State and Region

GOP opposition likely to block Kansas governor’s proposed ‘Netflix tax’

Topeka — Opposition from top Republican lawmakers in Kansas appears to have doomed Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to tax streaming services, e-books, and movie and music downloads like most other states do. Kelly and fellow Democrats pitch it as basic fairness. Consumers who buy or ...

Kansas Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit over judicial funding

Topeka — Kansas’ high court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit over funding for the state’s court system filed by six trial-court judges against the Republican-controlled Legislature. The state Supreme Court said in a short order signed by Chief Justice Marla Luckert that it’s ...

Kansas Supreme Court: Insurer must pay accident victim for services provided by his wife

Wichita — An insurance company must reimburse a Kansas man for the personal care his wife provided after he was injured in an automobile accident, the state Supreme Court ruled in rejecting that spouses are required to provide such support without compensation. The decision handed down ...

Lawmakers advance proposal to reverse Kansas abortion rights ruling

Story updated at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Abortion rights backers grappled with how to derail a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution as abortion foes marked Wednesday's anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by advancing two versions of the ...

GOP conservatives look to put own mark on Kansas Medicaid expansion

TOPEKA — Conservative Republican lawmakers are looking to modify a bipartisan plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas by adding two provisions that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly opposes. GOP conservatives want to insert a work requirement for able-bodied adults who receive the state’s Medicaid ...

Gunman at KC club had past weapon charge dropped

Kansas City, Mo. — A gunman who opened fire outside of a Kansas City nightclub, killing a woman and injuring at least 15 other people before a guard killed him, had a past weapons charge dropped after lawmakers loosened the state’s gun laws. Jahron Swift, 29, had been in trouble with the ...

Consultants recommend renovating Docking state building next to Kansas Capitol

TOPEKA — Consultants have recommended the state spend more than $100 million to renovate the Docking State Office Building in Topeka, in part to consolidate state agencies in the building adjacent to the Kansas Capitol. The Kansas Department of Administration report released Tuesday at a ...

Kansas lawmaker abandons bid for state Senate seat at governor’s urging

TOPEKA — A lawmaker who made national headlines for switching to the Democratic Party has ended her campaign for a state Senate seat and will run for re-election to the House instead. Rep. Stephanie Clayton of Overland Park said Tuesday that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly encouraged her last ...

Police say motive unclear in KC shooting that left 2 dead, 15 wounded

Story updated at 4:38 p.m. Monday KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An armed security guard saved several lives when he shot and killed a heavily armed man who opened fire on a line of people waiting to get into a Kansas City, Missouri, bar, killing one person and wounding at least 15 others, Kansas City's ...

More tech startups taking root in Kansas, KC area

Kansas City, Mo. — Time was, a fledgling tech company called CivicPlus had to explain to prospective customers why it was based in Kansas — and not some tech-heavy coastal city. “We said, ‘Hey, you get Midwest values, but with Silicon Valley quality,’” recalled Ward Morgan, owner ...

Small quake hits central Kansas

Hutchinson (ap) — A small earthquake was reported in southern Kansas on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck about 2 miles southwest of Hutchinson shortly after 1 p.m. No damage was immediately reported. The earthquake happened near where several others ...

Advocates push for action on Kansas foster care crisis

Topeka — Natalie Zarate entered state custody when she was 11 years old, removed from a physically abusive mother and placed in a group home for foster children. Now 23, she trembles when she thinks about her time at EmberHope Youthville in Newton. Physicians placed Zarate on “crazy ...

Supporters of medical marijuana optimistic about 2020 Kansas legislative session

Topeka — Kansas lawmakers expect to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana this year, fueling high hopes for advocates who have been stymied by the state’s prohibitionist roots and Republican-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has said she would sign a ...

Analysts suggest changing how electricity prices are set in Kansas

An independent review of Kansas’ rising electricity prices shows the current system for setting rates could use some improvements. In a lengthy report requested by state legislators and submitted by London Economics, analysts concluded three main things: The current ratemaking process has ...

Moody’s says Spirit AeroSystems layoffs threaten tax revenues in Wichita area

Wichita — Moody’s Investors Service said Friday that layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems are “credit negative” for the city of Wichita, Sedgwick County and local communities because the workforce reduction threatens retail sales, lowering sales tax revenues that support government ...

Plane slides off taxiway in Kansas City amid winter storm

Kansas City, Mo. — A plane slid off an icy taxiway at Kansas City International Airport on Friday as a sprawling winter storm hit large sections of the Midwest and beyond, leading to the closure of schools, universities and government offices. The Delta Air Lines flight was taxiing to be ...

Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer to sing backup for Chaka Khan

Topeka — Former Republican Kansas governor and plastic surgeon Jeff Colyer is about to add Chaka Khan backup singer to his resume. Colyer is part of a student and faculty choir that will join the “Queen of Funk” on stage for a Martin Luther King Day event hosted by Georgetown University ...