Johnson County government’s phone, email and internet were down following a lightning strike Tuesday night, just in time for the August DMV tag renewal deadline. County officials said the network outages were expected to continue Thursday. The 911 system was operational.
The Kansas governor held a news conference Wednesday asking Kansans to email their ideas on state education funding. But before he did that, a group of Kansas administrators presented their idea for what a new school finance formula could look like.
Both Republican Eric Greitens and Democrat Chris Koster strike a similar “tough-on-crime” posture, promising harsher sentencing and opposing new restrictions on gun ownership. But that’s where similarities between the political rivals end. The issue has special relevance for Kansas City, where the governor plays a much larger role in law enforcement because the city’s police department is under state control.
Donald Trump says he and Enrique Peña Nieto discussed the border wall but not which country would pay for it. But the Mexican leader later tweeted he told the GOP nominee ‘Mexico will not pay for the wall.’
The alleged assaults of two female inmates at the Jackson County Regional Correctional Center highlight some troubling facts: Women in the nation’s jails, prisons and detention centers are extremely vulnerable. By some estimates, incarcerated women are more likely to be sexually assaulted than women outside of prison.
Americans have become accustomed to “friending” politicians online and tweeting them directly. But they should be cautious: Someone created a fake Facebook account using Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s name and image and used it to solicit money.
The Platte County Commission sought to keep Proposition L off the November ballot, but a judge has found that voters in the county should get to decide on Mid-Continent Public Library’s proposed tax levy increase.
A new Kansas City Auditor’s report says the city’s ethics hotline program doesn’t follow many hotline best practices, doesn’t do thorough investigations and doesn’t disclose useful information to the public.
Donald Trump has sharply criticized the reporting on his campaign, and Hillary Clinton is distrustful of reporters. Even in the modern media world, Dave Helling writes, mainstream political oversight remains important.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent decision to not stand during the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports. The Associated Press explains how "The Star-Spangled Banner" became a ritual of American public life, its complicated racial origins and how the song has been used as a form of political resistance.
A last-minute appeal in the NFL concussion case, filed by the son of an all-star and civil rights activist, has sent the proposed settlement to the U.S. Supreme Court and delays payouts for at least several months.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the FBI on Wednesday to correct what he called its "mistake" of restricting access to unclassified files from its closed investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.