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KPR Web Operations Monday, April 23rd

  Kansas Secretary of State Says Redistricting Delay Could Result in Constitutional Crisis  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is warning lawmakers that a potential constitutional crisis is brewing because they haven't yet redrawn political districts. But Kobach said Monday that he's also wary of a new proposal to postpone the state's primary election until the last week of August if lawmakers don't set new political boundaries soon enough. Lawmakers reconvene Wednesday for a wrap-up session that could continue through early May. Legislators must...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, April 22nd

GOP Candidates Asked to Pledge Loyalty TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican candidates for the Kansas Senate are being asked by their party's leadership to publicly declare their allegiance to the Senate's Republican leadership after the November election. Clay Barker, executive director of the state Republican Party, said Friday that letters seeking the pledge were sent this week to 31 official GOP candidates for the Kansas Senate. He says a similar loyalty appeal will be mailed next week to Republican candidates for the House...

KPR Web Operations Saturday, April 21st

  Fort Riley Officer Dies in Afghanistan Army officials say a Fort Riley officer has died while on deployment with the 1st Infantry Division in Afghanistan.  A release from Fort Riley says 31-year-old Captain Michael Braden was pronounced dead at a medical facility on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.  Braden was from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.  Braden was found unresponsive in his living quarters Wednesday morning. ======================================================== Sporting KC on Verge of Tieing Soccer Record Sporting Kansas City is on the verge of Major...

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 20th

Eric James has been taken into custody. He is the last of a group of four men who escaped from the Ottawa County Jail earlier this week to be apprehended OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The last of four inmates who escaped from a north-central Kansas county jail this week is back in custody. The state Department of Corrections says 22-year-old Eric James was apprehended around 5:30 p.m. Friday in Omaha, Nebraska, and is now in the custody of Omaha police. Omaha police spokesman Michael Pecha says officers saw a gold 2002 Nissan Altima believed to have been stolen by the inmates in Minneapolis,...

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 20th

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican-controlled House committee has rejected the idea of restoring a pay-raise program for some Kansas public employees. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the committee on Thursday voted down a motion to set aside $8.5 million to resume a plan to raise salaries of the state's lowest-paid government workers. The motion was defeated by a 9-11 vote. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, said state employees should consider moving to the private sector if they think that state pay is too low. Others raised concerns that the...

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 20th

Santos Carrera-Morales TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A convicted murderer hitched a ride to a convenience store in the town of Russell, Kansas, where he was arrested after escaping from a county jail. Jon Quinday, Russell's police chief, told The Associated Press on Friday that escaped inmate Santos Carrera-Morales was taken into custody late Thursday by two police officers without incident at a store off of Interstate 70. Quinday said Carrera-Morales was north of Russell along Kansas 18 when he got his ride. Carrera-Morales is one of four prison inmates who escaped Wednesday morning from the Ottawa...

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 20th

        UPDATE: Last of 4 KS Prison Escapees Captured in Nebraska OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The last of four inmates who escaped from a north-central Kansas county jail this week is back in custody. The state Department of Corrections says 22-year-old Eric James was apprehended around 5:30 pm Friday in Omaha, Nebraska, and is now in the custody of Omaha police. Details on how he was captured were not immediately released. Authorities also recovered a stolen Nissan Altima that James was thought to have been driving. James was serving a state sentence for...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 19th

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KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 19th

Cedar Bluff State Park (Flickr Photo Courtesy of TravelKS) TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has launched a new system for reserving cabins and camp sites at state parks, fishing lakes and wildlife areas. The state Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says its online reservation service — http://www.ksoutdoors.com — makes it easier to find available cabins and camp sites. The agency temporarily stopped taking reservations online or by phone at the start of the month so that its new system could get up and running. A San Diego-based company, Active Network, is working with the Kansas agency to...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 19th

  UPDATE: State of Kansas Pulls Inmates from Ottawa County Jail TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prison officials have removed all inmates housed at a county jail after four inmates escaped, including a convicted murderer who remains at large. Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay said Thursday that the remaining 18 prison inmates who were being held in the Ottawa County Jail because of prison overcrowding have been returned to the state prison in Ellsworth. Barclay says the temporary decision was made after four inmates escaped Wednesday morning from the jail in...

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