State Government

4 in 10 Kansans live in counties that opted out of mask mandate

TOPEKA — Four in 10 Kansans live in counties that have overruled Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide mask order even as coronavirus cases in the state soar. More than 90 of the state’s 105 counties have opted out of the mandate issued last week under a new state law that allows local leaders to ...

Kansas settles lawsuit pushing for foster care improvements

The state of Kansas settled a class-action lawsuit filed by child care advocates who accused the state of not providing foster children with adequate mental health care and moving them too frequently between homes. The settlement, filed Wednesday, mandates the state stop moving foster children ...

GOP establishment boosting Marshall over Kobach for Senate in Kansas

TOPEKA — Establishment Republicans who'd been coy for months about the GOP primary for Kansas’ open Senate seat are increasingly putting their thumbs on the scale, hoping to push Rep. Roger Marshall to victory over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach. A new GOP super-PAC this week launched ...

Kansas governor issues order on foster children’s education

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued an executive order on Tuesday that will require the state to track foster children’s progress in school, shortly after having vetoed a similar bill last month. In an annual report card detailing the academic progress and classroom ...

A look at the sizable pool of candidates hoping to represent Kansas’ Big 1st

GARDEN CITY — Four Republicans and two Democrats are running for Kansas’ 1st Congressional District seat. It’s open because Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall hopes to win the U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Roberts, who is retiring. Known as the Big 1st, the congressional district ...

Kansas reports 982 more cases linked to coronavirus outbreak

TOPEKA — Kansas reported 982 more confirmed coronavirus cases and three more deaths as the state seeks to combat the surging outbreak with a mask mandate. The state Department of Health and Environment reported Monday that Kansas has had 16,901 cases, up 6% from Friday. Kansas also has ...

Kansas sees largest 2-week spike in COVID-19 cases since pandemic began

Story updated at 4:16 p.m. Friday: TOPEKA — Kansas reported another big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, capping its worst two-week spike since the pandemic began and coming as a statewide mask mandate from the governor took effect. The state Department of Health and ...

Kansas counties could make governor’s mask order toothless

MISSION — Gov. Laura Kelly's planned order requiring Kansas residents to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus could be toothless in many parts of the state because counties can exempt themselves and even those that don't might not enforce it. Officials in some counties already ...

Kansas governor, legislative leaders fighting again over COVID-19 budget plan

TOPEKA — Kansas’ Democratic governor is locked in a new partisan dispute with the Republican-controlled Legislature over her plan to largely paper over a massive budget shortfall tied to the coronavirus pandemic with short-term accounting moves. Republican legislative leaders argued Friday ...

Number of coronavirus cases in Kansas jumps 12% since last week

MISSION — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kansas jumped by 568, fueled in part by outbreaks in day cares, schools and sports. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday that there were now 13,538 cases, up 4.3% from Wednesday and 12% from last Friday. The state ...

Kansas Rep. Marshall faces attacks in GOP Senate debate

TOPEKA — A western Kansas congressman who's been firming up Republican establishment support for his U.S. Senate bid came under attack during a Wednesday night debate over a 12-year-old misdemeanor criminal case and for missing votes while treating coronavirus patients. Rep. Roger Marshall ...

Jump in state’s COVID-19 cases biggest in more than 6 weeks

TOPEKA — Kansas on Wednesday saw its largest jump in coronavirus cases in more than six weeks, an increase of more than 500 cases in two days. The state health department reported the spike two days after Gov. Laura Kelly urged local officials to postpone lifting their last restrictions on ...