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What Hays’ history, ‘Noose Road’ say about Kansas and race

Hays — On the night of Jan. 6, 1869, Luke Barnes, Lee Watkins and James Ponder sat in jail accused of shooting a white railroad worker in this northwest Kansas town. By sunrise, the three Black men had been dragged from their cell by a mob of white townspeople and hanged from a railroad ...

Ex-Kansas Gov. Colyer signals he’ll make 2022 governor bid

Updated at 1:27 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Former Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer signaled Friday that he'll make a comeback bid in 2022 by bringing a granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower onto his team for the Kansas governor's race. Colyer stopped short of formally announcing his candidacy ...

Kansas to vaccinate meat plant workers; rules upset counties

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to give thousands of meatpacking plant workers their first COVID-19 vaccines by the end of next week, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday, as at least a few counties pushed back against state inoculation rules that carry the threat of having doses withheld for ...

Kansas House passes bill to lower concealed carry age to 18

TOPEKA — A bill to lower the legal age to carry concealed firearms in Kansas from 21 to 18 won final passage Thursday in the Kansas House. The state House approved the bill on an 85-38 vote, sending it to the Senate. The bill's support came mostly from Republicans, who say that those under ...

Bill to lower concealed carry age advances in Kansas House

TOPEKA — Kansas House members advanced a bill Wednesday that would lower the legal age to carry concealed firearms in Kansas from 21 to 18 for those who complete a background check and undergo safety training. Eighteen, 19-, and 20-year-old Kansans can already carry firearms in the open in ...