State Government

Some Kansas businesses reopen; fourth inmate dies of COVID-19 at Lansing prison

Story updated at 1:37 p.m. Monday MISSION — Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, gyms and fitness centers began to reopen Monday in parts of Kansas, even as the virus claimed another life at the state's largest prison. Janey McCarthy, the owner of ...

Kansas education leader hopeful for fall in-person classes

TOPEKA — Kansas’ education commissioner is cautiously optimistic that the state’s 500,000 public school students will be back in their classrooms when the fall semester begins. Commissioner Randy Watson concedes it’s difficult to predict the future as it relates to the coronavirus ...

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s May 15 press briefing about COVID-19

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will update residents Friday on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The press briefing will be streamed live on Facebook and Journal-World readers will be able to watch the video here. Check back after the briefing for a story about ...

Kansas Air National Guard to salute virus responders with flyover Tuesday

Residents of several northeast Kansas cities will be able to watch a military flyover Tuesday in honor of workers involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kansas Air National Guard's 190th Air Refueling Wing will fly a KC-135 Stratotanker over 17 locations in Emporia, Manhattan, ...

Manhattan mayor suspends Democratic bid for Roberts’ U.S. Senate seat

MANHATTAN — A northeast Kansas mayor has suspended her campaign for the Democratic nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat. Manhattan Mayor Usha Reddi said Thursday that responding to the coronavirus pandemic had become “the most important work of my life” and would continue to demand ...

Spurred by pandemic, Kansas ACLU launches clemency project

Story updated at 3:47 p.m. Thursday BELLE PLAINE — A civil rights group on Thursday launched “The Clemency Project” to try to secure the release of Kansas prisoners whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to the coronavirus, following a stinging defeat in court. The American Civil ...

South Lawrence Trafficway expansion included in KDOT’s new transportation plan

Story updated at 3:57 p.m. Thursday The expansion of the South Lawrence Trafficway is on a list of 40 projects that the Kansas Department of Transportation plans to pursue within the next 10 years. As part of a virtual news conference Thursday, Gov. Laura Kelly, KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz ...

Rep. Marshall struggles to unite Kansas GOP establishment in Senate race

Story updated at 4:18 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Roger Marshall represents western Kansas in a congressional district rich in GOP votes and donors that has given the state four U.S. senators over the past 50 years. He's armed with top-notch endorsements and the equivalent of gold in a GOP Senate ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas’ state of emergency extended through May 26 as governor, GOP trade barbs

The Kansas State Finance Council has extended the state’s emergency disaster declaration — but for much less time than Gov. Laura Kelly had anticipated, highlighting the widening divide between the governor and the Legislature over the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s May 13 press briefing about COVID-19

Updated story - Unemployment applications now available for self-employed Kansans affected by pandemic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will update residents Wednesday on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The press briefing will be streamed live on Facebook and ...

Second Kansas prison employee dies; plant that makes sausage shuts down

Story updated at 2:26 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — A Kansas plant that makes sausage has shut down after employees tested positive for the coronavirus, and an outbreak that has infected hundreds at the state's largest prison has claimed the life of another worker. “This has been an extremely ...

Former Baldwin City Council member files for election to Kansas House

A former Baldwin City Council member has filed to run for the Kansas House of Representatives and the seat that will be left vacant by outgoing Rep. Eileen Horn, D-Lawrence. A.J. Stevens, 49, told the Journal-World on Wednesday that he had always planned on running for the seat, but he ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas lawmakers look to prevent coronavirus-related lawsuits

TOPEKA — Republican legislators in Kansas are joining a broader effort to shield doctors, hospitals and businesses from lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus, with business and medical groups pushing them to act quickly. The effort faces strong opposition from labor unions, trial lawyers ...

Court throws out lawsuit on inmate safety at Kansas prisons

BELLE PLAINE — A Kansas court has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a civil rights rights group seeking the immediate release of prisoners who have preexisting medical conditions that make them vulnerable to the new coronavirus. Leavenworth District Judge David King dismissed on Friday the class ...

Lansing prison employee dies in Kansas coronavirus outbreak

Story updated at 3:36 p.m. Tuesday LANSING — A coronavirus outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people at the largest prison in Kansas has claimed the life of an employee — the first staff member at the facility to be killed by the virus, the state Corrections Department said ...