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Vote's timing is key issue with Kansas anti-abortion measure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers insisted Thursday that their proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution be put to voters on the August 2022 primary ballot, leading to criticism that they fear it would fail if put to a...

 

GOP senators reject Kansas appeals court nominee 2nd time

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in the Kansas Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a public defender to the state's second-highest court for the second time in eight months, despite support for him from the...

 

Kansas House Dems move to oust member over issues with women

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators on Tuesday began the process to oust a newly elected lawmaker over multiple issues that include the 20-year-old's rhetoric on Twitter and allegations that he harassed and threatened girls and women. A formal...

 

Kansas abortion opponents see mandate from 2020 elections

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents say elections last year that made the Kansas Legislature more conservative showed voters support putting a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot next year. Anti-abortion...

 

GOP seeks to push Kansas to right over governor's objections

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature is set to convene its annual session Monday with GOP leaders seeking to wrest control of policy from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly amid their ongoing disputes over how to handle the COV...

 

Kansas lawmakers open session clouded by COVID, DC violence

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators opened their annual session Monday with new leaders in the Senate, new lawmakers in a quarter of the seats and a top Republican acknowledging that he's asked for extra security. The 90-day session began amid...

 

Kansas lawmakers review state's lagging vaccine distribution

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Legislators are reviewing Kansas' distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, though U.S. government data showed Monday that the state's inoculation rate no longer lagged behind most other states. Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Le...

 

Prisoners among those to get vaccine next, prompting concern

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prisons ravaged by COVID-19 are set to be prioritized for vaccinations next — frustrating news for some lawmakers but welcome by inmates' families and activists. The state prison system — housing about 8,600 inmates...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    January 6, 2021

Kansas GOP Sen. Moran says he'll vote to certify Biden's win

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said Tuesday that he will vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the Electoral College, breaking with President Donald Trump and others in the GOP trying to overturn the result. Moran's...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    January 3, 2021

Kansas leaders reflect on pandemic lessons from 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As 2021 begins, health officials and elected leaders in Kansas are reflecting on the lessons learned so far about the coronavirus pandemic. THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said the pandemic showed Kansas...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    January 1, 2021

CDC ranks Kansas last in COVID-19 shots; reporting lag cited

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas ranks last among states in its reported COVID-19 vaccination rate, according to U.S. government data, and state officials attribute it to a lag in reporting by providers of the shots. The federal Centers for Disease...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    January 1, 2021

New Kansas lawmaker under court order denied committee seats

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top Democrat in the Kansas House has refused to give an incoming lawmaker any committee assignments over issues that include an anti-stalking court order filed against him after he won his seat. Minority Leader Tom Sawyer's...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    January 1, 2021

Kansas governor promises another push for Medicaid expansion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly will push again this year to expand Medicaid in Kansas even though top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are less receptive to the idea than they were last year. "I will never stop fightin...

 

Kansas governor gets COVID-19 shot; GOP officials to wait

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday received the first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots while some top Republican officials passed, for now, because not all health care workers and nursing home residents have received theirs....

 

Kansas hospital workers: Hope, purpose shadowed by COVID-19

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Steve Morgan spent part of Christmas morning as the chaplain on duty in a Wichita hospital comforting the family of a patient who died and said he knows from personal experience how a death on a holiday means "you'll always...

 

Kansas governor to receive COVID-19 vaccine shot Wednesday

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly plans to get a COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday as part of a larger plan to give shots to selected Kansas officials so that state government can continue to operate during the pandemic. The Democratic governor...

 

Kansas working through details of who gets vaccinated when

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is working through the details of exactly who will be eligible for coronavirus vaccines in exactly what order as it concentrates on giving shots mostly to health care workers this month. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told...

 

Deputy named to lead COVID-19-stressed Kansas labor agency

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday named the Kansas Department of Labor's deputy secretary as its top administrator as she works to find another, permanent leader for an agency that struggled for months to process a surge in claims...

 

Governor 'OK' with 2nd round of shots; Kansas economy slumps

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly expressed little concern Friday over a smaller-than-expected second shipment of a coronavirus vaccine for Kansas, adding that she expects the state's plan for distributing shots in coming months to boost an...

 

Spokeswoman: Kansas Gov. Kelly to seek second term in 2022

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is running for reelection in 2022, a spokeswoman said Friday. Spokeswoman Lauren Fitzgerald confirmed the Democratic governor's plans four days after Kelly announced that Commerce Secretary David Toland...

 

Kansas reports COVID-19 death surge amid 1st vaccine shots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 deaths have surged in Kansas in the past week and nearly every part of the state has lost people to the disease caused by the coronavirus, health statistics show. Kansas averaged a record 45 new reported COVID-19...

 

Kansas won't provide personal data about vaccine recipients

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas does not plan to send personal information to the federal government about residents who receive coronavirus vaccines, though it has signed a data-use agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr....

 

Kansas lieutenant governor to become next state treasurer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday named Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers as Kansas' next state treasurer, and he said he hopes to expand state programs designed to help farmers and prospective homeowners obtain low-interest loans. The...

 

Lawsuit: Kansas must pay business over COVID-19 restrictions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita fitness studio's owner and his business are suing Kansas for compensation for being forced to shut down and reopen with restrictions this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the state essentially...

 

Kansas sets tougher COVID-19 testing rules for nursing homes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday imposed stronger coronavirus testing rules for several hundred state-licensed nursing homes that will have most of them testing their employees twice a week. The executive order on testing...

 

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