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Kansas City police chief: 12 recent roadway shootings linked

Kansas City police have linked 12 recent highway and roadway shootings in the area to one another, Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté announced Friday.

Former clerk at Twin Lakes license center charged with theft, misuse of funds

A former clerk of Wichita’s Twin Lakes driver licensing office is facing criminal charges of theft and misuse of public funds.

Derby man pleads guilty to murder, attempted murder

A Derby man pleaded guilty Friday to murder and attempted murder in a case that involved him strangling his live-in girlfriend and cutting and trying to strangle her 15-year-old son on Sept. 1.

Kansas Supreme Court sets aside Hard 50 sentence in Wichita homicide

The Kansas Supreme Court reversed the Hard 50 murder sentence of a Wichita man on Friday but refused to rule whether changes legislators made to the law last year can be applied.

Pope assumes responsibility for priest sex abuse

Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the “evil” of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect the young. It was the first time a pope has taken personal responsibility for the sex crimes of his priests and begged forgiveness.

Sebelius resigns after health care rollout fiasco

Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, ending a turbulent five-year tenure that saw her become the public face of the troubled federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.

Wanted: a National Do Not Knock Registry

Although it is not perfect, the National Do Not Call Registry has helped many of us enjoy a few nice, quiet, uninterrupted meals since it began 10 years ago.

Man dead after officer-involved shooting near Maple, Meridian

A 30-year-old man was fatally wounded by a Wichita police officer after pulling a knife following a high-speed chase and coming at the officer, then two Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputies, on a residential street early Thursday morning, law enforcement officials said.

West Wichita groundwater contamination meeting brings some answers, many more questions

A meeting held Thursday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to address concerns over groundwater contamination caused by dry-cleaning solvents decades ago gave residents a few answers about the chemical’s potential health risks and how and why the pollution happened but also left them reeling from a number of unknowns.

City, county seek residents’ thoughts on Wichita’s future

Wichita and Sedgwick County officials are hoping area residents will attend meetings this month that will help determine the city’s future for the next two decades.

GOP candidates for insurance commissioner support health compact bill

Four Republicans campaigning to become the state’s next insurance commissioner said Thursday that they support a bill that would bring Kansas into a compact with other states hoping to become exempt from the federal health care overhaul.

Seven chimpanzees use ingenuity to escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo

One of them found or broke off a 5- or 6-foot log or branch, leaned it against a wall and clambered to the top. Then that chimp persuaded six friends to join him. Visitors moved into protected areas, but zoo director Randy Wisthoff said the public was never in danger. The animals were lured back by fruits, veggies and finally malted milk balls.

Police see increase in trailer thefts

Wichita police are asking residents who own trailers to be extra diligent in securing them.

Sedgwick County Zoo introduces newly born and hatched animals

Spring definitely has made its appearance at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

Bob Dole to visit namesake institute at KU on April 22

Bob Dole will visit the institute named after him at the University of Kansas on April 22 for a public open house, the university said in a prepared statement today.

Brownback lauds parts of school finance bill, won’t comment on teachers’ due process

Gov. Sam Brownback praised the financial part of the state Legislature’s bill to resolve the school finance crisis, but would not say whether he agrees with a part of the bill designed to strip teachers of rights to due process before they can be fired.

Man holds on to faith, family after losing home in Derby fire

Three days after his father died from a brain bleed, Dwain Diehl was at his mother’s house in Hutchinson planning the funeral.

Manhattan registered sex offender charged in molestation of 5-year-old

A Manhattan man is facing a charge in Sedgwick County District Court alleging he molested a 5-year-old earlier this month.

Kingman voters again reject sales tax hike to pay for jail

For the second time in seven months, Kingman County voters have rejected a sales tax increase to pay for a new law enforcement center and jail.

New head of Wichita State’s Advanced Networking Research Institute will focus on ‘human factors’

Jobs and innovation are two words that appear frequently in announcements coming from Wichita State University these days, including Wednesday.

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