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Kansas Secretary of Health and Environment Lee Norman answers questions related to vaccine distribution during a press conference, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan.. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

COVID-19 variant looked for as culprit of prison outbreak

Jan. 27, 2021 7:37 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials on Wednesday sought to determine whether a coronavirus variant might be fueling a new outbreak at a minimum-security state prison where inmates regularly work in surrounding communities. The state Department of Health and Environment has been watching for...

Kansas eyes allowing concealed carry for people under 21

Jan. 27, 2021 6:17 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas gun rights supporters are pushing to lower the age for concealed carry of firearms from 21 to 18. Wichita Republican Rep. Blake Carpenter and a Kansas State Rifle Association lobbyist on Wednesday told the House Federal and State Affairs Committee that it's already legal in...

Ex-Sedgwick County commissioner fined for ethics violations

Jan. 27, 2021 6:13 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell was fined $25,000 on Wednesday after admitting to nine campaign finance violations. The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fined O'Donnell for violations that included using campaign money for personal use and fraudulent...

Bill would help low income students attend private schools

Jan. 27, 2021 4:17 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal to expand a program that uses tax credits to help low-income students attend private schools. Supporters of the bill told House and Senate committees Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the disparity between private schools, which...

Suit: Background check failure led to Kansas patient's rape

Jan. 27, 2021 2:23 PM EST

ANDOVER, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas assisted living facility is accused in a lawsuit of failing to vet staff and turning a blind eye while a woman with dementia was sexually assaulted. The suit alleges that administrators at Mapleton Assisted Living facility waited six months to perform a background check on the...

Mom of man who killed his father and shot 2 lawmen charged

Jan. 26, 2021 6:32 PM EST

LYONS, Kan. (AP) — The mother of the man who killed his father and shot two Rice County law officers in 2019 has been charged with providing a weapon to her son, Rice County Attorney Remington Dalke said. Shirley Loder, 67, of Arlington, was charged this month with suspicion of criminal distribution of a...

Kansas ethics panel to hear campaign finance complaints

Jan. 25, 2021 6:05 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell could be on the hook for potentially thousands of dollars in civil fines if an ethics panel finds he violated state campaign finance law. O’Donnell faces nine counts of campaign finance violations for allegedly funneling...

Appeals court upholds convictions in Kansas bomb plot

Jan. 25, 2021 12:49 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and sentences of three militia members facing decades in prison for their roles in a foiled 2016 plot to massacre Somali Muslims in southwest Kansas. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected all the arguments raised by attorneys for...

Doctors: Death risk high for ill Kansas election official

Jan. 25, 2021 11:33 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two doctors who treated a Kansas election commissioner who was fired for accessing a voter database when working from home while battling cancer said she faced a one-in-four chance or more of dying if she got COVID-19. The Wichita Eagle reported it talked to Sedgwick County Election...

Sedgwick County will not fight firing of election official

Jan. 22, 2021 5:43 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County commissioners decided Friday to not fight the firing of Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman after Secretary of State Scott Schwab promised the county a role in choosing her successor. Lehman lost her job for violating a policy by remotely accessing the state’s...