TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka man pleaded guilty in federal court here today to seven robberies at local businesses, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Friday. Joshua Alexander Musgraves, 27, Topeka, pleaded guilty to seven counts of robbery.  Musgraves' crime spree began at the Dennison State Bank in southwest Topeka on December 10, 2016. He the...
 Governor Laura Kelly today visited Mile Zero of the Flint Hills Trail in Osawatomie to help cut the ribbon on recent improvements, including a new two-mile portion of the trail and a parking lot near the Karl E. Cole Sports Complex. The enhancements will improve trail access for pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians who want to enjoy outdoor...
LAWRENCE – A University of Kansas researcher is writing a book on the proliferation of zombie TV shows, scheduled to come out in 2022 in publisher McFarland’s Contributions to Zombie Studies series. “We deal with our fears by having it on screen,” said Paul Scott, associate professor of French.  Earlier this year, Scott published the article “From ...
President Trump proclaimed today, September 26, 2020 as a National Day of Prayer and Return: Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time. Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World. From the pilgrims...
Vegetarian meat alternatives are growing in popularity, with “Chick’n Strips” and “Porkless Bites” filling freezer cases in some Kansas grocery stores. But following a handful of states, a bill in the Kansas Statehouse would clamp down on how meatless-meat products are labeled. Backed by the Kansas Livestock Association, the bill would require more...
Long-running frustration about Amtrak’s willingness to keep a rail passenger line running through remote parts of the country has politicians threatening to block new directors to the agency. A handful of U.S. senators demanded specifics by this week about how Amtrak plans to spend an added $50 million to keep the Southwest Chief line running from ...
Have you ever driven around Council Grove and noticed Simcock Street? Or passed the large two-story limestone Simcock House just north of the Cottage House? Ever wonder who the Simcocks were or what they did? I’m going to tell you about one of them in particular; an early Flint Hills musician who not only helped cultivate the performing arts in Mor...
The National Park Service will return staff to Nicodemus National Historic Site, and renew efforts to acquire land to build a visitor center.  On Wednesday, representatives from the National Park Service met with the Nicodemus Historical Society to listen to local concerns about the agency’s current management. Acting Regional Deputy Director Clara...
Three months ago the City of Topeka selected four designs as finalist for a new city flag. As Free State Kansas reported, those designs elicited plenty of negative feedback from residents.  But much has changed in three months! Topeka has narrowed their designs to three, and those three look nothing like the much maligned four that were unveiled in...
University of Kansas professor Kevin Wilmott has a nomination for Best Screenplay at the 2019 Academy Awards for his work with Spike Lee on BlacKkKlansman, a film that has been credited with advancing racial dialogue. But almost 80 years ago, it was another famous Kansan, Hattie McDaniel who blazed the trail for racial inclusion at the Oscars. McDa...
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