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Kansas state treasurer running for U.S. Senate seat in 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner is running for the U.S. Senate in 2020. LaTurner declared his candidacy Tuesday for the Republican nomination, less than a week after four-term GOP Sen. Pat Roberts announced that he will not run for re-election. The 30-year-old LaTurner said ...

Kansas Sen. Moran says he wants government shutdown to end

WICHITA — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran says he wants the government shutdown to come to end, saying it will soon start to affect farmers and aircraft manufacturers. The Wichita Eagle reports that Moran said Friday after touring three Wichita businesses that he's "sorry" about what's happening. He ...

Departing Kansas Gov. Colyer one of several considering Senate race in 2020

TOPEKA — Departing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has confirmed that he's considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 now that four-term incumbent Republican Pat Roberts won't seek re-election. Colyer said Monday during a news conference that he and his wife are "strongly looking at" the ...

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts won’t seek re-election in 2020

Story updated at 7:35 p.m. Friday MANHATTAN — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, the longest-serving member of Congress in Kansas history, announced Friday that he won't run again in 2020, setting up a scramble to replace him in a GOP-leaning state where Democrats are energized by key victories in ...

Kansas senator’s bipartisanship may cost him support

WASHINGTON — As Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts decides whether to seek another term, observers say his style of traditional bipartisan consensus building might now be a liability in a polarized political world. That style was on display as Roberts, 82, maneuvered the 2018 farm bill ...

Roberts holds brief session of U.S. Senate by himself during shutdown

WASHINGTON — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts was in session briefly by himself in an otherwise empty Senate chamber during the federal government's partial shutdown. The Kansas City Star reports that Roberts and his wife came Thursday to the Capitol for the Senate's afternoon session while ...

‘A moral disaster’: AP reveals scope of migrant kids program

Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant children in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, ...

U.S. adults aren’t getting taller, but are still putting on pounds

New York — You don’t need to hang the mistletoe higher, but you might want to skip the holiday cookies. A new report released Thursday shows U.S. adults aren’t getting any taller but they are still getting fatter. The average U.S. adult is overweight and just a few pounds from obese, ...

Surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

Washington — The government’s top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers. In an advisory Tuesday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said parents, ...

Federal judge rules Affordable Care Act ‘invalid’

Washington — A conservative federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed ...

U.S. House passes farm bill, sending it to Trump’s desk

WASHINGTON — The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid. The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it. The measure is the result of ...

Kansas senators support bill to overhaul federal sentencing

TOPEKA — Kansas Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts support a bill that would be the largest overhaul of federal sentencing laws in decades. The two Republicans reiterated their backing of the bipartisan measure Wednesday. President Donald Trump also supports it. Moran was among the measure's ...

U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm programs

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program. The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send ...

U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Kansas’ appeal in Planned Parenthood case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court's order reflected a split among its conservative ...

Kobach says he worries voter fraud occurred in North Carolina race

WASHINGTON — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach worries fraud might have tainted a North Carolina congressional race that a fellow Republican appeared to have narrowly won. The Washington Post reports that Kobach said during an interview that his concerns are "based on what I have read" ...

In Kansas City, Trump demands border wall money as shutdown showdown nears

KANSAS CITY, MO. — President Donald Trump said Friday that Congress should provide all the money he wants for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, and he called illegal immigration a "threat to the well-being of every American community." Trump spoke hours after signing a short-term ...

Dole’s salute stands out amid funeral events for former president Bush

WASHINGTON — A salute by former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole at the casket of late President George H.W. Bush stood out among a host of tributes leading up to a state funeral Wednesday. As long lines wound through the hushed Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, Dole was helped out of his wheelchair by an ...

Top doctor-recommended toys for kids? Empty boxes

Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles, even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity. “A ...

Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down U.S. life expectancy

New York — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at 94

HOUSTON — George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94. The World War II hero, who also ...