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In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab answers questions during an Associated Press interview in his office in Topeka, Kan. Schwab is facing criticism from some legislators for saying his office needs another year to prepare for allowing counties to permit voters to go to any polling place they choose on Election Day. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Democrats sue over Kansas delay in start of 'vote anywhere'

Feb. 14, 2020 11:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas and national Democratic Party groups on Friday sued the Republican official who oversees the state's elections, accusing him of violating voters' rights by delaying the implementation of a law designed to make voting on Election Day more convenient. The lawsuit was filed in...

In this photo from Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, answers questions from reporters about Medicaid expansion following a news conference with other backers of a bipartisan plan at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Denning is urging lawmakers not to add a work requirement to the expansion legislation. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas leader decries attempts to tie abortion, Medicaid

Feb. 14, 2020 12:57 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas on Friday disputed the claims of GOP colleagues that a bipartisan plan to expand the state's Medicaid program would lead to taxpayers funding elective abortions. Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Kansas City-area Republican, sent an email to...

This photo taken Dec. 19, 2019, shows a sign with a smiling face greets drivers as they enter the Glenwood Resource Center campus in Glenwood, Iowa. Two doctors and other former employees of an Iowa care center for people with intellectual disabilities have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, against a state agency and several officials alleging a conspiracy to silence complaints about sexual arousal research they claim exploited fragile and dependent residents. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Man sued over Iowa sexual arousal study ran Kansas facility

Feb. 13, 2020 10:34 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A child psychologist facing a federal lawsuit in Iowa stemming from sexual arousal experiments he oversaw on residents at a state care center for people with intellectual disabilities conducted similar research in Kansas while running one of its state hospitals. The Kansas agency that...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, file photo, Ben Physick, of Australia, watches the life of Muhammad Ali in video clips on display at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. Two sites in Kentucky and two in Tennessee have been added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, including the Muhammad Ali Center, officials said Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon, File)

Sites in Tennessee, Kentucky, added to Civil Rights Trail

Feb. 13, 2020 8:12 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two sites in Kentucky and two in Tennessee have been added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, officials said Thursday. The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville and the SEEK Museum in Russellville are the two new sites in Kentucky. In Memphis, Tennessee, the Beale Street Historic District...

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab speaks to legislators from south-central Kansas about implementing a 2019 law that permits counties to allow voters to cast their ballots at any polling place, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Republican secretary of state says his office needs another year to draft the regulations to ensure that electronic voter registration records remain secure and county computer systems can handle and update all records at once. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas' new elections chief sparks own voting-rights dispute

Feb. 12, 2020 6:08 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top election official says the state needs another year to prepare before it can give voters a choice of polling places on Election Day, even though it has been nearly 10 months since the Legislature enacted a law aimed at making voting more convenient and boosting turnout. Even...

Kansas House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, center left, R-Wichita, and House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., center right, R-Olathe, work the phones during a House vote on a proposed amendment to the state constitution on abortion, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Hawkins and Ryckman were trying to round up the final votes needed to pass the proposed amendment, which overturns a Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Kansas anti-abortion measure fails; Medicaid plan targeted

Feb. 7, 2020 8:49 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas failed to get a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot Friday, and abortion opponents responded by moving aggressively to block a Medicaid expansion plan backed by Democrats and GOP moderates. Neither side expected...

Republicans in the Kansas House indicate that they want a roll call vote on giving first-round approval to a proposed amendment to the state constitution on abortion, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The amendment would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights and has advanced to a final vote. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas fight over abortion has debate turned 'on its head'

Feb. 6, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators considering a proposed amendment to the state constitution on abortion are raising the spectre of women being forced back into going to unsafe and unclean “back alley” clinics if their measure does not pass. But in a twist away from what's typical in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Lamonte McIntyre, convicted of a 1994 double homicide in Kansas City, Kan., sits before the Senate Judiciary Committee where he urged them to approve a bill creating a compensation system in Kansas for people wrongfully convicted of crimes. Kansas is dropping its fight against the compensation claim from McIntyre. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in an Associated Press interview Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, that his office reviewed an additional 900 pages of documents from McIntyre's attorney that had not been provided previously, and also said an ongoing Kansas Bureau of Investigation review of the 1994 crimes for which McIntyre, from Kansas City, Kansas, was charged turned up new information, which his office received only last week. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

Kansas no longer fighting claims of wrongly convicted man

Feb. 4, 2020 6:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is dropping its fight against the compensation claim from a man who spent 23 years in prison for a double homicide before a judge vacated convictions that were secured even though no physical evidence or motive tied him to the crimes, the state's attorney general said Tuesday....

Kansas House Taxation Committee Chairman Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, front left, confers with Rep. Jene Vickrey, R-Louisburg, during the House's session Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Johnson said continued monthly surpluses in state tax collections make the case for cutting income taxes more compelling. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Rising Kansas revenues fuel GOP anger over lack of tax cuts

Feb. 3, 2020 5:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has collected more tax revenue than expected almost every month for more than two years, and Republicans are growing increasingly angry that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly still insists that the state can't afford income tax cuts favored by the GOP-controlled Legislature. The state...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly discusses a proposed amendment to the state constitution on abortion during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Democratic governor opposes the amendment, which would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights, saying it would return the state

Governor: Abortion measure would put Kansas in 'Dark Ages'

Jan. 30, 2020 7:36 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly declared Thursday that a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution would return the state “to the Dark Ages” and called it a political attack on women's rights that will hurt the state's business climate. Kelly, a strong...