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 By John Hanna    Regional    July 5, 2020

Kansas newspaper's post equates mask mandate with Holocaust

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 3, 2020

Kansas governor orders masks to be worn in public, at work

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order Thursday directing Kansas residents to wear masks in public places and their workplaces, likely provoking a backlash from the Republican-controlled Legislature even though enforcement...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 3, 2020

Fears about schools a key reason behind Kansas mask order

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor and its top public health official said Thursday that they worry that the state won't be able to reopen its K-12 schools for the new school year in August if it doesn't reverse a recent surge in reported...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 3, 2020

Kansas sees worst 2-week COVID-19 spike since pandemic began

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reported another big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, capping its worst two-week spike since the pandemic began and coming as a statewide mask mandate from the governor took effect. The state Department of...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 1, 2020

Official suggests Kansas blew chance for coronavirus respite

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official predicted Wednesday that the state will face steeper increases in coronavirus cases and suggested that it blew its chance for a summer respite from the pandemic by reopening its economy too...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 26, 2020

Kansas governor, GOP scrap again over COVID-19 budget plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor is locked in a new partisan dispute with the Republican-controlled Legislature over her plan to largely paper over a massive budget shortfall tied to the coronavirus pandemic with short-term...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 24, 2020

Jump in Kansas COVID-19 cases biggest in more than 6 weeks

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Wednesday saw its largest jump in coronavirus cases in more than six weeks, an increase of more than 500 cases in two days. The state health department reported the spike two days after Gov. Laura Kelly urged local...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 10, 2020

Kansas not swayed by Democrats' luck with mail-balloting

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top election official argued Tuesday that going in person to the polls is "a community event" for many voters and that moving solely to mail ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic would create confusion. Republican...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 10, 2020

Canceling Ivanka Trump spurs backlash for Kansas college

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Donors are pushing Kansas' higher education board to fire Wichita State University's president after he canceled a virtual speech by Ivanka Trump for its technical school's graduation. The Kansas Board of Regents held a special...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 7, 2020

Kansas Rep. Watkins faces attacks labeling him GOP impostor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas congressman who has toed the conservative line and steadfastly defended President Donald Trump nevertheless is battling accusations that he's an impostor in a tough Republican primary race. Rep. Steve Watkins'...

 

GOP leaders work to sell COVID-19 deal with Kansas governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature on Wednesday worked to sell a compromise with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly for giving lawmakers some oversight of the state's coronavirus response. Some Democrats wanted...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 3, 2020

Kansas to ask Supreme Court to save voter citizenship law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican attorney general plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to require new voters to provide papers documenting their citizenship when registering. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday...

 

With Pompeo out, GOP looks to Rep. Marshall in Kansas race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The passing of Monday's deadline to file to run for Kansas' open Senate seat confirmed that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won't be a candidate, and a major anti-abortion group threw its support behind Rep. Roger Marshall t...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 24, 2020

Kansas GOP waits to see whether plumber's Senate bid surges

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The founder of a Kansas City-area plumbing company who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas acknowledged Saturday that he would love to have a highly coveted seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee but doesn't...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 22, 2020

Kansas AG doubts legality of governor's May COVID-19 orders

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican attorney general says the most recent state of emergency that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued for the coronavirus pandemic is "legally suspect," calling into question orders she's issued this month and her...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 22, 2020

Kansas lawmakers OK barring COVID-19 suits, curbing governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans pushed a sweeping coronavirus measure through the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature on Friday, aiming to shield businesses and health care providers from coronavirus-related lawsuits and take control of the state's...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 21, 2020

GOP plan would keep Kansas governor from closing businesses

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas pushed Wednesday to greatly limit Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's power to keep businesses closed during the coronavirus pandemic and give the GOP-controlled Legislature's leaders the final say over...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 15, 2020

Kansas governor slows reopening; limits to go into late June

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday slowed down the reopening of Kansas' economy, ordering bars and bowling alleys to remain closed through the end of the month and keeping some coronavirus-inspired restrictions in place...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 13, 2020

Top GOP lawmakers move to take control of reopening Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved aggressively Wednesday to take control of how the state reopens its coronavirus-battered economy from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, the latest of several power grabs by frustrated...

 

Kansas sausage making plant shuts down amid COVID-19 cases

TOPEKA Kan. (AP) — A Kansas plant that makes sausage shut down Wednesday after employees tested positive for the coronavirus, and an outbreak that has infected hundreds at the state's largest prison claimed the life of another worker. The shutdown...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 13, 2020

Kansas lawmakers look to prevent lawsuits over coronavirus

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are joining a broader effort to shield doctors, hospitals and businesses from lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus, with business and medical groups pushing them to act quickly. The effort...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 10, 2020

State, local coronavirus orders face challenges in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State and local orders still in place for checking the spread of the novel coronavirus in Kansas are facing legal challenges from the state's attorney general and business owners. Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt said...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 8, 2020

Kansas official pushes sterilization of N95 masks for reuse

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official on Friday encouraged medical personnel to sterilize N95 masks for reuse to preserve their supplies as the state prepared to update the public less often about the virus' spread. Dr. Lee...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 8, 2020

Kansas GOP leader pushing Medicaid plan not running again

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican legislator who worked with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on a plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas announced Friday that he is not seeking re-election. Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning said it's time...

 

Kansas still mulling inmate releases despite prison outbreak

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday that she's still considering releasing some Kansas inmates early because of the coronavirus pandemic even though an outbreak of hundreds of cases has one prison under quarantine. Kelly confirmed...

 

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