Kansas Lawmakers Call for Transparency
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers from across the political spectrum say they'll push to fix the state's culture of secrecy after a newspaper highlighted alarming levels of opacity in state and local government. The Kansas City Star reports that Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer pledged last week to address the problem of transparency. Colyer is set to take over if Governor Sam Brownback becomes an ambassador. The Star's series on secrecy highlighted examples of state and local agencies hiding information from the public.
Feds: Kansas Owes $18 Million in Overpaid Medicaid Bonus
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal agency and the state of Kansas are at odds over whether Kansas took nearly $18 million in federal funds that it shouldn't have. The Wichita Eagle reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General alleges Kansas improperly counted some children when seeking bonus payments to offset Medicaid costs. The state maintains that it followed the guidelines for calculating the number of children enrolled in the program.
Kansas Unemployment Drops to 3.6 Percent
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas says its unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent in October, but the state continued to see a decline in the number of non-farm jobs over the previous year. The state Department of Labor reports that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month was lower than September's 3.8 percent and 4.3 percent for October 2016. The number of private-sector, non-farm jobs was 4,700 lower in October than in October 2016.
Hutchinson Man Crashes, Dies, after High-Speed Chase
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Hutchinson man has died in a crash in central Kansas that happened as he was being chased by a sheriff's deputy. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Friday night crash killed 25-year-old Angel Montiel. Officials say Montiel was fleeing a Rice County Sheriff's deputy in a chase that began in Rice County and extended into Reno County. Investigators say Montiel was driving a minivan south when it spun out of control, and Montiel was thrown from the vehicle. The patrol says he died at the scene.
Police: Teen Found Dead inside KCK Business
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating after officers found a teenager dead inside a Kansas City, Kansas, business. Television station KMBC reports that officers were called to business Saturday morning to check on a person who had been shot. Arriving officers found the teen, who had been shot at least once, already dead. Police have not released the teen's name or another other details about the shooting. Police have asked anyone with information on the shooting to call the police tips hotline.
Man Sentenced to Three Life Sentences in Topeka Triple Murder
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One of five people accused of strangling or smothering to death three others in a Topeka home over a rape allegation has been sentenced to three life terms. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 34-year-old Joseph Krahn won't be eligible for release for 150 years under the sentence imposed Friday. He pleaded no contest last month to three first-degree murder charges in the March slayings. Prosecutors had considered the death penalty.
Coffeyville Man Sentenced in Attempted Internet Explosive Buy
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Coffeyville man who tried to buy an explosive on the internet was sentenced to two years in federal prison. U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a news release that 19-year-old Carlos Francisco Martin was sentenced Friday for attempting to obtain an explosive with intent to destroy property. In his guilty plea, Martin admitted he ordered an explosive from an internet site where users remain anonymous and pay for purchases in bitcoins.
Wichita Landlord Faces Discrimination Charges for Demanding Sex from Tenants
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas landlord is facing a housing discrimination charge for allegedly demanding sex from two female tenants and evicting them when they refused his advances. The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the charge Thursday against a man who owns multiple rental properties around Wichita and managed at least one other. The charge stems from complaints filed by two women who were evicted in 2014.
Garden City Student Kicked Off Basketball Team after Refusing to Observe Anthem
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Muslim student athlete who refused to observe the national anthem for religious reasons has been kicked off the basketball team at a Kansas college. That has ignited concerns over whether Garden City Community College violated the civil rights of 19-year-old Rasool Samir, who continued shooting balls during the anthem November 1st. The college says Samir was dismissed for violating team rules. The ACLU says he may have been disciplined for exercising his First Amendment rights.
KC's Union Station Kicks Off Holiday Season
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Christmas holiday begins this weekend at Union Station in Kansas City. The station will offer a day full of family activities Saturday, ending with a holiday lighting ceremony. The holiday kickoff will culminate at 6:30 p.m., when the station will be illuminated with colorful lights. For the first time, the station will provide an Astro Botanical Garden, an inflatable sculpture garden in the Haverty Family Yards.