State and Region

Riyadh, Seoul … Wichita? Pompeo seeks refuge in home state

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's schedule usually reads like a list of foreign capitals. But America's top diplomat has been finding ways to swing through his home state of Kansas this year, feeding speculation about a potential Senate run and offering something of a refuge from ...

GOP plan for Medicaid expansion in Kansas gets committee approval

Story updated at 1:36 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A Republican-dominated Senate committee has endorsed a plan for expanding government-funded health care for poor and working-class Kansans, despite concerns that it raises tobacco taxes and doesn't have a work requirement for participants. The ...

Survey: Low pay is Kansas state employees’ biggest concern

Topeka — A survey of the state of Kansas’ 8,000 executive branch employees shows that the biggest concern for most of them is low pay and poor benefits. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that while 65% of respondents from 14 Cabinet agencies are satisfied with their jobs, three in five ...

Douglas County District Court judge to sit with Kansas Supreme Court

Douglas County District Court Judge Kay Huff will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court for four cases next week, the state announced Wednesday. Huff, who oversees criminal and civil cases in Douglas County, will join the court Tuesday, Oct. 29, to hear oral arguments, deliberate and help draft ...

As Kansas farms get bigger, small towns struggle

Dighton — A billboard along Interstate 70 boasting about the productivity of Kansas farmers may say more about what’s happening in agriculture than those who put it there realize. The message seems simple and straightforward: “1 Kansas Farmer Feeds 155 People + You!” A closer look ...

Pompeo plans to return to Wichita for event with Ivanka Trump

Story updated at 12:38 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to visit Wichita later this week for an event about workforce development with Ivanka Trump, an appearance that could raise fellow Republicans' hopes that he'll run for the Senate next year. It's Pompeo's ...

Kansas GOP leader’s Medicaid plan would boost tobacco taxes

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Republican leader spearheading an effort to pass a GOP plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas has drafted a proposal that is likely to upset conservatives because it would increase tobacco taxes and does not include a work requirement for program participants. The ...

Kansas’ newest state park opens in Logan County

TOPEKA (AP) — Jim McGuire grew up playing in the Logan County Niobrara Chalk formation known as Little Jerusalem, crawling across the rolling rock towers and carving his name into the rock alongside scrawled names and dates from supposed Civil War soldiers. For four generations, the stretch ...

Kansas farmers use tech to save water, increase growth

HUTCHINSON (AP) — Father and son Ryan and Eugene Goering of Moundridge grow corn, soy and wheat. In the past, this team tried a variety of ways to save on output and to grow smarter. They used a few probes to decide how dry the soil was, and they used an app to determine their crop output by ...

Judge opposed by abortion foes is one of 3 finalists for Kansas Supreme Court

Topeka — A trial-court judge opposed by Kansas’ most influential anti-abortion group is among three finalists to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy with conservatives pushing measures to rein in the state’s highest court. A state nominating commission led by attorneys selected Shawnee ...

Kobach fires Kansas Senate campaign aide over anti-Semitic, racist posts

TOPEKA — Republican Kris Kobach's campaign for the Senate in Kansas says it has fired an aide after learning he regularly posted hateful comments about Jews and racial minorities on a white nationalist website. The latest campaign finance report filed by Kobach's campaign shows it paid Joe ...

Kansas says backlog of untested rape kits nearly eliminated

TOPEKA — Kansas law enforcement agencies have nearly eliminated a backlog of 2,200 sexual assault kits that had gone untested, including some that dated back decades, authorities announced Thursday. Agencies have had 2,000 of the kits tested by forensic labs and the remaining 200 should be ...

Manhattan to allow women to go topless, with restrictions

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Women are now legally allowed to go topless in Manhattan, with some restrictions. The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday unanimously decided to amend the city code to allow women to go topless. However, property owners and businesses may still require all patrons to wear ...

Former prosecutor Grissom drops out of U.S. Senate race in Kansas

Story updated at 2:27 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A former federal prosecutor from Kansas abandoned his Senate run on Thursday and endorsed a fellow Democrat who just entered the race. Barry Grissom urged Democrats to unite behind state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a retired Kansas City-area ...

U.S. Supreme Court considers Kansas appeal of immigrant prosecution case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is trying to sort out whether states can prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to get a job. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in Kansas' appeal of a state court ruling that threw out three convictions after concluding the state was ...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, makes a point during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas lawmaker who left GOP running for U.S. Senate as Democrat

story updated at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — One of four Kansas legislators who made headlines last year by defecting from the Republican Party is running for the U.S. Senate as a "pragmatic" Democrat, entering a race in which some GOP leaders are worried about immigration hardliner Kris ...