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Kansas fight shows how election 'reforms' may favor one side

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Charley Crabtree was looking to help voters in nursing homes get absentee ballots delivered on time last year, so he picked up about 75 from at least 10 locations in his hometown of Lawrence. Republicans who control the Kansas...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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 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 to launch pro-mask campaign but faces skepticism

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is preparing to launch a media campaign aimed at getting more of its residents to wear masks so that the coronavirus doesn't keep spreading rapidly, though some officials are skeptical that it will move the needle much. T...

 

Kansas sees new COVID highs; Kelly not dropping mask mandate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas set new state pandemic records Wednesday for reported coronavirus cases and COVID-19-related hospitalizations, and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said she hasn't dropped the idea of calling the Republican-controlled Legislat...

 

Health officer plans to close bars in Kansas' biggest city

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A local public health official plans to close bars and restrict restaurant hours in the state's largest city and the surrounding area until after Labor Day because of a surge in reported coronavirus cases over the past six...

 

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...

 

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