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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters about the coronavirus pandemic after a meeting with legislative leaders, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly has issued an order to require people to wear masks in public and at their workplaces. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Newspaper owner: Sorry for equating mask rule to Holocaust

Jul. 5, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county Republican Party chairman who owns a weekly newspaper apologized Sunday for a cartoon posted on the paper's Facebook page that equated the Democratic governor's coronavirus-inspired order for people to wear masks in public with the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis during...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters about the coronavirus pandemic after a meeting with legislative leaders, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly has issued an order to require people to wear masks in public and at their workplaces. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Fears about opening Kansas schools drive state's mask order

Jul. 2, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor and its top public health official said Thursday that they worry that the state won't be able to reopen its K-12 schools for the new school year in August if it doesn't reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told legislative...

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Edwardsville Police Department shows former Kansas City, Kansas Police detective Roger Golubski. A coalition of Kansas lawmakers, religious leaders and racial justice advocates called Thursday, July 2, 2020, for an investigation into the retired police detective accused of preying on Black women for sex over decades and framing for murder the son of one of them. Numerous residents have said Golubski wielded his power to terrorize the Kansas City, Kansas Black community for years, and the local prosecutor asked for help with a probe more than two years ago.  (Edwardsville Police Department via AP, File)

Kansas legislators seek investigation into former detective

Jul. 2, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A coalition of Kansas lawmakers, religious leaders and racial justice advocates called Thursday for an investigation into a retired white police detective accused of preying on Black women for sex over decades and framing for murder the son of one of them. A letter signed by 27...

Dr. Lee Norman, top administrator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, uses a pointer to highlight a recent surge in coronavirus cases, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman is predicting that Kansas will see steeper increases in reported coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Official suggests Kansas blew chance for coronavirus respite

Jul. 1, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official predicted Wednesday that the state will face steeper increases in coronavirus cases and suggested that it blew its chance for a summer respite from the pandemic by reopening its economy too quickly. Dr. Lee Norman, the top administrator at the state...

A protester flashes a peace sign during a drive-by protest by Disney employees to demand a safe reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. Workers are demanding regular testing, stricter cleaning protocols and higher staffing levels. Disney had originally proposed reopening on July 17th but announced this week it was postponing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

Jun. 27, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

For many states and counties in the U.S., the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps. But now, some places that appeared to have avoided the worst are seeing surges of infections, as worries shift from major cities to rural areas. While much of...

Man charged in bridge shooting fired with handgun, AR-15

Jun. 27, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City-area man charged with randomly shooting into traffic last month on a bridge that connects Kansas and Missouri fired 15 rounds from a handgun before retrieving an AR-15-style rifle from his car and shooting at least 23 more rounds, according to court records. A...

Leicester's manager Brendan Rodgers talks to the team during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Leicester CITY at the Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, England, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)

The Latest: NFLPA advises halt to private workouts together

Jun. 20, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The medical director of the NFL players’ union has recommended that all players stop private workouts together. Dr. Thom Mayer told members of the NFLPA in a message Saturday that the risk of being stricken by the new...

FILE- In this June 12, 2020 file photo from a screen grab taken from body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department Rayshard Brooks speaks with Officer Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant, in Atlanta. Rolfe has been fired following the fatal shooting of Brooks and a second officer has been placed on administrative duty. The Fulton County District Attorney will announce charging decisions in the fatal shooting of Brooks during a news conference, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Atlanta. (Atlanta Police Department via AP, File)

Prosecutors charge police, push reforms amid Floyd protests

Jun. 18, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

Prosecutors across the country are defying traditionally cozy relationships with police departments, swiftly charging officers with murder, assault and other crimes following protests over the death of George Floyd and dropping charges against demonstrators. Even just a few years ago, when protests erupted over...

2nd COVID-19 case tied to Missouri Memorial weekend parties

Jun. 11, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Health officials in suburban Kansas City have linked a new coronavirus case to Memorial Day weekend parties at the Lake of the Ozarks. Epidemiologist Elizabeth Holzschuh told the Johnson County, Kansas, board of commissioners Thursday that the infected resident visited the same bar as a...

Sporting KC's Gutierrez has season-ending knee surgery

Jun. 9, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sporting Kansas City midfielder Felipe Gutierrez had surgery Tuesday to repair a cartilage defect in his knee and will miss the remainder of a Major League Soccer season scheduled to restart next month with a tournament in Orlando. Gutierrez's surgery was performed at Truman...