Latest Kansas state government News

Texas woman convicted in deaths of 2 Kansas carnival vendors

Sep. 17, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Texas woman was convicted Friday of capital murder for her role in the slayings of a Wichita couple who were killed after a carnival worker ordered their deaths as part of a fictitious carnival mafia. A Barton County jury found Kimberley Stacey...

Kansas City police board member's credentials questioned

Sep. 16, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former leader of a Kansas City-area charitable organization said the newest member of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners served on its board for one year, contrary to a report that raised questions about the biographical information she provided before...

Kansas schools see increasing number of COVID-19 outbreaks

Sep. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas schools are seeing a growing number of COVID-19 outbreaks, and school-aged children are getting infected more frequently than any other age group. The state Department of Health and Environment's latest data, reported Wednesday, showed 63...

GOP leader questions plans to put Afghan evacuees in Kansas

Sep. 15, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas said Wednesday that he's concerned about President Joe Biden's plan to resettle almost 500 Afghan evacuees in the state because he doesn't know how well they're being vetted. Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson...

Judge: Kansas must pay $1.42M to voting rights attorneys

Sep. 15, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ordered Kansas on Wednesday to pay a total of $1.42 million to attorneys who succeeded in getting the federal courts to strike down a state law requiring new voters to show papers documenting their U.S. citizenship when registering. ...

Judge won't let lawmakers, hunters join DNR board lawsuit

Sep. 15, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge declined to let Republican legislators and a hunting group join a lawsuit seeking to remove the state Department of Natural Resources policy board’s leader from his post. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn denied...

Kansas' Democratic governor appears wary of vaccine mandate

Sep. 15, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is indicating that she's wary of President Joe Biden's mandate that companies with 100 or more employees require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. The Democratic governor said...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Sep. 14, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. September 8, 2021. Editorial: ‘Prisoners in their home:’ Overland Park student still hopes family can escape Kabul Samad, an Afghan student who has lived here for a decade, watched footage from the Kabul airport after the...

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...

Lawmaker accused of kicking boy pleads guilty to 3 charges

Sep. 13, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislator accused of kicking a high school student in the testicles pleaded guilty Monday to three lesser misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and was placed on a year's probation under a deal with the local prosecutor. Republican Rep....