State and Region

Kansas lawmakers settle fiscal issues amid Medicaid protest

Story updated at 6:39 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Republican legislators on Wednesday reversed actions by Kansas' Democratic governor to reshape the state budget to her liking, but they couldn't save a GOP tax relief plan and had their work briefly delayed by a loud protest in favor of expanding ...

Leavenworth woman killed when huge tree falls on house

LEAVENWORTH — A northeast Kansas woman has been killed by a massive tree falling on her home while she was in the living room. The death occurred Tuesday morning in Leavenworth. Authorities have not yet released the victim's name. Leavenworth Fire Chief Gary Birch said authorities believe ...

Planned Parenthood: Missouri’s last abortion clinic may shut down

ST. LOUIS — Missouri's only abortion clinic could be closed by the end of the week because the state is threatening to not renew its license, Planned Parenthood officials said Tuesday. Planned Parenthood officials said in a teleconference that the current license for the St. Louis facility ...

Kansas lawmakers’ last day in session will test Kelly’s clout

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly this week faces a key test of her power to shape the state budget and keep moderate Republicans on her side as the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature prepares to consider overriding her vetoes of spending and tax relief measures. Lawmakers are set to convene ...

Kansas City educator to publish tribute to her mother

Kansas City, Kan. (AP) — As she was dying, Sonya Willis’ mother gave her daughter a warning. “She watched me sit back and put my head in my hand and she said, ‘Don’t you cry.’ ... It’s like, ‘Don’t you cry. You get the job done.’” Willis believes her mother, and other ...

Corps of Engineers prepares to release water from Perry Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is prepared to release water from Perry Lake starting Saturday if heavy rains push the reservoir over its remaining storage capacity, according to a news release from the corps. Based the amount of rain in the forecast, the Corps of Engineers could release up ...

Kansas Department of Revenue seeking to refill eliminated jobs

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Revenue is trying to refill dozens of jobs that were eliminated last year when the state awarded two no-bid contracts to outsource its information technology work. The department is working to rebuild its workforce after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's ...

Suit: Kansas City, Kan., police cadet was fired after alleging sexual battery

Kansas City, Kan. — A Kansas police cadet was fired after pressing sexual battery charges against her supervisor, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit contends the Kansas City, Kan., cadet delayed reporting the abuse for fear of retaliation and found that fear ...

3 dead, state capital battered after storms rip through Missouri

Jefferson City, Mo. — An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri’s capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. The National Weather Service ...

State to compensate Floyd Bledsoe $1M for wrongful conviction

TOPEKA — Kansas has agreed to pay $1.03 million to a man who spent nearly 16 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the 1999 kidnapping, rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced in a news release Thursday Kansas resolved the second lawsuit ...

Governor picks Idaho man as new Kansas corrections secretary

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has selected an Idaho prison official as her new secretary of corrections. The governor said in a news release Thursday that she had picked Jefferey Zmuda, the deputy director of the Idaho Department of Correction. He starts July 1. Kelly says this is a ...

Clinic returns to court over telemedicine abortions

Topeka — A Kansas clinic stopped providing telemedicine abortions months ago and returned to court Wednesday after concluding that the legal climate remains uncertain despite a judge’s order late last year saying the state couldn’t stop the procedures. The clinic in Wichita operated by ...

Kansas paid $899,000 in effort to defund Planned Parenthood

Story updated at 11:07 a.m. Wednesday KANSAS CITY, MO. — Kansas paid out-of-state law firms at least $899,000 in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, according to records obtained by KCUR radio. The records show that the state paid three East Coast law firms to ...

Kansas law offers protections to some users of CBD oil

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed into law a bill that would allow profoundly ill people who have been unable to find relief with pharmaceutical medications to avoid prosecution for possessing certain blends of oil extracted from cannabis plants. The protected cannabidiol oils, ...

Kansas governor signs budget but vetoes pension payment

Topeka (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday vetoed an extra $51 million payment to Kansas’ public pension system while signing the bulk of a state budget approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Kelly said in a message to legislators that she used the governor’s power ...

KU says proposed private medical school might overburden state

WICHITA — The dean of the University of Kansas' School of Medicine in Wichita is warning that a private medical school proposed in the city could overburden the state's health care system and its capacity to train medical students. Dean Garrold Minns told the Wichita Eagle that the planned ...

Kansas again keeping foster kids in offices overnight

Story updated at 3:08 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Abused and neglected children are again sleeping overnight in the offices of Kansas foster care contractors because homes cannot be found for them quickly enough. Since January, when Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took office, more than 70 children ...

Kansas’ Democratic governor vetoes 2nd GOP tax relief plan

Story updated at 2:14 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a tax relief plan from the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature for the second time in two months, arguing that even the new, smaller measure would "decimate" the state's finances. The second tax ...