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Former Kansas Gov. Colyer endorses Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race

Updated at 12:25 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Former GOP Gov. Jeff Colyer on Monday endorsed western Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall for the state's open U.S. Senate seat with some Republicans still fearing a repeat of Colyer's narrow primary loss in 2018 to polarizing conservative Kris ...

Local, state leaders hold panel at KU to dispel myths about coronavirus

Local and state officials held a public forum Friday at the University of Kansas hoping to dispel myths associated with the coronavirus disease that caused a scare in Lawrence recently. The virus, which can cause severe respiratory illness, has infected nearly 50,000 people and killed nearly ...

Pompeo lashes out at journalist; NPR defends its reporter

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out in anger Saturday at an NPR reporter who accused him of shouting expletives at her after she asked him in an interview about Ukraine. In a direct and personal attack, America’s chief diplomat said the journalist had “lied” to him ...

Rival GOP hopefuls in Kansas Senate race both talk to Trump

TOPEKA — Rival Kansas Senate candidates Kris Kobach and Rep. Roger Marshall have talked to President Donald Trump, with Marshall looking to boost his chances of defeating Trump's earliest prominent supporter in the state. Marshall's campaign confirmed that the western Kansas congressman met ...

Kansas Sen. Moran signs onto proposal on dismissing impeachment articles

WASHINGTON — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran has joined other Republicans in cosponsoring a resolution that would allow senators to dismiss the House's articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Moran announced Monday that he is cosponsoring the resolution with Missouri GOP Sen. Josh ...

With Pompeo out, GOP can’t dodge headache in Kansas Senate race

TOPEKA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s declaration Tuesday that he won’t run for Senate in Kansas returned some Republicans to worrying that they can’t block a polarizing conservative from winning the GOP nomination and putting the seat in play. Pompeo’s decision to remain as the ...

Pompeo says he’ll stay at State, forgoing Kansas Senate run

Story updated at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that he'll remain in his post as the country's top diplomat, forgoing a run for Senate from Kansas that many Republicans have seen as the party's best hope of retaining what should be a guaranteed ...

Agreement lets more companies make antidotes for opioid overdoses

New York — More companies could begin making an easy-to-use version of an opioid overdose antidote under a deal announced Thursday by New York’s attorney general. Under the agreement, Emergent BioSolutions will no longer enforce a contract that had allowed it to be the only company to ...

Democratic states appeal Obamacare ruling to SCOTUS

Washington — In a move that could put the Obama-era health law squarely in the middle of the 2020 election, Democratic-led states Friday asked the Supreme Court for a fast-track review of a recent court ruling that declared part of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional and cast a cloud ...

At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases

Omaha, Neb. — President Donald Trump likes to joke that America’s farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They’re going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world’s two ...

Pompeo gets a new deputy amid speculation of a Senate run

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has a new deputy, assuring a degree of continuity at the helm of U.S. diplomacy should he resign for a potential Senate bid. The Senate voted overwhelmingly 90-3 on Thursday to confirm Stephen Biegun to be deputy secretary of state amid ongoing ...

Kansas Sen. Moran: Undecided but echoing GOP on impeachment

TOPEKA — Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran said Friday that he hasn't decided how he would vote on removing President Donald Trump from office but followed those comments up by criticizing the Democratic-led House's impeachment process. Moran's statement declared that he does not support ...

Trump: Would talk to Pompeo if GOP risks losing in Kansas

LONDON — President Donald Trump says he would talk to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about running for an open Senate seat in Kansas if Republicans appeared at risk of losing it next year. Trump’s comments to reporters Tuesday during a NATO meeting in London came as Pompeo dismissed ...

Kansas Republicans turn on novice Rep. Watkins after helping him win House seat

TOPEKA — Republicans are going after one of their own in Kansas. Some party members who helped a political novice squeak to victory in a 2018 race for an eastern Kansas seat in Congress have turned on him in favor of the state treasurer, roiling a district where President Donald Trump enjoys ...

As impeachment swirls, Trump nods toward Pompeo run for Senate in Kansas

Story updated at 3:20 p.m. Friday WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to open the door for the top U.S. diplomat, Mike Pompeo, to leave his post to run for an open Senate seat in his home state of Kansas. Talk about a Senate run has picked up as Pompeo has come under ...

Impeachment intensifies buzz about Pompeo run for U.S. Senate in Kansas

TOPEKA — A persistent buzz about Mike Pompeo stepping down as the top U.S. diplomat to run for an open Senate seat in Kansas has built to a roar as impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump have intensified scrutiny of the State Department. The U.S. secretary of state was in Brussels ...