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Teachers in Goddard pledge to help Davis oust Brownback

Saying they felt insulted and attacked by recent school legislation, dozens of angry teachers in the Republican stronghold community of Goddard signed up Friday to help Democratic candidate Paul Davis in his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Registered sex offender given 2 life sentences for attack on girl, 14, in Wichita

A Wichita man who was a registered sex offender at the time he committed sexual crimes against a 14-year-old girl was given two life sentences Friday.

Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints

Some parents in Topeka are asking the school district to reconsider plans to have first lady Michelle Obama speak at a graduation ceremony.

Police: Woman head-butts officer, damages patrol car on South Meridian

A 35-year-old woman head-butted a police officer as he tried to arrest her and then damaged his patrol car, according to a Wichita police report.

Is space study worthwhile? Kansans Steve and John Hawley offer their views

Steve and John Hawley are brothers who grew up in Salina, with a few years spent in Maryland. Both studied astronomy in college.

Tips for searching for the perfect wedding venue

There seem to be more choices than ever when it comes to locations for that special wedding. (And they’re all special, of course).

Kansas Supreme Court criticizes Brownback for signing judicial budget

The Supreme Court issued a statement strongly rebuking the governor Friday after he signed a judicial budget that ties funding to policy changes.

Army sergeant returns from Afghanistan to meet fourth-grade son in surprise homecoming

Cade O’Brien, a fourth-grader at Peterson Elementary School, discovered a new benefit of recycling on Thursday.

Democrats, Republicans both identify support for their tax views in Kansas’ revenue estimates

Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax plan, passed by the Legislature in 2012, is either surpassing expectations or setting the state on course for a crash. It all depends on who you ask.

Healing is the message at interfaith service for victims of Sunday’s shootings

Clergy of different faiths, joined by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, delivered messages of hope and unity Thursday before more than 1,300 people gathered at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park. “A pall has been cast over our great nation,” Holder said. “We gather today not in joy, but in solemn reflection.” The overall message, however, was focused on the power of love and unity to combat hatred and evil.

Sebelius says she’s not interested in Senate run

Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Press conference scheduled in highway shootings arrest

Police said more details will be released at a 1 p.m. press conference. Kansas City police raided a Grandview residence Thursday afternoon and arrested a man suspected in the series of shootings on area roadways that injured three people and put drivers on edge for nearly two weeks.

CIBOR center at Wichita State seeks partners to make its composite medical devices

After years of research and development, the Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research at Wichita State University is seeking manufacturers to produce the composite material medical devices it has developed.

World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

Woman arrested; shots fired at house with 3-year-old inside

A woman has been arrested in a case that involves shots being fired at a house where five people were inside.

Kansas Air Guardsman waives hearing on federal sex charge in Texas

A Kansas Air National Guardsman from Goddard has waived his detention hearing that was set for Friday on a federal sex charge in Texas.

Senate candidate Chad Taylor to speak at South Sedgwick County Democratic Club

Chad Taylor, the district attorney in Topeka and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will be the keynote speaker at an April 26 fundraiser for the South Sedgwick County Democratic Club.

Kansas Regents stick with social media policy

The Kansas Board of Regents will consider adding language on free speech to its social media policy, but will not fundamentally change the rules, following criticism that the policy gives administrators too much power to fire or discipline employees for postings on Twitter and other outlets.

City staff continues to explore role of aquifer project

Public works officials are weighing how to best utilize the city’s $244 million aquifer storage and recovery project – if the City Council gives it a prominent role in Wichita’s water future.

Wichita man gets maximum sentence in attempt to molest girl

A Wichita man who pleaded no contest in January to furnishing alcohol to a 13-year-old girl and trying to sexually molest her was sentenced Thursday to 4 1/2 years in prison.

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