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Kansas opens up vaccinations to all adults starting Monday

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday that anyone in Kansas age 16 or older will be allowed to get a coronavirus vaccine starting Monday because the state expects to get enough of the medicine to speed up its...

 

Lawmakers take up backlog of court cases caused by pandemic

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are working to give prosecutors and courts time to clear a backlog of several thousand criminal cases that built up during the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate approved, 32-7, a bill Wednesday night that would...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 19, 2021

Kansas bill on trans athletes advances amid misogyny charges

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators on Wednesday traded sometimes-bitter accusations of misogyny as conservative Republicans advanced a proposal to ban transgender students from girls' and women's school sports that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 19, 2021

Kansas lawmakers at odds over how to legalize sports betting

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With the first round of college basketball's March Madness underway, Kansas legislators moved closer Friday toward legalizing sports betting, though big disagreements remained over where fans should be able to place wagers. A...

 

Kansas governor says she intends to sign emergency extension

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday that a measure approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature to rewrite Kansas' emergency management laws while limiting her authority during the coronavirus pandemic is...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 18, 2021

Kansas governor calls bill on trans athletes 'regressive'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday derided a proposed Kansas ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's school sports as "regressive" as conservative Republicans prepared to advance it in the GOP-controlled...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 17, 2021

Proposal to ban transgender athletes advances in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans advanced a proposal Tuesday that would ban transgender students from girl's and women's sports in Kansas schools and colleges, and supporters are increasingly confident of success. The state Senate...

 

Kansas lawmakers reject requiring in-person classes March 26

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican proposal to require all Kansas public schools to offer every student full in-person classes by March 26 failed Tuesday in the state House after some lawmakers complained that it would take too much power away from...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 17, 2021

Judge orders release of Kansas Senate leader after arrest

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered the release of a Kansas Senate leader from jail in Topeka, finding there was not enough evidence to support his arrest hours earlier on suspicion of driving under the influence and attempting to flee...

 

Error forces Kansas hospital to throw out 570 vaccines doses

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas hospital had to throw away 570 doses of a coronavirus vaccine because of a refrigeration mistake, officials say. Lawrence Memorial Hospital said in a news release that city and county health officials transferred the...

 

GOP lawmaker pushes plan to undo Kansas policy on vaccines

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Kansas outlined a measure Wednesday that would overturn Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's policy of withholding doses of COVID-19 vaccines from counties wanting to move to a new phase of inoculations before...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 10, 2021

GOP Kansas attorney general launches campaign for governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt launched his campaign for governor on Tuesday after weeks of heightened visibility for the three-term Republican amid the GOP-controlled Legislature's debates over Democratic Gov. Laura Kell...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 5, 2021

Ex-Kansas Gov. Colyer signals he'll make 2022 governor bid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer signaled Friday that he'll make a comeback bid in 2022 by bringing a granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower onto his team for the Kansas governor's race. Colyer stopped short of formally...

 

Kansas lawmakers look to protect businesses, debate vaccines

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers moved Tuesday to extend protections for businesses from lawsuits over COVID-19, while a prominent critic of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said the state's vaccine distribution has improved in recent weeks. The...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 3, 2021

Kansas lawmakers look to help cities with huge energy costs

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Driven by pleas from desperate local officials, Kansas legislators moved unusually quickly Wednesday to create a state low-interest loan program to help cities cover spikes in costs associated with providing heat and...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 3, 2021

Kansas Senate passes bill requiring in-person K-12 classes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate on Wednesday approved a proposal from its top Republican to require the state's public school districts to offer in-person classes to all students by March 26. Senate President Ty Masterson, an Andover...

 

Kansas ponders open churches, abortion limits in pandemics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Kansas legislators, still smarting over actions Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took early in the coronavirus pandemic, pushed Monday to prevent the state from restricting religious gatherings or keeping abortion...

 

Trump endorses Kansas Sen. Moran; primary fight less likely

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran for reelection in 2022, early backing that makes it unlikely the two-term Republican will face a serious challenge in the GOP primary. Trump's endorsement...

 

GOP officials launch new effort to rein in Kansas governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Kansas Republicans launched a new effort Tuesday to curb Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's power after months of criticizing her handling of the coronavirus pandemic and problems with the state's unemployment system. GOP...

 

Audit: Bogus unemployment claims may have cost Kansas $600M

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas may have paid $600 million worth of bogus claims for unemployment benefits last year, a legislative audit said Wednesday, more than double an estimate from the state Department of Labor. The report from the...

 

Kansas lawmakers hope for number on unemployment fraud cost

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers hope that a legislative audit to be released later this week will provide an estimate of how much the state has paid out in fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Republicans i...

 

GOP plan to curb jobless aid during pandemic sparks backlash

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators and a powerful business group are pushing a proposal to make it harder for unemployed Kansas workers to get extended benefits, arguing that extra weeks of aid are available even when thousands of jobs...

 

Kansas to focus on COVID-19 shots for teachers, school staff

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will put a priority on vaccinating teachers and other school staff against COVID-19 so that K-12 students across the state can resume in-person classes as quickly as possible, Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday. The Democrat...

 

Kansas lawmakers seek more control on unemployment upgrades

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are moving to exert more control over upgrades to Kansas' unemployment benefits system, and a key GOP legislator has even suggested stripping Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly of her control over the state...

 

Kansas proposal against transgender athletes gets traction

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal aimed at keeping transgender students out of girls' and women's sports is attracting enough interest in the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature to worry LGBTQ advocates. A conservative Republican lawmaker...

 

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