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Kansans urged to stay vigilant against virus despite vaccine

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas' top health official said Tuesday they are relieved the state has begun distributing a coronavirus vaccine but they stressed that the public still needs to adhere to social distancing and other...

 

Wichita area feels 5 low-intensity earthquakes in 2 weeks

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Five low intensity earthquakes have rattled part of the Wichita area since Thanksgiving, but a Kansas expert on seismic activity says residents of the state's largest city should not be overly concerned about a larger, more...

 

Missouri to bring in health care workers from other states

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri plans to bring in hundreds of health care workers from other states to help provide care as already-stretched hospitals prepare for a possible increase in COVID-19 cases resulting from the Thanksgiving holiday. Gov....

 

Missouri has record COVID-19 increase amid hospital concerns

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Missouri surpassed the 200,000 mark Friday, and the number of people hospitalized with the virus is fast approaching 2,000, according to state health department records. Missouri had a...

 

Kansas man charged with capital murder in sons' deaths

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of killing his two sons and taking his two daughters from their home before being stopped in Oklahoma was charged Tuesday with capital murder in the boys' deaths. Donny Ray Jackson Jr., 40, was also charged...

 

Pregnant Kansas City woman arrested by police attends rally

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nine-months-pregnant Black woman whose arrest by a Kansas City police officer sparked outrage and an occupation of City Hall grounds was so overcome with emotion Thursday that she was unable to address a rally to demand...

 

Kansas City activists camp at City Hall in police protest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Activists who were outraged when a white Kansas City police officer knelt on the back of a Black pregnant woman during an arrest last week have set up camp outside City Hall and say they plan to stay until the officer and...

 

Governor urges GOP-led state council to extend declaration

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas will face a dramatic reduction in coronavirus-related services that would put residents' lives at risk if a state council does not approve extending a state disaster declaration, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday....

 

GOP-led council extends Kansas governor's coronavirus order

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A mostly Republican state council voted Friday to extend Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's emergency declaration providing services to combat the coronavirus in Kansas, but only after language was added clarifying that the governor...

 

Barr, federal authorities tout Operation Legend

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal task force designed to help local law enforcement agencies reduce violent crime has already made more than 1,000 arrests in the cities where it has been deployed since it began in early July, U.S. Attorney General...

 

Subject of 'Audrie & Daisy' documentary dies by suicide

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — An advocate for sexual abuse victims who became the subject of a Netflix documentary after alleging she was sexually assaulted at age 14 in Missouri has died by suicide, according to her mother and a co-worker. Melinda Coleman,...

 

Group alleges greyhounds being trained with live rabbits

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Two U.S. representatives introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban greyhound racing nationwide, after an advocacy group released videos showing greyhounds being trained by chasing, mauling and killing live rabbits in...

 

Federal operation in Kansas City targets violent crime

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A massive federal operation underway in Kansas City, Missouri, that targets violent crime has been largely welcomed by local and state officials, while some civil rights organizations are strongly opposed to having federal...

 

Veterans Affairs says agency is changing troubled culture

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is making significant progress in its efforts to change a culture that has been beset by complaints from veterans and low employee morale, the leader of the agency said Thursday. Robert...

 

Black leaders in Kansas City seek police chief's resignation

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights organizations on Wednesday called for the resignation of Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, hours after a group of mostly black pastors demanded changes to improve relations between police and the city's minority...

 

Kansas counties mull their approach to virus restrictions

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas counties had various reactions on Wednesday to Gov. Laura Kelly's decision to give them the authority to determine their own coronavirus restrictions, with some deciding to keep the current rules in place and others effec...

 

St. Louis County, Kansas City plan restricted reopenings

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County and Kansas City officials announced Friday that they will proceed with the gradual reopening of businesses but with several restrictions in place as efforts continue to slow the spread of the coronavirus. St....

 

Amid protests, Kelly says May 3 reopening of Kansas in doubt

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday that her goal is to start reopening the Kansas economy on May 3 but she may not be able to do it because the state is "nowhere near" having the supplies needed for adequate coronavirus testing....

 

Gov. Kelly: Kansas is scouring the state for health supplies

Government and health officials are scouring the state for supplies and to determine the number of hospital beds that might be available to respond to the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. Kelly said the state's response to the... Full story

 

Kansas coronavirus death toll rises to 4, with 202 cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas health officials reported more than 200 confirmed coronavirus cases and a fourth death Friday, and the state's health director said he doesn't expect the spread of the virus to peak until mid- to late April. All four...

 

2 new coronavirus deaths reported in Missouri on Friday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two more Missourians died from the coronavirus, officials said Friday, and the number of confirmed cases of the illness nearly doubled in one day. St. Louis County officials said a woman in her 60s, who suffered from...

 

Missouri sees 1st coronavirus death; local elections delayed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday announced the first coronavirus death in the state happened in Boone County, without providing further details. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said the case was travel-related and the...

 

Widespread discrimination alleged at Kansas City VA hospital

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Kansas and the NAACP are demanding action after up to 50 black employees of the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center have complained about widespread discrimination at the hospital. Their...

 

Missouri reports 15 coronavirus cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department on Tuesday reported 15 positive cases of coronavirus as state and local governments took additional steps to limit large gatherings in an attempt stem the virus' spread. Meanwhile, the state's...

 

Missouri man in prison for wife's 1990 death seeks clemency

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 75-year-old Missouri inmate who insists he did not kill his wife is clinging to hope that Gov. Mike Parson will heed his petition for clemency, despite three decades of unsuccessful legal efforts to secure his freedom....

 

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