State and Region

Colyer still undecided about future after leaving Kansas governor’s office

TOPEKA — Gov. Jeff Colyer said Tuesday that he plans to spend Thanksgiving with his entire family at the governor's mansion in Topeka this week. But beyond that, he said he is still undecided about what his own future holds. "Don't know yet. Really don't," Colyer said, speaking to reporters ...

Leavenworth County commissioner resigns after uproar over ‘master race’ comment

A Leavenworth County commissioner whose comments about being part of a "master race" drew national attention has resigned. Commissioner Louis Klemp was absent from Tuesday morning’s regular meeting, but fellow commissioners Doug Smith and Robert Holland announced that they approved his ...

Kansas to pay $75K to settle lawsuit in child-abuse death

TOPEKA - The state of Kansas has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the father of an 18-month-old El Dorado girl who died of child abuse, even after child welfare authorities had been alerted to the ongoing danger. Jayla Michelle Haag Watters died in March 2012 in what ...

Kansas teacher recruitment effort attracts just 3 educators

TOPEKA — An effort to attract more teachers to Kansas has recruited just three educators so far, but the state is still on the hook to pay $270,000 to the organization behind the program. KCUR reports that the Legislature agreed to pay the education nonprofit Teach for America for the pilot ...

State GOP chairman plans to step down in February

Topeka — The Kansas Republican Party will be getting a new chairman in February. State GOP Chairman Kelly Arnold has announced that he will not seek a fourth, two-year term after serving six years as the Kansas party’s top official. The Republican State Committee will name his successor ...

Wind farm will soon provide half of K-State’s power

Manhattan — Kansas State University officials estimate that half of the Manhattan campus will be powered by wind by 2020. University officials announced on Tuesday a new agreement with Westar Energy, the Kansas City Star reported. The Kansas City electric utility will cover half of the ...

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation opens behavioral health center

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation recently opened a 4,800-square-foot facility devoted to mental health care, according to a news release. The center, at 11386 158 Road in Mayetta, offers services including evaluations and counseling for substance use disorder and mental health, referrals ...

Colyer: Official who said ‘master race’ should resign

Leavenworth — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has called on a white county official to resign after the official said at a public meeting that he belongs to “the master race.” Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp cited the master race — the Nazi ideology of Aryan supremacy — at a ...

Lawsuit: Kansas foster care system harming children

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — A federal lawsuit says foster children in Kansas are shuffled between homes and facilities so much that they can be essentially rendered homeless while in state custody. The Kansas City Star reported that a class action lawsuit filed Friday on behalf of 10 children by ...

Attorney says federal prosecutors stalled probe into secret prison recordings

Story updated 7:02 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2018: Kansas City, Kan. — A court-appointed attorney investigating whether federal prosecutors in Kansas improperly listened to recorded conversations between prisoners and their attorneys testified Friday that he was stunned and disappointed when he ...

Gov.-elect Kelly senses ‘momentum’ in Kansas toward medical marijuana

TOPEKA — Could Kansas soon join the growing list of states allowing medical marijuana? The election of Democrat Laura Kelly puts a medical marijuana supporter in the governor's seat, and she recently said she senses "some momentum" among legislators to legalize medical marijuana with strict ...

White official tells black city planner he’s part of ‘master race’

Leavenworth — A white county commissioner in northeast Kansas who told a black city planner that he belongs to “the master race” as he rejected her proposed development plan is coming under pressure from fellow commissioners to resign. Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp cited ...

U.S. Senate confirms Kansas bank regulator for Fed board

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Michelle Bowman, a Kansas banking regulator, as a member of the Federal Reserve board. Bowman was approved on a 64-34 vote to fill the spot on the seven-member board reserved for someone with community banking experience. With her confirmation, ...

Kansas AG: Kobach not liable for exposure of voters’ data

TOPEKA — Kansas' attorney general contends that Secretary of State Kris Kobach shouldn't be held personally liable for exposing sensitive personal information about hundreds of voters and that the voters have no constitutional right to their data being kept private. Attorney General Derek ...

Gov.-elect Kelly picks veteran, bipartisan group to lead transition

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly has named a veteran, bipartisan group of four people to lead her transition team. Kelly announced the appointments Tuesday. The team includes Jordanna Zeigler, the manager of the incoming Democratic governor's campaign. The group also includes Joyce ...

Kansas domestic violence deaths in 2017 highest in 2 decades

TOPEKA — Kansas recorded more domestic violence-related homicides in 2017 than it had in more than two decades. A Kansas Bureau of Investigation report shows the 38 domestic violence deaths in 2017 was twice as many as 2016. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the agency says 20 of the ...

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts isn’t ruling out a run for Senate in 2020

WICHITA — Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is working to get a farm bill passed to prove he's still a viable candidate for 2020. The farm bill is crucial for the 82-year-old chairman of the Senate agriculture committee after he survived a 2014 primary challenge against a political newcomer ...