State and Region

Kansas governor signs budget but vetoes pension payment

Topeka (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday vetoed an extra $51 million payment to Kansas’ public pension system while signing the bulk of a state budget approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Kelly said in a message to legislators that she used the governor’s power ...

KU says proposed private medical school might overburden state

WICHITA — The dean of the University of Kansas' School of Medicine in Wichita is warning that a private medical school proposed in the city could overburden the state's health care system and its capacity to train medical students. Dean Garrold Minns told the Wichita Eagle that the planned ...

Kansas again keeping foster kids in offices overnight

Story updated at 3:08 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Abused and neglected children are again sleeping overnight in the offices of Kansas foster care contractors because homes cannot be found for them quickly enough. Since January, when Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took office, more than 70 children ...

Kansas’ Democratic governor vetoes 2nd GOP tax relief plan

Story updated at 2:14 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a tax relief plan from the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature for the second time in two months, arguing that even the new, smaller measure would "decimate" the state's finances. The second tax ...

Kansas governor cancels no-bid contracts worth more than $110 million

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly's administration is canceling two no-bid contracts valued at more than $110 million that were negotiated by Kansas Revenue Department officials from previous administrations. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the 10-year contracts with CGI Technologies were awarded ...

Kansas, 4 other states announce new lawsuits over prescription opioids

Story updated at 2:47 p.m. Thursday CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and ...

Kansas educators face quick rise in vaping at schools

TOPEKA — Kansas educators are rushing to find ways to respond to a sharp increase in the number of students using electronic cigarettes in the state's high schools. The state Board of Education heard from educators on Tuesday that about a third of high school students tried vaping at least ...

Kansas Senate rejects nominee whom governor tried to withdraw

TOPEKA — Democrat Laura Kelly became the first Kansas governor Tuesday to have an appeals court nominee rejected after the state Supreme Court ruled that she couldn't legally drop a candidate whose political tweets offended legislators. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted 38-0 ...

Court: Kansas bars can’t be sued by drunken driving victims

Story updated at 4:44 p.m. Monday KANSAS CITY, KAN. — The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld a 34-year-old rule that prohibits victims injured by drunken drivers from suing the bars that served them. The high court's ruling on Friday came in the case of Jeff Kudlacik, who was placed in a ...

Kansas nurses push back against physician contract rule

Kansas City, Kan. — Kansas nurse practitioners are fighting to get rid of the state requirement that they get permission to work from a physician. Kansas is one of the few states that still makes advanced practice nurses sign contracts with doctors, which physicians argue protect patients ...

VA call center workers say veterans are shortchanged by time limits on calls

Topeka — Call center workers at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center say time limits that management has placed on calls shortchange veterans who are seeking assistance. The time limit issue has been a sticking point for six years but recently came to a head when workers received a letter ...

Report: Doors were left unlocked before tiger attack at Topeka zoo

Topeka — A state report says that safety doors in a Sumatran tiger’s enclosure at a Kansas zoo were left unlocked before the animal attacked and injured a veteran zookeeper. The report released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor agreed with the Topeka Zoo’s assessment that no ...

Kansas Supreme Court says governor can’t withdraw appeals court nominee

Story updated at 7:44 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019: TOPEKA — A Kansas Supreme Court decision will force the state Senate into voting to reject a judicial nominee over political tweets that lawmakers found offensive. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly did not ...

Kansas governor hopes extra state dollars prompt tuition cut

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly says she hopes that extra state funding for the Kansas higher education system will lead to lower tuition for students and their families. Kelly on Friday touted the additional $33 million included for higher education in a proposed $18.4 billion state budget for ...

Top Kansas court considers forcing vote on withdrawn judicial nominee

TOPEKA — A ruling from Kansas’ highest court could force the state Senate to vote on a nominee for a lower-court judgeship whose nomination was withdrawn because of his political tweets. The state Supreme Court waded Thursday into an unprecedented legal dispute between Democratic Gov. ...

Shots fired on Kansas State campus; no injuries reported

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University officials say a dispute between individuals that led to shots being fired on its parking lot appears to be unrelated to the Manhattan campus. No injuries have been reported after shots were fired around 11 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say there is "no ...

Kansas Supreme Court asks pointed questions about new school funding law

Story updated at 1:02 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A Kansas Supreme Court that has repeatedly forced state legislators to increase spending on public schools directed tough questions Thursday to an attorney attacking a new funding law as inadequate, with one justice wondering when the protracted ...

Welfare oversight plan dropped at end of Kansas legislative session

TOPEKA — Lawmakers dropped a plan to increase oversight of Kansas' troubled child welfare system in the final hours of their annual session, angering advocates. The provision that was eliminated would have created a committee that could have summoned officials to explain problems, drafted ...