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Kansas governor, top lawmakers agree: No statewide mask rule for now

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and top Republican legislators agreed Tuesday to try for now to encourage Kansas counties to adopt local mask mandates rather than consider a statewide rule as the state experiences its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases of the pandemic. Kelly had a ...

Douglas County reports 38 new COVID-19 cases; 283 of 2,877 remain active

Douglas County reported 2,877 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 38 cases since Monday. George Diepenbrock, spokesperson for Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, said some of the new cases reported Tuesday were due to an update in the state's disease surveillance system that ...

Kansas man charged with capital murder in sons’ deaths

A Kansas man accused of killing his two sons and taking his two daughters from their home before being stopped in Oklahoma was charged Tuesday with capital murder in the boys' deaths. Donny Ray Jackson Jr., 40, was also charged Tuesday with two alternative counts of first-degree murder, ...

Staffer on Marshall campaign for U.S. Senate seat has COVID-19

TOPEKA (AP) — A staffer on Republican Roger Marshall's campaign for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas has tested positive for the coronavirus. Marshall's campaign confirmed Tuesday that the staffer tested positive last week after experiencing mild symptoms and self-quarantining. Marshall ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 27, 2020

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity up to 6 a.m. on the date listed and extending back to 6 a.m. on the previous day. Each listing includes a date, time and general ...

Topeka long-term care facility hit with virus cases

TOPEKA (AP) — Nursing homes are facing an increasing strain combatting the coronvirus as cases rise statewide and residents and families grow distressed about limits on visits. One of the latest outbreaks has infected 12 residents and employees at the Topeka Presbyterian Manor, The Topeka ...

Davids, Adkins trade shots in debate for U.S. House seat in Kansas

MISSION — Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and Republican challenger Amanda Adkins on Monday sought to portray each other as too extreme to represent a heavily suburban Kansas City-area swing district as they debated how to respond to the coronavirus and calls for police reform. Davids ...

Barrett confirmed as U.S. Supreme Court justice in partisan vote

WASHINGTON — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come. Trump's ...

New COVID-19 death in county raises total to 18; 2,839 cases overall

One more Douglas County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the health department’s Monday update about the virus. Previously, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced that 17 people — five residents between the ages of 65 and 74, one resident between the ages of 75 and 84 ...

Kansas sets new COVID marks; governor to push mask mandate

Updated at 6:43 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Kansas on Monday reported record highs for its seven-day rolling averages of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and a spokesperson for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said she was considering calling the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special ...