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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...

 

Bill to drop concealed carry age won't get committee vote

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill to lower the legal age to carry concealed firearms in Kansas from 21 to 18 has stalled in a House committee, but a supporter plans to offer the proposal for consideration on the House floor. Rep. John Barker, an Abilene...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    February 28, 2021 

Kansas ponders open churches, abortion limits in pandemics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Kansas legislators, still smarting over actions Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly took early in the coronavirus pandemic, pushed Monday to prevent the state from restricting religious gatherings or keeping abortion...

 

Kansas Supreme Court suspends foul-mouthed judge from bench

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A foul-mouthed Kansas judge accused of bigotry who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a "swear journal" documenting his obscene outbursts was on Friday suspended from the bench for one year....

 

Trump endorses Kansas Sen. Moran; primary fight less likely

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran for reelection in 2022, early backing that makes it unlikely the two-term Republican will face a serious challenge in the GOP primary. Trump's endorsement...

 

Oklahoma House OKs bill to let governor pick US senator

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House approved a bill on Tuesday to let the governor fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. The bill, approved on a 54-42 vote, now heads to the Senate for consideration. Under current Oklahoma law, the governor calls...

 

GOP officials launch new effort to rein in Kansas governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Kansas Republicans launched a new effort Tuesday to curb Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's power after months of criticizing her handling of the coronavirus pandemic and problems with the state's unemployment system. GOP...

 

Indian Country gripped by Haaland hearing for top US post

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — For Native Americans, Deb Haaland is more than an elected official on track to become the first Indigenous secretary of the Interior Department. She is a sister, an auntie and a fierce pueblo woman whose political stances... Full story

 

Oklahoma governor nominates 2 women for cabinet posts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has nominated two women to serve in his cabinet. Stitt this week announced he selected former state Rep. Susan Winchester as his secretary of licensing and regulation and Jennifer Grigsby as his...

 

New legislation would protect drivers who hit protestors

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When massive demonstrations against racial injustice erupted across the nation last summer, protesters used an increasingly common tactic to draw attention to their cause: swarming out onto major roads to temporarily paralyze...

 

Guns in capitol buildings divide states after armed protests

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In the past year, insurrectionists have breached the U.S. Capitol and armed protesters have forced their way into statehouses around the country. But the question of whether guns should be allowed in capitol buildings remains...

 

Guns in capitol buildings divide states after armed protests

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In the past year, insurrectionists have breached the U.S. Capitol and armed protesters have forced their way into statehouses around the country. But the question of whether guns should be allowed in capitol buildings remains...

 

Kelly signs state of emergency as frigid cold grips Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents were asked Monday to conserve energy as utility companies began imposing rolling blackouts in response to exploding frigid temperatures and wind chills across the state. Andrew French, chairman of the Kansas...

 

Kansas proposal against transgender athletes gets traction

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal aimed at keeping transgender students out of girls' and women's sports is attracting enough interest in the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature to worry LGBTQ advocates. A conservative Republican lawmaker...

 

First law signed by Oklahoma governor allows virtual meeting

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first bill signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt during the current legislative session allows public bodies to continue meeting virtually as a coronavirus safety precaution. The law signed Wednesday allows public...

 

Kansas bill to recognize other states' gun permits advances

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A House committee has advanced a bill to expand Kansas' recognition of other states' concealed carry permits. The bill is backed by Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who said in a hearing last month that the bill would...

 

A fluke or the future? Boebert shakes up Colorado district

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, a stretch of ski resorts, national forest, ranches, coal towns and desert mesas the size of Pennsylvania, has long bred low-key politicians. Its voters have skewed slightly to the right, prized...

 

GOP leaders: Kansas' virus emergency might end March 31

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two top Republican lawmakers said Monday that Kansas might not need to keep its state of emergency for COVID-19 in place past the end of March, signaling possible internal GOP divisions about keeping the pandemic restrictions...

 

Kansas lawmaker facing warning rejoins Democratic Party

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas House member who's due to get a public warning from colleagues about his behavior before he took office has rejoined the Democratic Party. Rep. Aaron Coleman of Kansas City, Kansas, confirmed Monday that he...

 

Virus outbreaks stoke tensions in some state capitols

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After only their first few weeks of work, tensions already are high among lawmakers meeting in-person at some state capitols — not because of testy debates over taxes, guns or abortion, but because of a disregard for... Full story

 

Kansas Sen. Marshall receives seat on Agriculture Committee

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Sen. Roger Marshall has received the Senate Agriculture Committee seat that he told Kansas voters he would get if they elected him. The freshman senator also received seats on the Senate's energy, small business and...

 

Oklahoma Legislature fast tracks virtual meeting exemption

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public bodies in Oklahoma will be able to continue to meet virtually as a coronavirus safety precaution under a bill that was fast tracked Wednesday through the Oklahoma Senate. The Senate suspended its rules and unanimously...

 

GOP lawmakers not mollified on COVID-19 scams against Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Assurances from labor officials that new security protocols are blocking thousands of fraudulent attempts every hour to access Kansas' unemployment benefits system did little Wednesday to dispel the concerns of Republican...

 

Kansas mayor accused of perjury gets diversion agreement

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — The mayor of Shawnee, Kansas, has reached a diversion agreement with prosecutors that would resolve a perjury charge stemming from an open meetings complaint she filed using the name of another person without his permission....

 

Halfway point: 11 days that define Gov. Kevin Stitt's first two years

Gov. Kevin Stitt finds himself in much different times than when he took office just over two years ago. As the Covid-19 pandemic has loomed large over much of Stitt's first term, unemployment is...

 

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