State and Region

Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to uphold abortion rights doesn’t settle debate

This spring, abortion rights supporters scored a massive legal victory: The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that women have the right to abortion under the state constitution. That means even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, lawmakers won’t be able to ban abortion ...

KTA installs electric vehicle charging stations at two service areas near Lawrence

Drivers of electric vehicles will now be able to charge their batteries near Lawrence while traveling on the Kansas Turnpike. The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced in a Wednesday news release that three “fast-charging” electric car stations, two in the Lawrence area, have been installed ...

Grant will help rebuild house of baseball great Satchel Paige

Kansas City, Mo. — A new grant will help rebuild the fire-damaged Kansas City, Mo., home of Satchel Paige, one of baseball’s legendary pitchers and showmen. The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced more than $1.6 million in grants earlier this month for 22 sites and ...

Kansas Sen. Moran: Trump’s tweets about congresswomen ‘inappropriate’

LOUISBURG — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas says President Donald Trump's suggestion that four Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to where they came was inappropriate because the women are Americans. At a town hall meeting Monday in Louisburg, Moran says he disagreed with the ...

Man banished from Kansas in plea deal seeks to return

WICHITA — A man who was permanently banished from Kansas as a condition of his plea deal in a criminal case is seeking to return to the state with the help of an organization that says the punishment harkens back to “draconian penalties of Ancient Greece or the vigilante justice of the Old ...

Date set for U.S. Supreme Court to hear Douglas County traffic case

A date has been set for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in a Douglas County case, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday. On Nov. 4, the high court will hear the state’s appeal in the vehicle-stop case of Kansas v. Charles Glover, according to a news release from ...

A doctor’s note may protect CBD oil with THC for Kansans, but issue still murky

TOPEKA — A new Kansas law provides some protection for people possessing CBD oil containing limited amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. But it’s not full-on legalization, meaning the oil could still result in legal trouble even for people with documents confirming ...

Kansas patients can now win big in malpractice lawsuits

Kansas City, Kan. — Brenda Lundeen went in for routine surgery to relieve heavy periods. What the Overland Park mom and grade school teacher got was a nightmare, as a medical mistake caused 194-degree water to pour through a hole in her uterus and scald her insides. After three surgeries to ...

GOP threat ends Kansas governor’s food assistance extension

Story updated at 2:56 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday dropped a policy that allowed several thousand Kansas adults to keep receiving food assistance after failing to meet a work requirement, reversing course days after the state's Republican attorney general ...

Kansas AG gives governor until Friday to drop welfare plan

WICHITA — Kansas's top prosecutor is threatening to go to court if Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly doesn't drop a policy that allows some adults without children to receive welfare even if they don't meet work requirements. Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt has given Kelly a Friday ...

Kansas Supreme Court justice to retire, setting up replacement by Kelly

Story updated at 8:53 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — A Kansas Supreme Court justice whose votes for abortion rights and against the death penalty made him a political target plans to retire in three months, allowing Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to name a replacement before the Republican-controlled ...

Letter with human ashes spurs St. Joseph city hall to evacuate

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Officials in a northwestern Missouri city say a letter filled with a white, granular substance that spurred an evacuation contained human ashes. St. Joseph spokeswoman Mary Robertson said the city finance department evacuated Monday after a staffer opened the letter and ...

Kansas judge won’t give go-ahead for telemedicine abortions

TOPEKA — A state-court judge declined Monday to give a Kansas clinic permission to provide telemedicine abortions. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson rejected a request from the Trust Women Foundation for an injunction to block the state from subjecting the clinic and its doctors ...

Lawrence Democrat, former Sebelius aide running for Congress in Kansas 2nd

Story updated at 7:15 p.m. Monday, July 8: Topeka — A one-time speechwriter for former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she will begin a campaign on Tuesday for an eastern Kansas congressional seat. The Kansas City Star reports that Democrat Abbie Hodgson, of Lawrence, will seek the party’s ...

Kobach launches run for U.S. Senate in Kansas; some in GOP wary

Story updated at 7:34 p.m. Monday: TOPEKA — Kris Kobach, a nationally known advocate of tough immigration policies and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, launched a campaign Monday for the U.S. Senate in Kansas amid hostility from some Republicans worried that his loss in the ...

KU program helps Kansas City, Kan., teens ‘see their future self’

Kansas City, Kan. — Now that it’s July, Wyandotte High School senior Tahj Harris said he hears gunshots every day. “I’m used to it,” he said. “I don’t think much about it.” For many teens in the northeastern corner of Kansas City, Kan., violence feels normal. Wyandotte junior ...

Kansas doctor agrees to surrender his medical license

LEAWOOD — A doctor who ran three Kansas anti-aging clinics has surrendered his medical license. The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued an emergency suspension of Michael Simmons' license in March after evaluators said it wasn't safe for him to practice ...

Lenexa man runs marathons in all 50 states before age 50

Lenexa — A suburban Kansas City man who recently completed his quest of running marathons in all 50 states before the age of 50 credits a pair of gloves “delivered from the heavens” with getting him through his first one. Forty-nine-year-old Austin Braithwait, whose final stop was a June ...

Kansas GOP Rep. Marshall pleased with treatment of migrants after site tour

TOPEKA — A Kansas Republican congressman said after a recent trip to Texas that he is pleased with the quality of medical attention and housing for migrants held in federal facilities at the southern border. The Kansas City Star reports Rep. Roger Marshall toured several sites in the McAllen ...