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 By John Hanna    Regional    August 16, 2019

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is...

 By John Hanna    Regional    August 9, 2019

Kansas to move inmates to Arizona prison to ease crowding

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to ease crowding in its prison system by moving scores of inmates to a private prison in Arizona over the next four months, an arrangement that made some top state lawmakers uneasy before the contract with a giant...

 By John Hanna    Regional    August 8, 2019

Kansas imposes toughest online tax collections in the nation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to impose what some tax experts said Wednesday would be the nation's most aggressive policy for collecting state and local taxes on online sales, possibly inviting a legal battle. The state Department of Revenue...


Kansas, Missouri truce over jobs conflict appears shaky

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The governors in Kansas and Missouri have moved to end an economic "border war" that has gained their states unwanted national attention for using millions of dollars in incentives to entice companies into shifting jobs close...

 By John Hanna    Regional    July 26, 2019

Kansas Supreme Court chief justice to retire in December

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court's chief justice plans to retire before the end of the year, allowing first-year Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to leave a bigger mark on the state's highest court than her conservative Republican...

 By John Hanna    Regional    July 25, 2019

Top GOP state lawmaker launches US Senate bid in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A veteran conservative Republican legislative leader who helped block Medicaid expansion in Kansas this year launched a campaign Wednesday for the U.S. Senate, jumping into an already crowded race within weeks of nationally...

 By John Hanna    Regional    July 12, 2019

GOP threat ends Kansas governor's food assistance extension

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday dropped a policy that allowed several thousand Kansas adults to keep receiving food assistance after failing to meet a work requirement, reversing course days after the state's Republican...

 By John Hanna    Regional    July 11, 2019

Kansas Supreme Court justice targeted by right to retire

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Supreme Court justice whose votes for abortion rights and against the death penalty made him a political target plans to retire in three months, allowing Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to name a replacement before the Repu...

 By John Hanna    Regional    July 3, 2019

Kansas' June tax collections nearly $33M more than expected

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas collected nearly $33 million more in taxes than anticipated in June and ended its 2019 budget year with record cash reserves, good news likely to intensify Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's battles with Republican lawmakers...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 30, 2019

Ex-prosecutor running for US Senate in Kansas as Democrat

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor and current executive in a company that invests in the legal marijuana industry on Monday launched his campaign in Kansas as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. Kansas City-area attorney...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 28, 2019

Ex-Chiefs player, businessman runs for US Senate in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas City Chiefs player and now businessman who has served on local and state government boards is running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Dave Lindstrom, who lives in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, launched...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 27, 2019

Kansas abortion ruling prompts new attack on death penalty

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty. Attorneys for five of the 10 men on death row in Kansas argue...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 21, 2019

Ex-Senate leader to help lead Kansas governor's tax study

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is giving a key role in a study of Kansas tax laws to a former Republican state Senate leader who was ousted after conflicts with one of her GOP predecessors over tax cuts. Kelly announced Thursday th...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 20, 2019

State universities won't hike tuition for Kansas undergrads

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State universities will not increase tuition this fall for undergraduate students from Kansas, but the board overseeing higher education boosted rates for other students Wednesday. Kansas Board of Regents members said they... Full story

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 20, 2019

ACLU attacks restrictions on protests in Kansas Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge Wednesday to make it easier to protest inside the Kansas Statehouse, as some members of the Republican-controlled Legislature worry that liberal demonstrators have become...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 19, 2019

Kansas faces future budget woes even with a revenue surplus

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' tax collections have beaten expectations nearly every month for the past two years and the state expects to end June with close to $1 billion in cash reserves, but the budget problems that followed a former governor's...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 14, 2019

USDA plan to move offices sparks concerns about research

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it will relocate two research agencies' headquarters to the Kansas City area, delighting Kansas and Missouri officials but intensifying critics' fears that research...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 14, 2019

Kansas high court says education funding is adequate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court declared Friday that the state finally is spending enough money on its public schools under a new education funding law but refused to end a lawsuit filed nearly a decade ago because it wants to monitor...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 12, 2019

Kansas Democrats planning ranked-choice presidential primary

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats plan to have voters rank candidates rather than pick only one in a presidential primary set for May 2020. The party is moving away from its more traditional caucuses, trying ranked-choice voting and allowing...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 6, 2019

Top GOP lawmakers hold up nearly $10M for Kansas prisons

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators on Wednesday blocked nearly $10 million that Kansas corrections officials argue they need to deal with prison overcrowding and said lawmakers might reject Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's choice to be the...

 By John Hanna    Regional    June 5, 2019

Kansas GOP leaders: Food assistance policy breaks state law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators on Tuesday accused Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration of breaking Kansas law with a new policy that makes it easier for adults who are not working to keep receiving food assistance. The...

 By John Hanna    Regional    May 30, 2019

Kansas lawmakers settle fiscal issues amid Medicaid protest

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators on Wednesday reversed actions by Kansas' Democratic governor to reshape the state budget to her liking, but they couldn't save a GOP tax relief plan and had their work briefly delayed by a loud protest in...

 By John Hanna    Regional    May 29, 2019

Large and dangerous tornado touches down in Kansas City

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A large and dangerous tornado touched down on the western edge of Kansas City, Kansas, Tuesday and was headed toward a heavily populated and popular entertainment and shopping area, the National Weather Service said. The NWS...

 By John Hanna    Regional    May 23, 2019

Kansas clinic returns to court over telemedicine abortions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas clinic stopped providing telemedicine abortions months ago and returned to court Wednesday after concluding that the legal climate remains uncertain despite a judge's order late last year saying the state couldn't stop...

 By John Hanna    Regional    May 19, 2019

APNewsBreak: Kansas again keeping foster kids in offices

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abused and neglected children are again sleeping overnight in the offices of Kansas foster care contractors because homes cannot be found for them quickly enough. Since January, when Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took office,...


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