State Government

Former Kansas Gov. Colyer not running for U.S. Senate seat

TOPEKA — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer is not running for the U.S. Senate next year. The ex-Republican governor made the announcement Monday. He said he is doing "interesting things" in the private sector and medicine. Colyer is a reconstructive plastic surgeon and a recently named fellow ...

Kansas Rep. Watkins faces calls for tougher gun laws at town hall

TOPEKA — Republican Rep. Steve Watkins got heat Monday from frustrated eastern Kansas constituents who pressed the freshman congressman to publicly endorse tougher gun laws following recent mass shootings. Several people left a Watkins town hall meeting in Topeka unhappy that he didn't ...

FBI recovers missing ammunition purchased by Kobach’s office with state funds

Wichita — The FBI has recovered more than 200 missing rounds of ammunition that were purchased by former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office — ammunition that a law enforcement officer said he needed to carry out an assignment from Kobach. Current Kansas Secretary of State ...

Company sees retaliation in Kansas ending literacy grant

TOPEKA — The president of the company that formerly ran a literacy program for Kansas’ public elementary schools alleged Monday that the state canceled the multimillion-dollar grant in “retaliation” for the firm’s opposition to major changes state officials were seeking. The Kansas ...

Governor appoints Lawrence library director to Humanities Kansas board

A Lawrence resident has been selected to serve on the board of directors for a statewide organization. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly recently appointed Brad Allen to the board of directors for Humanities Kansas, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Allen is currently the ...

Kansas cancels grant for early literacy program in schools

Story updated at 4:35 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Kansas has canceled a grant for an early literacy program for public school children after a previously unreleased audit found that the company administering the course received millions of dollars it wasn't entitled to during former Republican Gov. ...

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

TOPEKA — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former ...

Kansas to move up to 360 inmates to Arizona prison to ease overcrowding

Story updated 4:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2019: TOPEKA — Kansas plans to ease crowding in its prison system by moving scores of inmates to a private prison in Arizona over the next four months, an arrangement that made some top state lawmakers uneasy before the contract with a giant ...

Experts: Kansas’ new online sales tax policy is ‘most aggressive’ in the nation

Topeka — Kansas plans to impose what some tax experts said Wednesday would be the nation’s most aggressive policy for collecting state and local taxes on online sales, possibly inviting a legal battle. The state Department of Revenue issued a notice last week saying any “remote seller” ...

Kansas says insurance company Aetna risks losing $1B Medicaid contract

TOPEKA — The Kansas health department says insurance company Aetna is at risk of losing its $1-billion-a-year contract with the state's Medicaid program. The Kansas City Star reports the agency gave Aetna 10 days to get its act together. A Kansas City Star request for comment to Aetna was ...

Meier-Hummel appointed as Kansas youth suicide prevention coordinator

TOPEKA — The Kansas attorney general has appointed the state's first Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Tuesday appointed Gina Meier-Hummel to the job, which was created after recommendations from a task force. Meier-Hummel was secretary of the ...

Report: Kansas Medicaid complaints went to unchecked email

TOPEKA — A new report says dozens of complaints about Kansas Medicaid fraud went to a government email account that no one checked. The Kansas City Star reports that the state attorney general released findings on Monday that show more than 200 emails were left unread. The attorney ...

New governor’s administration brings sharp shift on LGBTQ foster kids in Kansas

TOPEKA — Kansas' child welfare agency has drafted guidelines urging foster parents to allow LGBTQ kids in their care to "express themselves as they see themselves," riling conservatives a little more than a year after the state granted legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that ...

July health code inspections: 16 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Sixteen organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in July. 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, Missouri truce over economic ‘border war’ appears shaky

Story updated at 4:30 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — The governors in Kansas and Missouri have moved to end an economic "border war" that has gained their states unwanted national attention for using millions of dollars in incentives to entice companies into shifting jobs close to the Kansas City-area ...

Chief justice of Kansas to retire in December

Topeka — The Kansas Supreme Court’s chief justice plans to retire before the end of the year, allowing first-year Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to leave a bigger mark on the state’s highest court than her conservative Republican predecessors. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss announced Friday that ...

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle to run for Pat Roberts’ seat

Updated at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — A veteran conservative Republican legislative leader who helped block Medicaid expansion in Kansas this year launched a campaign Wednesday for the U.S. Senate, jumping into an already crowded race within weeks of nationally known immigration hardliner ...