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Ex-Kansas lieutenant governor Mann running in 1st District

SALINA — Former Kansas Lt. Governor Tracey Mann says he plans to run for the state's 1st District seat in Congress. Mann, who was lieutenant governor for former Gov. Jeff Colyer, announced his candidacy on Monday. The announcement comes two days after the 1st District's two-term incumbent, ...

Billionaire David Koch, conservative donor with Kansas connections, dies at age 79

WASHINGTON — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles was both celebrated and demonized for transforming American politics by pouring their riches into conservative causes, died Friday at 79. The cause of death was not disclosed, but Koch Industries said ...

Judge rules immigration law unconstitutional in case involving Lawrence company

Story updated at 2:32 p.m. Thursday KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A federal judge in Kansas has ruled that a law making it a crime to "encourage" or "induce" immigrants to enter or live in the country illegally is unconstitutional. KCUR-FM reports that U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia issued his ...

GOP commentator running for Roberts’ Senate seat in Kansas

TOPEKA — A conservative commentator says he is joining the race of the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Bryan Pruitt said Monday he will return to the state from Washington D.C. for what he acknowledged is a "long shot" bid for the Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts. Pruitt, who is a ...

Rep. Watkins talks election security, Mueller and immigration at town hall

OSKALOOSA — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins says he is "very concerned" about integrity of elections but wasn't impressed with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watkins, in his first term representing much of eastern Kansas, met with ...

As deportation powers expand, immigrants prepare

Chicago — A sweeping expansion of deportation powers unveiled last week by the Trump administration has sent chills through immigrant communities and prompted some lawyers to advise migrants to gather up as much documentation as possible — pay stubs, apartment leases or even gym key tags ...

Feds OK T-Mobile’s takeover of Sprint

Washington — U.S. regulators have approved T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts, in a deal that would leave just three major cellphone companies in the country. Friday’s approval from the Justice Department and five state ...

A look at the 5 federal death row inmates facing execution; one is from Kansas

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume executing death row prisoners for the first time in nearly two decades. At the direction of Attorney General William Barr, the federal Bureau of Prisons has scheduled the executions of five inmates being held on death ...

Koch executive, Black Lives Matter in group pushing prison reform

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A criminal justice reform group that launched Tuesday has brought together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and a Koch Industries executive in an unlikely collaboration focusing on finding solutions to problems like racial disparity and ...

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle to run for Pat Roberts’ seat

Updated at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — A veteran conservative Republican legislative leader who helped block Medicaid expansion in Kansas this year launched a campaign Wednesday for the U.S. Senate, jumping into an already crowded race within weeks of nationally known immigration hardliner ...

Tensions between U.S., Iran causing ‘a scary time’ for Iranian students at KU

As the relationship between the United States and Iran becomes increasingly hostile, some students at the University of Kansas are living in uncertainty, an Iranian student told the Journal-World recently. However, a KU political scientist thinks the tension will eventually subside without a ...

White House calls Douglas County Republican official ‘partisan’

After Douglas County Commission Chair Michelle Derusseau said she did not plan to attend a White House summit, calling it a “publicity stunt,” a member of Republican President Donald Trump’s staff has accused her of partisanship. The three Douglas County commissioners were invited — ...

Kansas Sen. Moran: Trump’s tweets about congresswomen ‘inappropriate’

LOUISBURG — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas says President Donald Trump's suggestion that four Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to where they came was inappropriate because the women are Americans. At a town hall meeting Monday in Louisburg, Moran says he disagreed with the ...

Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws, study shows

CHICAGO — New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot. One reason may be that it's harder and costlier for teens to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries than from dealers, said lead author Mark ...

Lawrence Democrat, former Sebelius aide running for Congress in Kansas 2nd

Story updated at 7:15 p.m. Monday, July 8: Topeka — A one-time speechwriter for former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says she will begin a campaign on Tuesday for an eastern Kansas congressional seat. The Kansas City Star reports that Democrat Abbie Hodgson, of Lawrence, will seek the party’s ...

Kobach launches run for U.S. Senate in Kansas; some in GOP wary

Story updated at 7:34 p.m. Monday: TOPEKA — Kris Kobach, a nationally known advocate of tough immigration policies and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, launched a campaign Monday for the U.S. Senate in Kansas amid hostility from some Republicans worried that his loss in the ...

Kansas GOP Rep. Marshall pleased with treatment of migrants after site tour

TOPEKA — A Kansas Republican congressman said after a recent trip to Texas that he is pleased with the quality of medical attention and housing for migrants held in federal facilities at the southern border. The Kansas City Star reports Rep. Roger Marshall toured several sites in the McAllen ...

Ex-federal prosecutor running for U.S. Senate in Kansas as Democrat

Story updated at 3:53 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — A former federal prosecutor and current executive in a company that invests in the legal marijuana industry on Monday launched his campaign in Kansas as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Kansas City-area attorney Barry Grissom's kickoff ...