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Trump: Would talk to Pompeo if GOP risks losing in Kansas

LONDON — President Donald Trump says he would talk to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about running for an open Senate seat in Kansas if Republicans appeared at risk of losing it next year. Trump’s comments to reporters Tuesday during a NATO meeting in London came as Pompeo dismissed ...

Kansas Republicans turn on novice Rep. Watkins after helping him win House seat

TOPEKA — Republicans are going after one of their own in Kansas. Some party members who helped a political novice squeak to victory in a 2018 race for an eastern Kansas seat in Congress have turned on him in favor of the state treasurer, roiling a district where President Donald Trump enjoys ...

As impeachment swirls, Trump nods toward Pompeo run for Senate in Kansas

Story updated at 3:20 p.m. Friday WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to open the door for the top U.S. diplomat, Mike Pompeo, to leave his post to run for an open Senate seat in his home state of Kansas. Talk about a Senate run has picked up as Pompeo has come under ...

Impeachment intensifies buzz about Pompeo run for U.S. Senate in Kansas

TOPEKA — A persistent buzz about Mike Pompeo stepping down as the top U.S. diplomat to run for an open Senate seat in Kansas has built to a roar as impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump have intensified scrutiny of the State Department. The U.S. secretary of state was in Brussels ...

In this March 20, 2010, file photo, a ball flicks through the net in front of the NCAA logo on the marquis during an NCAA college basketball practice in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness

The NCAA took a major step Tuesday toward allowing college athletes to cash in on their fame, voting to permit them to "benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness." The nation's largest governing body for college sports and its member schools now must figure out how to allow ...

Amateur coach gets 3 months in prison in college hoops scheme

New York — An amateur coach was sentenced to three months in prison Friday for his role in a college basketball bribery scheme that sought to steer impressionable NBA-bound athletes toward fledgling money managers and handlers. Merl Code, 45, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by ...

Kansas Congresswoman Davids sees Trump comments as ‘abuse of power’

TOPEKA — Democratic Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids says President Donald Trump’s call for China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden is “a clear abuse of power and far beneath of the office of the president.” Davids said Thursday that Trump is inviting foreign interference in ...

California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Defying the NCAA, California opened the way Monday for college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers, car dealerships and other sponsors, just like the pros. The first-in-the-nation law, signed by ...

Ex-Kansas lieutenant governor Mann running in 1st District

SALINA — Former Kansas Lt. Governor Tracey Mann says he plans to run for the state's 1st District seat in Congress. Mann, who was lieutenant governor for former Gov. Jeff Colyer, announced his candidacy on Monday. The announcement comes two days after the 1st District's two-term incumbent, ...

Billionaire David Koch, conservative donor with Kansas connections, dies at age 79

WASHINGTON — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles was both celebrated and demonized for transforming American politics by pouring their riches into conservative causes, died Friday at 79. The cause of death was not disclosed, but Koch Industries said ...

Judge rules immigration law unconstitutional in case involving Lawrence company

Story updated at 2:32 p.m. Thursday KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A federal judge in Kansas has ruled that a law making it a crime to "encourage" or "induce" immigrants to enter or live in the country illegally is unconstitutional. KCUR-FM reports that U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia issued his ...

GOP commentator running for Roberts’ Senate seat in Kansas

TOPEKA — A conservative commentator says he is joining the race of the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Bryan Pruitt said Monday he will return to the state from Washington D.C. for what he acknowledged is a "long shot" bid for the Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts. Pruitt, who is a ...

Rep. Watkins talks election security, Mueller and immigration at town hall

OSKALOOSA — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins says he is "very concerned" about integrity of elections but wasn't impressed with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watkins, in his first term representing much of eastern Kansas, met with ...

As deportation powers expand, immigrants prepare

Chicago — A sweeping expansion of deportation powers unveiled last week by the Trump administration has sent chills through immigrant communities and prompted some lawyers to advise migrants to gather up as much documentation as possible — pay stubs, apartment leases or even gym key tags ...

Feds OK T-Mobile’s takeover of Sprint

Washington — U.S. regulators have approved T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts, in a deal that would leave just three major cellphone companies in the country. Friday’s approval from the Justice Department and five state ...

A look at the 5 federal death row inmates facing execution; one is from Kansas

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume executing death row prisoners for the first time in nearly two decades. At the direction of Attorney General William Barr, the federal Bureau of Prisons has scheduled the executions of five inmates being held on death ...

Koch executive, Black Lives Matter in group pushing prison reform

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A criminal justice reform group that launched Tuesday has brought together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and a Koch Industries executive in an unlikely collaboration focusing on finding solutions to problems like racial disparity and ...