State Government

Kansas lawmakers punt Medicaid expansion to 2021 session

TOPEKA — Amid a global health crisis, the Republican-dominated Kansas Senate on Thursday voted along party lines against expanding Medicaid, delaying the hopes that the state would extend health care coverage to tens of thousands of Kansans until at least the next legislative session. Sen. ...

Kansas policy lets exposed meatpacking workers stay on job

Story updated at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Kansas softened its quarantine guidelines for meatpacking plants after industry executives repeatedly pushed state officials to allow employees who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus to keep working, text messages and emails show. The ...

Battle between governor, Legislature over Kansas’ reopening gets increasingly bitter

TOPEKA — A battle in Kansas between the Democratic governor and Republican-controlled Legislature over reopening the economy has grown increasingly bitter, clouded by election-year politics present and past. Gov. Laura Kelly has joined Democratic colleagues in other states including ...

Mask use divides Kansas lawmakers as they prepare to convene

MISSION — Kansas lawmakers are divided on the importance of masks as they prepare to convene for the final day of the session, generating concerns that the gathering could fuel a coronavirus outbreak in the Legislature. Republican Rep. Don Hineman, a farmer from Dighton, said some lawmakers ...

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

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will update residents Tuesday 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 ...

Lawsuit filed against Prairie Village nursing home with 14 virus deaths

The family of an 88-year-old man who died in a COVID-19 outbreak at a suburban Kansas City nursing home has sued. KCUR reports that the wrongful death suit that was filed Monday on behalf of the family of Gordan Grohman alleges that the staff at Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village failed to ...

Kansas health secretary says vigilance still needed to fight spread of COVID-19

Kansas’ top health official on Monday encouraged residents to continue being vigilant in practicing sound public health measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Secretary of Health and Environment Lee Norman said virus cases linked to a gathering at Perry Lake in Jefferson County ...

Kansas Gov. Kelly to meet with President Trump in D.C. on Wednesday

Gov. Laura Kelly will fly to the nation's capital this week to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss Kansas' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly will visit Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, her office announced Sunday evening. The governor and Trump will discuss Kansas' phased ...

Some Kansas businesses reopen; fourth inmate dies of COVID-19 at Lansing prison

Story updated at 1:37 p.m. Monday MISSION — Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, gyms and fitness centers began to reopen Monday in parts of Kansas, even as the virus claimed another life at the state's largest prison. Janey McCarthy, the owner of ...

Kansas education leader hopeful for fall in-person classes

TOPEKA — Kansas’ education commissioner is cautiously optimistic that the state’s 500,000 public school students will be back in their classrooms when the fall semester begins. Commissioner Randy Watson concedes it’s difficult to predict the future as it relates to the coronavirus ...

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s May 15 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 ...

Kansas Air National Guard to salute virus responders with flyover Tuesday

Residents of several northeast Kansas cities will be able to watch a military flyover Tuesday in honor of workers involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kansas Air National Guard's 190th Air Refueling Wing will fly a KC-135 Stratotanker over 17 locations in Emporia, Manhattan, ...