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Kansas House Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, center, R-Ottawa, confers with House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, left, D-Wichita, and Rep. Les Mason, R-McPherson, during talks with senators over extending a state of emergency over the new coronavirus, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Some Republicans are upset with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's order to close schools and are looking to curb her power to deal with the pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

GOP right pushes back on Kansas governor for closing schools

Mar. 19, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As most of the U.S. raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor’s emergency powers, including the ability to establish quarantine zones if the need arises. Conservatives are angry...

The desk of Kansas state Rep. Mark Samsel, R-Wellsville, honors University of Kansas sports teams with a sign depicting the Jayhawk mascot, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, on his House chamber desk of the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kansas lawmakers are considering legislation to allow college athletes to hire agents and sign endorsement deals. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas measure would allow college athletes to cash in

Mar. 10, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are taking steps to allow college athletes to hire agents and sign endorsement deals because they fear that if they don't, out-of-state rivals will attract the best recruits and leave Kansas' athletic programs in the dust. A bill that would bar state universities...

In this May 1, 2019 file photo a sign criticizing Kansas Senate majority leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park and favoring Medicaid expansion was left on the Kansas Statehouse grounds after a protest in Topeka, Kan. Denning helped block a Medicaid expansion plan in 2019 but is now pushing a bipartisan plan he and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly authored. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas GOP leader's Medicaid expansion move roils Statehouse

Mar. 7, 2020 11:45 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jim Denning once symbolized what for Medicaid expansion supporters was wrong with the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. Now, the Kansas Senate majority leader is an expansion champion who's under fire from some GOP lawmakers he's supposed to be leading for working with the...

FEC reviews father's funds funneled to Kansas Rep. Watkins

Mar. 6, 2020 6:17 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Federal Election Commission is examining now-refunded campaign contributions that Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins’ father funneled through the freshman Republican congressman’s sisters and others during the 2018 campaign. Topeka physician Steven Watkins Sr. confirmed Friday...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt discusses his office's investigation of vaping products maker Juul Labs Inc., during an interview in Topeka, Kan. Schmidt is pushing a proposal that could prevent cities, counties and school districts from filing lawsuits against vaping companies and other big corporations. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

Amid opioid, vaping suits, Kansas looks to curb local action

Mar. 5, 2020 6:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Business groups and Kansas' Republican attorney general are pushing for a state law that could prevent cities, counties and local school districts from suing big corporations such as opioid and vaping products manufacturers. Attorney General Derek Schmidt has worried that a raft of...

Anti-abortion lobbyists from left, Brittany Jones, of the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas; Jeannette Pryor, of the Kansas Catholic Conference, and Jeanne Gawdun, of Kansans for Life, confer outside the state Senate chamber ahead of a debate on a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion, Wednesday, Jan. 29. 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The amendment would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Used to giving orders, Kansas abortion foes can't cut a deal

Feb. 28, 2020 11:35 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents who've become used to giving orders to Kansas lawmakers on the exact wording of new restrictions are stymied now that they face compromising to get a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot. After falling short in a House vote three...

Hearing for suspect in college player's death rescheduled

Feb. 27, 2020 2:34 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A competency hearing for a man accused of killing a Kansas college football player and wounding New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine was rescheduled Thursday because he had refused to cooperate with efforts to evaluate him. During a hearing Thursday for Francisco Alejandro...

Tim Graham, left, a member of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's staff, confers with Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine, right, R-Emporia, outside the Senate chamber ahead of a debate on legalizing betting on sports events, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Pictured between them in the mirror is Michael Murray, Longbine's chief of staff. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas struggles with details of legalizing sports betting

Feb. 26, 2020 8:08 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers who want to legalize betting on sports events and allow online sales of lottery tickets are struggling to agree on the details and facing criticism that they're being too generous toward companies already managing casinos for the state. The state Senate voted 23-15 on...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, Lamonte McIntyre, convicted of a 1994 double homicide in Kansas City, Kan., sits before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Topika Kan. McIntyre, who spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit was granted more than $1.5 million in compensation under the state's mistaken-conviction statute. The Kansas attorney general's office said Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, that McIntyre of Kansas City, Kan., also received a certificate of innocence as part of a resolution of a mistaken-conviction lawsuit filed last year. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Court awards $1.5M to Kansas man wrongfully convicted

Feb. 24, 2020 5:16 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man awarded more than $1.5 million on Monday after spending 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit plans to continue his fight against those responsible for his nightmare, his attorney said. In addition to the monetary compensation, Lamonte McIntyre of Kansas...

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, left, R-Kan., shakes hands with former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, right, after receiving Colyer's endorsement in the U.S. Senate race, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Colyer is urging Republicans to unite behind Marshall as he battles former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for the GOP nomination. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Ex-Kansas Gov. Colyer endorses Rep. Marshall in Senate race

Feb. 24, 2020 2:21 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former GOP Gov. Jeff Colyer on Monday endorsed western Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall for the state's open Senate seat with some Republicans still fearing a repeat of Colyer's narrow primary loss in 2018 to polarizing conservative Kris Kobach. Marshall said before a Monday news conference...