Latest Kansas state government News

Kansas congressman addressing residence issue for 2nd time

Dec. 13, 2019 7:06 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas congressman might have to correct his voter registration a second time after changing it earlier this month while local authorities investigated him for previously listing a UPS Inc. store as his home. The Kansas City Star reports that Republican Rep. Steve Watkins of...

Kansas GOP lawmaker facing probe changes voter registration

Dec. 9, 2019 6:26 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas congressman who is being investigated by local authorities for listing a UPS Inc. store as his residence in registering to vote has changed his registration to name a Topeka apartment complex as his home. Republican Rep. Steve Watkins is still listing the UPS store in...

Youngest of 4 kids killed in Thanksgiving crash was 9 months

Dec. 4, 2019 9:28 AM EST

BELLEVILLE, Kan. (AP) — Four children killed in a Thanksgiving Day crash in Kansas had been headed with their mother and her boyfriend to a relative's house when their sport utility vehicle overturned in wintry weather and landed on its top in a pond, authorities said. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper...

4 children killed in Thanksgiving Day crash in Kansas

Nov. 29, 2019 12:57 PM EST

BELLEVILLE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say four children have been killed in a Thanksgiving Day crash. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner said in a tweet that the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. when a vehicle went off the side of a road and into a pond in Republic County, near the state’s...

The Latest: Highway lanes from California to Oregon reopen

Nov. 28, 2019 8:52 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the pre-Thanksgiving wintry storm (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 have reopened heading from Redding, California, all the way to the Oregon border. California transportation officials said Wednesday the freeway was clear and no chains are...

Ruling: Sleeping judge not automatic reason for retrial

Nov. 27, 2019 3:49 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court says a guilty ruling against a man accused of firearms charges shouldn’t be automatically reversed because the judge fell asleep during the first day of trial. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the high court on Wednesday rejected a legal...

Republicans turn on novice whom they helped win Kansas seat

Nov. 26, 2019 7:56 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans are going after one of their own in Kansas. Some party members who helped a political novice squeak to victory in a 2018 race for an eastern Kansas seat in Congress have turned on him in favor of the state treasurer, roiling a district where President Donald Trump enjoys...

As impeachment swirls, Trump nods toward Pompeo Senate run

Nov. 22, 2019 3:21 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to open the door for the top U.S. diplomat, Mike Pompeo, to leave his post to run for an open Senate seat in his home state of Kansas. Talk about a Senate run has picked up as Pompeo has come under criticism for not defending U.S. diplomats who...

Cop who exposed undercover officer loses certification

Nov. 21, 2019 4:06 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Wichita police officer who exposed an undercover officer who was investigating illegal gambling has lost his law enforcement certification. The Wichita Eagle reports a state oversight board revoked the certification of Michael Zajkowski. He worked for the Wichita department...

Kobach’s brand still sells with GOP in Senate race in Kansas

Nov. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach isn’t fazed that fellow Republicans worry he’s unpopular or too brash in pushing his hard-right views to keep Kansas’ open Senate seat in GOP hands next year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others are so concerned that they’ve spent...