State Government

Lawrence’s Willow and sexual trauma center to receive about $428K in grants

Two Lawrence organizations that serve survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence will receive about $428,000 in state and federal grants, Gov. Laura Kelly announced in a Monday morning news release. The Willow Domestic Violence Center will receive $301,118, and the Sexual Trauma and ...

Agency head says foster care system in Kansas is improving

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The head of the Kansas agency responsible for foster care in the state told lawmakers improvements have already been made in response to a scathing federal report and the settlement of class-action lawsuits over care foster children are receiving. Laura Howard, secretary ...

Kelly reappoints Lawrence attorney to different opening on Kansas Court of Appeals

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has again submitted the application of a Lawrence resident to the Kansas Court of Appeals, two months after the Kansas Senate rejected his nomination for a different open seat on the bench. In June, members of the Kansas Senate rejected the appointment of Carl Folsom, ...

Kansas offers counties drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas secretary of state's office has offered each of the state's 105 counties up to two drop-off boxes where people can deposit their absentee ballots for the November election if they don't mail them in or want to risk voting in person because of the ...

Kansas sees schools moving online, crowd-size reductions

Story updated at 5:15 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Two large Kansas school districts moved classes online for middle and high-schoolers while public health officials in Topeka imposed stricter crowd size limits to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The Wichita school district, the state's biggest ...

Kansas Gov. Kelly reissues ban on pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday announced she was reinstating a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures that are caused by tenants and owners being unable to pay their bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial ban on pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures in Kansas expired ...

Kansas sees biggest 7-day jump in reported coronavirus cases

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Monday reported its biggest seven-day increase in novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic began as the total number exceeded 35,000. The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas had another 1,282 confirmed and probable cases since Friday, an ...

Here’s where federal CARES Act funding will help KU in its reopening process

In recent weeks, the University of Kansas has tentatively secured north of $20 million in allocations from the federal CARES Act to put toward the costs associated with reopening its campus through the end of 2020, according to a Journal-World analysis. That figure includes just over $19 ...

Eudora awarded $250K in federal funds for downtown building renovation

The city of Eudora was one of three cities in Kansas to receive $250,000 in federal funding geared toward helping smaller, more rural communities with economic development projects, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. Eudora joined Clay Center and Lincoln in being selected as funding ...

Farm ties key for GOP, Kansas Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race

TOPEKA — Republicans are likely to stress Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall's service on the House Agriculture Committee as he runs for the Senate. The two-term GOP congressman for western and central Kansas who sometimes calls himself “the only candidate who can sort heifers from steers" is ...

Top Democrat in Kansas Senate tests negative for coronavirus

TOPEKA — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley said Tuesday that he has tested negative for coronavirus. The Topeka Democrat took the test Friday after learning that House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. tested positive and was hospitalized for about a week in July. Ryckman, an Olathe ...

Health officials say law pushed by Kansas attorney general hurts contact tracing

TOPEKA — Public health officials in three Kansas counties say a new state law is hurting their efforts to trace the contacts of people infected with COVID-19 by making it easier for them to refuse to cooperate. Public health departments often rely on employers to find out who has been in ...

Kansas governor skeptical of Trump plan to extend unemployment benefits

TOPEKA, Kan. — A spokeswoman says Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's administration is reviewing President Donald Trump's plan to extend supplemental unemployment benefits but is waiting for more details. A program providing an additional $600 a week to workers left unemployed by the coronavirus ...

GOP leader says Kansas health chief misled public on masks

Updated at 6:27 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — A Republican leader in the Kansas Legislature on Monday accused Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's top public health administrator of using a misleading presentation to bolster their argument for requiring people to wear masks in public as a debate rages over ...