Latest Kansas state government News

Court rejects appeal of Wichita woman convicted in beheading

Aug. 19, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction and sentence of a Wichita woman accused of beheading her ex-boyfriend’s mother. Rachael Hilyard, 40, was convicted in 2020 of first-degree murder in the killing 63-year-old Micki Davis three years...

Eudora woman will face new trial in day care death case

Aug. 19, 2022 13:00 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman will be tried again in the death of a 9-month-old boy at a home day care, despite a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on Friday that let stand a ruling reversing her conviction. The Douglas County District Attorney's office said Friday it would...

Sports betting set in Kansas state-owned casinos Sept. 1

Aug. 18, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

Sports fans who want to bet on their favorite teams should be able to make their wagers in Kansas beginning Sept. 1 if some final regulatory details are worked out, state officials announced Thursday. The four state-owned casinos in Kansas will have a tentative “soft launch” of...

Kansas City mayor sues Missouri over police funding law

Aug. 17, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas sued the state of Missouri on Wednesday over a new law that requires the city to increase funding for its police department. The lawsuit filed in Jackson County is the latest salvo in a lengthy dispute between some city...

Kansas abortion vote: Why recount with such a large margin?

Aug. 16, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Tuesday began a partial hand recount of this month’s decisive statewide vote in favor of abortion rights, a move forced by two Republican activists even though the margin was so large that the recount won’t change the outcome. Nine of the state’s...

Kansas abortion vote shows limits of GOP's strength

Aug. 12, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An increase in turnout among Democrats and independents and a notable shift in Republican-leaning counties contributed to the overwhelming support of abortion rights last week in traditionally conservative Kansas, according to a detailed Associated Press analysis of the voting...

Man who performed illegal autopsies can't work in Kansas

Aug. 10, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man convicted of performing illegal autopsies has been permanently banned from doing business in the state and ordered to pay more than $700,000 in restitution and fines, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday. Shawn Parcells, 42, who lived...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Aug. 09, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. August 3, 2022. Editorial: Kansas voters spoke loudly on abortion: Trust women. Now politicians must listen The nation now knows, and the world: Kansas remains a free state. In a stunning display of common sense, Kansas voters Tuesday...

Kansas GOP uses texts to hinder independent's governor bid

Aug. 04, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Republican Party tried Thursday to undercut a state lawmaker's independent candidacy for governor by texting people who signed his petitions for the November ballot to urge them to remove their names. The texts told the signers for state Sen. Dennis...

Missouri Dems turn to Illinois, Kansas for abortion help

Aug. 04, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A top Democratic state lawmaker from Republican-led Missouri on Wednesday wrote to the Democratic Illinois and Kansas governors asking for help paying for abortions for out-of-state Medicaid patients. Missouri House Democratic Minority Leader Crystal Quade...