Kansas News

Midwest Hammered by Severe Storms; More Expected Today

States in the Midwest were slammed on Wednesday by violent storms that produced high winds, hail and tornadoes. The severe weather is expected to continue today. Large and destructive hail have caused the most damage so far, according to the Weather …

Texas Grocery Chain, H-E-B, Others Pull Blue Bell Products

Texas grocery chain H-E-B is pulling all Blue Bell Ice Cream from store shelves as a precaution after a recall of some of the ice cream maker’s products that were connected to three deaths in Kansas. San Antonio-based H-E-B, with …

Uber Urges Kansas Governor to Veto Bill Raising Insurance Costs

Ride-hailing company Uber says it will be forced to pull out of Kansas if the governor signs a bill increasing regulations on its drivers. The dispute over the bill, which passed both chambers on April 2, has grown increasingly acrimonious …

IMA Names Grace President of Signature Select President

Kansas-based IMA Financial Group Inc. appointed Jeff Grace as president of Signature Select LLC. Grace is president of IMA Inc. Wichita, a post he will keep. Signature Select is a subsidiary of The IMA Financial Group Inc. and offers a full …

Changes to Kansas Workers’ Comp System Raise Lawsuit Fears

A change to the state system for paying medical bills and lost wages for injured workers in Kansas has some fearing big lawsuits and others looking forward to cost savings. Starting Jan. 1, the state began rating injuries using an …

Kansas Hotel Owner Going to Prison for Hiring Illegal Workers

A suburban Kansas City hotel owner has been sentenced to 27 months in prison in a case that highlights the U.S. Justice Department’s shift to targeting employers who knowingly hire immigrants not authorized to work in the United States. Munir …

Kansas Hotel Owners Hired Illegal Immigrants, Didn’t Pay Taxes, Workers’ Comp

When a suburban Kansas City couple bought two Clarion hotels, they systematically replaced lawfully employed workers with immigrants not authorized to work in the United States, cutting labor costs by 40 percent. Not only were the illegal workers paid a …

Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report

Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

Kansas Earthquakes Further Damaging Century-Old Courthouse

Harper County officials are grappling with how to fix a century-old courthouse that was already deteriorating before a sharp increase in earthquakes began rattling south-central Kansas. The bill just to repair the 107-year-old stairways has increased from $400,000 to $1.1 …

Only 3 Days Jail Time for Kansas Man’s 10th Drunk Driving Conviction

A Kansas man convicted for the 10th time for drunken driving has been sentenced to jail, but only for three days. The Kansas City Star reports that Leavenworth County District Court Judge Gunnar Sunby sentenced 57-year-old Lloyd Henson of Kansas …