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Kansas soon could have just 3 counties with mask orders

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Fewer than five of Kansas' 105 counties still require masks, and those still in place might not last much longer. Johnson County, which is the state's largest county with more than 600,000 residents, is set to consider...

 

Most Kansas counties turn down vaccine over past month

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — About three-quarters of Kansas counties have turned down new shipments of the coronavirus vaccine at least once over the past month and several for four straight weeks, state date shows. "It is kind of stalling. Some people...

 

Some Kansas counties turn down COVID vaccine as demand slows

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas counties are rejecting new COVID-19 vaccine shipments or reducing their orders because of decreased demand for the drugs, worrying health officials who say mass vaccinations are the only path to a return to...

 

Kansas suspends Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials announced Tuesday that the state is suspending distribution of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccines as federal health officials investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. "Just as important...

 

Kansas opens up vaccinations to all adults starting Monday

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday that anyone in Kansas age 16 or older will be allowed to get a coronavirus vaccine starting Monday because the state expects to get enough of the medicine to speed up its...

 

Lawmakers take up backlog of court cases caused by pandemic

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are working to give prosecutors and courts time to clear a backlog of several thousand criminal cases that built up during the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate approved, 32-7, a bill Wednesday night that would...

 

Kansas governor says she intends to sign emergency extension

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday that a measure approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature to rewrite Kansas' emergency management laws while limiting her authority during the coronavirus pandemic is...

 

FBI: Man said he asked officer if he could enter Capitol

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man arrested in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol told the FBI that an officer shrugged his shoulders when he asked whether he could join the throngs streaming into the building and that he then filmed himself...

 

Error forces Kansas hospital to throw out 570 vaccines doses

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas hospital had to throw away 570 doses of a coronavirus vaccine because of a refrigeration mistake, officials say. Lawrence Memorial Hospital said in a news release that city and county health officials transferred the...

 

GOP lawmaker pushes plan to undo Kansas policy on vaccines

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Kansas outlined a measure Wednesday that would overturn Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's policy of withholding doses of COVID-19 vaccines from counties wanting to move to a new phase of inoculations before...

 

Kansas to move to next vaccination phase in 4 weeks or less

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas could finish immunizing seniors, meatpacking employees and other essential workers and move on to the next phase of coronavirus vaccinations by next month, top officials say. Dr. Lee Norman, the head of the state...

 

States easing virus restrictions despite experts' warnings

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — With the U.S. vaccination drive picking up speed and a third formula on the way, states eager to reopen for business are easing coronavirus restrictions despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak is far from over an...

 

Kansas to focus on COVID-19 shots for teachers, school staff

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will put a priority on vaccinating teachers and other school staff against COVID-19 so that K-12 students across the state can resume in-person classes as quickly as possible, Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday. The Democrat...

 

Kansas struggles to fix vaccine reporting issues

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is working to fix its troubled system for sending vaccine data to the federal government, saying glitches caused about 100,000 doses that were given to not be registered as being administered. The state's vaccination...

 

Kansas schools rush to vaccinate teachers ahead of reopening

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas school districts are rushing to vaccinate their teachers in preparation for an eventual return to a full reopening of classrooms and before a more contagious strain of the coronavirus can spread throughout the state....

 

Officials plead: Don't let Super Bowl become superspreader

Kansas City Chiefs superfan Ty Rowton hugged strangers in the streets of Miami last year after watching his team win the Super Bowl and then joined hundreds of thousands of fans back home at a victory parade, thinking little of a mysterious virus...

 

Kansas moves into second phase of COVID-19 immunizations

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is shifting into the second phase of coronavirus immunizations as the Republican-led state House on Thursday approved a bill that would extend the state's pandemic emergency declaration. The 119-3 vote sends the bill to...

 

Kansas House Dems move to oust member over issues with women

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators on Tuesday began the process to oust a newly elected lawmaker over multiple issues that include the 20-year-old's rhetoric on Twitter and allegations that he harassed and threatened girls and women. A formal...

 

Woman set to die for killing woman, cutting baby from womb

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Becky Harper sobbed as she spoke to a Missouri dispatcher after stumbling across her expectant daughter in a pool of blood, her womb slashed open and the child she had been carrying missing. "It's like she exploded or...

 

Prisoners among those to get vaccine next, prompting concern

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prisons ravaged by COVID-19 are set to be prioritized for vaccinations next — frustrating news for some lawmakers but welcome by inmates' families and activists. The state prison system — housing about 8,600 inmates...

 

2021 to get off to a slick start as winter storm arrives

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Forecasters are predicting a snowy, icy start to the new year across a large swath of Kansas and Missouri. Scott Blair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the wintry mix will head northward into the two...

 

Governor 'OK' with 2nd round of shots; Kansas economy slumps

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly expressed little concern Friday over a smaller-than-expected second shipment of a coronavirus vaccine for Kansas, adding that she expects the state's plan for distributing shots in coming months to boost an...

 

One-day US deaths top 3,000, more than D-Day or 9/11

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Just when the U.S. appears on the verge of rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine, the numbers have become gloomier than ever: Over 3,000 American deaths in a single day, more than on D-Day or 9/11. One million new cases in the span...

 

Tensions rise over masks as virus grips smaller US cities

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Arguments over mask requirements and other restrictions have turned ugly in recent days as the deadly coronavirus surge across the U.S. engulfs small and medium-size cities that once seemed safely removed from the outbreak. In...

 

As virus spreads, Kansas hospital runs out of staff

The radiology technician slept in an RV in the parking lot of his rural Kansas hospital for more than a week because his co-workers were out sick with COVID-19 and no one else was available to take X-rays. A doctor and physician assistant tested...

 

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