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  • Emily Fisher
    Lawrence police respond to three overdose calls Monday night, including one fatal case... an Amber Alert was canceled for four children taken from a Topeka home... and the Kansas Supreme Court won't rule on the merits of a lawsuit over industrial hog farms, at least for now. Those headlines and more... here.
  • Emily Fisher
    An ozone alert has been issued for the greater Kansas City area... Olathe police fatally shoot a motorist who they say came after officers with a knife... Lawrence police need the public's help to identify a weekend homicide victim... and the Kansas City Chiefs visit the White House to celebrate two recent Super Bowl victories. Those headlines and more... here.
  • The United Nations has declared 2023 the International Year of Millets — a type of small grain mostly grown in parts of Asia and Africa. The highly resilient and cost-friendly grains could make them the next crop for U.S. farmers in the midst of climate change.
  • Here's a summary of some of the headlines on this Memorial Day.
  • Republicans in the Kansas Legislature back off of a threat to sue the state's Democratic governor over education funding... the mayor of Kansas City complains about 911 wait times and vows to fix them... residents of Udall commemorate the state's deadliest tornado... and a decommissioned missile silo is for sale in central Kansas. Those headlines and more... here.
  • The nation's most secure biosecurity lab opens in Manhattan... laws affecting transgender Kansans are set to take effect July 1st... the remains of a Kansas soldier killed in World War II return to Kansas for burial... and the Busker Fest begins this weekend in Lawrence. These headlines and more... here.
  • Dignitaries gather in Manhattan for a ribbon cutting ceremony at a federal bio-security lab... four Kansas City area men have been indicted for illegally trafficking firearms... Kansas City's mayor appoints a committee to study reparations for Black residents... and a Missouri mom gets more than 50 years in prison for leaving her two children to die in a hot car. Those headlines and more... here.
  • A weekend shooting at a Kansas City bar leaves three people dead and two injured... Governor Laura Kelly touts her administration's economic development success since taking office... many Kansas farmers abandon their wheat fields... and the Baker University softball team heads to the NAIA World Series. Those headlines and more... here.
  • Two people are dead, two others injured, after a shooting in KCK Thursday night... the remains of a Kansas airman missing in Europe since World War II will soon return home... and a legal battle is brewing between the Democratic governor and GOP-controlled Legislature over funding for Kansas public schools. Those stories and more... here.
  • Governor Laura Kelly has used her line-item veto on portions of the $6 billion funding plan for K-12 schools... public universities in Kansas are asking for a tuition hike... and experts are predicting a record wheat shortage - in Kansas! Those headlines and more... here.
  • Public universities in Kansas push for a tuition hike... authorities seize 70 animals and arrest two Coffeyville residents on charges of animal cruelty... and a $17,000 reward is posted in the case of Kansas City area thieves who are cutting fiber optic cables in a misguided search for copper. These stories and more... here.