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 By John Hanna    Regional    April 3, 2020

Kansas' review of cellphone GPS data raises privacy concerns

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top health official faced questions Thursday over the state's monitoring of GPS data gleaned from people's cellphones about how residents have cut down on travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Lee Norman, head of...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 3, 2020

Kansas governor signs bill to launch new transportation plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation Friday to launch a new, 10-year transportation program she and other officials see as a $10 billion stimulus to counter the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The program...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 3, 2020

Governor says Kansas could exhaust protective gear next week

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas could run out of personal protective equipment for medical personnel and others dealing directly with the coronavirus pandemic by the middle of next week, Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday, as the state saw its largest spike i...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 29, 2020

Kansas governor orders residents to stay home to curb virus

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide order Saturday requiring people to stay in their homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, waiting until nearly three-quarters of the state's residents were already facing such direc...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 29, 2020

Top lawmakers to consider revoking Kansas stay-at-home order

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature were considering whether to revoke Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's statewide stay-at-home order that was set to take effect Monday as she tries to slow the spread of the...

 

Kansas death toll from new coronavirus grows to 9

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As a statewide stay-at-home order took effect Monday and Kansas' coronavirus death toll grew to nine, President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for the state. Trump's order allows for federal assistance to suppl...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 29, 2020

Top Kansas lawmakers let governor's stay-at-home order stand

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature agreed Sunday that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's statewide stay-at-home order is necessary to help check the spread of the new coronavirus, allowing it to take effect Monda...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 27, 2020

Coronavirus surge in Kansas touches inmates, taxes, pastures

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are looking for extra hospital beds, releasing jail inmates and bracing for a slump in state tax collections as they add farmers' and ranchers' springtime practice of burning pastures to the list of things to...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 27, 2020

Coronavirus surge in Kansas touches inmates, taxes, pastures

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are looking for extra hospital beds, releasing jail inmates and bracing for a slump in state tax collections as they add farmers' and ranchers' springtime practice of burning pastures to the list of things to...

 

As virus cases surge, Kansas wants people home, feds to act

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official on Wednesday chided residents looking to "wriggle around" local stay-at-home orders meant to check the spread of the novel coronavirus, and Gov. Laura Kelly said the U.S. government should requ...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 22, 2020

Pandemic spurs Kansas lawmakers to rethink governor's power

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas legislators say they didn't understand how much power the governor has in emergencies until Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly closed K-12 schools for the rest of the semester and ordered a six-week halt to new evictions...

 

Kansas stricter on gatherings; 1M people told to stay home

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Shelter-in-place orders are about to take effect for about a third of Kansas' population to slow the spread of coronavirus, and Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday that she will tighten restrictions on public gatherings. Five...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 20, 2020

GOP right pushes back on Kansas governor for closing schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As most of the U.S. raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor's emergency powers, including the ability to establish...

 

GOP Kansas lawmakers curb Democrat Kelly's emergency powers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers on Thursday extended a state of emergency prompted by the coronavirus crisis after making sure it gave the GOP-controlled Legislature oversight over the actions of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. The Senate voted...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 20, 2020

Kansas agency low on COVID-19 test kits; state offers loans

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' health department is "precariously low" on coronavirus testing kits and could be forced to rely on private labs, potentially delaying results, the agency's top administrator said Friday. Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 19, 2020

GOP right pushes back on Kansas governor for closing schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As most of the U.S. raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor's emergency powers, including the ability to establish...

 

Kansas issues new quarantine mandates, bars new evictions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas issued strict quarantine mandates Wednesday for people who have traveled or had close contact with those with confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, part of an effort to limit its local spread. But that local spread was...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 18, 2020

Kansas governor closes K-12 schools; workers to stay home

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday closed Kansas' public and private K-12 schools for the rest of the spring semester, moving teaching online throughout the state to try to lessen the spread of the new coronavirus. Kelly also said...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 13, 2020

After Kansas' 1st coronavirus death, more cancellations

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As Kansas recorded its first death from the coronavirus, athletic officials canceled the state's high school basketball tournaments and hospitals and nursing homes restricted access. Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday the...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 12, 2020

Ex-staffer appointed as Kansas Supreme Court's new justice

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday named an attorney who said he's similar in temperament to former Chief Justice Lawton Nuss to replace Nuss as a Kansas Supreme Court justice. K.J. Wall, of Lawrence, also formerly worked...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 11, 2020

Medicaid expansion supporters block Kansas Senate entrance

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several dozen protesters chanted, laid down on the floor and blocked the Kansas Senate's main entrance Tuesday, hoping to pressure it into taking a vote on a bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid. About 50 people protested at the...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 8, 2020

Kansas confirms 1st coronavirus case, Kansas City-area woman

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City-area woman who recently traveled to the Northeast is the first case of coronavirus in Kansas, officials confirmed Saturday. Gov. Laura Kelly and health officials said the woman, who's under 50, is isolating...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 8, 2020

Kansas GOP leader's Medicaid expansion move roils Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jim Denning once symbolized what for Medicaid expansion supporters was wrong with the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. Now, the Kansas Senate majority leader is an expansion champion who's under fire from some GOP...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 8, 2020

Plan would boost funding for top Kansas lawmakers' offices

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislative leaders' offices would see an 11% increase in their funding under a proposal that cleared committee Monday, and almost all of the new dollars would go to top Republicans. The House Appropriations Committee...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 6, 2020

Amid opioid, vaping suits, Kansas looks to curb local action

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Business groups and Kansas' Republican attorney general are pushing for a state law that could prevent cities, counties and local school districts from suing big corporations such as opioid and vaping products manufacturers....

 

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