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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)

Kansas newspaper's post equates mask mandate with Holocaust

Jul. 4, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A weekly Kansas newspaper whose publisher is a county Republican Party chairman posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust. The cartoon on the...

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...

In this Tuesday, May 26, 2020 photo, U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kan., speaks to reporters after filing paperwork with the Kansas secretary of state's office in Topeka, Kan., to get his name on the ballot for re-election. Watkins faces a tough primary challenge from State Treasurer Jake LaTurner. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Rep. Watkins faces attacks labeling him GOP impostor

Jun. 6, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas congressman who has toed the conservative line and steadfastly defended President Donald Trump nevertheless is battling accusations that he's an impostor in a tough Republican primary race. Rep. Steve Watkins' voting record and statements decrying Trump's impeachment...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers reporters' questions about her veto of a sweeping coronavirus bill that would have curbed her power to direct the state's pandemic response during a news conference, Tuesday, May6 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Democratic governor issued a new state of emergency and called the Republican-controlled Legislature into special session to extend that state of emergency. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor vetoes limits on her power but loosens rules

May. 26, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor on Tuesday vetoed a sweeping Republican coronavirus measure that would have limited her power to direct the state's pandemic response but then ceded to local officials the authority to keep restrictions on businesses. Gov. Laura Kelly not only killed a bill...

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, left, confers with Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, ahead of a Senate committee meeting on the governor's power in a pandemic, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Wagle and other GOP lawmakers are looking to curb the governor's power in emergencies and have asked for advice from Schmidt, also a Republican, on how to proceed. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Battle over how quickly Kansas reopens increasingly bitter

May. 19, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A battle in Kansas between the Democratic governor and Republican-controlled Legislature over reopening the economy has grown increasingly bitter, clouded by election year politics present and past. Gov. Laura Kelly has joined Democratic colleagues in other states including Michigan,...