Kansas Governor Proposes New Juvenile Facility
TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) - Governor Laura Kelly says that she would like to build a new juvenile facility in Sedgewick County if re-elected. Kelly told the Kansas City Star's Editorial Board she would like to build the facility in the county because most of the juveniles now in custody are from the Wichita area. She also says the new facility could replace the current one located in Topeka. According to February data from the Kansas Department of Corrections, about 150 juveniles were incarcerated at the facility. They stay for an average of one year.
Kansas to Receive $9 Million for Opioid Epidemic
TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) - The state of Kansas is getting nearly $9 million to help fight the growing opioid epidemic. It's part of $1.5 billion in funding nationwide. Over $8 million will go to the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services to reduce overdose death and expand recovery options for opioids and stimulant use, including medication-assisted treatment. The state of Kansas saw a 54 percent increase in overdose death in the first six months of 2021 compared to the previous year. Most involved methamphetamine or fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.
DA: Topeka Police Justified in Shooting Death
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay says three Topeka police officers were justified when they shot and killed a man in June. Kagay said 38-year-old Christopher Kelley, was shot when he charged at the officers with a knife after threatening an employee at a BNSF property in Topeka. Kagay said in a news release that officers tried to negotiate with Kelly for about an hour before Kelly charged at them.
KU-Duke Game Sells Out; KSU Heads to Oklahoma
LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) - Saturday's Kansas-Duke football game is officially sold out. It's the first sell-out for a KU football game since November 2019. The Jayhawks are 3-0 for the first time since 2009. Kick-off is set for 11am Saturday. Meanwhile, the Kansas State Wildcats are in Norman, Oklahoma, to take on the undefeated Sooners at 7 pm Saturday.