Kansas

Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor’s race

TOPEKA — Democrats running for Kansas governor are falling in line with the national gun-control movement stirring the party's liberal base, even if it means disavowing a loosening of gun laws in recent years that had been playing well in their gun-friendly state. The top three Democratic ...

How the abortion issue threatens to divide Democrats

TOPEKA — Although abortion has been a lightning-rod issue that has been dividing the Kansas Republican Party for decades, in the 2018 primaries, it’s an issue that threatens to divide Kansas Democrats, as well. In the primary race for governor, state Sen. Laura Kelly has been blasting one ...

Kobach, Colyer exchange strong criticisms during Kansas GOP debate

OVERLAND PARK — The last party-sponsored debate between GOP candidates for Kansas governor grew heated as Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer spent much of the evening criticizing each other and audience members frequently booed. The debate Thursday night at Johnson County ...

Westar launches new program to sell wind energy to commercial customers

TOPEKA - Westar Energy is about to launch a new program that will allow large commercial customers to lock in a portion of their electric rates for up to 20 years if they agree to purchase energy from a soon-to-be developed wind farm in Nemaha County, northeast of Manhattan. The Kansas ...

Kansas governor, rival now demanding removal of flag art from KU museum; KU remains mum

TOPEKA — Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer and a top GOP rival called Thursday for the University of Kansas to remove an altered U.S. flag from its campus completely rather than showing it in an art museum after complaints prompted an end to its being displayed publicly outside. Colyer and other ...

Kansas governor orders 19 extra flags flown at Statehouse after KU art flap

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has ordered additional American flags flown outside the Statehouse in response to a university's now-relocated public art display featuring an altered flag. Colyer spokesman Kendall Marr said the Republican governor ordered the 19 additional flags to go up Wednesday ...

Democratic candidates for Kansas governor share views in televised forum

TOPEKA - The five Democratic candidates for governor shared their views on issues ranging from education and social service funding to legalizing marijuana during a televised forum Wednesday, but there were no new revelations about their positions. As in previous events, state Sen. Laura ...

Appellate court rejects Kobach’s request to block Douglas County grand jury probe

TOPEKA — The Kansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's request for a new hearing to decide whether a grand jury should be called to investigate his office for allegedly mishandling voter registrations. But Kobach's office has already asked the ...

Kansas official calculates schools need another $364M to meet court order

A top education official says Kansas would have to phase in another $364 million increase in public school funding over five years to comply with a recent Kansas Supreme Court order. Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis presented his calculations Tuesday to the State Board of ...

Minnesota man charged with kidnapping Kansas girl

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — A 23-year-old Minnesota man was charged with kidnapping a 13-year-old Kansas girl he met online. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced Dechon White, of St. Paul, was charged Monday in federal court in Kansas. Court documents indicate White and the girl met online ...

GOP candidates for Kansas governor have varying responses to Trump’s tariffs

TOPEKA — GOP candidates for Kansas governor are offering varying responses to President Donald Trump's imposition of tariffs on other countries, which some farm groups are warning could damage the state's economy. After the U.S. imposed $34 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday, ...

Court: Kansas did not violate transgender inmate’s rights

WICHITA — A federal appeals court has ruled Kansas prison officials are not deliberately indifferent to a transgender inmate who says her medical treatment is so poor it violates her constitutional rights. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court’s summary judgment ...

Kansas AG launches ‘Demand an End’ campaign to combat sex trafficking

TOPEKA — Calling it a modern form of slavery, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday that his office is teaming up with more than 60 other public agencies and private organizations to launch a public awareness campaign to combat commercial sex trafficking in the ...

Records detail flaws in 2 Wichita child death investigations

WICHITA — Kansas child-welfare officials had received reports that a Wichita boy was being abused and neglected from the time he was 7 months old up until the 5-year-old went missing this year before his body was found under a rural bridge, according to newly released records from the state ...

Kobach to judge: Kansas now in full compliance with voting rights ruling

WICHITA — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has complied with a judge's order by fully registering thousands of voters whose eligibility to cast a ballot had been in limbo because of the state's now-defunct proof-of-citizenship requirement, according to court records. Some 25,000 Kansans ...