State and Region

Kansas lawmakers work on coronavirus responses, spending plan

Story updated at 7:39 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Kansas legislators wrapped up work Tuesday on three measures responding to the coronavirus pandemic and tried to resolve differences over the next state budget and a plan for funding transportation projects. Lawmakers approved a bill that would ...

Kansas lawmakers rush to finish budget, transportation plan

TOPEKA — Kansas legislators rushed Monday to draft a plan for funding state government after June, launch a new state transportation program and wrap up a few other loose ends so they could take an early and longer-than-usual spring break in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Top ...

Kansas bans gatherings of 50 or more; Kansas City shuts down restaurants, nightlife

Updated at 11:01 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Kansas banned public gatherings of 50 or more people for the next two months and blocked utilities from cutting off services until mid-April, as Gov. Laura Kelly warned Monday that the coronavirus pandemic may force additional restrictions to contain its ...

Others tested negative at Kansas nursing home tied to COVID-19 death

TOPEKA — Staff and other residents at a Kansas City, Kansas, nursing home tested negative for coronavirus after a resident became Kansas' first COVID-19 related death, the local government health officer said Monday. Eighty-five patients and staff from the Life Care Center were tested, said ...

Kansas officials urge school closings, traveler quarantines

Story updated at 10:19 p.m. Sunday TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly and Kansas’ top education official on Sunday urged public schools to remain closed this week, and the state health department called for people who are traveling outside the U.S. or to several other states to quarantine ...

Johnson County is bringing Kansas’ signature prairies closer to home

SHAWNEE — Field biologist Matt Garrett kept a close eye on the smoke rising from a patch of prairie that burned during a controlled fire. He stayed in constant communication with his team. “The sun is going to hit this and warm the soil and you’re going to see these native prairie plants ...

State’s 8th case of COVID-19 reported

Story updated at 3:49 p.m. Saturday: Kansas health officials on Saturday confirmed the state's eighth novel coronavirus case in a person from Franklin County in eastern Kansas. No details about the person were released, but the news follows on the heels of the Johnson County Department of ...

KU Medical Center to pay settlement for age discrimination

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The University of Kansas will pay $144,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an employee who lost his job after reporting that his boss had told managers to focus on hiring younger people over older applicants. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity, which sued the university ...

Bridge over Wakarusa River to close Monday for monthslong rehabilitation project

The bridge carrying East 1400 Road over the Wakarusa River will be closed for a rehabilitation project starting Monday, according to a news release from Douglas County. The bridge is the old Louisiana Street alignment, about 3/4 of a mile north of North 1100 Road, according to the release. ...

Kansas officials announce first coronavirus death; governor declares emergency

Story updated at 8:55 p.m. Thursday Topeka — Kansas has seen its first COVID-19 death, a man in his 70s who lived in a nursing home in the Kansas City, Kan., area, state health officials announced Thursday. The Wyandotte County man’s case had been the fifth confirmed novel coronavirus ...

Kansas City bans all public events with more than 1,000 people

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City is banning all public events with more than 1,000 attendees as cancellations mounted around the state because of concerns over the new coronavirus. Mayor Quinton Lucas made the announcement Thursday, shortly after organizers cancelled a St. Patrick's Day parade ...

K-State, ESU join KU in preparing to shift to online classes

Kansas State University and Emporia State University are joining the University of Kansas and other colleges across the country in shifting classes online to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. All three campuses are on spring break this week. The University of Kansas announced ...

2020 Census set to begin population count on Thursday

The counting of all U.S. residents is set to begin. Douglas County households will begin receiving notices for residents to participate in the 2020 Census on Thursday. Karrey Britt, a spokeswoman for the county, said the notices will explain how residents can respond to the census either ...

Lawrence resident, attorney appointed as Kansas Supreme Court’s new justice

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday named an attorney who said he's similar in temperament to former Chief Justice Lawton Nuss to replace Nuss as a Kansas Supreme Court justice. K.J. Wall, of Lawrence, also formerly worked for the state's highest court overseeing special ...

Medicaid expansion supporters block Kansas Senate entrance

TOPEKA — Several dozen protesters chanted, lay down on the floor and blocked the Kansas Senate’s main entrance Tuesday, hoping to pressure it into taking a vote on a bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid. About 50 people protested at the Statehouse for almost three hours. Capitol police ...

Top Kansas lawmakers plan to boost funding for their offices

TOPEKA — Kansas legislative leaders' offices would see an 11% increase in their funding under a proposal that cleared committee Monday, and almost all of the new dollars would go to top Republicans. The House Appropriations Committee added the money before approving the Republican-controlled ...