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Divers recover body of trash truck driver from river

Apr. 5, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

PERRY, Kan. (AP) — A trash truck driver who was reported missing after not returning from his route was found dead after his truck slid into the Delaware River during inclement weather, authorities said. The body of 32-year-old Bernard Singleton, of Topeka, was found Saturday in the river near Perry. ...

Topeka police investigate man's shooting death

Apr. 5, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

A 28-year-old man has been fatally shot in east Topeka, police said. Officers were responding to a call Saturday night about shots being fired and a vehicle crash when they found the body of D’Angelo L. Payne, Lt. Ron Ekis said. The circumstances of the homicide and vehicle crash have not been released....

Kansas governor signs bill to launch new transportation plan

Apr. 3, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation Friday to launch a new, 10-year transportation program she and other officials see as a $10 billion stimulus to counter the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The program will use use existing funds to pay for $1 billion a year in...

A pair of cyclists cross an empty downtown street as the sun sets Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Governor says Kansas could exhaust protective gear next week

Apr. 3, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas could run out of personal protective equipment for medical personnel and others dealing directly with the coronavirus pandemic by the middle of next week, Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday, as the state saw its largest spike in the number of COVID-19-related deaths since the outbreak...

Court: Utilities cannot charge energy-making customers more

Apr. 3, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Utilities cannot charge customers who produce some of their own energy more than other customers, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that strikes down proposed rates from two companies. The state's highest court found the proposals by Westar and Kansas Gas and Electric...

Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas secretary of health and environment, answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic as Gov. Laura Kelly watches during a news conference, Monday, March 23, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Six counties with about 1 million of the state's 2.9 million residents have issued shelter-in-place orders and Kelly says she's going to impose stricter rules for public gatherings. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas' review of cellphone GPS data raises privacy concerns

Apr. 2, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly faced questions Thursday over the state's monitoring of GPS data gleaned from people's cellphones about how residents have cut down on travel during the coronavirus pandemic. But Kelly defended the state Department of Health and Environment's use of the data. She...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions about the coronavirus outbreak in her state during a news conference, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says the state is in the

Kansas governor calls US officials unprepared for COVID-19

Apr. 2, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly strongly criticized the U.S. government Thursday as unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic and said her state hasn't gotten needed supplies despite multiple requests approved since mid-March. The Democratic governor said Kansas has sought “hundreds of...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions about the coronavirus outbreak in her state during a news conference, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says the state is in the

Wichita officials seek to restrict abortion amid outbreak

Apr. 1, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials in the Wichita area took what is likely to be an unsuccessful step toward halting abortions amid the coronavirus outbreak as the Kansas prison system reported its first cases in three workers. Sedgwick County commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a recommendation to...

COVID-19 yet to hit Kansas budget; March taxes $8.6M short

Apr. 1, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has yet to fully hit the Kansas state budget, with tax collections falling only $8.6 million short of expectations in March. The state Department of Revenue reported Wednesday that tax collections last month were $523.4 million when the state projected...

Pastor Lee leads a parking lot service at the Immanuel Lutheran Church In Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, March 29, 2020. The church plans two

Kansas death toll from new coronavirus grows to 9

Mar. 30, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As a statewide stay-at-home order took effect Monday and Kansas' coronavirus death toll grew to nine, President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for the state. Trump's order allows for federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas...