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5 Years After Blast, Fire Kansas Town Begins Downtown Rebuild

A $3.5 million project to rebuild a downtown block of a central-Kansas community officially gets underway this week, five years after an explosion and fire damaged several businesses. A groundbreaking ceremony is being held for the redevelopment project in Anthony, …

Kansas Court: Travel ‘Intrinsic’ to Oil Field Work, Comp Benefits Apply

Kansas highest court reversed a state appeals court finding that an oil field worker was not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits after he was injured while riding home from his workplace. The nature of oil field work, where an employee …

Seatbelt Usage Rising in Kansas

More Kansas drivers have been buckling up, but scores of citations are still being issued to drivers in the state who aren’t wearing their seatbelts. Dave Corp, law enforcement liaison for the Kansas Department of Transportation, says seatbelt usage has …

Kansas Jogger’s Death Spurs Lawsuit

The family of a Wichita, Kansas, doctor killed by a hit-and-run driver has filed a lawsuit against the driver and the driver’s employer. William H. Whiteside was struck and killed by a car in April 2012 while he was out …

Kansas Legal Groups Debate Tort Cap and Evidence Rule Changes

Two lawyers’ groups tried Monday to persuade legislators that proposed changes in evidence rules favored by business and medical groups are a bad trade-off for higher limits on some damages in personal injury lawsuits. The Kansas Bar Association and the …

Kansas Meteorologist Says Myths Don’t Protect Against Severe Weather

Weather experts in Kansas say people should not trust in myths to keep them safe during severe weather. The local legend of the Tonganoxie Split “purports the mystical power of the hills” to divert severe weather away from the Kansas …

Kansas Lawsuit Damages Cap Could Increase Periodically

Kansas would allow greater damages in personal injury lawsuits but change some evidence rules in ways favored by business and medical groups under legislation that advanced Wednesday in the state Senate. Senators gave first-round approval on a voice vote to …

Suit Filed in Kansas Child’s Electric Shock Death

The family of an 11-year-old Salina, Kansas, girl who died after suffering an electrical shock while playing in the rain is suing the city and the company that made an electrical box. Jayden Hicks died in December after being shocked …

Kansas Proposal Could Ban Sky Candles, Floating Lanterns

A fire-safety proposal before the Kansas Legislature would ban sky candles, floating lanterns and other fire-fueled balloons that are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations. The House Local Government Committee scheduled a hearing Tuesday afternoon hearing on a bill …

Home Inspectors Deregulated in Kansas

A Kansas law that regulated home inspectors has expired, raising concerns from home inspectors who helped write the law. The law, which took effect in 2009, required Kansas home inspectors to follow certain practices and standards. But it had a …