State Government

Kansas governor, top lawmakers agree: No statewide mask rule for now

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and top Republican legislators agreed Tuesday to try for now to encourage Kansas counties to adopt local mask mandates rather than consider a statewide rule as the state experiences its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases of the pandemic. Kelly had a ...

Kansas sets new COVID marks; governor to push mask mandate

Updated at 6:43 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Kansas on Monday reported record highs for its seven-day rolling averages of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and a spokesperson for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said she was considering calling the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special ...

COVID-19 spreading half as quickly in counties with mask mandates, KU research shows

Kansas counties that have mandated the use of face masks in public have seen much lower spread of COVID-19 than the statewide average, new research from the University of Kansas shows. The analysis by KU's Institute for Policy and Social Research found that counties with mask mandates had ...

Douglas County judge to join Kansas Supreme Court to hear arguments in 2 cases

Douglas County District Court Judge Sally Pokorny will join the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in two cases on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Kansas Judicial Branch. The first case Pokorny will hear with the court is an appeal in a Reno County criminal case. Samuel ...

Officials prepare for faceoff over masks as Kansas virus cases rise

Story updated at 4:06 p.m. Thursday MISSION (AP) — Kansas’ coronavirus case count continued to climb, even as one GOP lawmaker pushed back against Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s call for a statewide mask mandate. “I’ve stated all along, and still believe, a one-size-fits-all COVID ...

Kansas vaccination plan prioritizes health care workers

Story updated at 1:29 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA (AP) — Health care workers and long-term care residents will be among those who will get the coronavirus vaccine first in Kansas, a draft plan shows. Kansas’ 45-page plan was filed in the past week with the Centers for Disease Control and ...

KU receives $7.8M federal grant to expand Bioscience and Technology Business Center

Local and state leaders hope a multimillion-dollar federal grant awarded Thursday could help create hundreds of bioscience jobs in Lawrence and help launch a new innovation district on the University of Kansas' west campus. Government officials gathered Thursday at KU's Bioscience and ...