Topeka Zoo: Protocols weren’t followed before tiger attack

U.S. 06/06/19, 14:52

Longtime procedures involving the handling of potentially dangerous animals were not followed in April when a Topeka Zoo employee was attacked and injured by a tiger , according to a report released Thursday.The report detailing the zoo's internal investigation says "multiple" zoo protocols that dictate what should happen before a ...

Kansas lawmakers settle fiscal issues amid Medicaid protest

Business 05/29/19, 16:59

Republican legislators on Wednesday reversed actions by Kansas' Democratic governor to reshape the state budget to her liking, but they couldn't save a GOP tax relief plan and had their work briefly delayed by a loud protest in favor of expanding Medicaid.The GOP-controlled Legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's vetoes ...

Large and dangerous tornado touches down in Kansas City

U.S. 05/28/19, 20:17

A large and dangerous tornado touched down on the western edge of Kansas City, Kansas, Tuesday and was headed toward a heavily populated and popular entertainment and shopping area, the National Weather Service said.The NWS issued a "tornado emergency" for the area known as the Legends Outlets near where the ...

Report: Doors unlocked before tiger attack at Kansas zoo

U.S. 05/10/19, 17:09

A state report says that safety doors in a Sumatran tiger's enclosure at a Kansas zoo were left unlocked before the animal attacked and injured a veteran zookeeper.The report released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor agreed with the Topeka Zoo's assessment that no equipment failure or other problem ...

Kansas faces questions about school funding law before court

Politics 05/09/19, 12:45

A Kansas Supreme Court that has repeatedly forced state legislators to increase spending on public schools directed tough questions Thursday to an attorney attacking a new funding law as inadequate, with one justice wondering when the protracted legal battle would be "crossing the finish line." The court had pointed questions for ...

GOP thwarts governor’s push to expand Medicaid in Kansas

Politics 05/05/19, 08:17

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's effort to expand Medicaid in Kansas this year died Saturday when enough moderate Republicans bowed to the wishes of the GOP-controlled Legislature's conservative leaders and ended an impasse that had tied up the state budget. The House voted 79-45 in favor of an $18.4 billion spending blueprint ...

Update: No Medicaid plan as Kansas lawmakers adjourn

Business 05/05/19, 03:17

The Latest on an impasse in Kansas over the state budget and Medicaid expansion (all times local):3:15 a.m.The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature has wrapped up most of its business for the year without passing a plan to expand Medicaid in Kansas as Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly wanted.Republican members of the Kansas ...

Update: New Kansas budget plan removes hospital funds

Business 05/03/19, 21:44

The Latest on the Kansas Legislature's debate on Medicaid expansion and the next state budget (all times local):9:40 p.m.Republican lawmakers in Kansas have produced a new budget proposal in an impasse over Medicaid expansion that would remove extra state dollars for hospitals and could cost them $250 million in federal ...

Medicaid expansion backers in Kansas to try to block budget

Business 05/03/19, 13:52

Kansas lawmakers who support expanding Medicaid promised Friday to try to block passage of the next state budget in a high-stakes standoff designed to force the Legislature's conservative Republican leaders to allow an expansion plan backed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.Kelly's election last year raised hopes that Kansas would join ...

Republican lawmakers in Kansas revive tax relief legislation

U.S. 05/02/19, 22:28

Republican legislators in Kansas revived tax relief legislation Thursday night without assurances that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly would accept a new, smaller plan for helping individuals and businesses who are paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws. The Senate approved, on a 27-13 vote, a ...

Kansas lawmakers put off overturning abortion-rights ruling

U.S. 05/02/19, 17:00

Abortion opponents are waiting until next year to try to overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights, signaling they may not have enough support yet to push the necessary state constitutional amendment through the Legislature.Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature were outraged by last week's ruling that the ...

Shooting kills college football player, injures Giants’ pick

Sports 04/28/19, 17:48

Washburn University's joy over one of its own going to the pros quickly shifted to grief this weekend after a shooting killed a current Washburn football player and wounded the former member of the team who was drafted by the New York Giants just hours earlier. Police in Topeka, Kansas, where ...

Kansas court bolsters abortion rights, blocks ban

U.S. 04/26/19, 10:32

Kansas' highest court ruled for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights and blocked a first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies.The state Supreme Court's ruling represented a big victory for abortion rights supporters in a state with a Republican-controlled Legislature hostile ...

Zoo investigates animal handling after tiger attacks worker

U.S. 04/23/19, 13:06

A Kansas zoo is investigating its animal-handling protocols after a Sumatran tiger seriously injured a veteran zookeeper, and its director acknowledged Tuesday that human error probably led to the attack. The Topeka Zoo has "100 percent confidence" that no problem with the tiger's enclosure caused the attack Saturday on 40-year-old Kristyn ...

Kansas zookeeper attacked by tiger is out of intensive care

U.S. 04/22/19, 11:47

Officials say a Kansas zookeeper who was attacked by a Sumatran tiger is out of intensive care.Topeka city spokeswoman Mally Hadfield says the woman is stable and was moved Sunday to a different unit of the hospital. The woman's name hasn't been released, and Hadfield says her family is requesting ...

Condition of Topeka zookeeper attacked by tiger improving

U.S. 04/21/19, 19:13

The director of the Topeka Zoo says a zookeeper who was attacked by a Sumatran tiger remains in intensive care but her prognosis for recovery is good.The zookeeper was attacked Saturday while in the outdoor tiger habitat of Sanjiv, a 7-year-old male tiger.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports zoo director Brendan Wiley ...

Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

U.S. 04/20/19, 15:47

City officials say a tiger mauled a zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo in northeastern Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when a Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv tackled the worker in an enclosed outdoor space. Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the zookeeper suffered lacerations and puncture ...

Lawsuits over shootings at Kansas business settled for $2 million

U.S. 04/17/19, 19:58

Families of the victims of a mass shooting at a central Kansas lawn equipment factory in 2016 have won a $2 million legal settlement from a now-defunct pawnshop that sold the firearms to the shooter's girlfriend. The settlement of three lawsuits in Harvey County District Court was announced Wednesday by Brady, ...

Kansas lawmakers pass bill to allow Farm Bureau health plan

Health 04/05/19, 17:29

Republican lawmakers in Kansas pressed ahead Friday with allowing the state Farm Bureau to offer health coverage to members that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act, a state-level effort to circumvent an Obama-era law that President Donald Trump wants to replace. The Kansas House approved an insurance bill on an 84-39 ...

Kansas GOP struggles for votes to override tax relief veto

U.S. 04/03/19, 18:56

Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas struggled Wednesday to find enough GOP votes to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a tax relief bill despite a strong push to save the measure from the state Republican Party. The measure Kelly vetoed last week was designed to prevent individuals and businesses from ...

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