State and Region

Kansas’ June tax collections nearly $33M more than expected

TOPEKA — Kansas collected nearly $33 million more in taxes than anticipated in June and ended its 2019 budget year with record cash reserves, good news likely to intensify Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's battles with Republican lawmakers over state finances. The state Department of Revenue's ...

Wagle staffer is new executive director of Kansas Republican Party

TOPEKA — The Kansas Republican Party has hired a member of Senate President Susan Wagle's staff as its new executive director. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Shannon Golden will handle the state GOP's day-to-day operations. She had served as Wagle's communications director after ...

New law allows Kansas drivers to refuse field sobriety tests

WICHITA — Kansas drivers can no longer be charged with a crime for refusing a field sobriety test under a new state law. The Wichita Eagle reported that a change in state law that took effect Monday means police can't ticket suspected drivers for not taking the test, but refusal to comply ...

Authorities find body of missing Eudora boater in central Kansas reservoir

HILLSBORO — Authorities have found the body of a missing boater in a central Kansas reservoir. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that 46-year-old Steven Meyer, of Eudora, was found around 9:15 a.m. Monday in the Marion Reservoir. He was reported missing around 1:20 ...

Ex-federal prosecutor running for U.S. Senate in Kansas as Democrat

Story updated at 3:53 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — A former federal prosecutor and current executive in a company that invests in the legal marijuana industry on Monday launched his campaign in Kansas as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Kansas City-area attorney Barry Grissom's kickoff ...

More corn, fewer soybeans planted in Kansas this year

Wichita — A government report shows Kansas growers planted more corn and fewer soybean and sorghum crops in Kansas this spring. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that farmers seeded 5.9 million acres of corn, up 8% from last year. The agency said soybean acreage ...

Order lets abortions continue at Missouri’s lone clinic

St. Louis — A Missouri commissioner on Friday ruled that the state’s only abortion clinic can continue providing the service at least until August as a fight over its license plays out, adding that there’s a “likelihood” that the clinic will succeed in the dispute. Administrative ...

Dispute escalates over change in Kansas food assistance policy

TOPEKA — A dispute is escalating in Kansas between top Republicans and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration over a policy change making it easier for adults who are not working to keep receiving food assistance. The state Department for Children and Families on Friday released an ...

Kansas planning changes in child care assistance rules

TOPEKA — State officials say planned changes to requirements for child care assistance could benefit 3,000 Kansas children. The Kansas Department for Children and Families said Thursday the minimum number of hours parents have to work each week to be eligible for child care assistance will ...

Vaccine foes speak out against Kansas plan to require more school shots

TOPEKA — Vaccination opponents in Kansas have mobilized against a plan from the state health department to require more immunizations children in school and day care. The Wichita Eagle reports that dozens of them packed a public hearing on a regulation drafted by the Kansas Department of ...

Missouri abortion clinic’s fate in hands of state panel

Columbia, Mo. (ap) — Missouri’s only abortion clinic asked a state panel Tuesday for an extension to continue providing abortions, but on Thursday it looked as if the panel wouldn’t grant the stay in time to stop the clinic’s license from expiring. The state health department last week ...

Kansas Lottery launches program for vending machine sales

TOPEKA — The Kansas Lottery is launching a pilot program to test vending machine sales. Lottery officials announced Wednesday that four self-service vending machines will be installed at retailers in Topeka. The first pilot site was installed Wednesday, with the other three sites set to ...

Ex-Chiefs player, businessman runs for U.S. Senate in Kansas

Story updated at 11:16 a.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A former Kansas City Chiefs player and now businessman who has served on local and state government boards is running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Dave Lindstrom, who lives in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, launched his bid for the ...

Lawrence chamber’s small-business loan program will be able to double lending

The Lawrence chamber of commerce will soon be able to provide more financial assistance to small businesses. The chamber on Wednesday announced that NetWork Kansas, a nonprofit organization focused on business growth, promoted the chamber’s small-business loan program Metropolitan ...

Kansas boys’ mock government proposed eliminating women’s right to vote

MANHATTAN — An organization that sponsors an all-male Kansas student mock government apologized after this year's teenage governor proposed eliminating the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. The teenager from Leavenworth made the proposal in the final moments of his ...

Kansas abortion ruling prompts new legal attack on death penalty

TOPEKA — A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty. Attorneys for five of the 10 men on death row in Kansas argue that the abortion decision means the state's courts can ...

Kansas grapples with growing number of abandoned wells

EUDORA — Kansas residents and environmentalists are calling on oil and gas regulators to address the growing number of abandoned wells over the past five years. The state is home to 22,000 deserted oil and gas wells, with more than 19,000 of those residing in a 32-county area in eastern ...

Kansas to allow transgender residents to change birth certificates

TOPEKA — Kansas will allow transgender people to change their birth certificates so the documents reflect their gender identities under a legal settlement that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's young administration and LGBTQ-rights advocates announced Monday. The agreement ends a federal lawsuit ...