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Kansas counties with mask mandate show steep COVID-19 drop

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas counties that have mask mandates in place have seen a rapid drop in cases, while counties that only recommend their use have seen no decrease in cases, the state's top health official said Wednesday. Dr. Lee Norman,...

 

Agency probed abuse reports months before Kansas girl slain

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas child welfare agency determined Friday that a 3-year-old girl whose battered body was found this month died as the result of child abuse, a belated finding that comes months after the agency first received reports...

 

Kansas agency balks at releasing records for slain child

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' child welfare agency balked at releasing records about a 3-year-old girl whose battered body was found this month, despite a 2018 law that aimed to make such documents more transparent. That law says Kansas...

 

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...

 

Suit moving forward against Kansas officer in hoax call case

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A judge on Friday ruled that a lawsuit can move forward against a Wichita police officer who fatally shot an innocent man in 2017 while responding to a hoax emergency call stemming from a dispute between two online...

 

Major railroad expansion tearing up Flint Hills in Kansas

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — More than a century after the arrival of the railroads to the Flint Hills of Kansas, a large-scale track expansion is tearing up a scenic stretch in some of the last remaining tallgrass prairie left in the nation. The...

 

US farmers leaning more heavily on government loan programs

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Farmers across the nation leaned more heavily upon the federal government last year to finance their agricultural operations amid low commodity prices and trade disputes, and more of the money they borrowed is now delinque...

 
 By Roxana Hegeman    Regional    May 6, 2020

11 attorneys general seek probe into meatpacking industry

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The attorneys general for 11 Midwestern states urged the Justice Department on Tuesday to pursue a federal investigation into market concentration and potential price fixing by meatpackers in the cattle industry during...

 
 By Roxana Hegeman    Regional    May 3, 2020

Report: Kansas law enforcement seized $3.35M in property

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas law enforcement agencies seized more than $3.35 million in property during a six-month period last year, disproportionately from young black and Hispanic male drivers. Counties reporting significant currency...

 

Court: Kansas can't require voters to show citizenship proof

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Kansas can't require voters to show proof of citizenship when they register, dealing a blow to efforts by Republicans in several states who have pursued restrictive...

 

Kansas governor, churches reach deal on COVID-19 lawsuit

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said she has reached a deal that could resolve a lawsuit brought by two churches challenging her order banning religious gatherings of more than 10 people to help slow the spread of the...

 

Kansas governor, churches reach deal on COVID-19 lawsuit

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said she has reached a deal that could resolve a lawsuit brought by two churches challenging her order banning religious gatherings of more than 10 people to help slow the spread of the...

 

Kansas' high court weighs virus limits on religious services

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly told the state Supreme Court on Saturday that a Republican-dominated legislative panel exceeded its authority when it overturned the Democratic governor's executive order banning...

 

Kansas unemployment numbers don't show the full picture

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — When Denise Romero was laid off four weeks ago from her job as a waitress at a family-owned restaurant in Wichita, she had little choice but to scramble to find some other way to put food on the table amid the coronavirus...

 

4 die from the coronavirus at Kansas rehabilitation facility

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A rehabilitation facility in Kansas City, Kansas, where four people have died of COVID-19 is one of a few group living facilities in the state that's dealing with coronavirus outbreaks among their vulnerable residents. Health...

 

Kansas massage therapist accused of misconduct with athletes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A massage therapist charged with a sex crime involving a girl also engaged in inappropriate behavior toward at least six female athletes at the University of Kansas, including unwanted touching during massages, school...

 

Owner of facility tied to Kansas death runs Washington home

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A nursing home resident who become Kansas' first COVID-19-related death was infected at the Life Care Center of Kansas City, which is owned by the same company that runs the facility in Washington state linked to 22...

 

Panel seeks censure, coaching for foul-mouthed Kansas judge

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A foul-mouthed Kansas judge who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a "swear journal" documenting his outbursts should be publicly censured and receive professional coaching, but not kicked off the b...

 

House report faults Kansas election official in Dodge City

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county clerk was dismissive of the national outcry after Dodge City's lone polling site was moved outside the city limits, according to emails released as part of a congressional investigation into voter suppression...

 

Reports: Jail altercation in Kansas sparked by mealtime rule

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An altercation involving 20 inmates at a Kansas prison in which five correctional officers were injured lasted just two minutes before the situation was deemed "controlled," investigative reports show. Details of the Feb. 4...

 

Court: Kansas "Ag-Gag" unconstitutionally bans free speech

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Provisions in a Kansas law that ban the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalize free speech, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil mostly...

 

Court: GEICO must pay injured Kansas man for care from wife

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An insurance company must reimburse a Kansas man for the personal care his wife provided after he was injured in an automobile accident, the state Supreme Court ruled in rejecting that spouses are required to provide such...

 

Kansas says it's better prepared now for aviation layoffs

Kansas Labor Secretary Delia Garcia said Thursday that the state is better prepared to respond to layoffs stemming from the grounding of the troubled Boeing 737 Max than it was during the Great Recession, when it had to borrow money to prop up its...

 

Moody's downgrades debt rating for largest Boeing supplier

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Moody's Investors Service announced that it is downgrading the debt rating for Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. to junk-bond status after the major supplier of fuselages for Boeing's troubled 737 Max announced massive layoffs last...

 

Boeing travails begin to ripple, 2,800 jobs lost in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Problems for Boeing and its troubled 737 Max aircraft, which appear to be growing deeper, have begun to ripple outward, with a major supplier announcing Friday that it will lay off more than 20% of its workforce in Kansas,...

 

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