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Dry Conditions Fuel Fire in Silver Lake

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Fire officials say high brush and weeds just east of the former lake area in Silver Lake caught fire. Crews from several departments spent four hours fighting it.

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Topeka Man Accused of Sex Crimes with Child

Updated: 03/05/2009 - A Topeka man is accused of sex crimes involving a child. The Shawnee County District Attorney's Office Thursday charged 19-year old Lawrence Gritten Jr. with one count of raping a child under the age of 14 and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy.

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Lawmakers Honor Slain KU Law Students

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The Kansas Senate heard a resolution honoring Jana Mackey Thursday. The 25-year old was killed by her ex-boyfriend last July in Lawrence.

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Road Work in Topeka Friday

Updated: 03/05/2009 - 13 News is on your side with some road construction details in Topeka. Starting Friday at nine a.m. eastbound I-70 will be down to one lane at the Polk-Quincy Viaduct Bridge for drain cleaning work.

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Osage County Accident Injures 5 People

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The Osage County Sheriff's Office says a one-vehicle accident just before 5pm Thursday on Paulen Road, a half mile north of Highway 56 west of Overbrook injured 5 people.

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Visit Topeka Welcomes New President

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Visit Topeka welcomed in its new president Thursday with a special reception. It was held at the Expocentre, where attendees enjoyed food and drinks.

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AG Six Secures New Tobacco Settlement Funds

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Kansas will receive $4.5 million in a new tobacco settlement money. Attorney General Stephen Six made the announcement Thursday. The companies had been withholding the money.

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Kansas Governor Enjoying Time Awaiting HHS Confirmation

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she continues enjoying each day as Kansas Governor, but is also excited for the opportunity to work on issues helping children and families if confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary.

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Topeka Woman Charged with Having Sex with Inmate

Updated: 03/05/2009 - A Topeka woman has been charged with two counts of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate. Court records say 33-year-old Brenda Jo Hitt made a first court appearance Thursday in Shawnee County District Court. She was arrested and charged Wednesday.

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Four Inducted Into Topeka Business Hall of Fame

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The three living inductees included Sam Barham, founder of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Maynard Oliverius, President and C.E.O. of Stormont-Vail, Kent Garlinghouse of M-C Industries and Nancy Perry, former C.E.O. of the United Way of Greater Topeka.

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Spring Could Lift Winter Blues

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Shorter days of winter can have a negative impact on your mood, but the longer days of spring should help you lighten up.

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Topeka Goodyear Workers Approve Contract Provisions

Updated: 03/05/2009 - United Steelworkers Local 307 approved contract revisions with Goodyear. The deal means up to 100 workers at the Topeka plant can accept buyoffs. Up to 225 positions total may be eliminated.

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Hallmark Employees Lend Helping Hand

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Topeka's Hallmark plant is also seeing a slowdown from the slumping economy. But rather than laying off its employees it's paying them to do volunteer work.

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Kansas Senate Debates Bill on Coal-fired Plants

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The Senate debates a bill today to clear the way for coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas. It's the latest round in a fight over coal plants between Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and most legislators.

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Sumner School Auctioned Finalized

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The historic Sumner School building is now officially owned by Zaire Thomas. His financial backer, Bishop W.R. Portee dropped by Topeka on Thursday to sign paperwork, and spoke about the future of the building.

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Missing Manhattan Teen Found

Updated: 03/05/2009 - The Riley County Police Department says 17-year-old Daniel Freeby was found in Junction City. He was in good health. He was reported missing Monday evening, when he left for work and didn't make it there.

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Dallas Chamber Official to Join Kansas GOP

Updated: 03/05/2009 - CiCi Rojas will replace Christian Morgan as executive director of the Kansas Republican Party. Rojas is currently chief executive officer of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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McConnell Air Force Base Vice Commander Dies

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Col. Michael V. Krueger died Tuesday of unknown causes. He was found in his home at McConnell Air Force Base, where he was vice commander. The 47-year-old officer came to McConnell in May 2008.

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Job Expo Targets People with Disabilities

Updated: 03/05/2009 - A resource and job fair in Topeka helped some people with disabilities get in touch with employers and agencies offering assistance.

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Families Fighting Insurance Get House Bill Reintroduced

Updated: 03/05/2009 - Kansas House Bill 2344 will be reintroduced during a House committee meeting Thursday. It would provide reimbursement from insurance for some families needing certain dietary formulas.

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