State Government

Kansas reports 2nd death from vaping-related lung disease

TOPEKA — Kansas is reporting its second death from a vaping-related lung disease in less than two weeks. Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday that a man over 50 has died. The state health department said it is not releasing the names, hometowns or other details about people who've died or ...

Former Lawrence Rep. Wilson to lead Kansas children’s advocacy group

TOPEKA — A former Kansas House member will be taking over as president of a children's advocacy group later this fall. Kansas Action for Children says former state Rep. John Wilson will become president when current President Annie McKay steps down Oct. 31. Wilson has been the group's vice ...

Kansas slated to open its newest state park in October

WICHITA — The newest state park in Kansas is slated to open next month. Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park in Logan County is a rare geological gem that features chalky spires and buttes projecting as high as 100 feet in the air. The park is set to open Oct. 12 and the grand opening ...

Kansas judge whose tweets sank nomination will step down to take job in Lawrence

TOPEKA — A Kansas judge whose past political tweets sank his nomination for a higher court and prompted Republican legislators to call for a review of his conduct announced Friday that he will step down early next year. Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack said he will retire Jan. 2 ...

Economic border war between Kansas, Missouri isn’t quite over yet

KANSAS CITY, MO. — There may be a cease-fire, but the economic "border war" involving the use of incentives to lure jobs across the state line in the Kansas City area isn't exactly over. Missouri officials plan to award more than $62 million in incentives to financial firm Waddell & ...

LaTurner hires Watkins’ former campaign manager in 2020 race

TOPEKA — Kansas Republican congressional candidate Jake LaTurner has hired the former campaign manager of U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, his opponent in the race for the GOP nomination in the 2nd District. LaTurner announced Wednesday that Pat Leopold will be a consultant for his 2020 election ...

New state council on tax reform to include Lawrence school board member

Gov. Laura Kelly launched a council on tax reform Monday and appointed Lawrence school board member Shannon Kimball as a member. The Governor’s Council on Tax Reform, issued by Executive Order 19-11, will conduct an 18-month study culminating in the council making specific statutory ...

Kansas confirms state’s first death linked to vaping

Story updated at 12:39 p.m. Tuesday WICHITA — Kansas health officials have confirmed the first death in the state related to an outbreak of a lung disease linked to vaping. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release Tuesday the recent death involved a Kansas ...

Executive with Brownback ties kicks off run for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District

OVERLAND PARK — A Kansas business executive with political ties to former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has officially kicked off her campaign to challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids. Amanda Adkins made the announcement Monday. It was expected after she filed paperwork last week ...

Ex-Kansas lieutenant governor Mann running in 1st District

SALINA — Former Kansas Lt. Governor Tracey Mann says he plans to run for the state's 1st District seat in Congress. Mann, who was lieutenant governor for former Gov. Jeff Colyer, announced his candidacy on Monday. The announcement comes two days after the 1st District's two-term incumbent, ...

Kansas GOP among states dropping presidential primary during Trump reelection bid

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump. "What is Donald Trump afraid of?" asked one of those rivals, ...

Kansas congressman Marshall opens Senate bid to block Kobach

TOPEKA — Western Kansas' congressman launched a Senate campaign on Saturday, pitching himself to fellow Republicans as a pragmatic conservative who can keep the seat in GOP hands by thwarting immigration hardliner Kris Kobach's bid for the party's nomination. Two-term Rep. Roger Marshall ...

Kansas’ Pompeo could swing Senate race, but will he run?

Story updated at 1:59 p.m. Friday MANHATTAN — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn't address speculation that he might run for the Senate in Kansas during a Friday college lecture in his home state, though some who attended left convinced it's still possible. Pompeo focused his speech ...

August health code inspections: 7 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Seven organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in August. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, you ...

Kansas treasurer drops Senate bid to challenge Rep. Watkins

Story updated at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Kansas' Republican state treasurer on Wednesday abandoned a campaign for an open Senate seat to challenge a GOP freshman congressman that he describes as vulnerable to Democratic defeat. Treasurer Jake LaTurner's announcement came little more ...

20, including 2 Lawrence lawyers, apply for Kansas Supreme Court vacancy

By the noon deadline on Tuesday, 20 people had applied to fill the Kansas Supreme Court vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Lee Johnson on Sept. 8. These included two Lawrence lawyers, Lumen Mulligan and Keynen Wall. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission will ...

Kansas tax collections slightly above expectations in August

TOPEKA — Kansas is reporting that its tax collections continued to be a little better than expected in August. The Department of Revenue said Tuesday that the state collected $497 million in taxes last month when its official revenue forecast predicted $494 million. The surplus was nearly $3 ...

Ex-Kansas Gov. Colyer seeks primary challenger for Rep. Watkins

Story updated at 5:14 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Former Kansas Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer on Tuesday urged the state treasurer to drop his Senate bid and instead challenge freshman Rep. Steve Watkins in the GOP primary, arguing the move would help “nominate a candidate that can ...

$1.45 million settlement reached in taping of Kansas inmate calls

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Inmates who alleged their calls with attorneys were illegally recorded at the Leavenworth Detention Center in Kansas have reached a proposed settlement with the prison operator and the provider of the phone and video system. The settlement, which needs court approval to ...