State and Region

State of Kansas pays Planned Parenthood’s legal bills over Medicaid

WICHITA — A court filing shows Kansas’ failed effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood will cost the state more than $464,300 in attorney fees, expenses and other costs. A stipulation filed Monday in federal court in Kansas comes after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected last ...

Armed man arrested at Missouri Walmart

Springfield, Mo. — Prosecutors on Friday filed a terrorist threat charge against a 20-year-old man who said he walked into a Missouri store wearing body armor and carrying a loaded rifle and handgun to test whether Walmart would honor his constitutional right to bear arms. The incident, just ...

Kansas to move up to 360 inmates to Arizona prison to ease overcrowding

Story updated 4:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2019: TOPEKA — Kansas plans to ease crowding in its prison system by moving scores of inmates to a private prison in Arizona over the next four months, an arrangement that made some top state lawmakers uneasy before the contract with a giant ...

Pompeo to give Landon Lecture at K-State

Manhattan — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will give a Landon Lecture at Kansas State University next month. Pompeo will speak Sept. 6 at McCain Auditorium. He has been secretary of state since March 2018. Before that, he served a brief time as President Donald Trump’s director of the ...

Kansas says insurance company Aetna risks losing $1B Medicaid contract

TOPEKA — The Kansas health department says insurance company Aetna is at risk of losing its $1-billion-a-year contract with the state's Medicaid program. The Kansas City Star reports the agency gave Aetna 10 days to get its act together. A Kansas City Star request for comment to Aetna was ...

GOP commentator running for Roberts’ Senate seat in Kansas

TOPEKA — A conservative commentator says he is joining the race of the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Bryan Pruitt said Monday he will return to the state from Washington D.C. for what he acknowledged is a "long shot" bid for the Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Pat Roberts. Pruitt, who is a ...

Meier-Hummel appointed as Kansas youth suicide prevention coordinator

TOPEKA — The Kansas attorney general has appointed the state's first Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Tuesday appointed Gina Meier-Hummel to the job, which was created after recommendations from a task force. Meier-Hummel was secretary of the ...

Report: Kansas Medicaid complaints went to unchecked email

TOPEKA — A new report says dozens of complaints about Kansas Medicaid fraud went to a government email account that no one checked. The Kansas City Star reports that the state attorney general released findings on Monday that show more than 200 emails were left unread. The attorney ...

New governor’s administration brings sharp shift on LGBTQ foster kids in Kansas

TOPEKA — Kansas' child welfare agency has drafted guidelines urging foster parents to allow LGBTQ kids in their care to "express themselves as they see themselves," riling conservatives a little more than a year after the state granted legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that ...

Woman dead in shooting at Kansas City, Mo., arts event; suspect charged

Kansas City, Mo. — An 18-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in the shooting death of a 25-year-old woman police describe as an innocent bystander hit by a stray bullet Friday night during a fight at a popular monthly arts festival on the edge of downtown. Deon’te Copkney was ...

Kansas, Missouri truce over economic ‘border war’ appears shaky

Story updated at 4:30 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — The governors in Kansas and Missouri have moved to end an economic "border war" that has gained their states unwanted national attention for using millions of dollars in incentives to entice companies into shifting jobs close to the Kansas City-area ...

ACLU: Lawyer with state utility regulators filed bogus complaint against activists

Wichita — The American Civil Liberties Union sued Thursday on behalf of two environmental activists who claim a lawyer with the state utilities regulating agency filed a baseless complaint against them as retaliation for their protests against injection wells. The federal lawsuit contends ...

Wichita State settles with pregnant professor over job offer

Wichita — An Ohio woman who said she lost a job offer at Wichita State University after she revealed she was pregnant has reached a $50,000 settlement with the university. Evangeline Heiliger sued Wichita State in December because she said the school withdrew a job offer for an assistant ...

Rep. Watkins talks election security, Mueller and immigration at town hall

OSKALOOSA — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins says he is "very concerned" about integrity of elections but wasn't impressed with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watkins, in his first term representing much of eastern Kansas, met with ...

Audit criticizes lack of transparency in job creation fund

Topeka — The Kansas Department of Commerce has no written guidelines governing a fund designed to promote job creation and sometimes awards money to groups not clearly associated with economic development, according to a new audit. The department oversees the Kansas Job Creation Fund, which ...

Washburn professor sues over fluorescent lighting

TOPEKA — A Washburn University professor alleges in a lawsuit that officials required her to teach in a room illuminated by fluorescent light despite knowing she had a neurological disability triggered by that type of light. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the suit filed earlier ...

Sprint sells K.C. campus for well below its value

OVERLAND PARK — Wireless carrier Sprint has sold its massive suburban Kansas City campus for well below its appraised value under a deal that allows it to lease back office space at a rate well below market value. Investment research firm Moody's released research on the $250.9 million deal ...

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle to run for Pat Roberts’ seat

Updated at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — A veteran conservative Republican legislative leader who helped block Medicaid expansion in Kansas this year launched a campaign Wednesday for the U.S. Senate, jumping into an already crowded race within weeks of nationally known immigration hardliner ...

State investigating more than 70 cases of alleged sex abuse by clergy

Topeka — State authorities have opened more than 70 investigations into alleged sexual abuse by Catholic clergy after receiving over 100 abuse reports in less than six months, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday. The agency’s brief statement was its first update since ...