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Rep. Aaron Coleman, D-Kansas City, makes remarks during a special hearing regarding complaints and calls for removal from his position Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas House panel to warn new member over past behavior

Jan. 22, 2021 7:54 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A newly elected Kansas lawmaker accused of threatening two state officials and abusive behavior toward girls and young women before taking his seat will get a public warning about his past conduct rather than facing possible removal from office, a committee decided Friday. A state House...

Dr. Angel Temponi, left, administers the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to Dr. Barton Bernstein Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

PHOENIX -- Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped...

Kansas state Reps. Brenda Landwehr, left, R-Wichita, and Susan Concannon, R-Beloit, confer during a House debate on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Both supported the measure, which would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision in 2019 that declared access to abortion a

Kansas advances anti-abortion measure on Roe anniversary

Jan. 22, 2021 3:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Friday pushed a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution through the state House, a bitter reminder of election setbacks for abortion rights Democrats on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide. The vote was...

Members of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee signal whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or voting no on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee has approved the measure, which would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Vote's timing is key issue with Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 21, 2021 7:50 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers insisted Thursday that their proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution be put to voters on the August 2022 primary ballot, leading to criticism that they fear it would fail if put to a broader swath of voters during that year's general election....

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Carl Folsom III speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of Folsom to a spot on Kansas' second-highest court says his experience as a public defender would bring real value to an appellate court that is now filled with former civil litigators, former prosecutors and former district judges. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

GOP senators reject Kansas appeals court nominee 2nd time

Jan. 21, 2021 7:47 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in the Kansas Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a public defender to the state's second-highest court for the second time in eight months, despite support for him from the state's top federal prosecutor and other attorneys. The vote on...

Kansas moves into second phase of COVID-19 immunizations

Jan. 21, 2021 6:36 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is shifting into the second phase of coronavirus immunizations as the Republican-led state House on Thursday approved a bill that would extend the state’s pandemic emergency declaration. The 119-3 vote sends the bill to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, who has until Jan. 26...

Kansas county court clerk sentenced in misuse of funds

Jan. 20, 2021 4:42 PM EST

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — A former southwest Kansas county court clerk who kept thousands of dollars in traffic court payments for herself has been sentenced to a year of probation. Sonia Johnson, 57, an ex-clerk for Seward County District Court, was sentenced Tuesday and ordered to pay $2,962 in restitution...

Kansas expects small uptick in vaccine supply amid shortages

Jan. 20, 2021 2:20 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top health official in Kansas has told lawmakers that the state will likely see a small uptick in immediate supply of the COVID-19 vaccine with the change in presidential administrations. In a joint hearing Tuesday before Senate and House health panels, Dr. Lee Norman, head of the...

Nurses in Kansas county refuse to give COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 19, 2021 3:20 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Four nurses at a rural health department in Kansas are refusing to administer any COVID-19 vaccines, citing the fast development and production of the shots. Coffey County Public Health Administrator Lindsay Payer said the nurses made their own decisions and expressed their concerns one...

Capitol Police vehicles with the Kansas Highway Patrol sit parked outside the Kansas Statehouse Thursday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2021, in Topeka, Kan. Gov. Laura Kelly is restricting access to the Kansas Statehouse over the possibility of an armed protest in the coming week. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Security concerns close Kansas offices, curtail Legislature

Jan. 19, 2021 1:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State office buildings near the Statehouse have been closed to the public and the Legislature has curtailed its meetings due to security concerns ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in Washington, D.C. The closures came in response to an FBI warning about the potential for...