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Under new governor, Kansas redoing child welfare grants

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has terminated grants to two nonprofit agencies for services for troubled families and plans to renegotiate the grant terms to four agencies for services for foster children, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced...

 

Kansas' abortion uncertainty fuels response to New York law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas abortion opponents are as eager as ever to impose new restrictions but aren't sure of their options because the state's legal climate is uncertain. So in the meantime, they're putting their energy into condemning New...

 

Governor says Kansas was 'hoodwinked' on new state prison

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas was "hoodwinked" into hiring a private company to build a new prison based on a promise that the new lockup would require significantly less staff and the savings could be used to pay for the project, Democratic Gov....

 

Newspaper calls Kansas Senate leader's lawsuit 'meritless'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas City Star asked a Kansas judge Friday to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against the newspaper by state Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, calling it a "meritless hand grenade" lobbed for political purposes....

 

Kansas declares staffing emergency at most crowded prison

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas declared an emergency Tuesday at its most crowded maximum-security state prison over what Gov. Laura Kelly called "serious staffing shortages" inside a lockup that's had multiple inmate disturbances over the past two year...

 

Road crew staffing spotlighted in Kansas budget debate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has trouble keeping road equipment operators from leaving for other, better-paying jobs — so much so that supervisors worry about being able to cobble together crews to clear snow after blizzards and to fill potholes...

 

Kansas spent at least $414,000 repairing prisons after riots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas spent at least $414,000 repairing damage and replacing equipment after inmate riots at three prisons in 2017 and 2018, corrections officials reported, surprising some state lawmakers Tuesday with the amount of expenses. T...

 

Kansas GOP's fiscal moves would thwart Democratic governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas have advanced tax relief and pension proposals that would thwart Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plans for boosting spending on public schools, quickly setting up a test of whether she can build...

 

Kelly revives 2017 plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly released a plan Tuesday for expanding Medicaid in Kansas that revives a bipartisan proposal vetoed two years ago by a Republican predecessor. Kelly's legislation would extend state health coverage to...

 

GOP lawmakers in Kansas pushing ahead with tax relief plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas expect to push forward this week with an income tax relief proposal in defiance of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's call for lawmakers to avoid adjusting state tax laws this year. A Senate...

 

GOP courtship of Pompeo clouds 2020 Senate primary in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — At least eight Kansas Republicans have expressed interest in running for the Senate seat Pat Roberts will be leaving after four terms, but a big cloud hovers over the potential 2020 field as some in the party nudge U.S....

 

Kansas Legislature still allowing unrecorded votes on bills

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are still allowed to take unrecorded votes on legislation in committee and as the House or Senate debate bills despite an ongoing push for greater openness in state government. The Republican-controlled House...

 

Governor's budget plan spotlights divided Kansas government

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly outlined a proposed budget Thursday that commits Kansas to higher spending on public schools and an expanded Medicaid health insurance program while launching a political fight with top Republican...

 

Kobach says he's seriously considering US Senate bid in 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach, a vocal ally of President Donald Trump and an advocate of tough immigration laws, confirmed Friday that he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2020 after losing the Kansas governor's race. Kobach, the...

 

Key part of Kansas governor's budget plan appears doomed

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A key part of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's proposed budget dealing with pensions appears doomed, creating potential trouble for her efforts to boost spending on public schools and expand the state's Medicaid health insurance...

 

In tough speech, new governor sees need to rebuild Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told Kansas legislators Wednesday that the state faces an emergency in its child welfare system and is "completely unprepared" for the next national economic downturn. Kelly outlined an agenda...

 

Kansas governor expands ban on anti-LGBT bias to contractors

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Tuesday reinstated a ban on anti-LGBT bias in state agencies' employment decisions that a Republican predecessor had repealed, and she also expanded the policy to cover government contractors....

 

Kansas Legislature to test governor's skill at splitting GOP

By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are preparing to open an annual session that will show whether new Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is skilled at separating moderate Republicans from their more conservative...

 

New Democratic Kansas governor promises bipartisan approach

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor called Monday for the state to "forge a new chapter" of bipartisanship, arguing as she took office that the Statehouse had lost the "spirit of neighbor-helping-neighbor" under her Republican...

 

Democrats celebrate crop of new governors who took GOP seats

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats are celebrating capturing governor's offices in seven states previously led by Republicans, including new chief executives taking office Monday in red-leaning Kansas and solidly blue Illinois. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly...

 

Kansas abortion foes brace for state Supreme Court decision

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents have been bracing themselves for nearly two years for a ruling from Kansas' highest court that protects abortion rights and upends politics in a state long at the center of the national debate. The Kansas...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 4, 2019

New Kansas governor to replace DCF chief; grants put on hold

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly announced Thursday that she will replace the top administrator at Kansas' troubled child welfare agency and successfully pushed the departing leader to put new, major grants to private...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 4, 2019

GOP Sen. Roberts of Kansas says he won't seek re-election

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, the longest-serving member of Congress in Kansas history, announced Friday that he won't run again in 2020, setting up a scramble to replace him in a GOP-leaning state where Democrats are...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 3, 2019

Kansas Rep.-elect Davids to support Democratic shutdown plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic congresswoman is preparing to vote for legislation drafted by her party's leaders for reopening parts of the federal government, and she hopes President Donald Trump will accept the package. Rep.-elect Sha...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 2, 2019

Kansas judge rules telemedicine abortions can continue

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot stop telemedicine abortions, thwarting the latest attempt by state lawmakers to prevent doctors from providing pregnancy-ending pills to women they see by remote video conferences. Distric...

 

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