Rainfall Causes Minor Flooding
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Locally heavy rainfall was causing some minor flooding in parts of Kansas, but a Wichita forecaster says most of it was confined to city streets where drainage isn't very good. National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Smith says water had covered a road in western Butler County yesterday (FRI), but most other roads were still passable mid-afternoon.
State Senator Mulling Roberts Challenge
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A conservative Republican state senator from northeast Kansas is launching an exploratory committee to consider challenging incumbent Senator Pat Roberts in the August primary. Senator Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha said yesterday (FRI) he is asking residents to help him decide in the next 10 days if he should join Leawood radiologist Milton Wolf in challenging Roberts.
Court Vacates 2 "Hard 50" Sentences
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two more "Hard 50" prison sentences have been vacated by the Kansas Supreme Court and sent back to the lower courts, including one that was at the heart of a 2013 legislative special session. The rulings issued yesterday by the court dealt only with whether the prison sentences of Matthew Astorga and Joaquin DeAnda were constitutional. The prison terms were for life without possibility of parole for 50 years.
Silver Alert Issued for KCK Man
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have issued a Silver Alert for an 80-year-old Kansas City, Kansas man who has dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Police say John Burris told his family Thursday evening that he was in Overland Park buying a pair of shoes. Family members said he sounded confused and said he was lost trying to get home.