State and Region

Kansas set to start processing extra unemployment benefits

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansans who can certify that they are unemployed because of the coronavirus outbreak will be eligible for an additional $300 in unemployment benefits beginning Friday. Gov. Laura Kelly said the Kansas Department of Labor will begin processing applications for benefits from the ...

Top Kansas health official predicts bigger COVID-19 spikes to come

TOPEKA — The top public health official in Kansas said Wednesday that the state has yet to see its biggest wave of coronavirus cases, suggesting the pandemic could spawn an average of 800 or even 900 new cases a day in coming months. Dr. Lee Norman, the head of the state Department of Health ...

Kansas airports could feel pandemic’s impact for years

WICHITA — Katie Hansen’s recent trip from Columbus, Ohio, through Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Wichita felt pretty familiar. Sure, restaurants sat closed, but O’Hare looked busy and her flights were full. “If people didn’t have masks on,” she said, “there would be ...

Kansas governor backs new federal guidelines on nursing home visits

Story updated at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday she supports new federal guidelines that will allow some visitations at nursing homes that accept Medicaid and Medicare if proper coronavirus-related safety measures are followed. The Centers for Medicare ...

Topeka officers who fatally shot Dominique White dropped from lawsuit

TOPEKA (AP) — Two white Topeka police officers who fatally shot a Black man as he fled from them after a struggle that revealed he was armed have been removed from a federal lawsuit accusing them of using excessive force. A second count in the lawsuit brought by the family of Dominique ...

Kansas unemployment system targeted by fraud scheme using stolen identities

WICHITA (AP) — Criminals have targeted Kansas' unemployment system in a multibillion dollar fraud scheme that has delayed relief payments to thousands of people around the state who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, officials say. Ryan Wright, the acting secretary of the ...

Kansas reports record 16% of latest virus tests returned positive

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas on Monday reported another seven-day record for new coronavirus cases, with 16% of the tests for the virus during that period coming back positive. The continued spike in confirmed and probable cases comes as officials in some Kansas counties worry that they won’t be ...

Kansas Statehouse meditation room moved to create space for staff

TOPEKA (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has moved a Kansas Statehouse meditation room created by Republicans as a place for prayer and reflection to a less-visible space to create more room for her staff to social distance during the coronavirus pandemic. The new meditation room is on the ...

Wichita State University president resigns months after donors call for his firing

WICHITA — Wichita State University President Jay Golden resigned Friday, less than a year after he was hired, the Kansas Board of Regents said Friday. Regents chair Bill Feuerborn issued a brief statement announcing Golden's resignation, but it offered few details of what led up to ...

COVID-19 spikes in rural areas as Kansas cases jump by more than 1,300

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas reported Friday that it had more than 1,300 new coronavirus cases over two days, and most of the biggest spikes over the past two weeks occurred in rural counties in the central and western parts of the state. The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas ...

Kansas Supreme Court affirms convictions in 2015 shooting

TOPEKA (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed on Friday convictions for first-degree murder and battery stemming from a 2015 shooting at the Roxy bar in Overland Park. The court ruled that Dale Willis' claims of jury instruction errors were barred because he had requested and agreed to ...

1,500 mail ballots arrived too late to count in Kansas primary

BELLE PLAINE (AP) — More than 1,500 Kansans did not have their votes counted in the August primary because their mail ballots arrived too late, but many of them were uncounted because voters didn’t mail them on time, election data shows. A 2017 state law that aims to mitigate the impact of ...

The misery and camaraderie of Kansas college students in quarantine

Zach Zimmer’s roommates at Benedictine College had grown accustomed to seeing him stressed. But on the first Saturday in September, the college junior got them worried. He was running a temperature of 101.5. “We knew immediately at that moment,” Zimmer said, “that this could be ...