State and Region

$1 million fund established to help local businesses recover from coronavirus

Lawrence and Douglas County businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Journal-World, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing ...

Kansas governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

Story updated at 5:09 p.m. Saturday TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide order Saturday requiring people to stay in their homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, waiting until nearly three-quarters of the state's residents were already facing such directives. Kansas ...

Missouri mobilizes National Guard in virus fight

St. Louis — Missouri braced for a surge of coronavirus patients as the number of deaths grew to nine, with the governor mobilizing the state’s National Guard and a top St. Louis County official urging recently retired health care workers to return to work. During a virtual press ...

Kansas, Missouri counties disagree if Bass Pro can stay open amid pandemic

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Bass Pro Shops on opposite sides of the Kansas-Missouri border are being treated differently during the coronavirus crisis, with one county allowing a location to stay open because the outdoor gear chain sells some packaged foods, but another county determining that its ...

Kansas coronavirus death toll grows to 4, with more than 200 cases

Story updated at 8:11 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Kansas health officials reported more than 200 confirmed coronavirus cases and a fourth death Friday, and the state's health director said he doesn't expect the spread of the virus to peak until mid- to late April. All four of the state's deaths ...

Kansas officials brace for slump in state tax collections because of pandemic

Topeka — Kansas officials are bracing for a slump in state tax collections as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ripple through the state’s economy. Gov. Laura Kelly said in an interview that economic fallout is likely “hitting already” for state tax collections. She also has ...

13 identified cases of COVID-19 reported in Douglas County

Story updated at 3:32 p.m. Thursday Kansas health officials announced Thursday that 13 Douglas County residents have now tested positive for COVID-19. Amid nationwide concerns about limited testing, the state had recorded 168 positive cases of the disease, with three deaths, as of late ...

Kansas sees 1,250% increase in initial unemployment claims

Topeka — The number of jobless workers in Kansas who filed initial unemployment claims last week was 12 times as high as it was the week before as measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus took their toll on the economy. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that Kansas ...

Kansas officials express frustration amid coronavirus surge

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly and the state's top health official are expressing growing frustration as Kansas grapples with an continuing increase in coronavirus cases. Kelly, a Democrat, on Wednesday said President Donald Trump's suggestion that restrictions on people's movements could be ...

Kansas residents hunker down amid virus’ economic fallout

Story updated at 3:47 p.m. Tuesday WICHITA — Aircraft parts maker Spirit Aerosystems temporarily suspended production work for Boeing at its Wichita facility on Tuesday amid the coronavirus outbreak that has been sending shock waves through the economy and has more than half of Kansas ...

Kansas gets stricter on gatherings; 1M people told to stay home

Story updated at 6:46 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Shelter-in-place orders are about to take effect for about a third of Kansas' population to slow the spread of coronavirus, and Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday that she will tighten restrictions on public gatherings. Five counties with about 1 ...

In Kansas case, U.S. Supreme Court rules states can bar insanity defense

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can prevent criminal defendants from pleading insanity without violating their constitutional rights. The decision could prompt states across the country to toughen standards for defendants who wish to plead not guilty by reason of ...

4th Douglas County patient tests positive for COVID-19 after recent travel

One more Douglas County resident, who recently traveled on an international cruise ship, has tested positive for COVID-19, the local health department announced Sunday afternoon, bringing the county’s total identified cases to four. All four cases identified in the county so far have ...

Pandemic spurs some Kansas lawmakers to rethink governor’s power

Topeka — Some Kansas legislators say they didn’t understand how much power the governor has in emergencies until Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly closed K-12 schools for the rest of the semester and ordered a six-week halt to new evictions and mortgage foreclosures amid the coronavirus ...

Kansas City area, St. Louis order residents to stay home

St. Louis — Officials in Missouri’s largest cities are ordering residents to stay at home starting next week in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. St. Louis and Kansas City officials both announced their orders on Saturday. The St. Louis order goes into effect Monday, and the ...