State and Region

Kansas reports 982 more cases linked to coronavirus outbreak

TOPEKA — Kansas reported 982 more confirmed coronavirus cases and three more deaths as the state seeks to combat the surging outbreak with a mask mandate. The state Department of Health and Environment reported Monday that Kansas has had 16,901 cases, up 6% from Friday. Kansas also has ...

Kansas newspaper owner now says he’s sorry for equating mask rule to Holocaust

TOPEKA — A Kansas county Republican Party chairman who owns a weekly newspaper apologized Sunday for a cartoon posted on the paper's Facebook page that equated the Democratic governor's coronavirus-inspired order for people to wear masks in public with the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis ...

Mask opponents protest at Wichita mayor’s home

WICHITA — Protesters who oppose a city ordinance requiring that masks be worn in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus gathered outside Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple’s home Saturday. The Wichita City Council voted 4-3 Friday in a special meeting called by Whipple to require masks ...

Kansas newspaper’s Facebook post equates mask mandate with Holocaust

TOPEKA — A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask mandate to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. The cartoon on the Anderson County ...

Experts: COVID-19 cases will spike if Kansans don’t wear masks

A month ago, the University of Kansas hospital had as few as nine of its beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. Now, it’s about twice that. When the coronavirus-driven statewide shutdown began to go away in mid-May, clinicians in Kansas were confirming about 100 new infections a day. Now, that ...

KC police officer shot in head remains stable

Kansas City, Mo. — A Kansas City police officer who was shot in the head during an exchange of gunfire that left a suspect dead was in stable condition Friday following surgery, authorities said. A police spokesman, Officer Jacob Becchina, declined to release the name of the officer, and ...

Kansas sees largest 2-week spike in COVID-19 cases since pandemic began

Story updated at 4:16 p.m. Friday: TOPEKA — Kansas reported another big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, capping its worst two-week spike since the pandemic began and coming as a statewide mask mandate from the governor took effect. The state Department of Health and ...

Kansas City police officer in critical condition after shooting; suspect dead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A shooting Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, left a suspect dead and a police officer in critical condition after being shot in the head, police said. The unidentified officer, who has been with the department for about 2 1/2 years, was hospitalized for emergency surgery ...

Court sentences man to life for 2018 shooting at school

Olathe — A Missouri man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for a 2018 shooting outside a Kansas elementary school that killed one man and left another paralyzed. Anthony Grable, 34, of Kansas City, Mo., will not be eligible for parole for 50 years, WDAF-TV reported. He pleaded ...

Leavenworth hospital closing because of coronavirus costs

LEAVENWORTH — A Leavenworth hospital will close this fall because of costs associated with the coronavirus, the hospital owner said. Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital’s inpatient unit will close July 17 and the entire hospital will close Oct. 1, the Saint Luke’s Health System announced ...

Kansas City board votes to remove J.C. Nichols’ name from iconic fountain

Liberty, Mo. — Kansas City officials on Tuesday voted to strip the name of one of the city's most influential developers from a city fountain and street because he barred Blacks and Jews from the neighborhoods he developed in the 1900s. The process of removing J.C. Nichols’ name started in ...

KCMO mayor called racist slur after requiring masks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s Black mayor said Monday that he was called a racist slur and told he should “swing from a tree” after he announced mandatory face masks in the Missouri city. Mayor Quinton Lucas on Twitter shared a screenshot of the texts, which came after he announced ...

Douglas County issues mask mandate in public spaces, beginning Wednesday

Story updated at 5 p.m. Monday: After more than 30 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed over the weekend, Douglas County will soon require everyone in public spaces to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, masks will be required throughout ...

Faculty leaders blast KU’s return-to-campus policies, and a few refuse to comply

Dozens of department leaders at the University of Kansas are demanding more transparency from administrators about plans to reopen campus after a COVID-19-induced shutdown, and a few of them have refused to comply with a mandate that requires instructors to document their health conditions in ...

Farm issues key for Kansas’ 1st District Republican congressional candidates

TOPEKA — A commercial real estate broker from Salina who ran for Congress 10 years ago and an eye surgeon from Finney County are trying to draw attention to themselves and distinctions from one another ahead of an August Republican primary that's likely to decide who will win Kansas' 1st ...