Articles by Roxana Hegeman

Kansas College Settles Discrimination Lawsuit Over Athlete Recruitment

A small community college in northeast Kansas has settled a lawsuit accusing it of directing coaches to recruit more white athletes and subjecting Black students to excessive scrutiny such as background checks before offering them scholarships. Terms of the settlement …

Kansas Woman Didn’t Pose a Danger When Deputy Killed Her, Lawsuit States

A Kansas woman who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy after refusing to pull over was unarmed and posed no danger to him or the public, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. The court filing paints a …

Constitutionality of ‘Wrongful Birth’ Law Gets Kansas Supreme Court Hearing

The Kansas Supreme Court seemed worried on Sept. 16 about the proper roles of the Legislature and courts as it wrestled with whether a state statute that prohibits lawsuits based on “wrongful birth” claims is constitutional. Justices heard oral arguments …

11 Midwestern AGs Seek Federal Probe of Meatpacking Industry

The attorneys general for 11 Midwestern states are urging the Justice Department to pursue a federal investigation into market concentration and potential price fixing by meatpackers in the cattle industry during the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to U.S. Attorney …

Court: Insurer GEICO Must Pay Injured Kansas Man for Care Provided by Wife

An insurance company must reimburse a Kansas man for the personal care his wife provided after he was injured in an automobile accident, the state Supreme Court ruled in rejecting that spouses are required to provide such support without compensation. …

Suit Filed in Kansas Says Cessna Crash Caused by Drill Bit Left During Repair

A drill bit left during repair of a single-engine Cessna aircraft is responsible for a 2015 crash in Arkansas that caused minor injuries to the pilot and destroyed the new $712,290 aircraft, a federal lawsuit filed in Kansas alleged. The …

Ranchers in Midwest Assessing Damage After Wildfires

Kansas rancher Greg Gardiner got into some of his scorched pastures for the first time on March 8 and surveyed what he likened to a battle zone: carcasses of dead cattle everywhere. “It’s pretty much a catastrophe,” Gardiner said as …

Lawsuit Alleges Inaction by Kansas State Officials Led to Another Rape

A female student contends in a court filing that Kansas State University’s failure to investigate the rape of another woman allowed the same alleged assailant to sexually assault her. The accusations were levied in court documents seeking to add the …

Court: Out-of-State License Plates Alone Don’t Justify Kansas Search

Law enforcement officials in Kansas cannot stop and search motorists just for having out-of-state license plates from states that have legalized marijuana, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit filed by a …

NTSB: Feed Truck Shifted Track Before Kansas Amtrak Accident

A truck used to deliver feed to a business where cattle are fattened hit a train track and shifted it at least a foot before an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas and injured at least 32 people, an investigator …