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AG: Spike in natural gas prices appears to break Kansas law

Sep. 13, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that sharp spikes in natural gas prices last winter appear to violate Kansas law and he is seeking outside legal help to investigate them. Schmidt's office said it is looking to retain a law firm with...

Kansas pandemic response panel approves extra nurses’ pay

Sep. 10, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas hospitals will receive $50 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for extra pay for nurses to keep them on the job but will be required to report monthly on how many nurses they’ve lost and why under a plan a state task force approved Friday. ...

GOP group held 'war games' for state AGs before Trump loss

Sep. 10, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An offshoot of the Republican Attorneys General Association that sent a robocall urging “patriots” to support then-President Donald Trump at the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the storming of the U.S. Capitol held a special “war games” meeting weeks before the...

U.S. Sen. Marshall endorses Schmidt in Kansas governor race

Sep. 07, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall announced Tuesday that he was endorsing Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the Kansas governor's race. Marshall had initially endorsed former Gov. Jeff Colyer, who dropped out of the race last week after announcing he had...

Jeff Colyer has cancer, drops out of Kansas governor’s race

Aug. 30, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Monday that he is dropping out of the 2022 race for governor after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. “While I have always focused on helping others, for the next few weeks I am going to focus on my...

Kansas can enforce COVID-inspired limits on officials' power

Aug. 24, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — People who oppose mask requirements or restrictions on public gatherings imposed by Kansas counties can challenge them in court and obtain a ruling within 10 days — at least for now — because of a decision Tuesday by the state's highest court. ...

Appeals court blocks enforcement of Kansas' 'ag-gag' law

Aug. 20, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked enforcement of provisions in a Kansas law that ban the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities, finding that the statute seeks to stifle speech critical of animal agriculture. A...

GOP claims Kansas governor is spending COVID funds illegally

Aug. 17, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators in Kansas are accusing Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration of illegally spending at least $86 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds by not getting their approval first. Kelly's office on Tuesday did not...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Aug. 10, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. August 6, 2021. Editorial: UG Mayor Alvey blocking a vote on badly needed municipal ID and immigration reform Wyandotte County residents who support an inclusive, vibrant community must press their case for an immediate vote on a...

Delta variant has K-12 schools in Kansas imposing mask rules

Aug. 03, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A growing number of Kansas school districts are imposing mask mandates because of the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant, just before in-person classes resume for the fall. As of Tuesday, at least nine districts serving more than 92,000 students...