State Government

Kansas nonprofit is housing 9 immigrant children who were separated from their parents

Story updated: 5:33 p.m., June 26, 2018 WICHITA — Nine of 44 immigrant children placed under the care of a Kansas nonprofit working under contract with the federal government were separated from their parents at the border, a state agency said Monday. The Kansas Department for Children and ...

Immigration key issue in rough GOP race for Kansas governor

SALINA — Kris Kobach's top Republican rivals are trying to sound the right notes on illegal immigration to appeal to business and agriculture leaders without conceding too many conservative votes to a hardliner who's made tougher state policies a key theme in an increasingly contentious ...

Federal court ruling makes it easier to register to vote in Kansas

WICHITA — More than 25,000 Kansans whose voter registration applications had been listed as incomplete for lack of proof-of-citizenship documents are being fully added to the voting rolls after a federal court decision last week finding that the requirement was unconstitutional. U.S. ...

Kansas law protecting good Samaritans takes effect July 1

TOPEKA — A new Kansas law goes into effect on July 1 that legally protects Good Samaritans who break into vehicles to save overheating children, animals and vulnerable adults. Several groups are planning to get together at 11 a.m. Monday at 169 Auto Parts Inc., 22218 Lone Elm Road in Spring ...

Kansas awards new KanCare contracts to 3 insurance companies

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Friday that it has awarded new contracts to three private insurance companies to manage KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program. Two of the new contracts are renewals for companies currently in the program, ...

Democrats demand answers on immigrant children being held in Kansas

TOPEKA — Democrats in the Kansas Legislature on Friday said they want answers from Gov. Jeff Colyer and from a licensed youth residential center in Topeka about the condition of immigrant children being held in Kansas and about intentions for reuniting them with their parents. Speaking at a ...

Immigrant children being housed in Topeka group home

TOPEKA — A Topeka-based agency that operates a group home for troubled youths confirmed Thursday that it is housing children who came to the United States recently as unaccompanied children, but the agency did not specify how many of those children it is housing or how those children arrived ...

Regents approve tuition and fee increases for state universities in Kansas

TOPEKA — The Kansas Board of Regents approved a package of tuition and fee increases for the six state universities, including the University of Kansas, saying they are needed to keep pace with rising costs and declining state support. For full-time resident undergraduate students attending ...

Kansas elections official tells counties to comply with court ruling

WICHITA — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office issued written instructions Wednesday to county elections officials telling them to immediately take steps to implement a federal court ruling that struck down the state's proof-of-citizenship voter registration law. The state's ...

Audit: Kansas wildfire response underfunded, understaffed

TOPEKA — A legislative audit says Kansas' wildfire suppression system is underfunded and understaffed and operates with a fragmented leadership. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the audit was ordered after wildfires in 2016 and 2017 burned more than 800,000 acres in Kansas, causing $80 ...

Koch-backed rule change reaches Kansas Supreme Court

TOPEKA — A Koch Industries-backed proposal to allow lawyers unlicensed in Kansas to provide free legal services is being considered by the state Supreme Court. The Supreme Court said Tuesday it is inviting public comment on the proposal before making a decision. Comments will be accepted ...

Kansas Sen. Moran criticizes family separations at U.S. border

TOPEKA — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran says he opposes the forced separation of families during a crackdown on illegal entries into the U.S. and is working to stop it. Moran said in a statement Tuesday that the separation of children from parents attempting to enter the U.S. illegally demonstrates ...

Kansas candidate apologizes for citing deputy deaths in fundraiser

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — A Kansas congressional candidate has apologized for a campaign email about the deaths of two sheriff's deputies that led to a fundraising page. Brent Welder is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder. The Kansas City Star reports that an email ...