Latest Kansas state government News

Allegations of police bias in Kansas yield few sanctions

Oct. 23, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas law enforcement agencies have received hundreds of complaints of bias over the past 10 years, but records available to the public show only two alleging racial bias resulted in consequences for officers, an Associated Press examination of the data shows. ...

Audubon lawsuit over Quivira Wildlife Refuge water dismissed

Oct. 20, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Audubon of Kansas over water rights at the Quivira Wildlife Refuge in central Kansas. Audubon sued the U.S. Department of Interior and other federal and state agencies in January, alleging...

KBI say it has opened 122 clergy sex abuse cases in Kansas

Oct. 15, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A task force formed three years ago to investigate clergy sexual abuse in Kansas Catholic dioceses has received 215 tips and opened 122 cases, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Robert Jacobs, executive officer of the KBI, reported on...

Kansas legislators press state school board on race theory

Oct. 13, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Chairpersons of the House and Senate education committees took the Kansas State Board of Education to task Wednesday because they don’t think the panel is taking seriously enough lawmakers’ and parents’ concerns about how race and racism are discussed in schools. ...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Oct. 12, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. October 7, 2021. Editorial: Johnson County GOP chair resigns after colleague alleges he grabbed her Just days after we reported on allegations Johnson County GOP Chair Fabian Shepard grabbed and kissed the Wyandotte County...

Judge: Kansas City's plan to divert police funds was illegal

Oct. 05, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge ruled Tuesday that Kansas City officials violated state law when they moved toward shifting 18% of the police department's budget into community services. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Campbell sided with a...

Kansas governor bypasses lawmakers, creates child advocate

Oct. 04, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday created an independent office to review complaints against Kansas' foster care system and recommend changes in child welfare policies, a longtime goal of advocates for abused and neglected children. The Democratic...

Child COVID-19 vaccination rates low in some Kansas counties

Oct. 02, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas counties are seeing youth vaccination rates for COVID-19 far below the national average, according to state data released this week. A school pandemic workgroup established by Gov. Laura Kelly received data from the Kansas Department of...

Kansas governor expands voter registration to state agencies

Oct. 01, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents can now register to vote at the state agencies where they receive public benefits under an agreement with civil rights groups that brings the state back into compliance with federal election law, the governor said Friday. The Kansas...

Topeka priest suspended after allegation of sexual abuse

Sep. 27, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The pastor of a Catholic parish in Topeka has been suspended from his public duties after being accused of sexually abusing a minor, the archdiocese for northeast Kansas announced Monday. The Rev. John Pilcher of Mater Dei parish denies the...