State Government

Brownback reappoints three members of Kansas Board of Regents

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback announced Friday the reappointment of three members of the Kansas Board of Regents, which governs higher education in the state.Shane Bangerter, a Dodge City attorney; Ann Brandau-Murguia, a Wyandotte County-Kansas City, Kan., Unified Government commissioner, and ...

Health care, Trump comments dominate Sen. Moran’s town hall meeting in Topeka

Topeka ? Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas found himself on the defensive during a town hall meeting in Topeka Friday as constituents pressed him over his support for repealing and replacing Obamacare and why he hasn't been more forceful in denouncing controversial statements by ...

Sens. Roberts, McCaskill discuss protecting nation’s food supply

Kansas City, Mo. ? The nation's focus on protecting its agriculture, food and livestock from terrorism and infectious diseases has waned since it became a top priority after the Sept. 11 attacks, but it's time to refocus on the issue, U.S. senators from Kansas and Missouri said ...

How Lawrence, area schools are preparing for Monday’s solar eclipse

While several school districts across the country are closing down Monday for the big solar eclipse, Lawrence Public Schools are staying open. And they’re hoping kids will remain in school that day, too. Thanks to a donation from the University of Kansas, all students in the district will ...

Kansas boosts prison pay amid staff shortages

El Dorado ? Workers at Kansas state prisons will get pay hikes in the wake of inmate disturbances that have drawn public attention to staff shortages at the facilities, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday.Uniformed officers across the state would receive about a 5 percent raise. Officers at ...

Former Manhattan city attorney pleads guilty to child pornography charges

WICHITA - A former city attorney of Manhattan pleaded guilty Thursday to federal child pornography charges, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Tom Beall.The former city attorney, Bill Raymond, 55, of Andover, pleaded guilty to three counts of transporting child pornography and one ...

Wild black bear population grows in Kansas

Wichita ? Wildlife experts say black bears wandering into Kansas from Missouri and Oklahoma will likely become established residents of the state within the next decade.Two bears in southeast Kansas and one along the Colorado border were documented as recently as two summers ago. For most of ...

Kansas to receive $880,000 for wildlife conservation projects

Topeka ? The U.S. Interior Department announced this week that Kansas will receive more than $880,000 in grants for wildlife conservation projects.Of that, $162,127 comes from the Tribal Wildlife Grant program. That has been awarded to the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska for a fish community ...

Lawmakers to review policy on media space in Kansas Statehouse

Topeka ? Legislative leaders in Kansas are calling for a review of and possible changes to the state's policy of providing free office space to news organizations that maintain a full-time presence in the Statehouse in Topeka.Members of the Legislative Coordinating Council, which includes the ...

Wellsville lawmaker Kevin Jones announces for 2nd District congressional race

Topeka ? The race for the 2nd District congressional seat in Kansas got a little more crowded Wednesday when Republican state Rep. Kevin Jones, of Wellsville, announced that he will seek the GOP nomination.“I learned long ago that to solve a problem, you have to face it head on and resolve it ...

Osawatomie State Hospital unit passes federal inspection

Topeka ? A 60-bed unit within the Osawatomie State Hospital passed a federal inspection this week "with flying colors," state officials said, putting the hospital on a path toward recertification by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services."We have been waiting for this for a long time," ...

Kansas joins broadband network for first responder agencies

Topeka ? Public safety agencies in Kansas will soon have unprecedented ability to communicate with one another during large events like wildfires, tornadoes and other natural disasters.Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday signed letters officially opting the state into a federally funded service known ...

Agency reports Kansas computer system back online, says no benefit payments affected

Topeka ? The Kansas Department for Children and Families said Tuesday that a statewide computer outage that struck the agency over the weekend has been resolved and that its systems were up and running again."Happy to report, DCF computer systems are back up and running after an OITS outage. We ...

Paul Davis launches bid for 2nd District congressional seat in Kansas

Topeka ? Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis officially kicked off his campaign for the 2nd District congressional seat in Kansas, using a familiar theme in national politics by saying he wants to change the political culture in Washington."Our political system is fundamentally broken," Davis told a ...

Reports: Kansas computer system outage preventing payment of welfare benefits

Topeka ? The Kansas Department for Children and Families has suffered a statewide computer system failure that is preventing the agency from paying welfare benefits, processing new applications or processing reports of abuse and neglect, according to reports on social media.Robert Choromanski, ...

Court rejects KPERS effort to limit benefits for teachers union leaders

Topeka ? A Shawnee County judge dealt a setback last week to efforts by the state pension system to reduce the retirement benefits of educators who take time off from their teaching jobs to work as leaders of their local teachers union.The ruling in favor of Nancy Fritz, a recently retired ...

Brownback’s communications director to step down

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback's office announced Monday that communications director Melika Willoughby will step down at the end of this week to take a job with a nonprofit conservative organization, the Forge Leadership Network.Willoughby, who has served as communications director since November ...

Kansas Republicans urge Roberts to back Senate rules change

Wichita ? Two fellow Republicans in the Kansas congressional delegation urged a reluctant Sen. Pat Roberts on Monday to support changing the Senate rules to make it easier for the party to push through its legislative priorities.The sometimes testy exchange came at the convention of the Kansas ...

16-year-old is running for Kansas governor seat

Topeka ? He won't even be able to vote, but a 16-year-old Wichita high school student says he's serious about his bid to run for governor of Kansas.Jack Bergerson has filed to run as a Democrat in the 2018 race for governor of Kansas, saying he wanted to give people another option, The Kansas ...

Wichita man sentenced to 13 years in sex crimes

Wichita — A Wichita man has been ordered to spend more than 13 years in prison for raping one woman and trying to sexually attack another after taking them to his apartment.Forty-two-year-old Jimmie Trosclair pleaded guilty in April to charges of rape, attempted rape and breach of ...