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Detective: Kansas Congressman Watkins lied about voting in 2019 race

LIBERTY, Mo. — A detective who investigated Rep. Steve Watkins wrote in an affidavit that the Kansas congressman told her he didn't vote in a 2019 Topeka City Council election, despite evidence showing he had cast a ballot in the race after listing a UPS store as his home address. The ...

Watkins says he didn’t lie about incorrect voting form information

TOPEKA — U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins of Kansas gave seemingly contradictory answers when questioned Tuesday about an incorrect voting registration form that led to three felony charges against him. Watkins, a Republican, told The Kansas City Star that he did not tell a criminal investigator that ...

Congressman Watkins losing July campaign cash race to main GOP foe

TOPEKA — Freshman Rep. Steve Watkins had less campaign cash than his main Republican rival as the GOP primary race entered its final 20 days, online finance records show. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner had about $379,000 in campaign cash on July 15, compared to Watkins' $256,000. The race ...

Trump gives former Olympian, Kansas congressman the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Updated at 12:06 p.m. Friday WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday presented one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Jim Ryun, a former Republican congressman and the first U.S. high schooler to break the 4-minute barrier in running the mile. Ryun, a University of Kansas ...

Retiring Kansas Sen. Roberts endorses Marshall over Kobach for seat

Updated at 4:56 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Retiring Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts declared his support Tuesday for Rep. Roger Marshall as his replacement, the latest signal that the Republican establishment is determined to push Marshall past polarizing conservative Kris Kobach in the GOP ...

Kansas Congressman Steve Watkins forced to leave committees after felony charges

Updated at 6:16 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — A freshman Kansas congressman facing felony criminal charges over previously listing a UPS Inc. postal box as his residence on a state voter registration form has been forced to temporarily give up his House committee assignments. Republican Rep. Steve ...

Watkins’ fellow congressman is endorsing his opponent

Topeka — A Kansas official who is trying to unseat a freshman congressman who has been charged criminally with election fraud picked up the endorsement Thursday of another member of the state’s congressional delegation. Rep. Ron Estes said he is endorsing State Treasurer Jake LaTurner over ...

Bollier’s fundraising outpaces top of GOP field in U.S. Senate race

Topeka — The presumed Democratic nominee for an open Senate seat in Kansas raised almost $1.3 million more than the top-tier Republican primary candidates combined during the second quarter of the year, despite a GOP candidate loaning $1.5 million to his own campaign. Democratic state Sen. ...

After speech cancellation, WSU Tech embraces new Ivanka Trump ad campaign

WICHITA — A month after cancelling a speech by Ivanka Trump, Wichita State University's technical school has embraced a national ad program the president's daughter has touted telling workers who lost jobs because of the pandemic to “Find Something New.” The tech school's president, ...

Rep. Watkins seeks to disqualify prosecutor in voting case

TOPEKA — A freshman Kansas congressman who listed a UPS Inc. postal box as his residence on a voter registration form is seeking to disqualify a prosecutor from pursuing a case against him. Kansas Congressman Steve Watkins’ attorney filed a motion Wednesday night asserting that Shawnee ...

Walmart to require customers to wear masks at all of its stores

NEW YORK — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements. The company said the policy will go ...

Federal judge halts execution of Kansan amid claims that he isn’t mentally fit

Story updated at 3:56 P.m. Wednesday TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man, said to be suffering from dementia, who was set to die by lethal injection in the federal government’s second execution this week after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey, ...