State and Region

Kansas lawmakers open session; Medicaid, tax cut debates expected

Story updated at 5:49 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers returned Monday to the Statehouse and opened their annual session expecting big debates on tax cuts and Medicaid expansion. Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature planned to push again this year for income tax cuts after ...

Bob Dole endorses Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race in Kansas

Story updated at 6 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Kansas Senate candidate Roger Marshall won the endorsement Monday of political icon and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, a boost for the congressman's efforts to show GOP leaders he can defeat hardline conservative Kris Kobach in the ...

Kansas Republicans focused on restricting abortion through regulation instead of ban

TOPEKA — Top Kansas Republicans want to head off any push for an abortion ban in the state even as they make overturning a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that protects abortion rights a top priority. The GOP-controlled Legislature expects to consider a proposed amendment to the Kansas ...

Gov. Kelly appoints equal number of men, women in first year

The Women’s Foundation of Kansas City commended Gov. Laura Kelly for appointing more than 150 women to state boards, commissions and the judiciary in her first year. Kelly selected an equal number of men and women for various appointments, according to a press release the organization sent ...

Former TV meteorologist wins Kansas Senate seat

SHAWNEE — A former Kansas City-area TV meteorologist has won a Kansas Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of one of the Legislature's most conservative members. Mike Thompson, who served as chief meteorologist for WDAF until he retired in 2018, was chosen Saturday to replace retiring ...

Spirit AeroSystems announces 2,800 layoffs in Wichita

Updated at 4:52 p.m. Friday WICHITA — Problems for Boeing and its troubled 737 Max aircraft, which appear to be growing deeper, have begun to ripple outward, with a major supplier announcing Friday that it will lay off more than 20% of its workforce in Kansas, where it is based. The ...

Grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets takes toll on Kansas suppliers

Wichita — The suspension of production of the Boeing 737 Max is taking a growing toll on suppliers in Kansas, where more than 40 aerospace companies provide parts and services for production of that aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. is the largest employer in Wichita, which bills ...

Bipartisan deal breaks impasse on expanding Medicaid in Kansas

Story updated at 12:11 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Kansas' Democratic governor and a top Republican lawmaker on Thursday outlined a new proposal for expanding the state's Medicaid program, breaking an impasse that had allowed a handful of GOP leaders to thwart bipartisan legislative ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Gov. Kelly, GOP leader to unveil Kansas Medicaid expansion plan

Updated story - Jan. 9, 2020 — Bipartisan deal breaks impasse on expanding Medicaid in Kansas TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and a top Republican legislator are preparing to unveil a bipartisan plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas. Kelly's office scheduled a Statehouse news ...

Kansas governor plans to merge social services agencies

Story updated at 6:11 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Kansas' governor plans to merge a state agency that has been under fire in recent years over abused children's deaths with another social services department in the hopes that the state will focus more on preventing problems within potentially ...

Kansas Supreme Court plans to swear in new justice Jan. 24

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court plans to swear in a new justice Jan. 24. Evelyn Wilson is set to take her seat on the seven-member high court a little more than a month after Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wilson's appointment. The court is planning to convene a special session at 2 p.m. in ...

With Pompeo out, GOP can’t dodge headache in Kansas Senate race

TOPEKA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s declaration Tuesday that he won’t run for Senate in Kansas returned some Republicans to worrying that they can’t block a polarizing conservative from winning the GOP nomination and putting the seat in play. Pompeo’s decision to remain as the ...

Moran confirmed as chair of U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Washington — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran is officially the new chairman of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Moran’s office announced Tuesday that his fellow GOP senators had confirmed his appointment to lead the panel. Moran will replace former Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, who ...

Escalating protests cloud fight over Kansas Statehouse rules

TOPEKA — The rise of protests at the Statehouse has exposed a complex landscape where rules diverge from one floor to the next and sanctions are inconsistently applied by law enforcement. Republican leaders in the Legislature, the Democratic governor’s administration and Capitol Police ...

Kansas Gov. Kelly turns to pensions for budget breathing room

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Monday that Kansas give itself more breathing room in its budget by slashing annual payments to its pension system for teachers and government workers, offering a new version of a plan that the Republican-controlled Legislature spiked last ...

Pompeo says he’ll stay at State, forgoing Kansas Senate run

Story updated at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that he'll remain in his post as the country's top diplomat, forgoing a run for Senate from Kansas that many Republicans have seen as the party's best hope of retaining what should be a guaranteed ...

Kansas Court of Appeals judge announces retirement

TOPEKA — The longest serving judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals announced on Monday that he will retire on April 3. Judge G. Joseph Pierron Jr., 72, has written 392 published opinions and heard thousands of appeals since he joined the state's second highest court in December 1990, the ...