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 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,...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 10, 2019

Top Kansas court considers forcing vote on withdrawn nominee

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A ruling from Kansas' highest court could force the state Senate to vote on a nominee for a lower-court judgeship whose nomination was withdrawn because of his political tweets. The state Supreme Court waded Thursday into an unp...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 10, 2019

Kansas faces questions about school funding law before court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Supreme Court that has repeatedly forced state legislators to increase spending on public schools directed tough questions Thursday to an attorney attacking a new funding law as inadequate, with one justice wondering...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 10, 2019

Court: Kansas Senate must vote to keep nominee off bench

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Supreme Court decision will force the state Senate into voting to reject a judicial nominee over political tweets that lawmakers found offensive. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly did...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 9, 2019

Kansas prisons get more money; provisions worry officials

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A plan for fixing problems in the troubled Kansas prison system that could have created bipartisan harmony has instead inspired finger pointing and prompted complaints that the Republican-controlled Legislature botched pieces...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 5, 2019

GOP thwarts governor's push to expand Medicaid in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's effort to expand Medicaid in Kansas this year died Saturday when enough moderate Republicans bowed to the wishes of the GOP-controlled Legislature's conservative leaders and ended an impasse that...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 5, 2019

Republicans push tax relief through Kansas Legislature

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators have pushed a tax relief proposal through the Kansas Legislature, ignoring predictions from Gov. Laura Kelly's fellow Democrats that she will veto it, just as she did with a larger plan. The House voted...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 3, 2019

Medicaid expansion backers in Kansas block next state budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers who support expanding Medicaid blocked passage of the next state budget Friday in a high-stakes standoff designed to force the Legislature's conservative Republican leaders to allow an expansion plan backed by...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 2, 2019

Medicaid expansion backers in Kansas may hold budget hostage

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Advocates for expanding Medicaid in Kansas are looking to block passage of the state's next annual budget to force an expansion plan through the Republican-controlled Legislature over conservative leaders' objections....

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 2, 2019

Kansas lawmakers fail to override abortion 'reversal' veto

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas narrowly failed Wednesday to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a bill requiring abortion providers to tell patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after it's...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 1, 2019

Kansas governor names new appeals court judge amid lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor nominated a new judge Tuesday to the state's second-highest court, despite a lawsuit over whether she has the authority to fill the vacancy after withdrawing her first nominee over his past political tweets....

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 26, 2019

Kansas court bolsters abortion rights, blocks ban

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court declared for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights, a sweeping ruling that blocks a ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies and endangers other...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 24, 2019

Zoo investigates animal handling after tiger attacks worker

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas zoo is investigating its animal-handling protocols after a Sumatran tiger seriously injured a veteran zookeeper, and its director acknowledged Tuesday that human error probably led to the attack. The Topeka Zoo has...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 19, 2019

Forecast gives Kansas a little room on Medicaid, tax relief

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials issued a new fiscal forecast Thursday that's slightly more optimistic about how much tax revenue the state should expect to collect over the next two years, creating a little more breathing room for expanding...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 19, 2019

Kansas to let Farm Bureau health coverage avoid ACA rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a Republican-backed effort to circumvent former...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 18, 2019

Lawsuits over shootings at Kansas business settled for $2M

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Families of the victims of a mass shooting at a central Kansas lawn equipment factory in 2016 have won a $2 million legal settlement from a now-defunct pawnshop that sold the firearms to the shooter's girlfriend. The settlement...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 14, 2019

Kansas tells court broad support is reason to OK schools law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lawyers for Kansas told the state Supreme Court on Monday that it should sign off on a new law boosting spending on public schools and end a protracted education funding lawsuit partly because the law has broad, bipartisan...

 

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