State and Region

Departing Kansas Gov. Colyer one of several considering Senate race in 2020

TOPEKA — Departing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has confirmed that he's considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 now that four-term incumbent Republican Pat Roberts won't seek re-election. Colyer said Monday during a news conference that he and his wife are "strongly looking at" the ...

Kansas bill would crack down on robocalls, fake number spoofing

WICHITA — Shady telemarketers would face a tougher time operating in Kansas under a new bill. Incoming Republican Rep. Bill Rhiley, of Wellington, says he pre-filed the bill after getting complaints about calls that appear to be from Kansas, but instead are automated sales pitches from ...

Kansas woman writes book preserving local history of city along state border

Opolis (ap) — Need to know a bit of history about the city of Opolis? Maxine Seal Miller is your woman. Miller — who was born locally and raised in Opolis — practically spent her whole life collecting bits and pieces of Opolis history. She had a friend, Elma Bateman, who was a bit older ...

Wichita groups turn church into ‘hub’ for homeless

Wichita (ap) — A former church in downtown Wichita is being repurposed as a “hub” to treat homeless patients. Robert Mitelhaus, owner of the former Central Christian Church building, signed leases for multiple organizations to use the space after realizing the church might be best ...

LGBTQ advocates see hope for nondiscrimination ordinances

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Advocates for LGBTQ Kansans say recent decisions by two Johnson County cities to pass anti-discrimination ordinances suggest support for such laws is growing and could spread beyond cities in northeast Kansas. Prairie Village and Mission city councils in December approved ...

Healthy Outlook: Mindfulness — How to embrace it, and why you might want to

Some of the effects of mindfulness are surprising, even to a local psychiatrist who has been practicing and teaching it for decades. “What (studies) show is that mindfulness, for either anxiety or depression, is as effective as medication alone or psychotherapy alone, which is remarkable, ...

Semi-trailer driver dies in crash near Ottawa

A semi-trailer driver died early Saturday morning after he struck a disabled box truck and lost control of his vehicle just south of Ottawa. The accident began at 5:09 a.m. when the box truck, traveling southbound on Interstate 35, left the road and overturned while trying to steer itself back ...

Best-selling author to be master of ceremonies for Kelly’s inauguration

Award-winning author and journalist Sarah Smarsh will serve as the master of ceremonies for the inauguration of Gov.-elect Laura Kelly, the Kelly Rogers Inaugural 2019 Committee announced in a news release Friday. “I am overjoyed that Sarah Smarsh will play such an important role in the ...

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts won’t seek re-election in 2020

Story updated at 7:35 p.m. Friday MANHATTAN — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, the longest-serving member of Congress in Kansas history, announced Friday that he won't run again in 2020, setting up a scramble to replace him in a GOP-leaning state where Democrats are energized by key victories in ...

New Kansas governor to replace DCF chief with KU director; grants put on hold

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly announced Thursday that she will replace the top administrator at Kansas' troubled child welfare agency and successfully pushed the departing leader to put new, major grants to private contractors on hold. Kelly is a critic of the grants from the ...

Kansas Rep.-elect Davids to support Democrats’ plan to end shutdown

TOPEKA — Kansas' new Democratic congresswoman is preparing to vote for legislation drafted by her party's leaders for reopening parts of the federal government, and she hopes President Donald Trump will accept the package. Rep.-elect Sharice Davids said during an Associated Press interview ...

Voting rights case costs Kansas county about $70,000 so far

DODGE CITY — A county in western Kansas has paid more than $70,000 so far to a legal firm hired to defend an official who moved Dodge City's only polling place to outside the iconic Wild West town ahead of the November election. Ford County paid the Hinkle Law Firm $71,481 in October and ...

FBI contacted about report of white man kicking black toddler in Wichita

WICHITA — Wichita police have contacted the FBI about a report that a white man kicked a 1-year-old black child in the back at a Wichita grocery store and yelled racial slurs. The Wichita Eagle reports that the boy's mother, 29-year-old Lashantai Whitaker, says she talked to an FBI agent ...

Kansas judge rules telemedicine abortions can continue

Topeka — A judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot stop telemedicine abortions, thwarting the latest attempt by state lawmakers to prevent doctors from providing pregnancy-ending pills to women they see by remote video conferences. District Judge Franklin Theis ruled that a law barring ...

Kansas extends medical board’s regulations to telemedicine

Topeka — Kansas has extended the state medical board’s existing regulations for health care providers to the practice of consulting with patients through video conferencing. The State Rules and Regulations Board has unanimously approved three temporary regulations drafted by the State ...

Kansas teen will soon receive high school, Harvard diplomas

Ulysses — A 16-year-old Kansas boy will soon earn his high school diploma — and a few days later, he’ll travel to Harvard to collect his bachelor’s degree. Ulysses High School senior Braxton Moral will attend both commencement ceremonies in May, becoming the only student to ...

Crop prices depressed as soybean harvest finally concludes

The drawn-out 2018 soybean harvest may be finished locally before the first of the year, a local elevator manager says. The late summer and fall rains that saved the soybean crop also delayed its harvest, said Clark Wenger, general manager of Ottawa Co-op. The 15 Ottawa Co-op elevators, ...

Kansas, Missouri among worst smoking-prevention states

Kansas City, Mo. — A new study finds that Missouri and Kansas are spending only a fraction of their tobacco settlement proceeds on smoking cessation efforts, despite recommendations from federal health officials. Missouri is the worst among states that spent any money on tobacco prevention ...