State Government

Kansans pressuring Moran, again, on upcoming Obamacare repeal vote

Topeka ? The U.S. Senate is preparing for a vote this coming week on yet another bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and once again, Republican Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran is finding himself the target of intense political pressure on both sides.Unlike his ...

Kobach: Kansas election systems not targeted by hackers

TOPEKA ? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says federal officials have told his office that the state's election systems were not targeted by hackers last year.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems. The systems were not ...

Court records: Kansas Commerce secretary forced to resign

Topeka ? Former Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave alleges in court documents that the governor’s office pressured him to resign shortly after a business partner sued Soave for fraud and other financial crimes.Soave resigned in June and announced earlier this month that he was running ...

Kansas veterinarians warn dog owners of diseased raccoons

Manhattan ? Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center is warning dog owners to be careful amid a recent outbreak of a highly contagious disease among raccoons.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that veterinarians at the center say they've recently seen a high number of raccoons ...

Kansas Board of Regents members list conflicts of interest

TOPEKA ? The Kansas Board of Regents voted to accept staff recommendations that members excuse or monitor themselves when engaging in potential conflicts of interest.Four board members on Thursday acknowledged their significant financial ties to higher education institutions, necessitating ...

Kansans who install solar panels may soon pay higher electric bills

Topeka ? Kansas electric customers who install solar panels or other kinds of self-generation devices may soon have to pay higher rates for electricity than other residential customers.In a long-awaited and highly controversial ruling Thursday, the Kansas Corporation Commission said electric ...

Former Sen. Bob Dole hospitalized for low blood pressure

TOPEKA ? Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas has been hospitalized for low blood pressure, a spokeswoman in his Washington, D.C. law office said.Marion Watkins said in a telephone interview that the 94-year-old Dole has been hospitalized since Sept. 13 following a routine physical that showed ...

Regents to focus on restoring cuts; KU dental school not top priority

Topeka ? The Kansas Board of Regents said Thursday that restoring budget cuts that Gov. Sam Brownback ordered in 2015 would be their No. 1 priority when Kansas lawmakers return in January, thus putting a new dental school at the University of Kansas Medical Center on a wish list for future ...

‘Safe Routes for All’ town hall meeting set for Thursday night

The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will host a “Safe Routes for All” town hall forum Thursday at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. The goal of the meeting, slated for 7 to 9 p.m., is to raise awareness about “the importance of having ...

Regents approve next step in developing a dental school at KU Medical Center

Topeka ? The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., may be one step closer to housing a school of dentistry in the near future.The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved spending $2.5 million to have architects draw up plans for converting the old Dykes Library on that ...

KU gets approval for $22 million in upgrades to baseball, volleyball facilities

Topeka ? The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized the University of Kansas to spend $22 million, all from private donations and athletic funds, to upgrade its baseball stadium and volleyball center.At its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, the Regents approved several capital ...

Kansas colleges, universities struggle with DACA repeal

Topeka ? A small technical college in western Kansas has said it will not allow federal immigration officials on campus without a court order.Ben Schears, president of the Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, said Wednesday that he made that decision after the Trump administration ...

2nd teenager planning to run for Kansas governor

Prairie Village ? A second Kansas teenager says he wants to run for governor next year.Tyler Ruzich, of Prairie Village, who will turn 17 next week, filed campaign papers with the state this week. He is a junior at Shawnee Mission North High School.The Hutchinson News reports Ruzich considers ...

Social media was key to Trump’s victory, campaign officials tell Kansas GOP

Topeka ? Two of President Donald Trump's key campaign officials told a gathering of Kansas Republicans Tuesday night that they were fully confident Trump would win the 2016 election long before most other people were ready to believe them.Brad Parscale, a Topeka native who served as Trump's ...

Kansas State University receives 2,300 acres of farmland

A couple from northern Kansas have donated 2,300 acres of farmland for Kansas State University to develop a research farm to study sustainable agricultural practices.Alton residents Harold and Olympia Lonsinger's donation will be dedicated at a ceremony Wednesday, The Salina Journal reported ...

Kansas Revenue Department employee shot in Wichita office

Topeka ? Police say a man under investigation by the Kansas Department of Revenue is suspected in a shooting that critically injured an employee at the agency's Wichita office.Wichita Police spokesman Charley Davidson told reporters that a 35-year-old employee was shot multiple times Tuesday ...

Tyson puts chicken plant on hold, citing commission’s withdrawal of bond support

Tyson Foods Inc. is putting a proposed $320 million project near Tonganoxie on hold, a company official announced Tuesday.The announcement was made through an open letter from Tyson to the Leavenworth County community, sent via email to The Mirror newspaper of Tonganoxie and other media ...