State and Region

Douglas County makes slight comeback in health rankings, from 23rd to 17th

After dipping out of the top 10 for the first time — to 23rd in 2018 — Douglas County has climbed back to the 17th healthiest county in Kansas this year. Since the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps began in 2011, Douglas County had never ranked below ninth prior to its drop in 2018. ...

Republicans criticize past tweets by judge nominated to Kansas appeals court

Updated story - Kansas governor withdraws judge’s nomination for appeals court after outcry over tweets Story updated at 7:14 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to Kansas' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key Republican ...

Ruling allows lawsuit against K-State over rapes at fraternity houses

WICHITA — A federal appeals court is refusing to toss out a lawsuit filed by two female students alleging Kansas State University refused to investigate their rapes and other sex assaults at off-campus fraternity houses. The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the women had ...

KDOT employee no longer with agency after tweet criticizing Trump

WICHITA — A Kansas Department of Transportation worker who posted a tweet from the agency's official Twitter account criticizing President Donald Trump is no longer employed by the department, the agency said. The tweet on Sunday came in response to a tweet from Trump that criticized Fox ...

Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law championed by Kobach

Story updated at 3:31 p.m. Monday SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — Kansas' solicitor general on Monday called on a federal appeals court to reinstate the state's law requiring people to provide proof of citizenship before they can register to vote, saying problems with how it was enforced during the ...

Kansas quilter gifts blankets to Hutchinson hospice centers

Hutchinson — Pamela Yoder’s winter hobby has become wrapping people in squares of love. Yoder, of rural Reno County, has been sewing and distributing lap blankets to a pair of Hutchinson hospice services for use by their clients and families. Though primarily self-taught, Yoder, 55, ...

Dodge City region wants access to 4-year college

Dodge City — Unlike many other rural cities, Dodge City is experiencing a strong economy that is making it an anchor in Kansas’ southwest region. The city, which has long marketed its Old West ties, has in recent years completed $86 million in renovations to its schools, a new $12 million ...

State receives 370 applications for hemp farming licenses in first year

Hundreds of Kansas farms are hoping to be part of a historic first season of legal hemp production in the state this spring, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Heather Lansdowne, communications director for the department, said 370 Kansas farms filed applications by the March 1 ...

Governor nominates southeast Kansas judge for appeals court

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly has nominated a southeast Kansas judge who previously served in the Legislature for a seat on the state Court of Appeals. Kelly announced Friday that she selected Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack for the state's second-highest court. His appointment ...

Kansas legislative panels remove funding for expanding Medicaid

TOPEKA — Two Republican-controlled committees of the Kansas Legislature have stripped Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's proposed state spending for Medicaid expansion out of budget legislation. The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 7-6 on Thursday to remove $14 million from a proposed budget ...

Kansas senators split on supporting Trump on border security

WASHINGTON — Kansas' two Republican U.S. senators have split over supporting President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. Sen. Jerry Moran was among 12 Republican senators joining Democrats in passing a resolution that would terminate Trump's declaration on ...

Kansas legislators advance school funding plan, pass tax relief bill

Story updated at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019: TOPEKA — Republican legislators in Kansas helped advance Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to boost funding for public schools Thursday before sending her an income tax relief bill that could make it harder for the state to sustain the ...

Troubled northeast Kansas hospital closes after struggle with overdue bills

Horton — A northeast Kansas hospital run by an embattled health management company has shut down operations after struggling for months without enough funds to pay its employees or buy medication and food for patients. The city of Horton’s only medical provider, Horton Community Hospital, ...

Kansas conservatives vote to condemn New York’s abortion law

TOPEKA — The conservatives who dominate the Kansas Legislature voted Wednesday to tell New York's leaders just how much they hate the Empire State's new law expanding abortion rights, ignoring Democrats who called the endeavor a toothless waste of time and money. The Kansas House voted 85-38 ...

Wichita State University president dies after illness

WICHITA — Wichita State University has announced the death of its president after an illness. The university said in a news release that 70-year-old John William Bardo died Tuesday at Wesley Medical Center. He was admitted to the hospital in late November suffering from a chronic lung ...