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Kansas lawmakers look to protect businesses, debate vaccines

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers moved Tuesday to extend protections for businesses from lawsuits over COVID-19, while a prominent critic of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said the state's vaccine distribution has improved in recent weeks. The...

 

Bill to drop concealed carry age won't get committee vote

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill to lower the legal age to carry concealed firearms in Kansas from 21 to 18 has stalled in a House committee, but a supporter plans to offer the proposal for consideration on the House floor. Rep. John Barker, an Abilene...

 

Kansas House gives first approval to college athlete bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House members advanced a bill Monday that would allow college athletes to profit from their name, image, or likeness. The legislation is backed by both University of Kansas and Kansas State University athletic directors...

 

Kansas bill to recognize other states' gun permits advances

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A House committee has advanced a bill to expand Kansas' recognition of other states' concealed carry permits. The bill is backed by Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who said in a hearing last month that the bill would...

 

Kansas lawmakers push civics test for high school graduation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas lawmaker and the state's Republican attorney general are pushing a bill to require high school students to pass a civics test to graduate in an effort to increase civic engagement. The proposal is facing pushback from...

 

Kansas eyes allowing concealed carry for people under 21

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas gun rights supporters are pushing to lower the age for concealed carry of firearms from 21 to 18. Wichita Republican Rep. Blake Carpenter and a Kansas State Rifle Association lobbyist on Wednesday told the House Federal...

 

Kansas lawmakers open session clouded by COVID, DC violence

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators opened their annual session Monday with new leaders in the Senate, new lawmakers in a quarter of the seats and a top Republican acknowledging that he's asked for extra security. The 90-day session began amid...

 

Kansas governor gets COVID-19 shot; GOP officials to wait

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday received the first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots while some top Republican officials passed, for now, because not all health care workers and nursing home residents have received theirs....

 

Kansas equity, justice panel wants end to no-knock raids

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission established by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly in response to the mass civil unrest over racial injustice earlier this year is urging state lawmakers to ban officers from entering a home without announcing their presence,...

 

Kansas governor makes racial justice recommendations

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly released a report Thursday outlining more than 60 recommendations to the state Legislature and local government officials on how to tackle racial justice issues. The report's recommendations were crafted...

 

Jobless Kansans go weeks without benefits as problems linger

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansans who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic say they are going weeks or months without unemployment benefits they are due, and some lawmakers say they can't get answers from the state Department of Labor...

 

Kansas to launch pro-mask campaign but faces skepticism

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is preparing to launch a media campaign aimed at getting more of its residents to wear masks so that the coronavirus doesn't keep spreading rapidly, though some officials are skeptical that it will move the needle much. T...

 

Kansas equity panel to recommend marked cars for police

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission Gov. Laura Kelly established to examine policing and other racial justice issues after George Floyd's death plans to recommend that Kansas law enforcement agencies no longer use unmarked police vehicles during...

 

Police set limits for planned meeting with equity panel

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some members of a commission established by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to examine policing and other racial justice issues are critical of rules set by the Kansas chapter of the National Fraternal Order of Police union for an...

 

Kansas sees new COVID highs; Kelly not dropping mask mandate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas set new state pandemic records Wednesday for reported coronavirus cases and COVID-19-related hospitalizations, and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said she hasn't dropped the idea of calling the Republican-controlled Legislat...

 

Kansas state school board on ballots amid COVID-19 scrutiny

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansans are electing two state Board of Education members this fall as the panel has gained attention amid the coronavirus pandemic for its decision not to mandate a delay in the start of school. In the Kansas City area,...

 

COVID spike arrives late, hits hard in rural Kansas county

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With COVID-19 cases surging in rural areas across the Midwest, a county sheriff in northwestern Kansas found himself struggling to breathe and landed in a hospital room more than an hour from home because there was no space at...

 

Kansas advocates propose agency to track foster care system

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Child welfare advocates in Kansas are pushing for an independent agency to monitor the state's troubled foster care system. Nonprofit advocacy group Kansas Appleseed, with support from some lawmakers, wants the state to create...

 

GOP-led council extends Kansas governor's coronavirus order

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A mostly Republican state council voted Friday to extend Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's emergency declaration providing services to combat the coronavirus in Kansas, but only after language was added clarifying that the governor...

 

City in Kansas requiring masks to guard 'safe' reputation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a college town in conservative western Kansas are embracing a mask ordinance in hopes of making residents and incoming students feel safe, even as surrounding communities have balked at such efforts to slow the...

 

Health officer plans to close bars in Kansas' biggest city

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A local public health official plans to close bars and restrict restaurant hours in the state's largest city and the surrounding area until after Labor Day because of a surge in reported coronavirus cases over the past six...

 

Kansas reporting 717 more confirmed cases of COVID-19

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top health official says most counties are not following Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order requiring people to wear masks to help contain the spread of COVID-19, even though data is showing that masks work. Department...

 

Farm issues key in Kansas Republican congressional race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commercial real estate broker from Salina who ran for Congress 10 years ago and an eye surgeon from Finney County are trying to draw attention to themselves and distinctions from one another ahead of an August Republican...

 

Southwest Kansas counties record low census response rates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Census organizers in Kansas plan to ramp up efforts to get people counted, particularly in southwestern counties where response rates are low. Morton, Stanton, Haskell and Lane counties are showing that 15% to 30% of residents...

 

GOP leaders work to sell COVID-19 deal with Kansas governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature on Wednesday worked to sell a compromise with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly for giving lawmakers some oversight of the state's coronavirus response. Some Democrats wanted...

 

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