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New Kansas Law Allows Armed Prosecutors In Courts

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Shawnee County is among those opting out of a new Kansas law that allows prosecutors to carry concealed guns into court buildings and courtrooms if officials allow it.

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Building Acquired For Potential B-29 Museum

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Supporters of a museum celebrating central Kansas' role in training WWII B-29 bombers recently acquired a parachute building in Pratt, located on a former B-29 air base.

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Union Recommends Contract For Spirit AeroSystems

Posted: 07/07/2009 - The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace will mail out ballots to members on Friday. It's recommending they accept Spirit AeroSystems new contract offer.

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Former Hutchinson Coach, Teacher Sentenced

Updated: 07/07/2009 - Former Hutchinson High School basketball coach and teacher Bradly S. Specht was sentenced Monday in Reno County District Court. He was found guilty in May of one count of unlawful sexual relations for having sex with a 16-year old female student.

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Hutchinson Woman Pleads In Mistreatment Of Clients

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Melody A. Roberts pleaded no contest Monday in Reno County District Court to two counts of mistreatment of an adult, practicing a home health care agency without a license and three counts of forgery. In return for the plea, prosecutors dropped 24 other counts.

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Pickens Drops Big Texas Wind Farm Plan

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has called off his plan to build the world's largest wind farm in Pampa, Texas. He says instead he'll build a few smaller wind farms in the Midwest. He's considering sites in Kansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Texas.

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Washburn Names New Nursing Dean

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Monica Scheibmeier, an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, will become the new dean of the Washburn University School of Nursing.

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Double House Fires Overnight May Be Arson

Updated: 07/07/2009 - The Topeka Fire Department responded to two fires overnight Tuesday in Topeka. The two houses that caught fire sat on the same city block.

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Kansas Agrees To Pay $875K To Settle Lawsuit

Posted: 07/06/2009 - The State Finance Council approved a settlement Monday with Brandon Blackmon. Blackmon. He sued six employees of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services over the two years he spent in state custody as an accused juvenile offender from Wichita.

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Jury Convicts Kansas Man In Toddler's Death

Posted: 07/06/2009 - A jury in Sedgwick County District Court deliberated about three hours Monday before convicting 24-year-old Jonell Lloyd in last year's death of an 18-month-old girl in his care.

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Westar Wins Energy Challenge

Posted: 07/06/2009 - The Kansas Corporation Commission recognized Westar Energy Monday as the winner of the KCC Olympic Energy Challenge. The KCC organized the event to heighten awareness and reduce energy use during the winter months.

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Kansas Wheat Harvest 83-Percent Finished

Posted: 07/06/2009 - In its weekly crop summary, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that most of the remaining wheat harvest activity is in the state's northwest corner. Just 24 percent of the wheat has been cut there.

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Topeka Teen Pleads Guilty in Murder Case

Posted: 07/06/2009 - Pedro Galicia-Hernandez pleaded guilty to second degree murder for the September 2007 shooting death of Felipe Barranco at a quincenera party.

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Topeka Radio Station Launches Food Drive

Posted: 07/06/2009 - Topeka's Family Life Radio, 88.1, is part of the national Feed the Need campaign. They're collecting nonperishable food donations this week at Dillons stores at NW 25th and Rochester Rd.; SW 29th and Urish; and SW 10th and Gage.

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People Line Up For Food Giveaway

Posted: 07/06/2009 - It was food distribution day at Family of God Church, 1231 NW Eugene St. So many people turned out for the apples, potatoes and other free food being given out that Topeka Police officers helped direct traffic.

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Kids Sharpen Basketball Skills

Posted: 07/06/2009 - Dribbling, shooting and defense were just part of the skills a group of junior high students were working to improve Monday.

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