Phylliss Layland hugs her 3-year-old grandson Derek Grossnickle for the first time Wednesday, May 5, 1999, since her home was destroyed by a tornado Monday night in Haysville, Kan. A deadly tornado passed through the Wichita area, killing five people. Vice President Al Gore will tour the damaged area Thursday morning.
The Z-Bar Ranch in Strong City, Kan., will become the Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve with the passage of the Parks Bill Friday in Washington. The 10,800 acre ranch was built over a 100 years ago. The old schoolhouse will be included in the park.
Shek Weber (red cap), Debbie Dunn (blue) and Fran Dunn look at an old flag Weber found in the rubble of the Dunn's home Wednesday, May 5, 1999, south of Haysville, Kan. Weber raised the flag on a piece of tree branch he erected in their yard. Weber and Debbie Dunn are engaged. The Dunn family drove away from their mobile home when they heard a tornado was coming. They ran into the tornado in south Wichita but escaped injury.
William Least Heat-Moon, author of "PrairyErth (A Deep Map): An Epic History of the Tallgrass Prairie Country," ponders the changes and comfort he found while revisiting the Flint Hills in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Chase County.
Kansas State University head football coach Bill Snyder is carried off the field Saturday evening after addressing the fans in the Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Snyder announced his retirement earlier in the week and stepped down from coaching Saturday after his Wildcats defeated Missouri 36-28.
The Kansas Turnpike is seen Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, one day after after floodwaters carried vehicles from the highway south of Emporia on Saturday night. Four children in one vehicle were killed and their mother is still missing in the floodwaters. Another man in another vehicle is also still missing.
Passengers on a United Airlines flight use the ladder of a Garden City (Kan.) Fire Department fire truck to get off of the plane, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, in Garden City. The United Airlines 757, Air Canada 727 and a US Airways Airbus 300 carrying hundreds of passengers landed safely at Garden City Regional Airport. Because the airport has no ramps that will reach the large planes, the fire department used its ladder truck to get passengers to the ground. The planes were part of a nationwide grounding after Tuesday's attacks on the East Coast.
Firefighters continue to watch the flames at what used to be Woody's Appliance store in downtown Hutchinson four days after the explosion that rocked the city. The Kansas Gas Co. was unsuccessful in stopping a leak at the Yaggy storage facility Saturday, seven miles west of Hutchinson, which is thought to be responsible for the gas leaks in the city.
A Hutchinson firefighter watches from atop a ladder truck in Hutchinson, Kan., Jan. 18, 2001, as a natural gas leak burns inside a downtown building. Officials believe natural gas from an old storage field caused the fire in addition to another explosion and numerous gas leaks reported in the community Thursday, The natural gas leaks and fires were voted the Kansas top story or 2001 in an Associated Press poll of the state's newspaper and broadcast editors.
Huge flames still erupt from the ground in what was a wedding supply store in downtown Hutchinson on Thursday afternoon. A gas explosion destroyed the building on Wednesday but officials have not been able to extinguish the flames that are being fed by an underground gas leak.
Serial killer Dennis Rader stands before Sedgwick County District Court Judge Greg Waller Thursday afternoon as sentencing is read. Rader recieved 9 life terms and a "hard 40" for the ten murders he commited over nearly 30 years
Natural gas sprays 20-30 feet in the air Thursday afternoon on the east side of Hutchinson. A natural gas leak believed to be from a gas storage field several miles away caused two explosions and fires in Hutchinson.
Dennis Rader prepares to sit in a Sedgwick County courtroom during the first day of testimony in his sentencing phase on Wednesday, August 17, 2005. Rader, also known as BTK, pleaded guilty to killing 10 people during a spree spanning 30 years in the Wichita area.
Framed by crosses commemorating the lives of five killed by raging flood waters Saturday night along the Kansas Turnpike, United States Geological Survey hydrologist Charlie Perry takes measurements Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2003, south of Emporia, Kan.
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett waves to the the crowds gathered at Salina Airport on Thursday afternoon after crawling out of the Virgin Atlantic Globalflyer. Fossett became the first man to fly solo around the world nonstop on one tank of fuel.