Ex-Kan. AG Kline rejects ethics panel findings
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline says a disciplinary panel's recommendation that his law license be suspended indefinitely is part of an effort to punish him for investigating abortion providers.
Thursday's report by a three-member panel of the state Board for Discipline of Attorneys says Kline repeatedly violated professional ethics standards. It also says he and his subordinates misled other officials to furthe...
Disease carried by insects killing deer in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Deer in some parts of Kansas are dying this summer from a disease spread by tiny insects that proliferated because of an extended drought, state wildlife officials said.
The deer are being felled by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, which is spread by midges, tiny insects that pass infected blood from one animal to another. Because of the drought, the deer are drinking from shallow, stagnant water, which is a perfe...
Brownback offers plan to reform school finance
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is offering plans to reform Kansas' public school finance formula, the first significant change to the law in nearly 20 years.
The proposal includes setting a new baseline for state aid, giving block grants to districts and allowing counties to vote on a special sales tax for education. Brownback is expected to present the plan to legislators when they return in January for the 2012 se...
DA to file Topeka domestic cases
TOPEKA (AP) — A district attorney in Kansas said Wednesday that his office will review all misdemeanor domestic violence cases forwarded to him by the Topeka police and determine on a case-by-case basis which ones merit pressing charges.
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, who had announced last month that he would no longer pursue such cases, said in a statement Wednesday that he now has "sole authority" over them after the city o...
to post bonds
BALTIMORE (AP) - Two members of the Westboro Baptist Church have failed to post bonds needed to stay the collection of a $5 million jury award pending appeal.
U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett, on April 3, granted motions by Shirley L. Phelps-Roper and Rebekah A. Phelps-Davis to delay payment of the verdict for protesting a U.S. Marine's funeral. The postponement was contingent upon their posting $125,000 and $100,000 bonds, respectively...
National Basketball Association Playoffs
By The Associated Press
Boston 110, Atlanta 85, Boston leads series 3-2
Washington 88, Cleveland 87, Cleveland leads series 3-2
Detroit at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., Detroit leads series 3-2
Cleveland at Washington, 6 p.m.
Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Houston at Utah, 9:30 p.m., Utah leads series 3-2
Wizard of Washington
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Caron Butler saved Washington's season.
Butler made a layup with 3.9 seconds left and the Wizards held their breath as LeBron James missed a potential series-ending layup at the horn, giving Washington an 88-87 victory on Wednesday night and adding at least one more game to this overheated NBA playoff series.
After Butler scored on a drive past James, the Cavs had one more chance but their superstar couldn't get a banked run...
Soto, Cubs pound Brewers
CHICAGO (AP) -- Geovany Soto hit two three-run homers and Chicago pounded the Milwaukee Brewers 19-5 on Wednesday night with prospective owner Mark Cuban watching from the current owners' seats.
It was the Cubs' biggest outburst since a 20-1 whipping of the Los Angles Dodgers on May 5, 2001. And the Brewers had not allowed that many since they gave up 19 at Colorado last Aug. 8.
The Cubs scored six runs each in the first and eighth innings wh...
Plants' fate rests on deal
TOPEKA -- The fate of two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas appeared to rest today with a side deal among legislators to move some of the power as far east as Kansas City.
The side deal also would require the secretary of health and environment to draft the state's first rules on carbon dioxide emissions and submit them to legislators for their review next year.
Supporters of the two plants hope t...
China allows actress to visit
HONG KONG -- On the eve of Friday's Olympic torch relay through Hong Kong, officials allowed actress Mia Farrow into the Chinese territory so she could bash China's cozy ties with Sudan, although they had earlier kicked out pro-Tibet activists.
It's all part of Hong Kong's delicate balancing act -- pleasing political masters in Beijing, while trying to be a free society and a freewheeling global financial capital...
(Airplay monitored by Nielsen/BDS.)
1. "Bubbly," Colbie Caillat. Universal Republic. (Platinum)
2. "Love Song," Sara Bareilles. Epic. (Platinum)
3. "Lost," Michael Buble. 143/Reprise.
4. "Big Girls Don't Cry," Fergie. will.i.am/A&M/Interscope. (Platinum)
5. "Apologize," Timbaland feat. OneRepublic. Mosley/Blackground/Interscope.
1. "I Saw God Today," George Strait. MCA Nashville.
2. "Just Got Started Lo...
High and low temperatures and precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 6 a.m. today.
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Chanute 78 65 0.00
Coffeyville 78 65 0.00
Concordia 77 62 0.00
Dodge City 93 52 0.00
Elkhart 93 49 0.00
Emporia 81 65 0.00
Garden City 91 50 0.00
Goodland 88 43 0.00
Hays 88 52 0.00
Hill City 89 51 0.00
Hutchinson 81 64 0.00
Lawrence 80 66 0.00
Liberal 93 54 0.00
Manhattan 81 67 0.00
Medicine Lodge 84 65 0.00
Olathe 78 63 0...
Justice speaks at KU
LAWRENCE (AP) -- U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said Wednesday that he doesn't think it's helpful to debate whether the U.S. Constitution is a "living" or "dead" document.
Roberts briefly addressed comments made by Justice Antonin Scalia in a recent interview for the CBS program "60 Minutes." Scalia said he opposes the concept of the Constitution as a living document whose meaning changes as times and judges' values change.
Visiting the ...
Hamilton slams Royals
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Josh Hamilton was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing April for the Texas Rangers.
Hamilton capped a torrid first month with his first career grand slam and the Rangers hit a season-high five home runs Wednesday night to beat the Kansas City Royals 11-9.
The Rangers acquired Hamilton in the offseason from Cincinnati. His first handful of games with a new team has been memorable as Hamilton leads the America...
Officials look into abuse at sect
SAN ANTONIO -- Authorities investigating whether teen girls in a polygamist sect were forced into underage marriages and sex said they are also looking into possible abuse of young boys -- allegations that drew a sharp rebuke by sect members.
Carey Cockerell, the head of the state's Department of Family and Protective Services, told state lawmakers Wednesday that his agency was looking into whether young boys...
U.S. fails to treat vets with brain injuries
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many Iraq war veterans with traumatic brain injury are not getting adequate health care and job assistance for their long-term recovery despite years of government pledges to do so, Veterans Affairs Department investigators say.
"Significant needs remain unmet," according to the report released today by the VA's inspector general. It is the first to examine the Bush administration's long-term efforts in supporting veterans ...
Fossett leaves funds for new planetary lab
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Known for his record-setting accomplishments on and above the earth, adventurer Steve Fossett's legacy will include work to better understand mysteries of the solar system.
The self-made businessman, known for setting balloon, jet and glider records, was declared legally dead by an Illinois judge in February, about five months after his small plane vanished after he took off from a Nevada airstrip on a pleasure flight. He wa...
Johnson fired after Mavs flop
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks fired coach Avery Johnson, the first of what's likely to be many offseason moves after the team with the league's highest payroll again flopped in the first round of the playoffs.
Johnson leaves with an impressive resume after three-plus seasons, but Mavs owner Mark Cuban couldn't tolerate two straight years of first-round exits -- or the fact that Dallas has gone 3-12 in the playoffs since taking a 2-0 lea...
National Hockey League Playoffs
By The Associated Press
Philadelphia 4, Montreal 2, Philadelphia leads series 3-1
San Jose 2, Dallas 1, Dallas leads series 3-1
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m., Pittsburgh leads series 3-0
Detroit at Colorado, 9 p.m., Detroit leads series 3-0
Dallas at San Jose, 9 p.m.
Colorado at Detroit,...