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Zoo investigates animal handling after tiger attacks worker

Apr. 23, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas zoo is investigating its animal-handling protocols after a Sumatran tiger seriously injured a veteran zookeeper, and its director acknowledged Tuesday that human error probably led to the attack. The Topeka Zoo has "100% confidence" that no problem with the tiger's enclosure...

Kansas' new governor vetoes mandate on abortion 'reversal'

Apr. 22, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a measure that would require clinics and doctors to tell their patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after a woman has taken the first of two pills. The action by Gov. Laura Kelly, an abortion-rights supporter,...

Kansas zookeeper attacked by tiger is out of intensive care

Apr. 22, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say a Kansas zookeeper who was attacked by a Sumatran tiger is out of intensive care. Topeka city spokeswoman Mally Hadfield says the woman is stable and was moved Sunday to a different unit of the hospital. The woman's name hasn't been released, and Hadfield says her family...

Condition of Topeka zookeeper attacked by tiger improving

Apr. 21, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The director of the Topeka Zoo says a zookeeper who was attacked by a Sumatran tiger remains in intensive care but her prognosis for recovery is good. The zookeeper was attacked Saturday while in the outdoor tiger habitat of Sanjiv, a 7-year-old male tiger. The Topeka Capital-Journal...

Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

Apr. 20, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — City officials say a tiger mauled a zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo in northeastern Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when a Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv tackled the worker in an enclosed outdoor space. Topeka Zoo director Brendan...

Kansas to let Farm Bureau health coverage avoid ACA rules

Apr. 19, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a Republican-backed effort to circumvent former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Kelly...

Lawsuits over shootings at Kansas business settled for $2M

Apr. 17, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Families of the victims of a mass shooting at a central Kansas lawn equipment factory in 2016 have won a $2 million legal settlement from a now-defunct pawnshop that sold the firearms to the shooter's girlfriend. The settlement of three lawsuits in Harvey County District Court was...

Kansas tells court broad support is reason to OK schools law

Apr. 15, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lawyers for Kansas told the state Supreme Court on Monday that it should sign off on a new law boosting spending on public schools and end a protracted education funding lawsuit partly because the law has broad, bipartisan support. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican, filed...

Kansas Guard captain resigns over concern about suicides

Apr. 9, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas National Guard captain has submitted her resignation out of frustration over what she perceived as a lack of concern by guard leadership after a series of people associated with the Guard took their own lives in recent months. Capt. Tara Fields, a behavioral health officer,...

Medicaid expansion fight delaying work on next Kansas budget

Apr. 8, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A legislative fight over expanding Medicaid in Kansas is delaying approval of the state's next annual budget as expansion supporters try to keep Republican opponents from blocking it for another year. Some top GOP lawmakers are conceding that an expansion plan could pass because...