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2nd District candidates near agreement on debates

TOPEKA – The two major candidates in the 2nd District congressional race said Thursday that they have accepted invitations to three debates before the Nov. 6 general election. The only problem is, they aren’t the exact same list of debates. Republican Steve Watkins and Democrat Paul Davis ...

Watkins quiet since winning 2nd District primary, but GOP PACs are spending big

TOPEKA – In the six weeks since Republican candidate Steve Watkins won the 2nd District congressional primary, he has not released a single TV ad or issued any public statements to the media. And with only 48 days left before the Nov. 6 election, public records on file with Topeka-area TV ...

Kansas Sens. Moran, Roberts want review of Kavanaugh allegations

TOPEKA — Kansas' Republican U.S. senators are backing plans to examine sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Sen. Pat Roberts released a statement Monday saying he agreed with the plan to investigate the allegation. He also said he thinks Democrats have ...

Davis touts moderate Republican endorsements in 2nd District congressional race

This story was updated at 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2018 TOPEKA – Three dozen high-profile moderate Republicans from eastern Kansas announced their endorsement of Democrat Paul Davis in the 2nd District congressional race in Kansas on Monday at the same time a new poll shows the race a virtual ...

Immigration a tricky issue in tight Kansas 3rd District race

TOPEKA — Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder and his Democratic challenger are having a hard time keeping their political footing on immigration issues, complicating their efforts to win a competitive swing House district in Kansas that President Donald Trump narrowly lost. Yoder is under pressure ...

White House agrees to destroy documents collected by Kobach-led commission

TOPEKA - A public interest watchdog group said Thursday that the Trump administration has complied with an agreement to destroy sensitive voter registration information that was collected by a now-defunct advisory commission on which Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach served as vice ...

Kansas asks U.S. Supreme Court to deny workplace protections for transgender workers

Story updated 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018: TOPEKA - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined with officials from 15 other states in a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that transgender workers are not protected under federal workplace anti-discrimination laws. The ...

War hero, U.S. Sen. John McCain has died

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, who faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with jut-jawed defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that took him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination, died Saturday after battling brain ...

Inside the case against Cohen: The tabloids, a porn star and Trump

WASHINGTON — His name is Donald John Trump, but federal prosecutors have a simpler moniker for the 45th president: Individual 1. Dry legalese and generic aliases could do nothing to tone down the tale of the scheme to protect Trump outlined in court documents Tuesday. The criminal campaign ...

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty of 8 charges

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — Paul Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign, was found guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's associates. A judge declared a ...

In memoriam: Leonard Pitts pays tribute to Aretha Franklin

The Queen is dead. Aretha Louise Franklin, a preacher’s daughter from Memphis who was broadly acclaimed the greatest singer of the last half-century — indeed, one of the greatest singers in the history of American song — died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at her home in Detroit, ...

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn ...

Report: Trump commission did not find widespread voter fraud

PORTLAND, Maine — The now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released Friday. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas ...

Changes proposed for University of Missouri’s greek system

Columbia, Mo. — University of Missouri recommendations to improve its fraternity and sorority system could sharply reduce the number of freshmen students living in chapter houses. The university released a task force’s report Tuesday outlining proposed changes in rules governing ...

U.S. announces billions to help farmers hurt by Trump tariffs

Washington — The government announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday to assist farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other trading partners. The plan focuses on Midwest soybean producers and others targeted by retaliatory measures. The ...

Board recommends Cosby be found a sexually violent predator

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby should be classified as a sexually violent predator, according to an assessment issued by Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board. A court document filed by the Montgomery County district attorney’s office Tuesday asks to schedule a hearing on the ...

Lawmakers chide Pompeo on perceived lack of transparency

Washington — Senior lawmakers from both political parties are complaining to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over what they see as a lack of transparency in dealing with the public, press and Congress. In a letter sent to Pompeo on Monday, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations ...

Duck boat probe will check if Coast Guard rules were ignored

Story updated at 2:41 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2018. The investigation into the sinking of a sightseeing boat that claimed 17 lives will look at whether operators violated Coast Guard rules by venturing onto a Missouri lake as thunderstorms rolled in, a Coast Guard official said Monday. More ...