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Kansas attorney general says governor’s religious restrictions not enforceable

Kansas' top prosecutor said Wednesday that a new executive order from Gov. Laura Kelly restricting the size of religious gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak likely violates the state constitution. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican, said in a news release that limiting in-person ...

Coronavirus deaths at Kansas rehabilitation facility grow to 6

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — The number dead after a coronavirus outbreak at a Kansas City, Kansas, rehabilitation facility has grown to six with another 50 patients and staff testing positive. Health officials with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County said Wednesday that seven of the sickened ...

Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market to delay opening until end of May

Lawrence's downtown farmers' market, which had planned before the coronavirus pandemic to open this Saturday, is delaying its start until May 30. Lawrence Farmers' Market Manager Brian McInerney said organizers decided to delay the opening because of local and state orders to limit public ...

Lawrence schools to shut down meal service until at least May

Story updated at 10:34 a.m. Wednesday Lawrence Public Schools will distribute free meals to local children just once more, on Thursday, before shutting down the program for the rest of April, the school district announced Wednesday. The district will also discontinue in-person technology ...

Amid pandemic, Kansas officials review inmates for possible early release

Topeka — Officials are making plans to free some Kansas prison inmates who are close to finishing their sentences amid the coronavirus outbreak. Gov. Laura Kelly said at a news conference Tuesday that “hopefully we will be able to move quite a few of those folks back into their ...

Lawrence Transit begins rear-door boarding for bus passengers

Starting Wednesday, Lawrence Transit passengers will need to board and exit the bus from the rear door as part of new COVID-19-related precautions. The City of Lawrence announced the new protocol in a news release Tuesday, saying it is designed to increase social distancing on buses. The ...

4 die from the coronavirus at Kansas rehabilitation facility

Story updated at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday MISSION — A rehabilitation facility in Kansas City, Kan., where four people have died of COVID-19 is one of a few group living facilities in the state that's dealing with coronavirus outbreaks among their vulnerable residents. Health officials for the ...

Dillons to become latest chain to start limiting number of people inside its stores

Lawrence shoppers may have to start standing in line to access some major stores in town. Kroger Co., which operates the Dillons grocery store chain, announced late Monday afternoon that it would start limiting the number of people who can be in their grocery stores across the country. The ...

Stay-at-home order leaves a big question unanswered: Says who?

Updated at 8:33 p.m. Monday: In different times, it would have seemed absurd to call the police because a group of people were playing basketball at the park. But amid the global coronavirus pandemic, orders to stay at home and guidance to stay at least 6 feet away from other people, ...

Kansas coronavirus cases up to nearly 850, with 25 deaths

TOPEKA — Kansas reported 845 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Monday, about a 100-case increase from the day before. Twenty-five people have died from COVID-19 in the state as of Monday, up from 21 deaths on Sunday. At least 183 people have been hospitalized in Kansas. While Johnson ...