State Government

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s May 26 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 ...

Rep. Marshall fights to be ‘Doc’ on ballot for U.S. Senate race in Kansas

TOPEKA — A leading Republican candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas wants to be listed as Roger “Doc” Marshall on the ballot. The secretary of state's office has denied his request, and a state board will decide whether “Doc” is an nifty nickname or a prohibited ...

Navajo woman, lifelong Lawrencian files to run for Kansas Legislature

Updated at 2:51 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 A third Democrat has filed to run for the seat left vacant by former Rep. Eileen Horn, D-Lawrence, in the Kansas House of Representatives. Christina Haswood, 26, would become the youngest member of the Legislature, and the second current Native American ...

Officials in Missouri, Kansas urge quarantine for Lake of the Ozarks partygoers

Story updated at 3:08 p.m. Tuesday O'FALLON, Mo. — Leaders in Kansas City, St. Louis and the state of Kansas urged people who partied close together at Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend to self-quarantine for two weeks, amid fears that the gatherings documented in social media ...

Kansas GOP waits to see whether plumber’s Senate bid surges

MANHATTAN — The founder of a Kansas City-area plumbing company who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas acknowledged Saturday that he would love to have a highly coveted seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee but doesn't know how he'd go about getting it. The question to Bob ...

Republican tirade against Democratic leader caps Kansas session

TOPEKA — A marathon legislative session in Kansas ended early Friday with two Republican senators denouncing a Democratic leader who had accused them of racism over their treatment of the state's Hispanic labor secretary. The dispute stems from an email Anthony Hensley sent on Wednesday ...

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s May 22 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 nursing home with 15 virus deaths allowed aide to work while ill

PRAIRIE VILLAGE — A suburban Kansas City nursing home with 81 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths allowed a nurse’s aide to work despite having symptoms of the illness, a new state report shows. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services cited Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village, ...

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 ...