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Kansas GOP lawmaker facing probe changes voter registration

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas congressman who is being investigated by local authorities for listing a UPS Inc. store as his residence in registering to vote has changed his registration to name a Topeka apartment complex as his home. Republican...

 

Kobach's brand still sells with GOP in Senate race in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach isn't fazed that fellow Republicans worry he's unpopular or too brash in pushing his hard-right views to keep Kansas' open Senate seat in GOP hands next year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others are...

 

Kansas Rep. Watkins pays account after foreclosure lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins paid a homeowners association in Alaska that was seeking to foreclose on his condominium, an email sent by the property manager shows. The email shows that Watkins called the property...

 

GOP complaint spurs probe of Kansas court selection process

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican legislator's complaint has launched an investigation into whether the commission that screens Kansas Supreme Court applicants violated the state's open meetings law in picking three finalists for Democratic...

 

Kansas could end unusual census adjustment for redistricting

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas could soon end an unusual policy of using its own numbers in addition to federal census data to redraw the boundaries of state legislative districts, a longstanding practice that has cost university communities political...

 

Kansas court strikes down part of law criminalizing threats

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators went too far by criminalizing violent language not backed up by an intent to act, the state's highest court ruled Friday in striking down part of a law that it says violates free speech rights. The Kansas Supr...

 

Pompeo plans to visit Wichita for event with Ivanka Trump

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to visit Wichita later this week for an event about workforce development with Ivanka Trump, an appearance that could raise fellow Republicans' hopes that he'll run for the Senate next...

 

Kansas says backlog of untested rape kits nearly eliminated

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas law enforcement agencies have nearly eliminated a backlog of 2,200 sexual assault kits that had gone untested, including some that dated back decades, authorities announced Thursday. Agencies have had about 2,000 of the...

 

Judge opposed by abortion foes finalist for top Kansas court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A trial-court judge opposed by Kansas' most influential anti-abortion group is among three finalists to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy with conservatives pushing measures to rein in the state's highest court. A state...

 

Anti-abortion group opposes Kansas Supreme Court candidates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' most influential anti-abortion group launched an effort Tuesday to block two candidates for a state Supreme Court vacancy even before a state commission selects finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, an abortion...

 

2 charged in Kansas bar shooting roamed free, despite past

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two convicted felons facing criminal charges over a Kansas bar shooting that killed four people and wounded five others had previous brushes with the law that could have kept them behind bars had judges and other officials...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    October 6, 2019

US Supreme Court to review Kansas' lack of insanity defense

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to consider how far states can go toward eliminating the insanity defense in criminal trials as it reviews the case of a Kansas man sentenced to die for killing four relatives. The high court...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    October 3, 2019

Kansas senators see impeachment as partisan distraction

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ two Republican senators argued Wednesday that the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump arises from partisan opposition to the president and said it is preventing Congress from taking up important legislative...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    October 2, 2019

Kansas conservatives push to undo abortion rights ruling

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives are trying to overturn a state Supreme Court decision that protects abortion rights and threatens years' worth of Republican-enacted restrictions, guaranteeing an election-year fight over amending the state...

 

Kansas AG: New policy for taxing online sales is invalid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican attorney general declared Monday that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration lacked the legal authority to impose what some experts have seen as the nation's most aggressive policy for collecting state...

 

Prosecutor: 'Satanist' soldier sought government's overthrow

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A prosecutor alleged in federal court Thursday that an Army infantry soldier charged with distributing information about building bombs is a Satanist who plotted to overthrow the U.S. government, while his attorney said he's...

 

Kansas judge whose tweets sank higher court bid to step down

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge whose past political tweets sank his nomination for a higher court and prompted Republican legislators to call for a review of his conduct announced Friday that he will step down early next year. Labette County...

 

Western Kansas congressman opens Senate bid to block Kobach

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Western Kansas' congressman launched a Senate campaign on Saturday, pitching himself to fellow Republicans as a pragmatic conservative who can keep the seat in GOP hands by thwarting immigration hardliner Kris Kobach's bid for...

 

Kansas' Pompeo could swing Senate race, but will he run?

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Many attending U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's college lecture Friday in his home state of Kansas will be listening for clues about whether he might run for the Senate next year, though it could be many months before...

 

Kansas treasurer drops Senate bid to challenge Rep. Watkins

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican state treasurer on Wednesday abandoned a campaign for an open Senate seat to challenge a GOP freshman congressman that he describes as vulnerable to Democratic defeat. Treasurer Jake LaTurner's announcement...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 29, 2019

Prosecutors: Kansas drug network tied to Chicago dismantled

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities said Wednesday that they've dismantled a major drug-trafficking operation in northeast Kansas responsible for a college student's fatal overdose in 2017, resulting in criminal charges against more than 50 people. Fed...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 25, 2019

Kansas GOP Rep. Watkins faces calls for tougher gun laws

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Rep. Steve Watkins got heat Monday from frustrated eastern Kansas constituents who pressed the freshman congressman to publicly endorse tougher gun laws following recent mass shootings. Several people left a Watkins t...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 18, 2019

Company sees retaliation in Kansas ending literacy grant

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The president of the company that formerly ran a literacy program for Kansas' public elementary schools alleged Monday that the state canceled the multimillion-dollar grant in "retaliation" for the firm's opposition to major...

 
 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...

 

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