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Overland Park Republican considers challenging Rep. Sharice Davids

TOPEKA — The Republican chairman of a Kansas House committee that will redraw the state's congressional districts is considering a run against Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids in a Kansas City-area district. State Rep. Chris Croft, of Overland Park, met last month with National Republican ...

Sens. Marshall, Hawley oppose moving ahead with hate crimes bill

TOPEKA — Republicans Roger Marshall of Kansas and Josh Hawley of Missouri were among a handful of conservative U.S. senators who opposed moving forward with a Democratic-sponsored measure for confronting hate crimes against Asian Americans. Marshall's office said Thursday that an existing ...

Ex-Kansas GOP Chair Adkins seeks rematch with Rep. Davids

OVERLAND PARK — A former Kansas Republican Party chair wants a rematch in 2022 against Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids after losing to Davids last year. Amanda Adkins announced Monday that she is running again for the GOP nomination in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District in the Kansas ...

Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says; precautions still urged

NEW YORK — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can safely enjoy again, according to new U.S. guidance issued Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for the ...

Car rams U.S. Capitol barricade; suspect, 1 police officer dead

Updated at 9:04 p.m. Friday WASHINGTON (AP) — A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife. It was the second line-of-duty death this year for a department still struggling to ...

U.S. Supreme Court sympathetic to college athletes in NCAA dispute

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed ready to give college athletes a win in a dispute with the NCAA over rules limiting their education-related compensation. With the March Madness basketball tournament in its final stages, the high court heard arguments in a case about ...

Big Medicaid incentive so far not enough to sway holdout states, including Kansas

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democrats' nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package includes a big financial incentive for the states that have opted against expanding Medicaid to provide health coverage for more low-income Americans. It's proving to be a tough sell. The Associated Press surveyed top ...

To help kids catch up, U.S. schools plan for summer of learning

Mission — After a dreary year spent largely at home in front of the computer, many U.S. children could be looking at summer school — and that’s just what many parents want. Although the last place most kids want to spend summer is in a classroom, experts say that after a year of ...

Forecast for spring: Nasty drought worsens for much of U.S., including Kansas

With nearly two-thirds of the United States abnormally dry or worse, the government's spring forecast offers little hope for relief, especially in the West where a devastating megadrought has taken root and worsened. Weather service and agriculture officials warned of possible water use ...

FBI: Kansas man said he asked officer if he could enter Capitol

MISSION — A Kansas man arrested in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol told the FBI that an officer shrugged his shoulders when he asked whether he could join the throngs streaming into the building and that he then filmed himself walking around inside, according to court records. Mark ...

USDA relocations curtail agriculture research, farmers’ confidence

Belle Plaine — More than a year after two U.S. Department of Agriculture research agencies were moved from the nation’s capital to Kansas City, Mo., forcing a mass exodus of employees who couldn’t or didn’t want to move halfway across the country, they remain critically understaffed and ...

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

NEW YORK — Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials. The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way — in a ...

Local pharmacists across the nation step up in COVID-19 vaccination effort

NEW YORK — They're just your regular neighborhood pharmacists, but some now wear superhero capes. Local pharmacy owners are filling in the gaps as federal, state and county authorities across the country struggle to ramp up vaccinations vital to crushing the COVID-19 pandemic. In some small ...

Trump endorses Kansas Sen. Moran; primary fight less likely

TOPEKA — Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran for reelection in 2022, early backing that makes it unlikely the two-term Republican will face a serious challenge in the GOP primary. Trump's endorsement Thursday evening came less than two weeks after Moran voted ...

Nation & World: States rush to catch up on delayed vaccines, expand access

HOUSTON (AP) — A giant vaccination center is opening in Houston to administer 126,000 coronavirus vaccine doses in the next three weeks. Nevada health officials are working overtime to distribute delayed shots. And Rhode Island is rescheduling appointments after a vaccine shipment failed to ...