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'Devious licks' videos of damage, thefts bedevil US schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kids across the U.S. are posting TikTok videos of themselves vandalizing school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers and even turf from football fields, bedeviling school administrators seeking to contain the viral internet...

 

Johnson, Morris counties sued over mask mandates

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Lawsuits were filed Friday challenging a mask mandate for students and staff in elementary schools in Kansas' most populous county and another mandate requiring everyone 5 and older in a small rural county to mask. The suits,...

 

Johnson, Morris counties sued over mask mandates

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Lawsuits were filed Friday challenging a mask mandate for students and staff in elementary schools in Kansas' most populous county and another mandate requiring everyone 5 and older in a small rural county to mask. The suits,...

 

White House urged to shutter privately run Kansas prison

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A privately run maximum security federal prison in Kansas is dangerous and should be shut down when its contract expires at the end of this year, civil rights advocates and federal public defenders urged the White House...

 

Kansas to release more information on COVID school outbreaks

Kansas will soon release more information on school COVID-19 outbreaks and youth vaccination rates as many districts begin the year without masks, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. Kelly said a new working group of pediatricians, school nurses...

 

Jeff Colyer has cancer, drops out of Kansas governor's race

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Monday that he is dropping out of the 2022 race for governor after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. "While I have always focused on helping others, for the next few weeks I am...

 

Missouri prosecutor files motion to free longtime inmate

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor has filed a motion asking a judge to exonerate a man who has been imprisoned for four decades for a triple murder that she and many others do not believe he committed. The motion, filed Saturday and made...

 

Kansas can enforce COVID-inspired limits on officials' power

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — People who oppose mask requirements or restrictions on public gatherings imposed by Kansas counties can challenge them in court and obtain a ruling within 10 days — at least for now — because of a decision Tuesday by the...

 

US virus cases nearly triple in 2 weeks amid misinformation

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 cases nearly tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray. "Our staff, they are frustrated," said Chad...

 

Schools confront more polarization with mask rules for fall

Students in Wichita, Kansas, public schools can ditch the masks when classes begin. Detroit public schools will probably require them unless everyone in a room is vaccinated. In Pittsburgh, masks will likely be required regardless of vaccination...

 

'Pandemic of the unvaccinated' burdens busy US hospitals

The COVID-19 comeback across the U.S. is putting pressure on hospitals at a time when some of them are busy just trying to catch up on surgeries and other procedures that were put on hold during the pandemic. With the highly contagious delta variant...

 

US COVID-19 cases rising again, doubling over three weeks

The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings....

 

Summer setback: COVID deaths and cases rising again globally

COVID-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for an almost normal summer of fun. The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that deaths...

 

Summer camps hit with COVID outbreaks -- are schools next?

The U.S. has seen a string of COVID-19 outbreaks tied to summer camps in recent weeks in places such as Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Kansas, in what some fear could be a preview of the upcoming school year. In some cases the outbreaks have...

 

Kansas judge finds CDC eviction moratorium unenforceable

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge is beginning to evict tenants who are behind on rent in advance of the expiration of a federal moratorium that some experts predict will bring a tide of people being forced from homes nationwide. Johnson County...

 

Plan would restore rail service to big swath of the Midwest

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Proponents of expanding passenger rail service through Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas hope an anticipated influx of federal infrastructure funding will get the the long-discussed route off the ground. The project, which is among...

 

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...

 

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