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Kansas court wonders: Is it too late to rule on COVID law?

Oct. 26, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ top court wrestled Tuesday with whether a state law requiring judges to issue quick decisions after people file lawsuits against county COVID-19 restrictions is constitutional. The state Supreme Court heard arguments from attorneys on a law...

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. ...

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 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...

Injured ex-cop now attorney running for Kansas AG's office

Sep. 21, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An attorney who was forced to give up a career as a police officer after a drunken driver struck him is running for Kansas attorney general next year as a Democrat. Chris Mann, of Lawrence, launched his campaign Tuesday with a short video, ...

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...

Kansas pandemic response panel approves extra nurses’ pay

Sep. 10, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas hospitals will receive $50 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for extra pay for nurses to keep them on the job but will be required to report monthly on how many nurses they’ve lost and why under a plan a state task force approved Friday. ...

GOP group held 'war games' for state AGs before Trump loss

Sep. 10, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An offshoot of the Republican Attorneys General Association that sent a robocall urging “patriots” to support then-President Donald Trump at the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the storming of the U.S. Capitol held a special “war games” meeting weeks before the...

U.S. Sen. Marshall endorses Schmidt in Kansas governor race

Sep. 07, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall announced Tuesday that he was endorsing Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the Kansas governor's race. Marshall had initially endorsed former Gov. Jeff Colyer, who dropped out of the race last week after announcing he had...

Jeff Colyer has cancer, drops out of Kansas governor’s race

Aug. 30, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Monday that he is dropping out of the 2022 race for governor after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. “While I have always focused on helping others, for the next few weeks I am going to focus on my...