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Protesters march on South Florissant Road in front of the Ferguson police station on Saturday, May 30, 2020, demonstrating against the death of George Floyd in custody of Minneapolis police officers. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Kansas City imposes curfew after protests turn violent

May. 31, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City officials imposed a partial curfew and pleaded for calm on Sunday after overnight protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and law enforcement's treatment of blacks devolved into violence that left several businesses damaged and at least 10 people injured....

Dr. Lee Norman, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's top administrator, answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference Friday, May 29, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman says he would have preferred that Gov. Laura Kelly had not lifted statewide restrictions on businesses. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Bars, clubs in largest Kansas city packed after rules eased

May. 30, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds of people in Kansas' largest city flocked to bars and clubs on the first weekend they were open after Gov. Laura Kelly and local officials lifted restrictions meant to check the spread of the coronavirus. By 11 p.m. Friday, bars in the Old Town district of downtown Wichita...

Several hundred protesters rally around the south steps of the Kansas Statehouse to protest George Floyd's death in Minnesota, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. The participants also recalled the 2017 death of Dominique White, who was fatally shot in Topeka while he fled from police. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas rally over George Floyd's death recalls Topeka case

May. 30, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several hundred protesters rallied at the Kansas Statehouse on Saturday to protest George Floyd's death in Minnesota with T-shirts and chants that recalled the 2017 case of a black man fatally shot by two white police officers in Topeka. Organizers promised a peaceful protest and opened...

KCK officials to meet with clergy over George Floyd's death

May. 29, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Officials in Wyandotte County said Friday that they plan to meet with clergy next week in the wake of a black Minnesota man's death after a white police officer knelt on his neck. Wyandotte County Sheriff Donald Ash; Interim Kansas City, Kansas, Police Chief Michael York, and...

Dr. Lee Norman, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's top administrator, answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference Friday, May 29, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman says he would have preferred that Gov. Laura Kelly had not lifted statewide restrictions on businesses. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas health secretary wanted to keep state COVID-19 limits

May. 29, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's top public health administrator acknowledged Friday that he would have preferred that she not lift statewide coronavirus restrictions on businesses and said local officials shouldn't allow bars and nightclubs to reopen yet. Dr. Lee Norman, state secretary of...

Senate candidate Susan Wagle answers a question during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Wagle decides not to join U.S. Senate race in Kansas

May. 28, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle said Thursday that she will not run for the U.S. Senate, citing “personal and political trials” in the last year for her decision. Wagle announcement also indicated that she would not seek reelection to the Kansas Senate. The filing...

A general view of the Philippe-Chatrier tennis court with its new retractable roof during a media tour at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The French open will moving to September from the end of May because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The Latest: NBA reminding teams players overseas can return

May. 27, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The NBA reminded its teams Wednesday that players who are currently outside the U.S. have been cleared to return, though quarantine rules may apply in some areas. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf signed an...

Kansas counties mull their approach to virus restrictions

May. 27, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas counties had various reactions on Wednesday to Gov. Laura Kelly's decision to give them the authority to determine their own coronavirus restrictions, with some deciding to keep the current rules in place and others effectively allowing most activities to resume. Dr. Lee Norman,...

KU Athletics imposing new pay cuts, furloughs to cut costs

May. 27, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas athletic department has imposed pay cuts and furloughs for all employees in response to financial problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Athletic Director Jeff Long announced the moves in an email to donors Wednesday, The Kansas City Star reports. Long,...

Kansas governor nominates public defender for appeals court

May. 27, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday nominated a public defender in the federal court system to the state's second highest court. Kelly cited Carl A. Folsom III's experience in handling criminal cases as an asset for a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Folsom, who lives in Lawrence,...