State and Region

Pandemic death toll rises with 6 new deaths in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas death toll from the coronavirus pandemic rose to 411 on Wednesday as public health officials reported six more deaths. The state Department of Health and Environment also reported on its website that Kansas had another 723 confirmed and probable cases since Monday, ...

U.S. AG Barr, federal authorities tout Operation LeGend

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal task force designed to help local law enforcement agencies reduce violent crime has already made more than 1,000 arrests in the cities where it has been deployed since it began in early July, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said. Barr was in Kansas City ...

Kansas Gov. Kelly reissues ban on pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday announced she was reinstating a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures that are caused by tenants and owners being unable to pay their bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial ban on pandemic-related evictions and foreclosures in Kansas expired ...

Kansas sees biggest 7-day jump in reported coronavirus cases

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Monday reported its biggest seven-day increase in novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic began as the total number exceeded 35,000. The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas had another 1,282 confirmed and probable cases since Friday, an ...

Kansas City mayor spot-checks social distancing at bars

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of Missouri's largest city has been getting plenty of messages about people not following social distancing guidelines at bars, so he decided to check for himself. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas told the Kansas City Star that on Saturday night, he spent two ...

In visit to Kansas, Trump’s top COVID-19 adviser urges residents to wear masks

Kansas City, Kan. — President Donald Trump’s top coronavirus adviser used a visit to Kansas to urge people to wear masks regardless of where they live. “What’s really important for every Kansan to understand is that this epidemic that we have been seeing this summer is both urban and ...

Here’s where federal CARES Act funding will help KU in its reopening process

In recent weeks, the University of Kansas has tentatively secured north of $20 million in allocations from the federal CARES Act to put toward the costs associated with reopening its campus through the end of 2020, according to a Journal-World analysis. That figure includes just over $19 ...

Eudora awarded $250K in federal funds for downtown building renovation

The city of Eudora was one of three cities in Kansas to receive $250,000 in federal funding geared toward helping smaller, more rural communities with economic development projects, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. Eudora joined Clay Center and Lincoln in being selected as funding ...

KU survey didn’t ask if students wanted to return to campus; claim of ‘overwhelming’ desire to do so was based on students saying they planned on in-person classes

A student survey at the University of Kansas that officials have touted for weeks as evidence of students' "overwhelming" desire to return to the Lawrence campus for an in-person fall semester did not actually ask students whether they wanted to come back amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight ...

Five things Kansas parents need to know before enrolling their kid in virtual school

WICHITA — Online schooling got off to a rocky start in Kansas, with teachers quickly piecing together virtual offerings. Parents complained about needing to be constantly involved while the work failed to engage their students. Now faced with sending their children back to a physical ...

Kansas City extends COVID-19 restrictions to mid-January

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City will require residents and visitors to wear masks in indoor public places until at least Jan. 16, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Thursday. The mayor and Rex Archer, director of the city's health department, said cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the ...

Virus challenges sports programs as Kansas schools prepare to reopen

Story updated at 4:26 p.m. Thursday As schools prepare to reopen, sports teams are offering an early glimpse into the challenges of protecting students from the coronavirus. Nine clusters have been tied to sports, with 64 cases as of last week, according to the Kansas Department of Health and ...

Hutchinson prison locked down due to 2nd COVID-19 outbreak

A Kansas prison has been locked down due to a coronavirus outbreak affecting nearly 100 inmates and staff at the facility, the government announced Wednesday. Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Jeff Zmuda said none of the 84 inmates and 10 staff members at the Hutchinson Correctional ...

Youth sports on hold in some Kansas communities amid pandemic

Story updated at 1:38 p.m. Wednesday KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Youth sports are on hold in some Kansas communities because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Kansas State High School Athletic Association has decided not to cancel fall activities, the Kansas City, Kansas, school board voted ...

Farm ties key for GOP, Kansas Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race

TOPEKA — Republicans are likely to stress Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall's service on the House Agriculture Committee as he runs for the Senate. The two-term GOP congressman for western and central Kansas who sometimes calls himself “the only candidate who can sort heifers from steers" is ...