...
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March 19, 2019 - 6:43 pm
Records show a former Kansas City priest no longer has valid licenses to practice medicine in Kansas and Missouri after being defrocked last year following an investigation into multiple allegations of child sexual abuse. John Wisner's medical licenses to practice as a psychiatrist remained active...
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March 19, 2019 - 6:38 pm
Authorities say a former president of a credit union in Topeka has pleaded guilty to embezzlement. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release that Connie Marie Kent, 52, of Topeka pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of theft from a credit union and has agreed to repay nearly $40,000. She...
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March 19, 2019 - 6:32 pm
Authorities say a man in his 50s has died in a fire in a suburban Kansas City home. The Johnson County Consolidated Fire District No. 2 says the fire broke out early Tuesday in Mission Hills, Kansas. Chief Tony Lopez says the man's mother was able to escape the blaze and seek help from a neighbor...
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Akashi Haynes, left, and her daughter Tabitha Viers carry their belongings rescued from their flooded home in Fremont, Neb., Monday, March 18, 2019. Authorities say flooding from the Platte River and other waterways is so bad that just one highway lane into Fremont remains uncovered, and access to that road is severely restricted. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
March 19, 2019 - 12:43 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was expected to visit the Midwest on Tuesday to view flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt that damaged hundreds of homes and inundated tens of thousands of acres with water. Flooding is expected throughout the week in several states as high...
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March 19, 2019 - 10:59 am
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has withdrawn a trial-court judge's nomination to Kansas' second-highest court in the face of opposition in the Republican-controlled state Senate. Kelly's decision Tuesday came only a day after Senate President and Wichita Republican Susan Wagle predicted that nominee...
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