State Government

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier plans to retire in September

TOPEKA — Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier announced Friday that she plans to retire, giving Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly the chance to appoint a third justice to the court. Beier, 61, said her retirement will be effective Sept. 18. She has served on the court since September 2003, ...

Kansas sees 4 more virus deaths, 162 new cases since Monday

Kansas on Wednesday confirmed four more deaths as a result of COVID-19 and 162 new cases statewide since Monday, when the state Department of Health and Environment last released data on the spread of the respiratory virus. The new cases bring Kansas' cumulative case total to 10,812 since the ...

Kelly highlights progress made in Kansas since first COVID-19 case 3 months ago

Speaking nearly three months to the day since Kansas confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in Johnson County, Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday praised Kansans for how they've responded to an unprecedented global pandemic. Kansans' response, combined with a continued adherence to social distancing ...

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s June 5 press briefing about COVID-19

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will update residents Friday on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The press briefing will be streamed live on Facebook and Journal-World readers will be able to watch the video here. Check back after the briefing for a story about ...

Supporters push bipartisan coronavirus plan through Kansas Legislature

Updated at 8:02 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Supporters rammed a bipartisan plan through the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature on Thursday aimed at giving lawmakers some oversight of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s response to the novel coronavirus after cutting off a debate over preventing ...

Kansas House passes compromise coronavirus response bill

TOPEKA — A bill giving Kansas lawmakers some oversight of the state's coronavirus response cleared the House on Wednesday night and is headed to the Senate. The Legislature convened for a special session called by Kelly after she vetoed a sweeping coronavirus bill GOP lawmakers approved in ...

GOP leaders work to sell COVID-19 deal with Kansas governor

Story updated at 10:02 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature on Wednesday worked to sell a compromise with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly for giving lawmakers some oversight of the state's coronavirus response. Some Democrats wanted new protections ...

Kansas no longer shields people from evictions, foreclosures

WICHITA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is no longer shielding renters and homeowners who are financially strapped because of the coronavirus pandemic from being evicted or having lenders foreclose on their mortgages. Kelly allowed an executive order that had banned new evictions and foreclosures ...

Kansas attorney general to ask U.S. Supreme Court to save voter citizenship law

Story updated at 8:48 Tuesday TOPEKA — Kansas’ Republican attorney general plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to require new voters to provide papers documenting their citizenship when registering. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that he will appeal a ...

Now that the filing deadline has passed, here are the candidates for area races

The election races are set. On Monday, the deadline to file for election to Douglas County and local state offices passed, setting up some primary elections later this summer. Primary elections are scheduled for Aug. 4. Primary winners will head to a general election on Nov. 3. While the ...

Kansas governor vetoes property tax bill, 2 other measures

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has vetoed a property tax bill and two other measures approved by the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. Kelly said in a statement Monday that each of the bills could create financial problems for state and local governments when they're stressed ...

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s June 1 press briefing about COVID-19

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will update residents Monday on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The press briefing will be streamed live on Facebook and Journal-World readers will be able to watch the video here. Check back after the briefing for a story about ...