State and Region

Kansas sets new COVID highs; governor to meet with leaders

Updated at 6:43 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Kansas on Monday reported record highs for its seven-day rolling averages of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and a spokesperson for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said she was considering calling the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special ...

Bollier extends fundraising advantage over Marshall in Kansas U.S. Senate bid

TOPEKA (AP) — Democrat Barbara Bollier has raised $4.3 million this month for her campaign for Kansas' open U.S. Senate seat, extending her fundraising advantage over Republican Roger Marshall and boosting her state record for fundraising to nearly $25 million. Bollier, a Kansas City-area ...

COVID-19 spreading half as quickly in counties with mask mandates, KU research shows

Kansas counties that have mandated the use of face masks in public have seen much lower spread of COVID-19 than the statewide average, new research from the University of Kansas shows. The analysis by KU's Institute for Policy and Social Research found that counties with mask mandates had ...

In Kansas U.S. Senate debate, Bollier says she opposes expanding Supreme Court

TOPEKA (AP) — Democrat Barbara Bollier said Thursday that she wouldn't support adding additional justices to the U.S. Supreme Court or vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's plan to raise taxes on high-income earners if she's elected to Kansas' open U.S. Senate seat. Bollier ...

A fear of the other party fuels culture war in Kansas’ U.S. Senate race

EL DORADO — The culture war issues that are polarizing national politics are also front and center in Kansas’ U.S. Senate contest: race, guns, abortion, climate change. Supporters of Republican candidate Roger Marshall fear a wave of Democratic victories will trigger radical changes in the ...

Officials prepare for faceoff over masks as Kansas virus cases rise

Story updated at 4:06 p.m. Thursday MISSION (AP) — Kansas’ coronavirus case count continued to climb, even as one GOP lawmaker pushed back against Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s call for a statewide mask mandate. “I’ve stated all along, and still believe, a one-size-fits-all COVID ...

Kansas vaccination plan prioritizes health care workers

Story updated at 1:29 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA (AP) — Health care workers and long-term care residents will be among those who will get the coronavirus vaccine first in Kansas, a draft plan shows. Kansas’ 45-page plan was filed in the past week with the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Outbreak kills 10 residents in northwest Kansas nursing home

TOPEKA — A coronavirus outbreak has killed 10 residents in a nursing home in a northwestern Kansas county that proportionally already had the nation’s largest increase in cases over two weeks. The health department in Norton County reported Monday night that all 62 residents and an ...

Research reveals Topeka-area school district’s namesake was KKK leader

A northeast Kansas school district was named after a leader of the Topeka Ku Klux Klan, student journalists at Seaman High School revealed on Friday. Fred Seaman tried and failed to become head of the state’s public schools in the mid-1920s, when the terror group made a concerted effort ...

The 9-month, $710K consulting contract that could alter how KU operates

The University of Kansas in June entered into a nine-month contract with a Maryland-based higher education consulting firm tasked with examining virtually every aspect of KU’s operations, from academics to administrative offices. The bill — footed by KU Endowment, the university’s ...

Kansas counties make their own rules on poll worker masks

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas counties are making their own rules about whether to require poll workers to wear masks as the public votes, even though the state spent $1.28 million to buy personal protective equipment for every polling location. Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab has ...

Amazon plans large fulfillment centers in KCK, Wichita

WICHITA (AP) — Amazon is planning to build two fulfillment centers in Kansas and says the centers will create a combined 1,000 jobs — 500 in each location. The online retailer announced the expansion Friday, with new 1-million-square-foot centers in Kansas City, Kansas, and in Park City, ...

Bollier raises 5 times more money than Marshall in U.S. Senate race in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Kansas Senate candidate Barbara Bollier's campaign raised nearly five times the money that Republican rival Roger Marshall did for an unexpectedly tough race in the conservative state, campaign finance reports filed Thursday show. Marshall raised close to $2.7 ...

Topeka ‘Black Lives Matter’ painting to be removed from parking lot

TOPEKA (AP) — Officials plan to wash away the words “Black Lives Matter” from a Topeka parking lot because the yellow block letters were painted without permission in a decision that has angered activists. The phrase, a rallying cry for demonstrators protesting police brutality, appeared ...