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Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas Legislature to open session with new leaders, members

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas legislators prepared Monday to open their annual session with new leaders in the Senate and new lawmakers in a quarter of the seats. The afternoon House and Senate sessions were for swearing in members and ratifying Republican lawmakers' selection of the House speaker ...

Prisoners among those to get vaccine next, prompting concern

MISSION, Kan. — Kansas prisons ravaged by COVID-19 are set to be prioritized for vaccinations next — frustrating news for some lawmakers but welcome by inmates' families and activists. The state prison system — housing about 8,600 inmates — has reported 5,320 cases among offenders and ...

Kansas Supreme Court upholds workers’ compensation law

BELLE PLAINE (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld a state law which governs how much money workers who are injured on the job can collect. The court ruled that an amendment to the Kansas Workers Compensation Act was constitutional because it did not alter the requirement that a ...

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Red tape delays law to make voting easier in Kansas

WICHITA (AP) — A Kansas law designed to allow voters to cast their ballots at any polling place in their county, instead of just their assigned voting precinct, may not be implemented until 2023 because of bureaucratic delays. Passed in 2019, the law directed Kansas Secretary of State Scott ...

Kansas moves people 65+ up in line for COVID-19 vaccinations

Story updated at 7:23 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas expects to finish giving COVID-19 vaccines to long-term care residents and health care workers by the end of this month and has moved people aged 65 and older into the next group to receive the shots. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on ...

Lone Kansas Democrat in Congress calls for Trump’s removal

TOPEKA (AP) — The lone Democrat in the Kansas congressional delegation is calling for President Donald Trump's removal from office after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol and interrupted the certification of Trump's election loss. Rep. Sharice Davids called late Wednesday on Vice ...

Lawyer: New Kansas lawmaker reaches deal to end anti-stalking court order

Story updated at 6:56 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA (AP) — An incoming Kansas lawmaker who has faced a possible attempt to oust him once he took office has reached a legal agreement with a woman who accused him of harassment to end an anti-stalking court order against him, an attorney says. The ...

Kansas congressional delegation condemns storming of U.S. Capitol

TOPEKA (AP) — Members of the Kansas congressional delegation condemned Wednesday's storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, including Republicans who objected to the certification of Trump's election loss. Republican Sen. Roger Marshall tweeted a statement ...

About 200 Trump supporters stage rally at Kansas Statehouse

Story updated at 3:36 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA (AP) — About 200 supporters of President Donald Trump rallied Wednesday at the Kansas Statehouse to show their support for overturning President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Trump's supporters listened to speeches promoting Trump's baseless claims ...

Kansas State considers online start to semester due to virus

Story updated at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday MISSION (AP) — Kansas State University has warned that the spring semester could begin online because the coronavirus continues to rage in the surrounding community and statewide. President Richard Myers said in a written statement that the COVID-19 ...

Kansas GOP Sen. Moran says he’ll vote to certify Biden’s win

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said Tuesday that he will vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the Electoral College, breaking with President Donald Trump and others in the GOP trying to overturn the result. Moran's stance ahead of a joint session of Congress on ...

GOP sees privacy as key to Kansas contact tracing debate

TOPEKA (AP) — Republican legislators and Kansas' GOP attorney general said Tuesday that privacy is key, as lawmakers prepared to decide whether to rewrite a law that allows people exposed to COVID-19 to refuse to disclose their close contacts to health officials. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly ...