There are several reports of significant damage and critical injuries after a string of tornadoes in western Kansas. Homes were reported destroyed in Ford, Hodgeman, and Ness counties along with the roof blown off a building in Barton County. The storm system also prompted flood warnings across several counties.
Law enforcement swarms a home near Weskan. The KHP and Wallace County Sheriff’s deputies showed up early yesterday afternoon on reports of a dispute and claims of shots fired. Sheriff’s officials wouldn’t immediately confirm that.
A 22-year-old man has been ordered to spend more than two decades in prison in the shooting deaths of a man and woman at a Topeka, Kansas, apartment. That man pled guilty in March to two counts of reckless second-degree murder. Prosecutors claim he fired multiple shots through an apartment door last December, killing those two.
Agribusiness giant Cargill says it is keeping several of its operations in Wichita and is searching for a new facility to house them. Cargill corporate vice president Brian Sikes made the announcement during a news conference with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and other officials.
A white assistant professor at KU who used a racial slur during a class discussion on race will not have her contract renewed. Andrea Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies, says the university notified her last week that she would not be reappointed to her position at the end of the spring 2017 semester. She was already cleared by a university investigation into complaints of discrimination.