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  1. Report: Poor People's Campaign locked out of Capitol in June for safety reasonsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Nov 9 | The Capital-Journal

    Law enforcement officers locked the doors of the Capitol on June 18 because weaponless pacifist protesters posed a threat to the safety of visitors, staff members and elected officials inside, according to a new report delivered Friday to lawmakers. Tom Day, director of Legislative Administrative Services, warned that the Poor People's Campaign - which conducted a six-week series of protests leading up to the June 18 confrontation - is planning additional protests that could disrupt the upcoming session, underscoring the need to empower officers to take necessary action.


  2. Election creates two Shawnee County vacancies in Kansas SenateRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Nov 7 | The Capital-Journal

    Two state senators representing Shawnee County residents Wednesday turned attention to exiting the Legislature and transitioning to higher public office in Kansas. Democrat Sen. Laura Kelly was elected governor and Republican Sen. Vicki Schmidt prevailed in the campaign for state insurance commissioner.


  3. Kansas' surge in advance voting generates top-to-bottom ballot intrigueRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 5 | The Capital-Journal

    Heavy advance voting by Kansans helping settle the close race for governor or taking a stand in a pair of expensive congressional contests Monday fostered speculation about how a more engaged electorate might influence low-key campaigns outside the political spotlight. House Majority Leader Don Hineman, R-Dighton, and House Minority Leader Jim Ward, D-Wichita, stand on opposite sides of the Capitol's partisan divide, but both were keenly aware 364,000 people had voted in person or by mail ahead of Tuesday's election.


  4. ACLU takes fight over Dodge City polling location to courtRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 26 | The Capital-Journal

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday escalated its dispute over voter access in Dodge City, filing a complaint in federal court that challenges the closure of the only polling site within city limits. A single polling place a mile outside of town now serves the 13,000 registered voters in a community where the population is 60 percent Hispanic, raising concerns about the motivation for switching locations in advance of the Nov. 6 election.


  5. Texts to voters purportedly from Trump roil Kansas electionRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 25 | The Capital-Journal

    Kansas election officials are reviewing text messages claiming to be from President Donald Trump and telling residents that their early votes hadn't been recorded, as Democratic leaders worried Thursday that they were part of efforts to "steal" a close governor's race. State Elections Director Bryan Caskey said the Kansas secretary of state's office received 50 or 60 calls about the texts Wednesday, mostly from the northeastern part of the state.


  6. Kansas man guilty in death of 3-year-old boy found encased in concreteRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Oct 24 | The Capital-Journal

    A Kansas man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the horrific abuse and slaying of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found encased in concrete in the laundry room of his home four months after his death. Stephen Bodine, 41, of Wichita, was convicted Wednesday in the May 2017 death of Evan Brewer.


  7. After weeks of higher gas prices, Kansans see relief at the pump Updated atRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Oct 23 | The Capital-Journal

    Gas prices, which for the past few weeks had been bucking a normal fall pattern and were trending higher instead of lower, finally are taking a dip in Kansas. The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in the Sunflower State is now $2.67, which is five cents lower than a week ago, according to officials with AAA Kansas.


  8. Washburn Rural's Jaybe Schufelberger wins 6A regional cross country meetRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Oct 20 | The Capital-Journal

    Washburn Rural senior Jaybe Schufelberger has won every cross country race she's run in this season, most without anyone remotely close to her. The 6A regional meet at Warner Memorial Park on Saturday was different, but only because she did not run most of it alone.


  9. Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside townRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 19 | The Capital-Journal

    Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch Saloon. At a time when many rural towns are slowly dying, the arrival of two massive meatpacking plants boosted Dodge City's economy and transformed its demographics as immigrants from Mexico and other countries flooded in to fill those jobs.


  10. Kris Kobach urges court to block release of videotaped deposition before electionRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 18 | The Capital-Journal

    Kansas Republican Kris Kobach's attorney asked a federal judge to block or delay public release of videotape of sworn testimony during a deposition by the secretary of state because it could damage his campaign for governor. The American Civil Liberties Union requested, in addition to The Topeka Capital-Journal and two other news entities, disclosure of the taped deposition by Kobach.


  11. Kris Kobach proposes new restrictions on Medicaid, food stamp and cash aid programsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Oct 17 | The Capital-Journal

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach revealed Wednesday proposals to impose work requirements, drug testing and immigration requirements for participation by Kansans in Medicaid, food stamps and a cash assistance program. Kobach, in a tight race for governor against Democrat Laura Kelly three weeks before Election Day, unfurled the package one day before hosting Vice President Mike Pence in vote-rich Wichita.


  12. City Athlete of the Week: Hayden's Brooklyn HunterRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Oct 16 | The Capital-Journal

    HER PERFORMANCE: Hunter made history Monday at Kossover Tennis Center, becoming the first player in Class 4A and only the third player in state history to capture four state singles championships. Hunter beat Wichita Collegiate's Lauren Conrad 6-3, 6-1 to join Kapaun's Megan Russell and Osborne's Brittany Dietz as the state's only four-time girls singles winners.


  13. Hayden's Brooklyn Hunter makes 4A history with fourth straight...Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Oct 15 | The Capital-Journal

    Throughout her high school career, Hayden senior Brooklyn Hunter has been the hunted, with a host of players trying to knock the Wildcat star off her perch as Class 4A's premier singles player. But Hunter found a way to fight off each and every challenger, completing that quest with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Wichita Collegiate senior Lauren Conrad on Monday at Kossover Tennis Center to become the first 4A player and only the third all-time in any class to win four straight state singles championships.


  14. Arkansas City faces tourist influx after lost city discoveryRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 12, 2018 | The Capital-Journal

    During a recent work week, Wichita State anthropology professor Donald Blakeslee took two calls from England. The first, an interview with a science writer.


  15. Topeka religion roundup: Christ the King church to hold 'Rome Sweet...Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 12, 2018 | The Capital-Journal

    Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 S.W. 25th, will hold its annual "Rome Sweet Home" event on Saturday, Oct. 13. Scheduled events include: 3 p.m. - Adoration with Wichita Adore Ministries; 4:30 p.m. - outdoor Mass; 5:45 p.m. - an Italian dinner featuring LaRocca's lasagna, salad, green beans, roll and dessert. More than 10 food trucks will be open starting at 5:45 p.m. Also featured will be a beer and wine garden; games and inflatables for children; a special area for teens; a sweepstakes with tickets for a trip for two to Italy; and a raffle for prizes.


  16. Vice President Mike Pence to campaign in Topeka, Wichita for Kris Kobach, Steve WatkinsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 10, 2018 | The Capital-Journal

    Vice President Mike Pence plans to be in Kansas next week to help Republicans Kris Kobach and Steve Watkins raise money for their campaigns against stout challenges by Democratic Party nominees. The plan is for Pence to host a private fundraising event for Kobach, the GOP's nominee for governor, during the evening Oct. 18 in Wichita, a Kansas Republican official said.


  17. Dogs, rain, poison ivy, heat: These women find purpose in K9 search and rescue operationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 7, 2018 | The Capital-Journal

    Lisa Smith and LeeAnn Tufte have channeled their passion for dogs and helping others into working as search-and-rescue volunteers throughout Kansas. The two women have formed Kansas Search and Rescue, a coalition of handlers with K9 teams that support law enforcement in a variety of tracking needs, from scent trailing to searching for cadavers.


  18. Topeka police: Donald Trump protesters can line sidewalks Saturday on S.W. Topeka Blvd.Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 2, 2018 | The Capital-Journal

    The Topeka Police Department released information Tuesday about where protesters can stand for President Donald Trump's visit Saturday to the capital city. The Make America Great Again rally is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas Expocentre.


  19. Topeka man's 2013 murder conviction set aside, will get new trialRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 27, 2018 | The Capital-Journal

    A Topeka man will get a new trial after a Shawnee County district judge ruled his attorney's performance was deficient in one area. William P. Spangler, 27, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Faustino Martinez II, 22, of Wichita.


  20. President Donald Trump to host 'MAGA' rally October 6 in Topeka for GOP candidatesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 27, 2018 | The Capital-Journal

    President Donald Trump will bring his swagger and influence early next month to Topeka as part of his national midterm campaign tour. The Make America Great Again rally will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Kansas Expocentre, 1 Expocentre Drive, according to a news release sent to The Topeka Capital-Journal.


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