US senator boosts TV ads ahead of Kansas primary
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has intensified his television advertising ahead of the Republican primary to run a new spot highlighting a state medical board investigation of tea party challenger Milton Wolf.
The new ad began airing statewide Friday as part of what Roberts' said was a $350,000 push before the Aug. 5 election. Wolf spokesman Ben Hartman called the ad misleading.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported this week that the medical board is investigating Wolf over his past postings of graphic X-ray images on a personal Facebook page. The newspaper said it received a letter from a board attorney, asking it to share information in its possession about the postings.
Wolf is a Leawood radiologist and acknowledged posting the X-ray images and dark humor commentary in 2010. He apologized publicly.
WICHITA KILLINGS-CAPITAL CASE
Kansas court overturns brothers' death sentences
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court has overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of capital murder in the shooting deaths of four people whose bodies were found in a snow-covered Wichita soccer field in 2000.
The state Supreme Court on Friday also struck down three of the four capital murder conviction each against Jonathan and Reginald Carr. But it upheld one capital murder conviction each.
Their cases will return to Sedgwick County District Court for further hearings and a new sentencing.
The court's majority overturned the death sentences because, it said, the presiding judge failed to have separate proceedings for each brother.
In overturning most of the capital convictions, the majority said the instructions to jurors were flawed.
HOT CAR DEATH-KANSAS
Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Police have arrested the foster parent of a 10-month-old girl who died after being left inside a hot car in Wichita, Kansas.
Lt. Todd Ojile said Friday the 29-year-old man was booked on suspicion of aggravated endangerment but has not been charged.
Ojile says the man had "somehow forgotten" leaving the girl in the back seat after picking her up from the baby sitter late Thursday afternoon. He went inside the house with a 5-year-old child but left the baby strapped in the car seat outside.
No charges are expected against the other foster parent, a 26-year-old man who was inside the house.
Ojile says they didn't remember the child was outside until something on television jogged their memories. The girl had been in the car for about 2 hours.
Lawrence man sentenced for raping student
(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A 41-year-old Lawrence man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping a University of Kansas student in 1997.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports Robert Grey was sentenced Friday to the least amount of time possible under Kansas sentencing guidelines. He was convicted in a retrial in May for raping a 20-year-old university junior.
The new sentence is 16 months shorter than one issued after Grey's first conviction in 2009. A Kansas Court of Appeals panel awarded Grey a retrial last year after finding that prosecutorial misconduct deprived him of a fair trial the first time.
The case went cold for years until authorities linked a fingerprint found on the victim's car to Grey.
Grey has already served nearly seven years, which will count toward time served.
Advocates for decriminalization turn in petitions
(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com . Not for online use in Wichita market)
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Advocates of reducing penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Wichita turned in petitions to the city seeking to have the question put on the November ballot.
Petition organizers say they collected more than 5,800 signatures, more than twice the number needed to put the issue to a vote.
The proponents want to reduce the penalty for possession from the current maximum of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine to a $25 fine with no jail time. They also want to change possession of pot or paraphernalia from a criminal misdemeanor to a minor civil offense like a building code violation.
The Wichita Eagle reports city officials have some questions about the measure's wording but don't currently plan to try and block it.
2 Minnesotans killed in Kansas crash
MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) - Two Minnesota residents have been killed in a two-vehicle crash in central Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says 69-year-old Kay Dianne Pautz and 70-year-old Gary Walter Pautz died in the accident north of McPherson on Thursday. Both victims were from Alexandria, Minnesota.
The patrol says the accident occurred when another car tried to pass the car the victims were in, causing their car to strike the rear of the passing vehicle and then swerve and roll over.
Lawsuit by Topeka parks employees moves forward
(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Shawnee County judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by 10 former parks and recreation employees against the city of Topeka will go to trial.
The employees sued in May 2012 after they were fired from the department and then hired to become Shawnee County employees. They contend the city didn't follow a requirement that employees who lose their jobs in such circumstances should receive severance pay.
Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty last week denied both sides' efforts to have the case decided in their favor without a trial.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Crotty learned Tuesday the two sides were trying to reach a settlement.
Crotty indicated a pretrial hearing next Tuesday will instead be a status conference, with pretrial hearing and trial dates set then.
Vacant building collapses in downtown Kingman
KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) - Engineers are trying to determine why a vacant building partially collapsed in downtown Kingman.
City manager Emily Graf says no one was injured when a south wall and part of a west wall of the building collapsed Thursday.
No surroundings buildings were damaged.
Graf says the building was constructed in 1890. The block has been closed to protect the safety of citizens.
Kingman is about 45 miles west of Wichita.
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