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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)

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...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

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...

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...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New virus cases have declined in China and in the capital Beijing, where a two-week spike appears to be firmly waning. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Hawaii to let some visitors avoid quarantine

Jun. 25, 2020 4:51 AM EDT

The latest on the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak around the world: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — International aid group says data in some countries show sharp discrepancy between coronavirus cases in men and women. — US virus cases surge to highest...

In this Dec. 6, 2019 photo Wichita State University's President Jay Golden poses for a photo on campus in Wichita, Ks. Donors are calling for Golden to be fired after its technical school canceled a virtual commencement speech by Ivanka Trump. The Board of Regents scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Jamie Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Canceling Ivanka Trump spurs backlash for Kansas college

Jun. 10, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Donors are pushing Kansas' higher education board to fire Wichita State University's president after he canceled a virtual speech by Ivanka Trump for its technical school's graduation. The Kansas Board of Regents had a special Zoom meeting Wednesday, only two days after a former board...

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...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, a man votes in the presidential primary election at the the Summit View Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, Mo. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday, June 2, 2020, that he will appeal a 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in April that said the state could not enforce a proof-of-citizenship law. An appeals-court panel said the law violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal legal protection as well as a federal voter registration law. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Kansas to ask Supreme Court to save voter citizenship law

Jun. 2, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican attorney general plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the state to require new voters to provide papers documenting their citizenship when registering. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that he will appeal a 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Senate candidate Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., answers a question during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

With Pompeo out, GOP looks to Rep. Marshall in Kansas race

Jun. 1, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The passing of Monday's deadline to file to run for Kansas' open Senate seat confirmed that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won't be a candidate, and a major anti-abortion group threw its support behind Rep. Roger Marshall to keep immigration hardliner Kris Kobach from the GOP...