Kansas town council fires 3 top officials; mayor walks out
FRONTENAC, Kan. (AP) — The city council for a small southeast Kansas community has fired its administrator, attorney and clerk without any discussion, prompting the mayor to threaten to resign and...
Man admits sexually assaulting young student on school bus
GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — A 22-year-old southeast Kansas man who was a school bus monitor has admitted to sexually abusing an elementary school student.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A recently awarded grant will help local teachers who are Hispanic or who teach in districts with large Hispanic populations.
The end of an era for southeast Kansas health care
FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) — Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic women's organization founded in Ireland in the 19th century, began providing health care in southeast Kansas with its establishment of the...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state is asking anyone who bought a rhododendron plant at Walmart stores in Kansas since April to destroy them.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture reported Friday...
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Much of Kansas remains under flood warnings or watches as heavy rains cause streams and rivers to rise.
The National Weather Service says more than 3.5 inches (8.9...
Pittsburg State students develop sustainable food system
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Pittsburg State University students are experimenting to develop a sustainable food production system that can grow plants without soil while also raising fish.
Man convicted of 18 sex crimes involving a minor
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A Guatemalan man is facing several life terms after he was found guilty of 18 child sex crimes.
Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso says 38-year-old Francsico...
Correction: Troubled Hospital-Search Warrant story
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — In a story March 14 about the Kansas attorney general's office serving a warrant to search a hospital, The Associated Press erroneously referred to the hospital as Oswego...
Man arrested after homeless woman’s blankets set on fire
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Pittsburg police say a man is being held on $100,000 after he allegedly tried to start a homeless woman's blankets on fire while she slept.
Police say in a news release that the woman, Chrystal Thompson, originally thought a hand warming device accidentally set her blankets on fire Thursday night while she slept in the alcove of a business.
Pittsburg officer helps elderly resident after fall
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Norma Matzenbacher may call her an "angel" but to Officer Pam McCubbin, acts of kindness are just a part of being an officer at the Pittsburg Police Department.
McCubbin said she didn't hesitate to come back and check on Matzenbacher, an 84-year-old Pittsburg resident who had previously fallen twice at her home.
Kansas woman preserves history of city along state border
OPOLIS, Kan. (AP) — Need to know a bit of history about the city of Opolis? Maxine Seal Miller is your woman.
Miller — who was born locally and raised in Opolis — practically spent her whole life collecting bits and pieces of Opolis history.
She had a friend, Elma Bateman, who was a bit older than her. Bateman too, had a collection of Opolis history.
Popular Christmas Tree Farm set to close at end of the month
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A decades-old Christmas tradition will come to an end this year.
Over the years, many families have visited the Bowen's Christmas Tree Farm to pick out the perfect Christmas tree.
This December will be bittersweet, the ending of the Bowens' 35-year journey selling Christmas Trees.
Contested Kansas commission race decided after recount
GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — A hand-recount has determined the winner of a contested southeast Kansas county commission race.
Vote counting error upends Crawford County Commission race
GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — Inaccurate election results apparently caused by human error left an election for Crawford County Commission up in the air.
Crawford County Clerk Don Pyle said results from five of the county's 16 polling locations were counted twice after Tuesday's election. He said the person inputting data cards into software that count votes was interrupted and put some cards in twice.
Pittsburg State University students monitor endangered bats
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — For some biology students at Pittsburg State University, bats are not just a creature that emerges around Halloween time.
In fact, students under the instruction of assistant biology professor Andrew George have been monitoring bat activity a few times every week since last spring, the Joplin Globe reported.
Coordinated cleanup underway at Pittsburg contaminated site
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and a southeastern city have partnered to clean up and repurpose contaminated property for use in future commercial development.
Man suspected of wounding Kansas woman arrested in Texas
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A suspect in a Kansas shooting that left a woman in critical condition has been arrested in an area south of Dallas.
New renovations, taxiway nearly ready at Pittsburg airport
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Construction of a new taxiway and renovation of a runway at Atkinson Municipal Airport in Pittsburg are nearly complete.
Airport manager Bill Pyle says the airport averages about 15 to 20 flights a day, with all the plans either privately owned or owned by businesses.
Kansas agencies caution vehicle-deer collisions this fall
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — It's October and deer will soon be on the move, if they are not already.
Deer often prance across the street without looking both ways and sometimes stop in the middle of the road with the dreaded "deer in the headlights" expression, resulting in the age old question, "Am I going to hit a deer or is the deer going to hit me?"
Pittsburg State receives $1 million pledge
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — The Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University has received a $1 million pledge toward its renovation and expansion project.
The university said the pledge comes from the Sunderland Foundation. It is part of a drive to raise money to create larger and more flexible classrooms for the business college.
Kansas family helps form group to aid foster children
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Lacy and Tom Nickelson didn't realize the critical need for foster care services in southeastern Kansas until they began working with children in police protective custody two years ago.
Children are placed in police protective custody after they're removed from their parents or guardians but while still waiting to be entered into the foster care system.
Pittsburg man sentenced to life for 2 Linn County murders
MOUND CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 33-year-old Pittsburg man was sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 killings of two family members.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said David Patrick McNabb was sentenced Wednesday to life with no chance of parole for 100 years.
McNabb pleaded no contest in April to two counts of first-degree premeditated murder for the deaths of his uncle, Kenneth McNabb, and grandmother, Betty McNabb.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A 36-year-old Kansas man remains hospitalized with a head injury he suffered three weeks ago when a Joplin police officer used a stun gun on him.
Police say James Wary, of Pittsburg, Kansas, was recently moved to a transitional care unit and is listed in stable condition at Freeman Hospital West.
SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been convicted of participating in the killing of a Kansas man in Missouri.
Ronnie Carl Robinson Sr., of Little Rock, Arkansas, was found guilty this week of second-degree murder in the death of Larry Weaver, of Pittsburg.
MCCUNE, Kan. (AP) — A 46-year-old woman is charged in a series of arson fires that have plagued the southeast Kansas town of McClune for the last three years.
Crawford County authorities say Sherry Kerby, of McClune, was arrested Monday night by investigators from the county and the state fire marshal's office on one count of arson to a dwelling.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Kansas-based company is seeking proposals from private rail carriers to provide passenger service between Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
The request for proposals by WATCO Companies of Pittsburg, Kansas, would create passenger rail service from downtown Tulsa through the cities of Sapulpa, Bristow, Stroud, Chandler and Midwest City into downtown Oklahoma City.
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Police in Pittsburg are investigating the alleged assault of a disabled man in one of the city's parks.
Pittsburg police Maj. Brent Narges says police were notified Monday that two videos were circulating on social media that showed a man being slapped and choked in Schlanger Park last week.
Narges says the victim is a dependent adult and the suspect is a 15-year-old boy.
Pittsburg State University to cut 19 full-time positions
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A university in southeast Kansas is planning to cut 19 full-time positions because of stagnant state funding, increasing costs and enrollment pressures.
Officer gets probation for groping woman in patrol car
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas police officer has been sentenced to 24 months of probation for groping a woman while taking her to jail.
Pittsburg man pleads no contest in 2 relatives’ deaths
MOUND CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Pittsburg man has pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of two relatives.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says 32-year-old David Patrick McNabb on Wednesday also pleaded no contest to felony theft and interference with law enforcement.
McNabb was charged in the November 2016 deaths of his uncle, 65-year-old Kenneth McNabb, and 87-year-old Betty McNabb, Kenneth's mother.
College Track: Sutherlin graduate Christina MacDonald nabs two Division II all-America accolades
Christina MacDonald holds two records that won't be broken at Concordia University in Portland.
A 2013 Sutherlin graduate, MacDonald became CU's first NCAA Division II all-American in indoor track and field a week ago, then followed that up by becoming CU's first two-time all-American on Saturday at the Division II Indoor Championships at Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kansas.
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A former police officer in southeastern Kansas has pleaded no contest to charges of sexually assaulting a woman he arrested during a domestic disturbance.
Jessie Davis, 22, took a plea deal Tuesday in Crawford County District Court, the Joplin Globe reported .
Lawsuit: Sexual misconduct culture among Kansas police
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A woman in southeast Kansas has accused a city, its police chief and a former police officer of failing to protect her from a sexual assault.
The lawsuit filed Monday alleges the city of Pittsburg tolerated an atmosphere of sexual misconduct and undue familiarity within its police department, the Wichita Eagle reported.
More than half of Oklahoma under burn ban due to fire threat
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than half of Oklahoma is now under a burn ban because of the threat of wildfires.
Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday issued burn bans until Feb. 16 for 40 of the state's 77 counties, including those in the Oklahoma Panhandle and all counties west of Kay County on the Kansas border to Love County on the state's border with Texas.
County-issued burn bans are also in effect in Atoka, Coal, Johnston, Pittsburg and Sequoyah counties in southeastern and eastern Oklahoma.
Private equity firm announces plan to acquire EaglePicher
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — High-tech battery maker EaglePicher Technologies is being sold to a private equity firm.
St. Louis-based Vectra Co. said in a statement Tuesday that it has signed an agreement to sell its EaglePicher business to affiliates of Chicago-based GTCR.
Kansas tourist attraction aims for historic designation
WEST MINERAL, Kan. (AP) — Preservationists and volunteers are working to get a giant electric shovel in Kansas that weighs 5,500 tons on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Kansas woman admits stealing $5M from credit union
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman has admitted embezzling more than $5 million from a now-defunct credit union in a deal with prosecutors for a five-year prison sentence.
Nita Rae Nirschl pleaded guilty Monday to three crimes that occurred while she worked for the Parsons Pittsburg Credit Union. The 66-year-old woman pleaded guilty to one count each of embezzlement, money laundering and tax evasion. She was initially indicted on 81 counts.
Pittsburg State family reunites lost cat with owner
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A cat missing since before Thanksgiving has been reunited with his family just in time for Christmas — thanks to community members, as well as students, staff and alumni of Pittsburg State University.
Vicki Neu drove from Basehor, Kansas, to PSU's Russ Hall Wednesday to retrieve her cat, Mr. Peabody, after he leapt from the window of her car more than two weeks previous.
Ex-Frontenac city administrator admits misusing city money
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A former southeast Kansas city administrator has admitted that he misspent taxpayer money, including buying GPS devices that he used to track his former mistress.
Former Frontenac city administrator Doug Sellars pleaded guilty Tuesday to misuse of public funds. As part of the plea agreement, three other felony charges and a misdemeanor were dropped.
An affidavit said Sellars placed GPS devices bought with city funds inside the bumper of his former mistress' car.
2 Pitt State profs arrested amid illegal recording inquiry
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Two Pittsburg State University associate professors have been placed on paid leave amid an investigation into the illegal recording of a nude or partially clothed person.
Records: Taxpayer cash spent to track official’s ex-mistress
FRONTENAC, Kan. (AP) — Court records say a former southeast Kansas city administrator spent taxpayer money on GPS devices and monitoring services that he used to track his former mistress.
Kansas historical museum gets second chance at life
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A group of volunteers was able to restore the heartbeat of a once-forgotten museum on the verge of flatlining by breathing new life into it.
Man arrested after OnStar disables stolen vehicle
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Missouri man after OnStar technology was used to disable a car that was reported stolen from a Kansas home.
Suspect arrested after OnLine disables stolen vehicle
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man is facing charges in two states after he allegedly committed a string of vehicle thefts that ended when OnStar disabled one of the automobiles.
Kansas researchers turn tea leaves into green energy
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Researchers at Pittsburg State University in Kansas are trying to turn natural waste into green energy.
Ram Gupta, an assistant professor of chemistry, and a team of his students are looking to transform waste such as green tea leaves into batteries, the Joplin Globe reported .