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High court to consider state role in prosecuting immigrants

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Donaldo Morales caught a break when federal prosecutors declined to charge him after he was arrested for using a fake Social Security card so he could work at a Kansas restaurant. But the break was short-lived. Kansas...

 

Ex-ICE agent accused of impersonating officer to free inmate

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been accused of impersonating an immigration officer during a foiled attempt to help an inmate escape from a local jail in Kansas. A criminal complaint made publi...

 

ACLU: Kansas inmate could die without opioid-addiction meds

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas and Missouri affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons on behalf of an inmate they claim could die without a drug used to treat his opioid addiction. After an emergency...

 

USDA: Probe launched over beef pricing after Kansas fire

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue said Wednesday his department has launched an investigation to determine whether there have been unfair beef pricing practices after the fire at the Tyson slaughterhouse in Kansas. "As pa...

 

Kobach had law enforcement officer investigate voter fraud

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A law enforcement officer said that former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach asked him to investigate possible double voting and non-citizen voting, and that missing ammunition that had been purchased by Kobach's office...

 

Kansas fights claim of man wrongly imprisoned for 23 years

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is fighting the compensation claim of a man who spent 23 years in prison for a double homicide before a judge vacated his convictions, which were secured despite a complete lack of physical evidence and motive tying him...

 

Ruling holds US attorney's office in Kansas in contempt

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City, Kansas, improperly listened to recorded communications between inmates and their defense attorneys and willfully violated court orders during an independent...

 

Watchdog agency obtains testimony against Kansas official

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell said Thursday that a Kansas government watchdog that purchased transcripts this week of the testimony of four campaign workers at his federal trial was acting in response to a...

 

ACLU: Lawyer filed bogus complaint against Kansas activists

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued Thursday on behalf of two environmental activists who claim a lawyer with the state utilities regulating agency filed a baseless complaint against them as retaliation for their protests a...

 

Kansas chief concerned about police shooting investigations

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas police chief testified in a newly released deposition that he was so concerned about the fairness of internal department probes of police shootings in Wichita that he removed the high-ranking officers overseeing them...

 

APNewsBreak: Man 'mad as hell' Kansas shuts racial bias case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A black man who was detained by police while moving into his home said Wednesday that Kansas regulators investigated his racial bias complaint and closed the case with no further action. "I'm mad as hell," Karle Robinson told...

 

Wichita businessman spared prison in gambling case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal magistrate spared a Wichita businessman prison time after he pleaded guilty Tuesday for his role in concealing the transfer of betting information from illegal poker games. Brandon Steven, 45, was sentenced to three...

 

2 Kansas men 'collateral damage' in gun control dispute

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The unregistered gun silencers, each stamped "Made in Kansas, were arranged in a display case at a military surplus store in a rural Kansas town. Beside them was a copy of a Kansas gun law signed a year earlier by then-Gov....

 

APNewsBreak: Emails show chaos before Kansas player's death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The assistant football coach at a Kansas community college told officials a 300-pound defensive lineman who died of heatstroke after practice was "making a stressful moan" when he arrived to help, but rather than immediately...

 

Feds defer prosecution of Kansas online gamer in hoax case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas online gamer whose dispute over a $1.50 bet sparked a hoax call that resulted in police shooting a man who lived at his old address has struck a deal with prosecutors that could allow the charges against him to be...

 

Kansas college agrees to outside probe after player's death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas community college agreed under mounting pressure to an independent investigation into the heatstroke death last year of a football player who collapsed after the first day of conditioning practice. Trustees for Garden...

 

Law gives Kansas counties new option for polling sites

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new law gives Kansas counties the legal option of letting voters cast ballots at any polling site within their county, but spotty internet service and aging voting equipment is expected to curtail its availability in many...

 

Ballots tossed over signatures mostly from same Kansas homes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — As an election supervisor and poll worker for more than 20 years, Robert Bailey routinely mailed in his ballot early, confident that voting problems elsewhere that he read about would have a slight chance of happening in his...

 

Lawsuit challenges Kansas policy on banners

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A blanket ban on signs and restrictive permits for protests at the Kansas Statehouse constitute "an unnecessary and impermissible prior restraint on political expression at the core of First Amendment expression," according to...

 

Ohio gamer pleads guilty in deadly Kansas hoax case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An Ohio gamer upset over a $1.50 bet in an online game pleaded guilty Wednesday to asking a prankster to make a bogus emergency call, then trying to hide his involvement when he realized the antic had gotten a Kansas man...

 

20 years for man behind hoax call that led to fatal shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A California man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for making bogus emergency calls to authorities across the U.S., including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online pla...

 

Kansas death penalty case has implications for mentally ill

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The day after Thanksgiving in 2009, James Kahler went to the home of his estranged wife's grandmother, where he shot the two women, along with his two teenage daughters. No one — not even Kahler's attorneys — disputes that...

 

Kansas doctor sentenced to life in prison for patient death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas doctor was sentenced to life in prison Friday for unlawfully prescribing medication blamed for an overdose death, the latest prosecution in a government crackdown on physicians amid an opioid epidemic. Steven R....

 

County commissioner defends payments in Kansas fraud trial

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas legislator accused of fraudulently taking $10,500 from campaign funds for his personal use told jurors Thursday that the payments were legitimate campaign expenses. Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael...

 

Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation's farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump's tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in...

 

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