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June 08, 2019 - 6:47 pm
A man local Kansas authorities say was using a blow torch to cut into what he thought was an empty metal drum died after the drum exploded. The Topeka Fire Department says in a news release that the explosion happened Friday evening near a maintenance building at the Heartland Motorsports in Topeka...
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June 06, 2019 - 7:13 pm
The Topeka zoo says a tiger attacked a zookeeper after protocols for handling potentially dangerous animals were not followed. The zoo released a lengthy report Thursday detailing its internal review of the April 20 attack, when zookeeper Kristen Hayden-Ortega was seriously injured by a 7-year-old...
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June 05, 2019 - 8:40 pm
Two legeslative leaders say they have doubts that the Kansas Senate will confirm Gov. Laura Kelly's choice to be the next head of the state prison system. Kelly on Wednesday stood by her appointment of top Idaho corrections official Jefferey Zmuda as Kansas corrections secretary. Zmuda is set to...
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June 04, 2019 - 8:52 pm
Top Kansas legislators are accusing Gov. Laura Kelly's administration of breaking state law with a new policy on food assistance. The policy set last month by the Department for Children and Families makes it easier for adults who are not working to keep receiving food assistance. GOP House...
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June 04, 2019 - 8:02 pm
A man is suing the city of Topeka after he was seriously injured when he fell through a gap in a highway bridge in the same place where four people have plunged through since 2001, including a boy, 14, who died. The lawsuit filed Monday seeks nearly $2.78 million for Trong Do Turner, who was...
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June 04, 2019 - 7:32 pm
The owner of a contracting company has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme that defrauded the government by receiving contracts intended for veterans and minorities. Matthew McPherson, 43, owner of Topeka-based McPherson Contractors, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud...
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May 31, 2019 - 8:51 pm
A three-day Kansas country music festival scheduled for June has moved from a state park outside Manhattan to the Topeka area because of concerns about flooding. The Country Stampede announced its move Friday. Organizers said they were unsure of the safety of its original location at Tuttle Creek...
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May 31, 2019 - 4:50 am
Fire officials in Topeka are investigating what caused a massive fire that tore through a downtown warehouse. The fire was reported Wednesday evening at the Trails Market and Gallery, and firefighters battled the flames into early Thursday morning. All that remains of the warehouse is an empty...
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May 29, 2019 - 7:43 pm
The Kansas Senate has confirmed Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a Kansas City-area attorney to the state's second-highest court. The vote Wednesday was 37-1 for Sarah Warner of Lenexa to be Court of Appeals judge. The governor submitted Warner's name to the Senate after it rejected Labette County...
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May 29, 2019 - 7:29 pm
Legislators in Kansas have overridden Gov. Laura Kelly's vetoes of several spending items in the next state budget, including an extra payment to the state's public pension system. The House voted 86-30 to override all of Kelly's budget vetoes at once. Republicans leaders had two more votes than...
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