State and Region

Kansas nurses push back against physician contract rule

Kansas City, Kan. — Kansas nurse practitioners are fighting to get rid of the state requirement that they get permission to work from a physician. Kansas is one of the few states that still makes advanced practice nurses sign contracts with doctors, which physicians argue protect patients ...

VA call center workers say veterans are shortchanged by time limits on calls

Topeka — Call center workers at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center say time limits that management has placed on calls shortchange veterans who are seeking assistance. The time limit issue has been a sticking point for six years but recently came to a head when workers received a letter ...

Report: Doors were left unlocked before tiger attack at Topeka zoo

Topeka — A state report says that safety doors in a Sumatran tiger’s enclosure at a Kansas zoo were left unlocked before the animal attacked and injured a veteran zookeeper. The report released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor agreed with the Topeka Zoo’s assessment that no ...

Kansas Supreme Court says governor can’t withdraw appeals court nominee

Story updated at 7:44 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019: TOPEKA — A Kansas Supreme Court decision will force the state Senate into voting to reject a judicial nominee over political tweets that lawmakers found offensive. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly did not ...

Kansas governor hopes extra state dollars prompt tuition cut

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly says she hopes that extra state funding for the Kansas higher education system will lead to lower tuition for students and their families. Kelly on Friday touted the additional $33 million included for higher education in a proposed $18.4 billion state budget for ...

Top Kansas court considers forcing vote on withdrawn judicial nominee

TOPEKA — A ruling from Kansas’ highest court could force the state Senate to vote on a nominee for a lower-court judgeship whose nomination was withdrawn because of his political tweets. The state Supreme Court waded Thursday into an unprecedented legal dispute between Democratic Gov. ...

Shots fired on Kansas State campus; no injuries reported

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University officials say a dispute between individuals that led to shots being fired on its parking lot appears to be unrelated to the Manhattan campus. No injuries have been reported after shots were fired around 11 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say there is "no ...

Kansas Supreme Court asks pointed questions about new school funding law

Story updated at 1:02 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A Kansas Supreme Court that has repeatedly forced state legislators to increase spending on public schools directed tough questions Thursday to an attorney attacking a new funding law as inadequate, with one justice wondering when the protracted ...

Welfare oversight plan dropped at end of Kansas legislative session

TOPEKA — Lawmakers dropped a plan to increase oversight of Kansas' troubled child welfare system in the final hours of their annual session, angering advocates. The provision that was eliminated would have created a committee that could have summoned officials to explain problems, drafted ...

Kansas prisons get more money; provisions worry officials

TOPEKA — A plan for fixing problems in the troubled Kansas prison system that could have created bipartisan harmony has instead inspired finger pointing and prompted complaints that the Republican-controlled Legislature botched pieces of the next state budget. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and ...

Massachusetts couple gives $20 million to Kansas State

MANHATTAN — A Massachusetts couple is donating $20 million to Kansas State University's College of Business Administration. The college said in a news release that the gift from Paul and Sandra Edgerley of Brookline, Massachusetts, will fund a new Digital Learning Repository and a new Center ...

Kansas water park where boy died appears unlikely to open

KANSAS CITY, MO. — A Kansas water park where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated isn't hiring lifeguards, advertising or selling tickets with less than a month left before its typical Memorial Day weekend opening date, underlining speculation that it could be put up for sale. Schlitterbahn ...

Sen. Moran seeks commitment from Amtrak on Kansas train route

Story updated at 3:37 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is putting pressure on Amtrak to commit to the continued operation of the Southwest Chief passenger rail service that connects Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Kansas. Moran recently delayed confirming three nominees to ...

Real ID process presents problems for some Kansas residents

TOPEKA — The process of obtaining a new Real ID is creating headaches for some Kansas residents. Vietnam War veteran Armando Fleming is among several Kansas residents who have left driver's license offices empty-handed after learning that the documents they brought to verify their identity ...

Several women at Topeka prison get trained in coding

Topeka (ap) — Suzanne Hayden’s children were young when she went to prison, and they will be adults before she leaves. A visit from Hayden’s youngest daughter had a lasting impact on the inmate at the state-run Topeka Correctional Facility. “Daddy said you were a bad person and that ...

Republicans push tax relief through Kansas Legislature

TOPEKA — Republican legislators have pushed a tax relief proposal through the Kansas Legislature, ignoring predictions from Gov. Laura Kelly's fellow Democrats that she will veto it, just as she did with a larger plan. The House voted 83-41 late Saturday night to approve a bill designed to ...

Kansas House passes budget, thwarting efforts to expand Medicaid

Story updated at 12:17 a.m. Sunday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's effort to expand Medicaid in Kansas this year died Saturday when enough moderate Republicans bowed to the wishes of the GOP-controlled Legislature's conservative leaders and ended an impasse that had tied up the state ...

Central Kansas undersheriff who was shot returns home from hospital

Sterling — A central Kansas undersheriff is out of the hospital after being shot Monday by a man who also shot a sheriff and then killed his father before killing himself. Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans said Undersheriff Chad Murphy was released Friday from a Wichita hospital. He returned ...