State Government

Spurred by pandemic, Kansas ACLU launches clemency project

Story updated at 3:47 p.m. Thursday BELLE PLAINE — A civil rights group on Thursday launched “The Clemency Project” to try to secure the release of Kansas prisoners whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to the coronavirus, following a stinging defeat in court. The American Civil ...

South Lawrence Trafficway expansion included in KDOT’s new transportation plan

Story updated at 3:57 p.m. Thursday The expansion of the South Lawrence Trafficway is on a list of 40 projects that the Kansas Department of Transportation plans to pursue within the next 10 years. As part of a virtual news conference Thursday, Gov. Laura Kelly, KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz ...

Rep. Marshall struggles to unite Kansas GOP establishment in Senate race

Story updated at 4:18 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Roger Marshall represents western Kansas in a congressional district rich in GOP votes and donors that has given the state four U.S. senators over the past 50 years. He's armed with top-notch endorsements and the equivalent of gold in a GOP Senate ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas’ state of emergency extended through May 26 as governor, GOP trade barbs

The Kansas State Finance Council has extended the state’s emergency disaster declaration — but for much less time than Gov. Laura Kelly had anticipated, highlighting the widening divide between the governor and the Legislature over the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s May 13 press briefing about COVID-19

Updated story - Unemployment applications now available for self-employed Kansans affected by pandemic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will update residents Wednesday on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The press briefing will be streamed live on Facebook and ...

Second Kansas prison employee dies; plant that makes sausage shuts down

Story updated at 2:26 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — A Kansas plant that makes sausage has shut down after employees tested positive for the coronavirus, and an outbreak that has infected hundreds at the state's largest prison has claimed the life of another worker. “This has been an extremely ...

Former Baldwin City Council member files for election to Kansas House

A former Baldwin City Council member has filed to run for the Kansas House of Representatives and the seat that will be left vacant by outgoing Rep. Eileen Horn, D-Lawrence. A.J. Stevens, 49, told the Journal-World on Wednesday that he had always planned on running for the seat, but he ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas lawmakers look to prevent coronavirus-related lawsuits

TOPEKA — Republican legislators in Kansas are joining a broader effort to shield doctors, hospitals and businesses from lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus, with business and medical groups pushing them to act quickly. The effort faces strong opposition from labor unions, trial lawyers ...

Court throws out lawsuit on inmate safety at Kansas prisons

BELLE PLAINE — A Kansas court has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a civil rights rights group seeking the immediate release of prisoners who have preexisting medical conditions that make them vulnerable to the new coronavirus. Leavenworth District Judge David King dismissed on Friday the class ...

Lansing prison employee dies in Kansas coronavirus outbreak

Story updated at 3:36 p.m. Tuesday LANSING — A coronavirus outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people at the largest prison in Kansas has claimed the life of an employee — the first staff member at the facility to be killed by the virus, the state Corrections Department said ...

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s May 11 press briefing about COVID-19

Updated story - Kansas to allocate over $9M for community development projects; state now has ‘abundant’ tests for symptomatic patients Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will update residents Monday on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The press briefing will be ...

State, local coronavirus orders face legal challenges in Kansas

Story updated at 3:43 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — State and local orders still in place for checking the spread of the novel coronavirus in Kansas are facing legal challenges from the state's attorney general and business owners. Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that he is ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas legislators will use remote meetings to prepare for COVID-19-related session

Mission — Kansas lawmakers are turning to virtual meetings to prepare for an upcoming session aimed at dealing with the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, as researchers examine the state’s wastewater to look for clues about how the virus is spreading. House Speaker Ron ...

State official encourages Kansas health workers to sterilize, reuse masks

Kansas’ top public health official on Friday encouraged medical personnel to sterilize N95 masks for reuse to preserve their supplies. Dr. Lee Norman, the head of the state health department, said it is borrowing massive sterilizing equipment for six months from Battelle, an Ohio-based ...

Kansas GOP leader who pushed Medicaid expansion not running again

TOPEKA — A top Republican legislator who worked with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on a plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas announced Friday that he is not seeking re-election. Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning said it's time for him to focus again on his wife and business. The ...