State and Region

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 ...

Jan Meyers, Kansas’ 1st GOP congresswoman, dies at age 90

TOPEKA — Longtime Rep. Jan Meyers, the first Republican woman elected to the U.S. House from Kansas, has died at the age of 90. Meyers died Friday at a nursing home where she was living. The cause of death was not announced. Meyers, of Overland Park, represented the state's 3rd ...

Kansas parks tabulating economic losses from floods

HUTCHINSON — This spring’s heavy rain and flooding will cause significant economic losses at many of the state’s 28 parks, both from damage and from closures and refunds to disappointed campers, state parks officials said. Brad Loveless, secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, ...

Kansas schools address teacher shortage across state

TOPEKA — Kansas education officials are raising pay and fast-tracking various teaching professionals in a two-pronged effort aimed at combating teacher shortages. Last year, Kansas schools had more than 600 vacant positions, many in rural areas and the state’s most urban districts. Low pay ...

Heavy rains, flooding delay Kansas wheat harvest

Manhattan — This spring’s heavy rains and flooding have sharply delayed Kansas’ wheat harvest, which is usually in full swing by mid-June. The wheat harvest generally starts between early and mid-June and wraps up by mid-July. But the Kansas Wheat Commission says only 1% of the ...

Judge: Videos don’t clear Topeka officers in death of Dominique White

TOPEKA — A federal judge has ruled that videos from white officers' body cameras do not show conclusively that a black suspect reached for a gun in a pocket of his shorts before Topeka police shot him to death in September 2017. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree said this week that the ...

President Trump OKs disaster funds for more than half of Kansas

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration covering more than half of the Kansas' 105 counties. The federal assistance approved Thursday will provide service and funds to help recovery from severe weather that began on April 28 and included tornadoes and ...

Ex-Senate leader to help lead Kansas governor’s tax study

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is giving a key role in a study of Kansas tax laws to a former Republican state Senate leader who was ousted after conflicts with one of her GOP predecessors over tax cuts. Kelly announced Thursday that former Senate President Steve Morris will serve as ...

ACLU attacks restrictions on protests in Kansas Statehouse

Story updated at 3:23 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge Wednesday to make it easier to protest inside the Kansas Statehouse, as some members of the Republican-controlled Legislature worry that liberal demonstrators have become increasingly ...