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GOP senators reject Kansas appeals court nominee 2nd time

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in the Kansas Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a public defender to the state's second-highest court for the second time in eight months, despite support for him from the...

 

Kansas Supreme Court upholds workers' compensation law

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld a state law which governs how much money workers who are injured on the job can collect. The court ruled that an amendment to the Kansas Workers Compensation Act was...

 

Wichita hoax call case notes history of police shootings

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Attorneys for the family of a Kansas man killed by police responding to a hoax emergency call are using the case to try to hold the city of Wichita accountable for what they call a troubled history of police shootings. In the...

 

Ex-teacher sentenced for kicking Kansas kindergarten student

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas teacher who was caught on security camera kicking a kindergarten student in the school library has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and a year of probation. Crystal Smith, 55, was also ordered to attend...

 

Kansas man's obit criticizes those who won't wear masks

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — He was born as America was recovering from the Great Depression and about to enter World War II — periods of national sacrifice his son would recall decades later in an obituary lamenting his death from COVID-19 even as...

 

Expected staffing shortages could hit rural hospitals hard

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Anticipated staffing shortages amid surging coronavirus cases could hit rural hospitals especially hard because smaller communities have more limited options for finding providers to cover for sick workers, medical...

 

Kansas college settles lawsuit over recruitment of athletes

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A small community college in northeast Kansas has settled a lawsuit accusing it of directing coaches to recruit more white athletes and subjecting Black students to excessive scrutiny such as background checks before...

 

Kansas counties, biggest school district set new COVID rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' largest public-school district has scrapped plans to allow its middle and high school students to attend some in-person classes and three counties have imposed new restrictions inspired by the coronavirus pandemic. The...

 

Kansas counties, biggest school district set new COVID rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' largest public school district has scrapped plans to allow its middle and high school students to attend some in-person classes and three counties have imposed new restrictions inspired by the coronavirus pandemic. The...

 

Kansas exceeds 100K coronavirus cases as mask debate rages

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Monday reported another record seven-day spike in coronavirus cases, pushing the state past 100,000 for the pandemic as officials wrestled with getting more residents to wear masks. The state Department of Health and...

 

Court orders release of Russian mom convicted of taking kids

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court ordered the immediate release of a Russian mother whose case garnered international attention after she was convicted of kidnapping for moving her children from the U.S. to Russia amid a divorce....

 

Kansas court expands parental rights of same-sex couples

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court issued two decisions Friday with far-reaching implications for same-sex couples, finding that parenting intentions at the moment of a child's birth are critical to establishing parental rights....

 

In-person voting begins in Kansas with short wait times

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Early in-person voting began Wednesday in several Kansas counties, with election officials reporting heavier than usual turnout but relatively short wait times to cast a ballot. Election offices across the state also...

 

More voting options, fewer polling sites planned in Kansas

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters will have more options this year to cast their ballot, easing the pressure on fewer available in-person polling sites on Election Day amid pandemic concerns that have closed traditional voting locations in...

 

Kansas to get 870K COVID-19 tests, sets hospitalization mark

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas expects to receive 870,000 rapid COVID-19 tests from the federal government over the next three months to boost testing in potential hot spots, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. Kelly made the announcement as the state saw a...

 

Lawsuit: Kansas woman posed no danger when deputy killed her

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy after refusing to pull over was unarmed and posed no danger to him or the public, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. The court filing paints a...

 

1,500 mail ballots arrived too late to count in Kansas

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — More than 1,500 Kansans did not have their votes counted in the August primary because their mail ballots arrived too late, but many of them were uncounted because voters didn't mail them on time, election data shows. A...

 

Kansas court hears arguments over "wrongful birth" law

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court seemed worried Wednesday about the proper roles of the Legislature and courts as it wrestled with whether a state statute that prohibits lawsuits based on "wrongful birth" claims is...

 

ACLU drops lawsuit alleging agency's retaliatory complaint

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas on Monday dropped its lawsuit that accused a former lawyer for the state utilities regulating agency of filing a baseless, retaliatory complaint against two environmental...

 

Defense seeks leniency for 'Satanist' soldier in bomb plot

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A former Army infantry soldier described by prosecutors as a Satanist who hoped to overthrow the U.S. government endured a lifetime of victimization, isolation and trauma that led him to become involved with online...

 

Filing: Kansas prof's prosecution criminalizes job disputes

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The prosecution of a Kansas researcher ensnared in a U.S. government crackdown on Chinese economic espionage and trade secret theft opens the door to criminalizing workplace disagreements, his attorneys argued Friday in a...

 

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,... Full story

 

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...

 

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