State and Region

Urban Outfitters facility expected to bring 2,000 jobs to KCK

Kansas City, Kan. — The parent company of clothing and home products retailer Urban Outfitters plans to build a new, 880,000-square-foot distribution center in Kansas City, Kan., state and local officials announced Wednesday. The new URBN center will be near the Legends entertainment and ...

KU will mandate initial COVID-19 testing for campus community, Girod says

Story updated at 7:24 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5: The University of Kansas will mandate that all students, staff and faculty members who are able to return to campus take a free saliva-based COVID-19 test, Chancellor Douglas Girod announced Wednesday. The tests, which will be administered before ...

Missouri becomes 38th state to approve Medicaid expansion

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to approve expanding Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. Support for the constitutional amendment means that as many as 250,000 more adults could choose to be covered by government health insurance ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

5 area candidates advance through unopposed primaries

Five candidates in Douglas County faced no opposition Tuesday evening, and four of them will also run unopposed in November. Though running unopposed, all garnered significant numbers of votes in Tuesday's primary election. Those candidates are: -Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence, who ...

Kansas Rep. Watkins unseated after facing criminal charges

Story updated at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Freshman Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins lost his Republican primary Tuesday after being charged with felony election fraud and other crimes. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner unseated Watkins after arguing that the criminal charges against Watkins made an ...

Kansas GOP picks Rep. Marshall for Senate seat over Kobach

Story updated at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe seat out of play in what could be a difficult year ...

Kansas Senate race tests GOP leaders’ power to block Kobach

TOPEKA — Establishment Republicans sought Tuesday to thwart polarizing conservative Kris Kobach's bid for Kansas' open Senate seat, a task complicated by President Donald Trump's refusal to endorse their favored candidate in the primary. Republicans haven't lost a Senate contest in Kansas ...

Kansas sees rate of positive coronavirus tests inching up

TOPEKA — Kansas has seen its rate of positive coronavirus tests inch up and reported cases double in nearly half of the state's counties over the past month so that the state is approaching 29,000 reported cases for the pandemic. The state Department of Health and Environment reported Monday ...

Kansans who contracted COVID-19 still struggle in long term

WICHITA — More than 26,000 people in Kansas have contracted COVID-19. Roughly 350 of them have died. While that’s a low death rate, survivors talk of the brutality of the disease, and how full recovery can prove elusive even months after getting infected. It tortures them with extreme ...

Lawrence resident sworn in as newest justice on Kansas Supreme Court

Updated at 12:40 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — The newest member of the Kansas Supreme Court has been sworn in. Keynen "K.J." Wall Jr., of Lawrence, took the oath at the Kansas Judicial Center Monday. Chief Justice Marla Luckert presided at the ceremony. The ceremony was smaller than usual because ...

As COVID-19 cases climb, it’s hard to measure how Kansas is doing

When the coronavirus hit Kansas, there’s no question the state — like the rest of the country — was unprepared. That showed in the mad scramble to buy more surgical and N95 masks, gowns and nasal swabs. Public officials say Kansas has made progress on those and other fronts. Yet gaps in ...