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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 ...

Ex-Chiefs player, businessman runs for U.S. Senate in Kansas

Story updated at 11:16 a.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A former Kansas City Chiefs player and now businessman who has served on local and state government boards is running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Dave Lindstrom, who lives in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, launched his bid for the ...

Mueller agrees to testify before 2 U.S. House panels next month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats said Tuesday evening that Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly July 17 before the House Judiciary and intelligence committees after both panels issued subpoenas to him. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Intelligence Committee ...

Jan Meyers, Kansas’ 1st GOP congresswoman, dies at age 90

TOPEKA — Longtime Rep. Jan Meyers, the first Republican woman elected to the U.S. House from Kansas, has died at the age of 90. Meyers died Friday at a nursing home where she was living. The cause of death was not announced. Meyers, of Overland Park, represented the state's 3rd ...

President Trump OKs disaster funds for more than half of Kansas

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration covering more than half of the Kansas' 105 counties. The federal assistance approved Thursday will provide service and funds to help recovery from severe weather that began on April 28 and included tornadoes and ...

Boom in electric scooters nationwide leads to more injuries, fatalities

Andrew Hardy was crossing the street on an electric scooter in downtown Los Angeles when a car struck him at 50 miles per hour and flung him 15 feet in the air before he smacked his head on the pavement and fell unconscious. The 26-year-old snapped two bones in each leg, broke a thighbone, ...

Fearing an undercount, states prepare for 2020 census push

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a squat office building not far from downtown, Esperanza Guevara is getting ready to look for people who might not want to be found. And her job could get a lot harder. The immigrant-rights activist is leading a drive to reach tens of thousands of people who entered the ...

Kansas congressman forgives his own loans to campaign

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Freshman Republican Congressman Steve Watkins of Kansas has forgiven $225,100 in loans he made to his 2018 campaign, according to a letter filed with the Federal Election Commission. The Kansas City Star reports Watkins had given his campaign nearly half a million dollars ...

Post-Columbine, attitudes toward officer trauma shift

LITTLETON, Colo. — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student’s plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn’t know had already died by their own hands. As member Grant Whitus put it, ...

For school shooting survivors, trauma has no time limit

PARKLAND, Fla. — Alex Rozenblat can still hear the cries of a wounded boy calling for help as she hid from the gunfire that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Talking to therapists at the school in Parkland, Fla., didn’t help. Each session had a different ...

Photo gallery: Herman Cain speaks at KU

Former Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain on Wednesday delivered the J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Sr. Memorial Lecture at the University of Kansas School of Business. Photos by Ashley Hocking/Lawrence Journal-World Related coverage - More on Cain's ...

Conservatives push Kris Kobach for Homeland Security secretary

Story updated at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday WASHINGTON — Outside allies of President Donald Trump have launched a public campaign urging him to nominate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as his next secretary of Homeland Security. That's despite the uphill battle Kobach would certainly ...

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

Story updated at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7: Washington — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration’s growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border, two people familiar with the ...