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Proponents and opponents for the Kansas constitutional amendment change to abortion sit socially distanced in the Federal and State Affairs committee meeting Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas legislators review proposed anti-abortion amendment

Jan. 15, 2021 3:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents and abortion rights supporters on Friday previewed arguments they'll make to voters if lawmakers put a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot. House and Senate committees heard testimony on a proposal to overturn a Kansas Supreme...

Members of the Kansas Capitol Police and Kansas Highway Patrol stand guard outside of the Kansas Senate Chambers Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 within the Kansas Statehouse. (Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas expects protests; governor limits Statehouse access

Jan. 14, 2021 8:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly is restricting access to the Kansas Statehouse due to the possibility of an armed protest, telling state lawmakers Thursday that an event is planned for Sunday with “other potential gatherings” next week. The Democratic governor's chief of staff, Will...

Kansas lawmakers move quickly on local tax 'transparency'

Jan. 14, 2021 7:39 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators moved quickly Thursday to try a different approach in seeking to limit city and county taxes after Gov. Laura Kelly and a key group signaled that they're not as opposed to the concept as they once were. The Senate voted 34-1 for a proposed transparency law that would...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, file photo, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions regarding her testing strategy and number of COVID-19 cases during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka Kan. The coronavirus pandemic prompted Kelly to give her 2021 State of the State address virtually, rather than during a joint session of the Legislature. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

Kansas Senate votes to extend COVID emergency, limit Kelly

Jan. 14, 2021 7:30 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican-led state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would extend Kansas' state of emergency while limiting Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s power to direct the pandemic response, as workers sought to speed up the pace of coronavirus vaccinations. A law enacted in June...

Dr. Lee Norman, head of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, answers questions about the COVID-19 pandemic during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman says he's encouraged by data showing that hospitals have been under less stress recently from the pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas COVID-19 hospitalizations fall from last month's peak

Jan. 13, 2021 8:25 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Coronavirus hospitalizations have fallen in Kansas from their high last month and staffing is under less strain as the shaky vaccine rollout gains momentum, although overall case numbers remain stubbornly high. Kansas Department of Health and Environment data shows that 889 adults were...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Democratic governor is dismissing criticism of her budget proposals from Republican legislators as an expected negotiating tactic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor's budget includes proposals GOP has rejected

Jan. 13, 2021 7:46 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly outlined a proposed annual budget Wednesday that includes a tax increase and two other major initiatives likely to be rejected by the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. Kelly's $20.9 billion spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 would...

Kansas man ordered to pay $81K in securities fraud case

Jan. 13, 2021 9:22 AM EST

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been found guilty of federal securities fraud and sentenced to four years’ supervised probation. The office of U.S. Attorney General for Kansas Derek Schmidt said in a news release that Michael Davin, 64, of Olathe, also was ordered at his Monday sentencing to...

Ontario Premier Doug Ford looks on as the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Canada is administered to personal support worker Anita Quidangen by registered nurse Hiwot Arfaso at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Latest: Fla. lawyer in tobacco cases dies from COVID-19

Jan. 12, 2021 9:39 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Florida attorney Fred Levin, who won a major legal battle against the tobacco industry in the 1990s, has died several days after contracting the coronavirus. He was 83. An attorney at the Levin Papantonio Rafferty legal firm says Levin died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19, the...

This computer screen capture from Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's page on Facebook shows her giving the annual State of the State address, Tuesday, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says that given the recent mob violence in Washington, the state's leaders must

Governor: Kansas officials must 'set example' after DC riot

Jan. 12, 2021 9:15 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly told fellow Kansas residents Tuesday night that her usual yearly call for bipartisanship is not enough in light of last week's mob violence in Washington and said the state's leaders “must commit ourselves to set an example.” Kelly focused much of the...

FILE - This Dec. 8, 2020 file photo shows Kansas state Rep. Aaron Coleman, D-Kansas City at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan.  A formal compliant filed Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021  in the House about  Coleman will kick off a bipartisan investigation that will culminate in a recommendation and vote about his future in the Legislature. A two-thirds majority would be necessary to oust him. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

Kansas House Dems move to oust member over issues with women

Jan. 12, 2021 4:33 PM EST

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 compliant filed in the House by Democratic members...