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Anecdotal evidence from prosecutors across the state indicates opioid abuse is growing in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said, but he urged lawmakers not to forget the state’s ongoing methamphetamine problem.

Schmidt on Thursday answered questions about the issue from a panel of lawmakers in Topeka.

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Law enforcement agencies are facing a sharp increase in violent crimes in Kansas, as the state Bureau of Investigation deals with a shortage of agents to support local departments.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the bureau provided data Tuesday on violent-crime rates to the Joint Committee on Kansas Security.

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More than 40 people have been arrested in western Kansas on various drug and weapons charges, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday.

This week's arrests come in the wake of a two-month long investigation by the KBI and various law enforcement agencies in western Kansas and eastern Colorado.

At least 41 people have been taken into custody for the distribution of marijuana and methamphetamine, and for various weapons violations.

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday that it’s completed a statewide inventory of sexual assault kits.

In 2014, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation started surveying local law enforcement agencies to find out how many sexual assault kits hadn’t been submitted for testing in a lab. They found more than 2,000.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has released the results of a top-to-bottom review of the Kansas Amber Alert program. Schmidt requested the review in response to concerns about the execution of the system.

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Authorities say the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating a matter involving a south-central Kansas police department.

Harvey County Attorney David Yoder says KBI agents visited the Halstead Police Department on Monday. Yoder says he asked for KBI assistance recently after receiving information about the police department that warranted further checking from an outside agency.

Yoder says he can't comment on the nature of the investigation because it's ongoing.

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is scheduled to open a new $55 million crime laboratory, replacing a crowded, outdated facility.

KBI Director Kirk Thompson said the previous Topeka space didn't meet accreditation standards.

"It had no space for our scientists to work individually," Thompson said. "They had to wait for instruments; they had to wait for space. What this facility will do is let us be much more efficient in how we move, how we do our work, how we store evidence and how we process all of our evidence."

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Kansas has received a sizable grant from the U.S. Justice Department to investigate sexual assault kits that have never been tested for DNA evidence.

Nearly $80 million in federal grants will be given to 40 law enforcement agencies across the country. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will receive $2 million of that.

Governor Brownback and other state and law enforcement officials will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new Kansas Highway Patrol headquarters.

Kechi, just north of Wichita, will be the future home of both the south-central area patrol and Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The new facility will replace the current location in Wichita, and it's being paid for with asset forfeiture funds.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says its third-highest administrator no longer works at the agency.

KBI spokesman Mark Malick says deputy director Kyle Smith "is no longer employed by the KBI." Malick was a special agent-in-charge at the KBI.

Malick says the KBI's human resources office issued a notice Nov. 26 that Smith no longer worked at the agency.

It's unclear if Smith resigned or was terminated. Malick said he could not discuss the circumstances of Smith's departure because it's a personnel matter.

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