State and Region

Abortion flap could cost Kansas Gov. Kelly her commerce chief

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly could be forced to replace Kansas’ top business development official because of two small grants to a nonprofit group he previously managed from a fund tied to a late physician known nationally for doing late-term abortions. Acting state Commerce ...

Kansas House gives 1st round approval to abortion ‘reversal’ bill

Story updated at 4:24 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — The Kansas House gave first-round approval Monday to a bill that would require medical facilities and doctors to inform women that some medically induced abortions could be "reversed" if a doctor intervenes. Opponents of the bill say the "reversal" ...

Kansas’ new Democratic governor vetoes GOP tax relief bill

Story updated at 3:43 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a tax relief bill approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, arguing it would repeat an infamous fiscal experiment that failed under a GOP predecessor. Top Republicans immediately condemned ...

Kansas death penalty case has implications for mentally ill

Wichita (AP) — The day after Thanksgiving in 2009, James Kahler went to the home of his estranged wife’s grandmother, where he shot the two women, along with his two teenage daughters. No one — not even Kahler’s attorneys — disputes that he killed the four relatives. Instead, his ...

Midwest flooding causes treatment problems for KC drinking water utility

Recent flooding has caused the utility that provides drinking water to Kansas City, Mo., to fail to meet standards for the treatment of the parasite cryptosporidium, the utility said in a release Friday. KC Water said the concern over the parasite, which can cause gastrointestinal problems, is ...

K-State to lower tuition for students in 5 other states

Manhattan — Kansas State University is becoming cheaper for good students from five more states. The Manhattan Mercury reports that the Kansas Board of Regents agreed this week to allow new students from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas to begin paying less in fall 2020. ...

Appeals court: Judge went too far in dropping KCK man’s drug case

Kansas City, Kan. — A federal appeals court ruled that a judge went too far by dismissing a Kansas drug indictment after finding that a prosecutor violated the defendant’s right to a fair trial. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that U.S. District Court Judge Julie ...

Kansas man wins $50M in Missouri lottery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A gas stop in Missouri paid off handsomely for a Shawnee, Kansas, man, to the tune of $50 million. The Missouri Lottery said Thursday that Hira Singh claimed a $50 million Mega Millions jackpot at the agency’s office in Jefferson City. Singh stopped at a Kansas City, ...

Acting Kansas commerce chief under fire from Republican lawmakers

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's top economic development official might have trouble keeping his job after a committee recommended Thursday that the Kansas Senate reject his appointment. A two-day Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing for Acting Commerce Secretary David ...

Medicaid expansion plan clears Kansas House

TOPEKA — A modified version of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas has cleared the House with bipartisan support. The House's 69-54 vote Thursday sends an expansion bill to the Senate. Its future there is uncertain. Republican legislative leaders oppose ...

ACLU: Black man detained by Tonganoxie police while moving into his own home

The Kansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday asked state officials to investigate after a black man was detained by police while moving into his home, then allegedly harassed for weeks and blocked by the police chief from filing a racial bias complaint with the ...

Kansas Medicaid expansion supporters revive, advance plan

Updated story - March 21 — Medicaid expansion plan clears Kansas House Story updated 8:14 p.m. Wednesday, March 20: TOPEKA — Supporters of expanding Medicaid in Kansas forced a debate Wednesday in the Republican-controlled Legislature on Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan and advanced ...

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 ...