State Government

Kansas creates emergency loan program for hospitality industry during pandemic

Story updated at 11:27 a.m. Friday Kansas restaurants and hospitality businesses suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic will have another resource available to supplement their income, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday. The Kelly administration created the Hospitality Industry Relief ...

Kansas legislators pass $19.9B budget

Kansas’ Republican-controlled Legislature finished a $19.9 billion annual budget on Thursday to keep state government operating after June. Lawmakers finished it as part of a day of pressing work before an early and unusually long spring break. The budget would boost the state’s overall ...

Kansas Republicans continue effort to curb Democratic governor’s power amid pandemic

Story updated at 5:25 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers on Thursday extended a state of emergency prompted by the coronavirus crisis after making sure it gave the GOP-controlled Legislature oversight over the actions of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. The Senate voted 39-0 and the House ...

Kansas Democrats urging voters to mail ballots amid pandemic

TOPEKA — Kansas Democratic Party officials are encouraging voters to cast their ballots by mail for the presidential primary amid the coronavirus pandemic. The party still plans to hold its primary on May 2, The Kansas City Star reported. Primaries in some states have been postponed, ...

GOP pushes back on Kansas governor for closing schools, moves to limit her power

Story updated at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — As most of the U.S. raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor’s emergency powers, including the ability to establish quarantine zones if the ...

Kansas issues new quarantine mandates, bars new evictions

Story updated at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Kansas issued strict quarantine mandates Wednesday for people who have traveled or had close contact with those with confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, part of an effort to limit its local spread. But that local spread was inevitable, ...

Kansas governor orders K-12 school buildings closed for remainder of school year

Story updated at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday closed Kansas' public and private K-12 schools for the rest of the spring semester, moving education online throughout the state to try to lessen the spread of the new coronavirus. Kelly also said that starting Monday, most of ...

Kansas reporting at least 18 cases of COVID-19 in state

Updated story - Kansas governor orders K-12 school buildings closed for remainder of school year Story updated at 4:04 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Kansas has at least 18 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic continues to spread in the state, officials said Tuesday. Health ...

Kansas lawmakers work on coronavirus responses, spending plan

Story updated at 7:39 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Kansas legislators wrapped up work Tuesday on three measures responding to the coronavirus pandemic and tried to resolve differences over the next state budget and a plan for funding transportation projects. Lawmakers approved a bill that would ...

Kansas lawmakers rush to finish budget, transportation plan

TOPEKA — Kansas legislators rushed Monday to draft a plan for funding state government after June, launch a new state transportation program and wrap up a few other loose ends so they could take an early and longer-than-usual spring break in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Top ...

Kansas bans gatherings of 50 or more; Kansas City shuts down restaurants, nightlife

Updated at 11:01 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Kansas banned public gatherings of 50 or more people for the next two months and blocked utilities from cutting off services until mid-April, as Gov. Laura Kelly warned Monday that the coronavirus pandemic may force additional restrictions to contain its ...

Others tested negative at Kansas nursing home tied to COVID-19 death

TOPEKA — Staff and other residents at a Kansas City, Kansas, nursing home tested negative for coronavirus after a resident became Kansas' first COVID-19 related death, the local government health officer said Monday. Eighty-five patients and staff from the Life Care Center were tested, said ...

Kansas officials urge school closings, traveler quarantines

Story updated at 10:19 p.m. Sunday TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly and Kansas’ top education official on Sunday urged public schools to remain closed this week, and the state health department called for people who are traveling outside the U.S. or to several other states to quarantine ...

Kansas officials announce first coronavirus death; governor declares emergency

Story updated at 8:55 p.m. Thursday Topeka — Kansas has seen its first COVID-19 death, a man in his 70s who lived in a nursing home in the Kansas City, Kan., area, state health officials announced Thursday. The Wyandotte County man’s case had been the fifth confirmed novel coronavirus ...