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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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

As Kansas awaits vaccine, it reports jump in COVID-19 deaths

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Wednesday reported spikes in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations as dozens of nursing homes experienced outbreaks and the state prepared to see that health care workers received the first available vaccines. Gov....

 

Kansas governor issues new mask mandate as COVID cases surge

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly issued a new mask mandate Wednesday in hopes of lessening the spread of the coronavirus in Kansas after the state again reported another record seven-day increase in new cases. State law still allows Kansas' 105...

 

Top health official: Kansas 'losing the battle' on COVID-19

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official warned Friday that the state is "losing the battle" against the coronavirus as it reported another record increase in new cases. The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas...

 

9 Greek houses at University of Kansas told to quarantine

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Health officials ordered residents of nine University of Kansas fraternity and sorority chapter houses to quarantine for two weeks following a coronavirus outbreak on campus. The university opened its fall semester Monday with...

 

Kansas sees schools moving online, crowd size reductions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two large Kansas school districts moved classes online for middle and high-schoolers while public health officials in Topeka imposed stricter crowd size limits to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The Wichita school district,...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Kansas mulls coronavirus tests for all in prison, care homes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top health official said Wednesday that the state is considering testing all prison inmates and residents of long-term care homes for the coronavirus, as such homes have accounted for more than half of the state's COVID-...

 

Kansas gets COVID-19 testing kits for meat processing towns

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has received 7,000 more COVID-19 testing kits from the federal government to use for testing people with ties to the meat-packing industry, which is battling an undisclosed number of cases. Gov. Laura Kelly announced...

 

Kansas rehab worker showed up sick; 19 die at facility

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Seven more people at a nursing and rehabilitation home in Kansas City, Kansas, have died from COVID-19, taking the facility's toll to 19 in an outbreak that is believed to have started with an infected worker. RIVERBEND...

 

Kansas governor extends stay-at-home directive until May 3

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday extended a stay-at-home order for all Kansas residents for an additional two weeks and called a teleconference with top legislators to consider $17 million in aid for hospitals. The Democratic... Full story

 

Kansas death toll from new coronavirus grows to 9

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As a statewide stay-at-home order took effect Monday and Kansas' coronavirus death toll grew to nine, President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for the state. Trump's order allows for federal assistance to suppl...

 

As virus cases surge, Kansas wants people home, feds to act

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official on Wednesday chided residents looking to "wriggle around" local stay-at-home orders meant to check the spread of the novel coronavirus, and Gov. Laura Kelly said the U.S. government should requ...

 

Kansas stricter on gatherings; 1M people told to stay home

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Shelter-in-place orders are about to take effect for about a third of Kansas' population to slow the spread of coronavirus, and Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday that she will tighten restrictions on public gatherings. Five...

 

Texts to voters purportedly from Trump roil Kansas election

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials are reviewing text messages claiming to be from President Donald Trump and telling residents that their early votes hadn't been recorded, as Democratic leaders worried Thursday that they were part of...

 

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