State Government

Legislator who was jailed for DUI is leaving Kansas Senate

TOPEKA — A Kansas lawmaker who was forced out of one of the state Senate's most powerful jobs following an arrest for drunken driving and speeding the wrong way on two interstate highways is planning to leave the Legislature in early January. Former Senate Majority Leader Sen. Gene ...

Top Kansas transportation official is stepping down

TOPEKA — The top transportation official in Kansas is stepping down just before Christmas in the first major change at a state agency since Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly narrowly won reelection earlier this month. Kelly's office announced Tuesday that Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz ...

Judge blocks Kansas law that banned prescribing abortion pills over telemedicine

WICHITA — Kansas women could soon be able to seek abortion pills through telemedicine appointments after a judge blocked a state law banning the practice. Abortion providers and abortion rights advocates say the decision will help expand access to abortion for people across the state, ...

NY Times investigation shows how sports gambling industry exploited Kansas legislators with luxury items; only a small fraction of bets has gone to tax revenue

TOPEKA — A New York Times investigation into the gambling industry’s bare-knuckled lobbying efforts provides insight into concessions Kansas lawmakers provided when they legalized sports betting earlier this year. Among the revelations from the report, published Sunday as part of a series ...

Rift in Kansas GOP boils over after loss in governor’s race

TOPEKA — A push by top Republicans in Kansas to punish party officials who backed an independent candidate for governor is shining a spotlight on an internal rift that could hinder GOP leaders' efforts to steer the state to the right over Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's objections. Many ...