State Government

Kansas considers allowing concealed carry for people under 21

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas gun rights supporters are pushing to lower the age for concealed carry of firearms from 21 to 18. Wichita Republican Rep. Blake Carpenter and a Kansas State Rifle Association lobbyist on Wednesday told the House Federal and State Affairs Committee that it's already legal ...

Former Kansas Gov. Brownback to focus on racial reconciliation

TOPEKA (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he plans to make promoting racial reconciliation a focus of his life as a private citizen after more than a quarter century in politics. Brownback, 64, stepped down as the country's ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom ...

Kansas health officials checking if COVID-19 variant fueled prison outbreak

Story updated at 6:37 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials on Wednesday sought to determine whether a coronavirus variant might be fueling a new outbreak at a minimum-security state prison where inmates regularly work in surrounding communities. The state Department of ...

Republican lawmakers’ ire grows over Kansas’ handling of vaccine rollout

TOPEKA — Republican legislators suggested Tuesday that mistakes by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration are making it more difficult for older Kansas residents to get COVID-19 vaccine shots. But Dr. Lee Norman, the head of the state health department and Kelly's top public health ...

Lawrence woman among nominees for Kansas Court of Appeals vacancy

A nominating commission has selected a Lawrence woman as one of three possibilities to fill the vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Jacy J. Hurst, of Lawrence, is a partner at Kutak Rock, where she provides general legal counsel in health care regulatory compliance and employment law, ...