State Government

Changing Kansas Supreme Court faces wary GOP-led Legislature

TOPEKA — Kansas’ new chief justice plans to push for changes aimed at helping veterans and the mentally ill, and expects to press for a big budget increase from a Republican-controlled Legislature that’s likely to remain sharply critical of the state Supreme Court. Chief Justice Marla ...

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Holland, five other state senators co-sponsor mental health parity bill

Lawrence-area Sen. Tom Holland pre-filed a bipartisan bill last week that would make mental health care coverage more accessible. Holland, a Democrat from Baldwin City, co-sponsored the bill with five other senators, including Republican Sen. Molly Baumgardner, of Louisburg. Holland and ...

Judges sue Kansas lawmakers hoping to boost courts’ funding

TOPEKA — Six trial-court judges in Kansas filed a lawsuit Friday against the state Legislature in hopes of forcing it to increase funding for the court system in a move certain to intensify majority Republicans’ ongoing frustrations with the judiciary. The judges filed their lawsuit ...

Feds: Kansas mental hospital at risk of losing Medicare cash

OSAWATOMIE — One of Kansas' two state mental hospitals is again at risk of losing Medicare funds. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that patient care problems at Adair Acute Care — located inside Osawatomie State Hospital — "substantially limit the hospital's ...

Kansas official replacing Kobach found gun in file cabinet

TOPEKA — Kris Kobach's successor as Kansas secretary of state says his staff found an unsecured gun in a file cabinet after taking over the office. The discovery of the .45-caliber pistol in January was mentioned in a timeline that Secretary of State Scott Schwab's aides produced as they ...

Gov. Kelly says Kansas may have to help pay Spirit workers

WICHITA — Kansas may have to help pay workers at a company that makes fuselages for the grounded Boeing 737 Max if the planes don't return to the sky soon, Gov. Laura Kelly said. Kelly said she talked with Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems CEO Tom Gentile on Tuesday, one day after Boeing ...

Judge criticized by abortion foes named to Kansas Supreme Court

Story updated at 11:53 a.m. Monday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday named a veteran trial-court judge opposed by the state's most influential anti-abortion group to the Kansas Supreme Court, an appointment that's likely to intensify a backlash against the court from ...

Kansas congressman addressing residence issue for 2nd time

TOPEKA - A freshman Kansas congressman might have to correct his voter registration a second time after changing it earlier this month while local authorities investigated him for previously listing a UPS Inc. store as his home. The Kansas City Star reports that Republican Rep. Steve Watkins ...

Kansas Sen. Moran: Undecided but echoing GOP on impeachment

TOPEKA — Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran said Friday that he hasn't decided how he would vote on removing President Donald Trump from office but followed those comments up by criticizing the Democratic-led House's impeachment process. Moran's statement declared that he does not support ...

The Mad Greek temporarily closes for cockroach infestation

A popular downtown Lawrence restaurant was temporarily forced to close earlier this week for a cockroach infestation. The Mad Greek, 907 Massachusetts St., closed Monday after a state health code inspector found 30 live roaches in various locations between the restaurant’s basement and ...

Only Kansas Democrat in Congress supports impeaching Trump

TOPEKA — The only Kansas Democrat in Congress announced Tuesday that she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. Freshman Rep. Sharice Davids said she supports both articles of impeachment drafted by fellow Democrats over Trump's effort to get Ukraine to investigate Democratic political ...

New Kansas State Board of Education policy urges districts to ban vaping

TOPEKA — The Kansas State Board of Education has voted to encourage school districts to pass strict vaping bans. The policy approved unanimously Tuesday calls for prohibiting students and staff from using, possessing or promoting any tobacco products, including vape pens, while they’re on ...

Controversial Kansas-run voter database suspended in lawsuit settlement

Story updated at 4:37 p.m. Tuesday WICHITA — A much-criticized database that checks whether voters are registered in multiple states has been suspended “for the foreseeable future” until security safeguards are put in place as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit, a civil rights ...

New website hosts resources for Kansas farmers who feel stressed, suicidal

In response to high suicide rates among America’s farmers, a new website developed by the Kansas Department of Agriculture provides resources and support to those dealing with stress. Kelsey Olson, KDA’s assistant secretary of agriculture, led the effort in creating the website: ...

Kansas GOP Rep. Watkins changes voter registration amid investigation

TOPEKA — A Kansas congressman who is being investigated by local authorities for listing a UPS Inc. store as his residence in registering to vote has changed his registration to name a Topeka apartment complex as his home. Republican Rep. Steve Watkins is still listing the UPS store in ...