State Government

Deputy named to lead Kansas’ COVID-19-stressed labor agency

Story updated at 6:31 p.m. Tuesday: TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday named the Kansas Department of Labor's deputy secretary as its top administrator as she works to find a permanent leader for the agency, which struggled for months to process a surge in claims from workers left ...

Health officials: Kansas needs ‘a lot more’ COVID-19 vaccine

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas will need far more doses of coronavirus vaccines than it's set to receive in the coming days to start giving shots to all residents 75 or older, officials at a major health care system said Monday, as the state reported its worst seven-day spike in COVID-19 deaths of the ...

New Kansas lawmakers, Democratic leader demand resignation of legislator-to-be

TOPEKA (AP) — Seven new female Democratic Kansas House members and the party's leader in the chamber are demanding publicly that a male representative-elect resign before taking office because of issues that include a temporary anti-stalking court order against him. The lawmakers-to-be and ...

Kansas racial justice commission urges legislators to ban no-knock warrants

TOPEKA— A commission established by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly in response to the mass civil unrest over racial injustice earlier this year is urging state lawmakers to ban officers from entering a home without announcing their presence, but it’s unclear how aggressively the Legislature will ...

Governor ‘OK’ with 2nd round vaccine reduction; Kansas economy slumps

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly expressed little concern Friday over a smaller-than-expected second shipment of a coronavirus vaccine for Kansas, adding that she expects the state's plan for distributing shots in coming months to boost an economy that has slowed recently. Kelly said the reduction ...

Teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccine during second phase of state’s rollout plan

Lawrence educators could begin receiving a COVID-19 vaccine sometime in the next few months as they are considered second in line in the state’s rollout plan. During a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Laura Kelly said the state’s teachers, school staff and child care workers are scheduled ...

New supersonic corridor allows for faster-than-sound flight across Kansas

TOPEKA — Kansas and the Federal Aviation Administration have reached an agreement to establish the Kansas Supersonic Transportation Corridor, allowing testing for non-military aircraft exceeding the speed of sound. The corridor is a 770-nautical-mile — about 886 standard miles — ...

Kelly to seek second term as Kansas governor in 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is running for reelection in 2022, a spokeswoman said Friday. Spokeswoman Lauren Fitzgerald confirmed the Democratic governor's plans four days after Kelly announced that Commerce Secretary David Toland also would serve as the state's next lieutenant ...

Kansas Senate leader had COVID-19, didn’t wear mask at hearing after recovery

TOPEKA — Kansas Senate President-elect Ty Masterson has had COVID-19 and told people at a legislative hearing at the Statehouse that his recovery from the illness makes it unnecessary for him to wear a mask in public. The Republican from Andover, who believes mask requirements interfere with ...

Gov. Kelly to appoint Commerce Secretary David Toland as next lieutenant governor

Story updated at 6:20 p.m. Monday: TOPEKA – Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly gave Kansas' top economic development official a second job as the state's next lieutenant governor, and the state Republican Party immediately previewed possible attacks against their ticket in the 2022 ...

GOP leaders act as electors, cast Kansas’ 6 votes for Trump

Updated at 3:50 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Republican Party officials representing Kansas in the Electoral College quickly and quietly cast the state's six votes for President Donald Trump during a drama-free meeting on Monday that belied weeks of turmoil stoked by Trump and his allies as they ...

Investigation finds Kansas foster care provider falsified visit documents

TOPEKA (AP) — Employees of one of the largest foster care management providers in Kansas falsified documents to show visits with families that never took place, the state's child welfare agency said Friday. The Kansas Department for Children and Families said in a news release that it has ...

Gov. Kelly appoints her lieutenant governor to treasurer post

Story updated at 3:33 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA – Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday named Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers as Kansas' next state treasurer, and he said he hopes to expand state programs designed to help farmers and prospective homeowners obtain low-interest loans. The Democratic governor cited ...

Kansas sets tougher COVID-19 testing rules for nursing homes

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday imposed stronger coronavirus testing rules for several hundred state-licensed nursing homes that will have most of them testing their employees twice a week. The executive order on testing comes as Kansas waits to receive its first shipments ...

Kansas attorney general joins Republican effort to subvert presidential election

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas’ Republican attorney general has brought the state into an effort by GOP officials across the nation to subvert the will of voters and reverse President Donald Trump’s election loss. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday that Kansas is among 17 states ...

Jobless Kansans go weeks without benefits as problems linger

Story updated at 6:33 pm. Wednesday TOPEKA (AP) — Kansans who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic say they are going weeks or months without unemployment benefits they are due, and some lawmakers say they can't get answers from the state Department of Labor about its ...

State school board recommends Kansas continue in-person elementary classes

Story updated at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA (AP) — The state school board is recommending that Kansas elementary schools continue in-person classes even if the spread of the coronavirus in their communities is so great that schools otherwise would close. The State Board of Education on ...