State and Region

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 ...

Judge tosses Kansas Senate leader’s lawsuit against newspaper

OLATHE — A judge threw out a defamation lawsuit filed by Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning against The Kansas City Star over a column criticizing him for opposing Medicaid expansion. Johnson County District Judge Paul Gurney ruled Tuesday that Denning, an Overland Park Republican, ...

Kansas’ June tax collections nearly $33M more than expected

TOPEKA — Kansas collected nearly $33 million more in taxes than anticipated in June and ended its 2019 budget year with record cash reserves, good news likely to intensify Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's battles with Republican lawmakers over state finances. The state Department of Revenue's ...

Wagle staffer is new executive director of Kansas Republican Party

TOPEKA — The Kansas Republican Party has hired a member of Senate President Susan Wagle's staff as its new executive director. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Shannon Golden will handle the state GOP's day-to-day operations. She had served as Wagle's communications director after ...

New law allows Kansas drivers to refuse field sobriety tests

WICHITA — Kansas drivers can no longer be charged with a crime for refusing a field sobriety test under a new state law. The Wichita Eagle reported that a change in state law that took effect Monday means police can't ticket suspected drivers for not taking the test, but refusal to comply ...

Authorities find body of missing Eudora boater in central Kansas reservoir

HILLSBORO — Authorities have found the body of a missing boater in a central Kansas reservoir. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that 46-year-old Steven Meyer, of Eudora, was found around 9:15 a.m. Monday in the Marion Reservoir. He was reported missing around 1:20 ...

Ex-federal prosecutor running for U.S. Senate in Kansas as Democrat

Story updated at 3:53 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — A former federal prosecutor and current executive in a company that invests in the legal marijuana industry on Monday launched his campaign in Kansas as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Kansas City-area attorney Barry Grissom's kickoff ...

More corn, fewer soybeans planted in Kansas this year

Wichita — A government report shows Kansas growers planted more corn and fewer soybean and sorghum crops in Kansas this spring. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that farmers seeded 5.9 million acres of corn, up 8% from last year. The agency said soybean acreage ...