Topeka

June 28, 2019 - 10:07 pm
A dispute is escalating in Kansas between top lawmakers and Gov. Laura Kelly's administration over looser rules for people who receive food assistance. The state Department for Children and Families on Friday released an internal analysis defending the legality of a new policy that makes it easier...
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June 28, 2019 - 9:59 pm
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that cities have the power to raise the age for buying tobacco products even though state law sets it at 18. The unanimous decision Friday overturns a lower-court order that blocked Topeka from enforcing an ordinance increasing the age for buying tobacco to 21. A...
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June 28, 2019 - 9:13 pm
Authorities are investigating the death of a Topeka woman as suspicious. Police have identified the woman as Odessa Marie Henderon, 50. Police Lt. Andrew Beightel says officers found her collapsed in a Topeka alley Wednesday afternoon while en route to a call for service. She was pronounced dead at...
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June 26, 2019 - 8:37 pm
A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion has opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty. Attorneys for five men convicted of capital murder argue that the abortion decision means the courts can enforce the broad...
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June 26, 2019 - 7:13 pm
A Kansas woman who operated massage parlors in Lawrence and Topeka has been sentenced to three years of federal probation. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release that Weiling Nielsen, 54, was sentenced Wednesday for conspiracy. She pleaded guilty in February. She was ordered to pay...
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June 21, 2019 - 8:42 pm
A federal judge has ruled that videos from officers' body cameras do not establish that a suspect reached for a gun before Topeka police shot him to death in September 2017. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree said this week that the video footage was "equivocal, at best" in a ruling that allows...
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June 21, 2019 - 8:24 pm
A Topeka man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother. Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced Thursday that David Wood Jr., 43, is charged in the death of Kyong "Carol" Wood, 69. He is also charged with felony interference with law enforcement. Investigators say...
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June 20, 2019 - 6:56 pm
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has named former state Senate President Steve Morris, (R-Hugoton), as co-chairman of a council she is creating to review the state's tax laws. The governor said Thursday that Morris will lead her Council on Tax Reform along with former state Sen. Janis Lee, (D-Kensington)...
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June 20, 2019 - 6:21 pm
The popular Country Stampede music festival will be moving from Manhattan to Topeka — and rebranded the Heartland Stampede. Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla made the announcement Thursday hours before the event kicked off in Topeka. The festival has been held at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan...
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June 19, 2019 - 7:12 pm
State universities will not increase tuition this fall for undergraduate students from Kansas, but the board overseeing higher education boosted rates for other students Wednesday. Kansas Board of Regents members said they focused on helping undergraduate students from inside the state first as...
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