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Jan Meyers, Kansas’ 1st GOP congresswoman, dies at age 90

TOPEKA — Longtime Rep. Jan Meyers, the first Republican woman elected to the U.S. House from Kansas, has died at the age of 90. Meyers died Friday at a nursing home where she was living. The cause of death was not announced. Meyers, of Overland Park, represented the state's 3rd ...

President Trump OKs disaster funds for more than half of Kansas

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration covering more than half of the Kansas' 105 counties. The federal assistance approved Thursday will provide service and funds to help recovery from severe weather that began on April 28 and included tornadoes and ...

Boom in electric scooters nationwide leads to more injuries, fatalities

Andrew Hardy was crossing the street on an electric scooter in downtown Los Angeles when a car struck him at 50 miles per hour and flung him 15 feet in the air before he smacked his head on the pavement and fell unconscious. The 26-year-old snapped two bones in each leg, broke a thighbone, ...

Fearing an undercount, states prepare for 2020 census push

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a squat office building not far from downtown, Esperanza Guevara is getting ready to look for people who might not want to be found. And her job could get a lot harder. The immigrant-rights activist is leading a drive to reach tens of thousands of people who entered the ...

Kansas congressman forgives his own loans to campaign

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Freshman Republican Congressman Steve Watkins of Kansas has forgiven $225,100 in loans he made to his 2018 campaign, according to a letter filed with the Federal Election Commission. The Kansas City Star reports Watkins had given his campaign nearly half a million dollars ...

Post-Columbine, attitudes toward officer trauma shift

LITTLETON, Colo. — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student’s plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn’t know had already died by their own hands. As member Grant Whitus put it, ...

For school shooting survivors, trauma has no time limit

PARKLAND, Fla. — Alex Rozenblat can still hear the cries of a wounded boy calling for help as she hid from the gunfire that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Talking to therapists at the school in Parkland, Fla., didn’t help. Each session had a different ...

Photo gallery: Herman Cain speaks at KU

Former Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain on Wednesday delivered the J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Sr. Memorial Lecture at the University of Kansas School of Business. Photos by Ashley Hocking/Lawrence Journal-World Related coverage - More on Cain's ...

Conservatives push Kris Kobach for Homeland Security secretary

Story updated at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday WASHINGTON — Outside allies of President Donald Trump have launched a public campaign urging him to nominate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as his next secretary of Homeland Security. That's despite the uphill battle Kobach would certainly ...

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

Story updated at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7: Washington — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration’s growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border, two people familiar with the ...

Kansas senators split on supporting Trump on border security

WASHINGTON — Kansas' two Republican U.S. senators have split over supporting President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. Sen. Jerry Moran was among 12 Republican senators joining Democrats in passing a resolution that would terminate Trump's declaration on ...

Former KU tennis coach, TV stars charged in college admissions bribery scheme

Story updated at 4:07 p.m. Tuesday BOSTON — Fifty people, including a former University of Kansas tennis standout-turned-coach and Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders ...

CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus

PORTLAND, Ore. — An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep laceration on his forehead while playing on a farm, according to a case study published Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

Flu may have peaked, but experts eye jump in nastier strain

NEW YORK — There's a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but health officials are watching a recent wave of illnesses from a nastier flu strain. Flu was reported to be widespread in 48 states last week, down from 49 the week before, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said ...

Farm loan delinquencies reach 9-year high

Wichita — The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come ...

How ‘completely avoidable’ measles cases continue to climb

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has counted more measles cases in the first two months of this year than in all of 2017 — and part of the rising threat is misinformation that makes some parents balk at a crucial vaccine, federal health officials told Congress on Wednesday. Yet the vaccine is hugely ...

Former Kansas Gov. Brownback tours Middle East as U.S. religious freedom envoy

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Pakistan has “a desire to change” its ways and be removed from an American blacklist of countries that infringe on religious freedoms, a U.S. special envoy said Sunday on a tour of a Mideast long riven by faith. Sam Brownback, the U.S. ...

Lawmakers: Budget compromise included funding for Amtrak route through Kansas

Lawmakers say a federal budget compromise approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump provides $50 million of additional federal funding to maintain Amtrak rail passenger service through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. The funding for the Southwest Chief route will enable Amtrak ...