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Concerns reported to Kansas agency before toddler's death

Kansas child welfare officials say they received repeated reports about a Wichita toddler before he was found dead in a motel of a methadone overdose in the latest high-profile tragedy involving the agency responsible for overseeing young children....

 

Wife's body found after police kill estranged husband

A missing woman was found dead in Arkansas hours after police fatally shot her estranged, rifle-toting husband near a popular shopping area in Kansas City, Kansas, authorities said Wednesday. The body of 49-year-old Sylvia Ussery-Pearson was found...

 

Newly renovated Eisenhower museum reopens in Kansas

A museum honoring President Dwight Eisenhower in his childhood home in Kansas reopened Monday after undergoing its first comprehensive renovation since the 1970s. The modernized exhibits in the 25,000-square-foot (2,322-sq. meter) museum in Abilene...

 

ACLU effort to put abortion ban to vote can proceed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An appellate court panel ruled Monday that the American Civil Liberties Union can soon begin collecting signatures that would put a new Missouri law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy to a public vote. A...

 

April rampage draws attention to 2015 Kansas disappearance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An April rampage in which a man wounded two Kansas law enforcement officers, killed his father and then killed himself has drawn fresh attention to the 2015 disappearance of his girlfriend. David Madden, a 37-year-old...

 

2 more duck boat workers indicted in sinking that killed 17

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two more employees of a company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last summer, killing 17 people. Curtis Lanham, the general manager at Ride the Ducks Branson, and Charles...

 

Mississippi River flooding approaches records set in 1993

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The swollen Mississippi River is straining levees, snarling traffic and forcing people from their homes as the water level in some places approaches record levels set during devastating flooding in 1993. Missouri Gov. Mike...

 

Midwest downpours prompt more evacuations, flash flood fears

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rain swamping the nation's midsection forced people from their homes in Kansas, stranded dozens of Texas children at school overnight and strained levees along the surging Mississippi River in Illinois, Missouri and...

 

Kansas water park where boy died appears unlikely to open

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas water park where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated isn't hiring lifeguards, advertising or selling tickets with less than a month left before its typical Memorial Day weekend opening date, underlining speculation...

 

4 killed in Midwest flooding; roads closed, levees strained

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The latest round of Midwestern flooding claimed at least four lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of river towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters rose to and near record levels in some...

 

Suspect in sheriff's shooting, father found dead

STERLING, Kan. (AP) — A man suspected in the 2015 disappearance of his girlfriend shot and critically wounded a Kansas undersheriff who attempted to arrest him on a federal firearm charge, then killed his own father and shot a sheriff in the leg be...

 

28 priests, brothers credibly accused in Kansas diocese

Allegations of clergy sexual abuse have been substantiated against 28 priests or religious clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina in central Kansas in cases mostly stemming from the 1950s to the 1980s, according to investigations by church...

 

Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid flooding

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow...

 

Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to...

 

Man shot, wounded outside suburban Kansas City school

FAIRWAY, Kan. (AP) — A man was shot and wounded Friday afternoon while exchanging gunfire with police across the street from an elementary school in suburban Kansas City, authorities say. The shooting happened around 3:10 p.m. Friday at a Fairway,...

 

Man found with wife's dismembered body convicted of felonies

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man arrested at a Kansas storage unit with two of his children and his dismembered wife's remains has been convicted of three felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Jurors Thursday found 36-year-old Justin Rey...

 

Slain man wouldn't have been charged in activist's killing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 20-year-old man who was slain after fatally shooting a community activist with a criminal record wouldn't have faced charges, a prosecutor announced Wednesday. Boone County prosecuting attorney Dan Knight said in a letter...

 

2 charged in contract killing of pregnant Kansas mother

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two men have been charged with capital murder for the alleged contract killing of a pregnant Kansas mother who was found dead on Christmas Day, according to investigators. Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint filed...

 

Kansas to pay $1.1M in wrongful conviction look-alike case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas has agreed to pay $1.1 million to a man who spent 17 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a robbery that he says was committed by someone who looks just like him. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt...

 

Missouri teacher suspended after student dresses as Klansman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri teacher who oversaw a history class presentation in which a ninth-grader dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan has apologized for a "lapse of judgment" and is suspended indefinitely, the superintendent...

 

Texts to voters purportedly from Trump roil Kansas election

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials are reviewing text messages claiming to be from President Donald Trump and telling residents that their early votes hadn't been recorded, as Democratic leaders worried Thursday that they were part of...

 

Lawsuit: Man convicted after mother rejected 'dirty cop'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man who spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he didn't commit was targeted because his mother rebuffed a homicide detective's sexual advances and was convicted after a bogus police investigation, according...

 

Fired white officer indicted in fatal shooting of Kansas man

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A fired white Kansas police officer has been indicted in the fatal shooting of a black man last year while investigating a domestic dispute, prosecutors announced Monday. Matthew Harrington, 25, made his first court...

 

Carnival workers arrested in deaths of Kansas fair vendors

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three carnival workers have been arrested in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from a fair in Kansas and whose bodies were found days later in a shallow grave in an Arkansas forest. Police Cpl. Jonathan Wear said...

 

Ex-state official Kander announces run for Kansas City mayor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri secretary of state who garnered national attention during an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate announced Monday that he's running for Kansas City mayor. "I'm running for mayor because I want to make sure no...

 

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