Latest Kansas state government News

Former Kansas House member to lead children's advocacy group

Sep. 21, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas House member will be taking over as president of a children's advocacy group later this fall. Kansas Action for Children says former state Rep. John Wilson will become president when current President Annie McKay steps down Oct. 31. Wilson has been the group's vice...

Kansas jobless rate in August was lowest in 20-plus years

Sep. 20, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is reporting that unemployment in the state dropped to 3.2% in August and was at its lowest rate in more than 20 years. The state Department of Labor said Friday that the state gained private-sector jobs during the month and over the past year. Labor economist Emilie Doerksen...

Kansas judge whose tweets sank higher court bid to step down

Sep. 20, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge whose past political tweets sank his nomination for a higher court and prompted Republican legislators to call for a review of his conduct announced Friday that he will step down early next year. Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack said he will retire Jan. 2 from...

Standards changes mean more will qualify for Kansas colleges

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — More students will qualify for Kansas public universities under new admission standards approved by the state Board of Regents. The board voted unanimously Wednesday to eliminate a rule that required high school students to take specific courses in English, math and science before...

Border war between Kansas, Missouri isn't quite over yet

Sep. 16, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There may be a cease-fire, but the economic "border war" involving the use of incentives to lure jobs across the state line in the Kansas City area isn't exactly over. Missouri officials plan to award more than $62 million in incentives to financial firm Waddell & Reed, based in...

Kansas sees rise in STD cases, especially in rural counties

Sep. 13, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — As a nurse, Betsy Rodriquez interviews teenagers who are sexually active and often shockingly ignorant about sex. "So if I sit here and ask a teenager, 'Have you had oral or vaginal sex,'" Rodriquez told Harvest Public Media, "some of them cannot tell me what oral or vaginal sex...

Pompeo's storage units broken into in Kansas last year

Sep. 12, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A break-in at storage units in Wichita, Kansas, became a diplomatic security issue last year because two of the units belong to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A Wichita police statement says the State Department sent a security officer to the East Side Mini Storage last November to...

Amid concerns, 4 killed over 24 hours in Kansas City

Sep. 11, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A series of shootings has left four people dead in Kansas City over 24 hours as concerns mount about violent crime in the state's two largest cities. After Gov. Mike Parson met with leaders in St. Louis to discuss the problem, two people were killed around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday inside...

Amanda Adkins kicks off run for Congress in Kansas

Sep. 10, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas business executive with political ties to former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has officially kicked off her campaign to challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids. Amanda Adkins made the announcement Monday. It was expected after she filed paperwork last week...

Ex-Kansas lieutenant governor Mann running in 1st District

Sep. 9, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Lt. Governor Tracey Mann says he plans to run for the state's 1st District seat in Congress. Mann, who was lieutenant governor for former Gov. Jeff Colyer, announced his candidacy on Monday. The announcement comes two days after the 1st district's two-term incumbent,...