State Government

Kobach fires Kansas Senate campaign aide over anti-Semitic, racist posts

TOPEKA — Republican Kris Kobach's campaign for the Senate in Kansas says it has fired an aide after learning he regularly posted hateful comments about Jews and racial minorities on a white nationalist website. The latest campaign finance report filed by Kobach's campaign shows it paid Joe ...

Kansas says backlog of untested rape kits nearly eliminated

TOPEKA — Kansas law enforcement agencies have nearly eliminated a backlog of 2,200 sexual assault kits that had gone untested, including some that dated back decades, authorities announced Thursday. Agencies have had 2,000 of the kits tested by forensic labs and the remaining 200 should be ...

Former prosecutor Grissom drops out of U.S. Senate race in Kansas

Story updated at 2:27 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A former federal prosecutor from Kansas abandoned his Senate run on Thursday and endorsed a fellow Democrat who just entered the race. Barry Grissom urged Democrats to unite behind state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a retired Kansas City-area ...

U.S. Supreme Court considers Kansas appeal of immigrant prosecution case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is trying to sort out whether states can prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to get a job. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in Kansas' appeal of a state court ruling that threw out three convictions after concluding the state was ...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, makes a point during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas lawmaker who left GOP running for U.S. Senate as Democrat

story updated at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — One of four Kansas legislators who made headlines last year by defecting from the Republican Party is running for the U.S. Senate as a "pragmatic" Democrat, entering a race in which some GOP leaders are worried about immigration hardliner Kris ...

Only Democrat running for Kansas 2nd Congressional seat drops out of race

TOPEKA — The only Democratic candidate running for an eastern Kansas congressional seat has dropped out of the race. Abbie Hodgson announced Tuesday that she was ending her campaign in the 2nd District. WIBW-TV reports that Hodgson said she didn't have a "viable path" for winning the seat ...

Donaldo Morales, left, and his wife Isleen Gimenez Morales, right, pose for a photograph at an attorney's office in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

With Kansas case, U.S. Supreme Court to consider role of states in prosecuting immigrants

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Donaldo Morales caught a break when federal prosecutors declined to charge him after he was arrested for using a fake Social Security card so he could work at a Kansas restaurant. But the break was short-lived. Kansas authorities stepped in and obtained a state conviction ...

Boyda drops out of 2020 Senate race in Kansas

TOPEKA — A former Kansas Democratic congresswoman has dropped out of the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Pat Roberts. Former U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda formed a campaign committee in June to run for the Democratic nomination next year. Former federal prosecutor and ...

September health code inspections: 11 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Eleven organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in September. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, ...

State’s new tourism director wants people to ‘see themselves’ in Kansas

TOPEKA — Kansas’ new director of tourism used to have difficulty seeing herself reflected in Kansas’ advertising campaigns. It was “outdoors focused,” she said, and apart from her love of watching Kansas sunsets, Bridgette Jobe doesn’t see herself as outdoorsy. Jobe, who grew up ...

Kansas sees rise in syphilis cases, newborns with disease

TOPEKA — Kansas has seen a big jump in syphilis cases over the past five years and a spike in the number of infants born with the sexually transmitted disease. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that Kansas reported 152 cases of primary and secondary ...

Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman speaks to reporters after he and his running mate Sen. John Doll delivered more than 10,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office in Topeka, Kan., Monday morning, Aug. 6, 2018, to formalize their campaign for governor. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas businessman Orman: No plans to run for office again

TOPEKA — Greg Orman says he has no plans to run for political office "anytime soon" after unsuccessful campaigns as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate and governor in Kansas. The Kansas City-area businessman made the statement in an email to supporters Tuesday touting a column for ...

Kansas governor at odds with AG in joining bid to save Dreamers program

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has joined a legal battle to save a federal program that shields young immigrants from deportation. Kelly's move Friday puts the Democratic governor and Republican Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on opposite sides of a case before the U.S. Supreme ...

Local leaders: As senior population grows, more health workers will be needed

As the number of seniors in Douglas County grows, a shortage of health care providers in the local workforce will become a larger issue. To help address that issue, the state needs to find ways to make sure health care providers earn a living wage, Democratic state Sen. Marci Francisco said ...

Governor brushes off attorney general’s opinion on online tax collection

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly is discounting Republican calls to rescind a policy requiring out-of-state online businesses to collect sales taxes on sales in Kansas and remit the tax to the state. On Monday, Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued a nonbinding opinion that Kelly's administration ...

Kansas tax collections $43M more than expected in September

TOPEKA — Kansas is reporting that it collected $43 million more in taxes than anticipated in September. The Department of Revenue said Tuesday that the state collected $744 million in taxes during the month when its official revenue forecast predicted $701 million. The surplus is nearly ...