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Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly vetoes bill on transgender athletes, sets up fight with GOP on legislative override

Mar. 17, 2023 16:09 PM EDT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly vetoes bill on transgender athletes, sets up fight with GOP on legislative override.

Kansas push for medical marijuana appears done for this year

Mar. 16, 2023 21:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators aren't likely to legalize marijuana for medical uses this year following a vote Thursday. A Senate committee tabled a bill that would allow doctors to sign off on patients using marijuana products to treat 21 illnesses or conditions, including...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Mar. 14, 2023 13:31 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. March 11, 2023. Editorial: Changing the clock for daylight saving time is an idea that belongs in the past What does daylight saving time really save? Not aggravation or inconvenience. It causes them. Then what does it serve?...

Kansas plan keeping low wages for disabled angers advocates

Mar. 06, 2023 16:11 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are considering a proposal that many disability rights advocates say would encourage employers to keep paying disabled workers less than the minimum wage, bucking a national trend. A Kansas House bill would expand a state income tax credit...

Amid probe, Kansas lawmakers move to overhaul ethics agency

Feb. 22, 2023 12:53 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' ethics commission has been investigating Republican campaign activities for at least a year, and the GOP-controlled Legislature is moving to reduce the agency's power and legalize practices apparently under scrutiny. Republicans backing a bill to...

Kansas GOP picks election conspiracy promoter as new leader

Feb. 11, 2023 21:06 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Saturday narrowly picked an activist who has promoted unfounded election conspiracies and promised a shakeup to lead the Kansas GOP for the next two years, following weeks of infighting that mirrors the acrimony in the party across the U.S. Within...

Five Topeka police officers cleared in fatal shooting

Feb. 08, 2023 16:33 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Five Topeka police officers will not face charges after shooting and killing a man who rushed them with a knife last year, Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay. Kagay said on Tuesday that Kansas Bureau of Investigation officers found Topeka police...

Man jailed over grass fire near Kansas governor's mansion

Feb. 07, 2023 15:15 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 36-year-old man remained jailed without bond Tuesday after authorities said he intentionally set a grass fire near the Kansas governor's mansion that burned 6 acres (2.4 hectares). Police arrested the man, a Topeka resident, while firefighters worked Monday...

Kansas firefighters find man on fire in Walmart bathroom

Jan. 29, 2023 15:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas firefighters found a man on fire inside a restroom at a Walmart store this weekend. Topeka city spokeswoman Gretchen Spiker told the Topeka Capital-Journal that firefighters found the man when they went to a Walmart Neighborhood Market around 8:15 p.m....

Man charged in fire that killed 2 children, his girlfriend

Jan. 26, 2023 13:51 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder after his girlfriend and two young girls died in a house fire. Kyle J. Tyler, 32, was also charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated child endangerment and one count of aggravated...