State Government

Kansas Supreme Court weighs guidelines for injured workers

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court waded into the fray Thursday over obscure medical guidelines that will determine how much money workers injured on the job can collect. Justices heard legal arguments on Zoom over which edition of the American Medical Association guide ...

Kansas Supreme Court hears arguments over ‘wrongful birth’ law

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court seemed worried Wednesday about the proper roles of the Legislature and courts as it wrestled with whether a state statute that prohibits lawsuits based on “wrongful birth” claims is constitutional. Justices heard oral arguments via Zoom ...

Plan calls for more testing of people without virus symptoms

Kansas officials are considering spending $50 million to dramatically ramp up testing of people who aren't showing obvious signs of the coronavirus. A state task force this week backed Kansas Health Secretary Lee Norman’s recommendation to use the federal stimulus money on testing at ...

GOP-led council extends Kelly’s COVID-19 emergency declaration

Story updated at 4:09 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11: LIBERTY, Mo. — A mostly Republican state council voted Friday to extend Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's emergency declaration providing services to combat the coronavirus in Kansas, but only after language was added clarifying that the governor ...

Kelly urges State Finance Council to extend Kansas’ disaster declaration

Liberty, Mo. — Kansas will face a dramatic reduction in coronavirus-related services that would put residents’ lives at risk if a state council does not approve extending a disaster declaration, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday. The State Finance Council, which is dominated by ...

Issues surrounding bail bonds a major focus of Kansas task force on pretrial justice

Story updated at 3:17 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10: On the one hand, defendants in criminal cases — who are presumed innocent — shouldn’t be detained in jail just because they can’t pay to get out; on the other, those who are dangerous but wealthy can be held without bond only if they’re ...

Kansas deputy education commissioner retiring after 53 years with department

TOPEKA — Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis, who has served 53 years in the Kansas State Department of Education, will retire effective Sept. 30, state officials announced Tuesday. Dennis joined the education department in 1967 and was named deputy commissioner in 1976. He has been ...

Kansas to receive $63 million in FEMA unemployment funds, Kelly says

Kansas is set to receive $63 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to help people who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Laura Kelly's office announced Tuesday. The money will be available only to those receiving at least $100 in unemployment benefits, and ...

4 cities in Kansas seek to land U.S. Space Command headquarters

TOPEKA — Four Kansas cities have submitted proposals for the new U.S. Space Command headquarters, the governor's office said Friday. Wichita, Derby, Leavenworth and Kansas City, Kan., responded to requests from the federal government with proposed development sites in their communities. ...

Kansas to begin releasing locations of some active COVID-19 outbreaks, Kelly says

Story updated at 5:37 p.m. Wednesday: One week from Wednesday, the state of Kansas will begin releasing the locations of some active COVID-19 outbreaks, according to a news release from the governor's office. Gov. Laura Kelly's office said that last week, Kansas saw its largest increase in ...