Lawmaker Robbed

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A Kansas legislator from the Wichita area has missed a day of meetings after reporting he was robbed while entering his room at a Topeka hotel where dozens of lawmakers stay.

Republican Joe Edwards of Haysville did not participate in Thursday’s House session.

House Speaker Ray Merrick says he visited Edwards Thursday morning at a Topeka hospital where Edwards was treated for a concussion. Merrick said Edwards planned to head home to Haysville.

Edwards did not immediately respond to an email and a phone message left at his home later Thursday.

Edwards told The Wichita Eagle he went to his vehicle to retrieve some items Tuesday night and was hit in the head while entering his room at the Ramada Convention Center Downtown. He said he lost $260 in cash.