State and Region

State study: Many Kansas families not putting babies to bed safely

A state report says many Kansas families may not be following safe sleep practices meant to cut down the risk that infants could die in their sleep. The first survey of its kind in the state found four in five new mothers said their babies sleep primarily on their backs. Rachel Sisson, the ...

Kansas to let Farm Bureau health coverage avoid ACA rules

TOPEKA — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a Republican-backed effort to circumvent former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Kelly ...

Fiscal forecast gives Kansas a little room on Medicaid, tax relief

TOPEKA — Kansas officials issued a new fiscal forecast Thursday that's slightly more optimistic about how much tax revenue the state should expect to collect over the next two years, creating a little more breathing room for expanding Medicaid or providing tax relief. Democratic Gov. Laura ...

Overland Park psychiatrist loses license to practice medicine in Kansas

OVERLAND PARK — A suburban Kansas City psychiatrist has lost his license to practice medicine in Kansas after state regulators alleged he had sex with a patient. KCUR-FM reports that 42-year-old Brian Patrick Lahey, of Overland Park, waived his right to a hearing and agreed Tuesday to an ...

Governor won’t be allowed to file brief in Kansas school finance case

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Laura Kelly cannot file a brief in support of a law that would add about $90 million annually to public school funding. The governor on Monday asked the court for permission to file the brief in support of a bill she signed April 5. The ...

Under new law, Kansas counties can allow voters to cast ballots at any polling site

Story updated 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019: WICHITA — A new law gives Kansas counties the legal option of letting voters cast ballots at any polling site within their county, but spotty internet service and aging voting equipment is expected to curtail its availability in many places, ...

Kansas Gov. Kelly signs National Guard counseling bill

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a bill that protects the identities of Kansas National Guard members who undergo counseling. The legislation signed by the governor on Wednesday is designed to encourage service members to seek help if needed. It will exempt counseling-related notes and ...

Ballots rejected during 2018 Kansas primary came mostly from the same homes

TOPEKA — As an election supervisor and poll worker for more than 20 years, Robert Bailey routinely mailed in his ballot early, confident that voting problems elsewhere that he read about would have a slight chance of happening in his suburban Kansas City county. So when the 82-year-old ...

Governor signs bill to move Kansas toward hemp production

TOPEKA — Kansas will be taking steps toward allowing farmers to grow hemp for industrial use under a measure Gov. Laura Kelly signed into law Monday. The new law taking effect later this month replaces a state program only for researching hemp and its potential uses with a program for ...

Lawyers for Kansas defend new school funding law, citing broad support

TOPEKA — Lawyers for Kansas told the state Supreme Court on Monday that it should sign off on a new law boosting spending on public schools and end a protracted education funding lawsuit partly because the law has broad, bipartisan support. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican, filed ...

Advocates frustrated with pace of Kansas foster care fixes

TOPEKA — Child welfare advocates in Kansas who spent more than a year examining the state’s troubled foster care system are frustrated with what they see as the Legislature’s lack of action on their recommendations for fixing the problems. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly says she understands ...

UMKC student charged after allegedly spraying substance at conservative speaker

Kansas City, Mo. — A University of Missouri-Kansas City student is facing charges after he allegedly sprayed a substance toward conservative political commentator Michael Knowles during an anti-transgender speech. Knowles was giving a speech titled “Men are Not Women” on the ...

Study: Missouri’s medical marijuana supply will outpace demand

St. Louis — Missouri won’t have enough demand for medical marijuana to support the number of businesses the state is required to license by next year, according to a new study. Three University of Missouri researchers recently told state officials that Missouri will need fewer than half ...

Cut melon linked to U.S., Kansas salmonella outbreak recalled

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC. ...

GOP leader seeks to stop Kansas governor from nominating new appeals judge

TOPEKA — The Kansas Senate's top Republican is trying to bar Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly from filling a vacancy on the state's second-highest court after Kelly was forced to withdraw her first choice because of political posts on his Twitter feed. Senate President Susan Wagle sent a letter ...

Census: Number of Kansas farms drops 5% over 5 years

WICHITA — The government's latest Census of Agriculture for Kansas shows the number of farms in the state has dropped 5% from the count taken five years earlier. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that there were 58,569 farms in Kansas during 2017. They covered ...

More than 75 years after his death, Marine’s remains return home

Kansas City, Kan. — More than 75 years after Nicholas J. Gojmerac was last seen alive dragging a wounded comrade to safety during a World War II battle, his remains are back home in Kansas. A Marine Corps honor guard was on the tarmac of Kansas City International Airport Tuesday as ...

Kansas National Guard captain resigns over concern about suicides

TOPEKA — A Kansas National Guard captain has submitted her resignation out of frustration over what she perceived as a lack of concern by guard leadership after a series of people associated with the Guard took their own lives in recent months. Capt. Tara Fields, a behavioral health officer, ...

Conservatives push Kris Kobach for Homeland Security secretary

Story updated at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday WASHINGTON — Outside allies of President Donald Trump have launched a public campaign urging him to nominate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as his next secretary of Homeland Security. That's despite the uphill battle Kobach would certainly ...