State and Region

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 ...

Health officials say law pushed by Kansas attorney general hurts contact tracing

TOPEKA — Public health officials in three Kansas counties say a new state law is hurting their efforts to trace the contacts of people infected with COVID-19 by making it easier for them to refuse to cooperate. Public health departments often rely on employers to find out who has been in ...

Kansas governor skeptical of Trump plan to extend unemployment benefits

TOPEKA, Kan. — A spokeswoman says Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's administration is reviewing President Donald Trump's plan to extend supplemental unemployment benefits but is waiting for more details. A program providing an additional $600 a week to workers left unemployed by the coronavirus ...

States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Governors and state labor department officials were scrambling Monday to determine whether they could implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend unemployment assistance payments to millions of Americans struggling to find work in the ...

Missouri Gov. Parson wants state to intervene in St. Louis murder cases

LIBERTY, Mo. — Gov. Mike Parson on Monday said he will ask state lawmakers meeting in a special session to give state Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office authority to intervene in homicide cases in St. Louis that he said are not being prosecuted quickly enough. Parson’s request that ...

GOP leader says Kansas health chief misled public on masks

Updated at 6:27 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — A Republican leader in the Kansas Legislature on Monday accused Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's top public health administrator of using a misleading presentation to bolster their argument for requiring people to wear masks in public as a debate rages over ...

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 Democrats excited about ex-GOP lawmaker’s Senate bid

TOPEKA — Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in almost 90 years on a retired doctor and former Republican who vexed conservatives with her support for Medicaid expansion and abortion and LGBTQ rights. State Sen. Barbara ...

Colorado trucker sentenced in I-70 crash that killed 5 people

LEAVENWORTH — A truck driver from Colorado was sentenced Friday to five years in jail for causing a crash that killed five people when his semi-trailer truck plowed into three cars on a Kansas interstate. Kenny Ford, 59, of Greeley, Colo., pleaded no contest in January to five counts of ...

Leavenworth prison operator, phone provider to pay $3.7M

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The operator of a privately run federal prison in Kansas and its phone provider have agreed to pay $3.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by attorneys who alleged that calls with their clients at the facility were illegally recorded. CoreCivic, which runs the Leavenworth ...

Rep. Marshall’s primary win in Kansas buoys GOP Senate hopes

TOPEKA — Republicans brimmed with newfound confidence Wednesday about keeping an open Senate seat in Kansas after establishment-backed Rep. Roger Marshall won the party's nomination, advancing to face an unusually formidable Democrat in a tough year for the GOP. Marshall's first tasks were ...