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  • LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 03:  Josh Jackson #11 of the Kansas Jayhawks in controls the ball during the 1st half of the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Allen Fieldhouse on January 3, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    Kansas forward Josh Jackson charged for allegedly damaging car outside Lawrence bar

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas star freshman Josh Jackson has been charged with misdemeanor criminal damage after allegedly vandalizing a woman’s car outside a Lawrence bar. A press release from the district attorney’s office says police responded to a report Dec. 9. The case against Jackson was filed in Douglas County District Court on Friday. The release says witnesses told investigators that Jackson had kicked a door and rear taillight during an argument with the owner of the car. About […]

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    $1-million Powerball ticket sold in northeast Kansas

    INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana lottery official says the sole winning ticket for an estimated $435 million Powerball jackpot was sold in an Indiana city. Hoosier Lottery spokesman Dennis Rosebrough says the name of the business in Lafayette where the winning ticket was sold will be announced Thursday. Lafayette is about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Rosebrough says the winner has 180 days to claim the prize and can claim anonymously in Indiana through a limited liability corporation or other means. […]

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    Kansas clinches share of 13th straight Big 12 title with 87-68 win over TCU

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Frank Mason III scored 20 points, Carlton Bragg provided a big lift off the bench and No. 3 Kansas pulled away in the second half to beat TCU 87-68 on Wednesday night and clinch a share of its 13th consecutive Big 12 championship. Devonte Graham added 17 points and seven assists, and Bragg and Josh Jackson scored 15 points apiece, as the Jayhawks (25-3, 13-2) cruised to their NCAA-leading 60th conference title. Their streak dating to […]

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    Kansas Senate falls short of votes needed to override Gov. Brownback’s tax hike veto

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas legislators have failed to override Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that would have increased income taxes to help balance the state budget. The state Senate voted 24-16 Wednesday to overturn the veto. But supporters were three votes short of the two-thirds majority of 27 votes needed in the 40-member chamber. The Senate’s action came after the House voted 85-40 to override the veto. Supporters there had one vote more than necessary. The bill […]

  • Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy chases back Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis at first in the third inning on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)

    MLB players’ union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

    NEW YORK — The players’ association has agreed to Major League Baseball’s proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year. While the union has resisted many of MLB’s proposed innovations, players are willing to accept the intentional walk change. “As part of a broader discussion with other moving pieces, the answer is yes,” union head Tony Clark wrote Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press. “There are details, as part of that discussion, that are still being worked […]

  • Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview inside the Bloomberg Link during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012. Mitt Romney secured enough delegates to officially win the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Tampa. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Kansas House votes to override Gov. Brownback’s tax bill veto

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback fulfilled his promise to veto a bill that would have increased personal income taxes to help balance the budget. But in a swift response Wednesday morning, the Kansas House voted to override Brownback’s veto of the bill increasing personal income taxes. The vote Wednesday was 85-40. That’s one vote more than the two-thirds majority necessary in the 125-member House. The House’s action clears the way for an attempt to override in the Senate. Kansas Senate […]

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    Governor Brownback to veto income tax hike meant to fix Kansas budget

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he will veto a bipartisan bill that would roll back personal income tax cuts he’s championed to help balance the state budget. The conservative Republican governor announced his planned action Tuesday, four days after the GOP-controlled Legislature approved the measure. The bill’s tax increases would raise more than $1 billion over two years starting in July. Brownback has criticized the measure as harmful to middle-class families and small business owners. Supporters say […]

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    Statue of Harriet Tubman could be added to the U.S. Capitol building

    WASHINGTON — Maryland’s U.S. senators are sponsoring legislation to bring a statue of Harriet Tubman to the U.S. Capitol Building. The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation in 2012 creating the Harriet Tubman Statue Commission to raise money and commission a statue for display in the U.S. Capitol Building. But Congress must pass legislation to accept the donation. The bill Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin announced Monday will direct the Joint Committee on the Libraries to enter into an […]

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    Houston police chief: No injuries amid gunfire reports

    HOUSTON — The police chief in Houston says no one has been found injured and there’s no evidence of a shooting amid reports of gunfire inside the hospital at the Texas Medical Center. Chief Art Acevedo says his officers were making a second search of Ben Taub Hospital, one of the city’s major trauma centers. Police began receiving reports of gunfire shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Dozens of officers and SWAT team members are at the hospital. Television images from […]

  • LYON, FRANCE - [FEBRUARY 05]: French far right National Front (FN) political party's leader, Member of the European Parliament, and candidate for the 2017 French Presidential Election Marine Le Pen delivers a speech during her meeting at the occasion of her 'Assises de la présidentielle' at the Cite internationale on February 5, 2017 in Lyon, France. Nearly 3000 supporters came to listen the political program of Marine Le Pen titled '144 Presidential Commitments'. (Photo by Aurelien Morissard/IP3/Getty Images)

    France’s presidential candidate refuses headscarf to meet Lebanon’s mufti

    BEIRUT — France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon’s grand mufti after his aides asked her to wear a headscarf. Le Pen is on a three-day visit to Lebanon this week and has met senior officials. She was scheduled to meet Grand Sunni Muslim Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian on Tuesday morning. Shortly after she arrived at his office, one of his aides tried to give her a headscarf to put on. […]

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    14-year-old Mo. boy survives being hit by freight train

    ST. LOUIS — A 14-year-old boy is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a train in suburban St. Louis. Authorities told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the boy was wearing headphones while walking along the tracks in south St. Louis County Sunday evening. He was struck, but not run over, by a Burlington Northern freight train. Police say the boy was able to walk to an ambulance.

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    Refugee populations drawing doctors to rural Kansas

    GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Somali refugees who have settled in a Kansas meatpacking town are the cornerstone of an innovative recruiting effort to entice new doctors to rural hospitals. It’s an effort that grew out of the realization that many millennials graduating from medical schools have a burning passion for international humanitarian work. Hospitals that are involved in the effort are encouraging doctors to work with immigrant populations and learn the language and culture before heading overseas. They also offer […]