State and Region

Kansas Senate race tests GOP leaders’ power to block Kobach

TOPEKA — Establishment Republicans sought Tuesday to thwart polarizing conservative Kris Kobach's bid for Kansas' open Senate seat, a task complicated by President Donald Trump's refusal to endorse their favored candidate in the primary. Republicans haven't lost a Senate contest in Kansas ...

Kansas sees rate of positive coronavirus tests inching up

TOPEKA — Kansas has seen its rate of positive coronavirus tests inch up and reported cases double in nearly half of the state's counties over the past month so that the state is approaching 29,000 reported cases for the pandemic. The state Department of Health and Environment reported Monday ...

Kansans who contracted COVID-19 still struggle in long term

WICHITA — More than 26,000 people in Kansas have contracted COVID-19. Roughly 350 of them have died. While that’s a low death rate, survivors talk of the brutality of the disease, and how full recovery can prove elusive even months after getting infected. It tortures them with extreme ...

Lawrence resident sworn in as newest justice on Kansas Supreme Court

Updated at 12:40 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — The newest member of the Kansas Supreme Court has been sworn in. Keynen "K.J." Wall Jr., of Lawrence, took the oath at the Kansas Judicial Center Monday. Chief Justice Marla Luckert presided at the ceremony. The ceremony was smaller than usual because ...

As COVID-19 cases climb, it’s hard to measure how Kansas is doing

When the coronavirus hit Kansas, there’s no question the state — like the rest of the country — was unprepared. That showed in the mad scramble to buy more surgical and N95 masks, gowns and nasal swabs. Public officials say Kansas has made progress on those and other fronts. Yet gaps in ...

Northeast Kansas election workers quarantined days before primaries

Holton — Two employees at a rural county clerk’s office in northeast Kansas have contracted COVID-19, forcing its other two employees to quarantine just days before the state’s primary election. Jackson County Clerk Kathy Mick has COVID-19 and members of the Jackson County Elections ...

GOP leaders can’t bank on Trump’s help in Kansas’ U.S. Senate race

Holton — Establishment GOP leaders are scrambling to pull out a win in a tense battle for the nomination in Kansas’ U.S. Senate race, and they won’t be able to count on last-minute help from President Donald Trump. Trump has signaled to allies that he won’t endorse in the primary ...

Missouri governor supports trying kids 12 to 18 as adults

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is asking lawmakers to approve legislation that would allow judges to decide whether a child between the ages of 12 and 18 should be tried as an adult in court for unlawful use of weapons and armed criminal action. This comes two years after ...

Kansas mayor who rejected masks tests positive for virus

SCOTT CITY — A western Kansas mayor who had rejected wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic says he has tested positive for COVID-19. Scott City Mayor Everett Green said in a Facebook post it was possible he contracted the virus at a reelection campaign event for state Sen. Mary Jo ...

Kansas secretary of state opposes Trump’s suggestion to delay November election

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab said Thursday his office opposes President Donald Trump’s suggestion to postpone the November election and urged the Kansas delegation to Congress to do the same. More than 300,000 Kansans received advance by mail ballots for this year’s primary ...

Detective: Kansas Congressman Watkins lied about voting in 2019 race

LIBERTY, Mo. — A detective who investigated Rep. Steve Watkins wrote in an affidavit that the Kansas congressman told her he didn't vote in a 2019 Topeka City Council election, despite evidence showing he had cast a ballot in the race after listing a UPS store as his home address. The ...

Kansas City Public Schools worker fired in student attendance scandal sues

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A fired Kansas City Public Schools secretary who was among several employees accused of falsifying attendance data in a bid to help the district regain accreditation is suing. The Kansas City Star reports that LaQuyn Collier says in a lawsuit filed recently in Jackson ...