Latest Kansas state government News

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, answers questions from the press Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 during a briefing over COVID-19 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas health chief predicts bigger COVID-19 spikes to come

Sep. 30, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top public health official in Kansas said Wednesday that the state has yet to see its biggest wave of coronavirus cases, suggesting the pandemic could spawn an average of 800 or even 900 new cases a day in coming months. Dr. Lee Norman, the head of the state Department of Health...

Kansas governor backs new guidelines on nursing home visits

Sep. 29, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday she supports new federal guidelines that will allow some visitations at nursing homes that accept Medicaid and Medicare if proper coronavirus-related safety measures are followed. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued guidance last...

Kansas has another COVID-19 spike; counties worry about aid

Sep. 29, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Monday reported another seven-day record for new coronavirus cases, with 16% of the tests for the virus during that period coming back positive. The continued spike in confirmed and probable cases comes as officials in some Kansas counties worry that they won’t be able...

A local resident Shin Dae-sik, 83, speaks during an interview at his home in Cheongju, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The coronavirus is forcing South Koreans to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday differently this year, that begin Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Shin said about 15 family members assembled for Chuseok in past years but they decided not to do so this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: COVID-19 outbreak on ship off Australia's coast

Sep. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

PERTH, Australia — Authorities are concerned by a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a cargo ship off Australia's northwest coast that has infected most of the crew. Eight more members of the Filipino crew tested positive for the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the number of infections to 17 out of a crew of 21....

This photo from Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, shows the new meditation room on the basement floor of the Kansas Statehouse. Former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback created a meditation room in 2012 on the building's second floor, but Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly moved it to create more space for her staff so that they could social distance during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Capitol meditation room moved to create staff space

Sep. 28, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has moved a Kansas Statehouse meditation room created by Republicans as a place for prayer and reflection to a less-visible space to create more room for her staff to social distance during the coronavirus pandemic. The new meditation room is on the northwest...

Kansas advocates propose agency to track foster care system

Sep. 26, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Child welfare advocates in Kansas are pushing for an independent agency to monitor the state’s troubled foster care system. Nonprofit advocacy group Kansas Appleseed, with support from some lawmakers, wants the state to create an Office of the Child Advocate to investigate...

Dr. Lee Norman, the top administrator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, discusses the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman says community outbreaks in all parts of Kansas, even sparsely populated rural counties, are fueling continuing increases in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas COVID-19 cases jump by 1,300-plus with rural spikes

Sep. 25, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reported Friday that it had more than 1,300 newly confirmed coronavirus cases over two days, and most of the biggest spikes over the past two weeks occurred in rural counties in the central and western parts of the state. The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas...

Kansas Supreme Court affirms convictions in 2015 shooting

Sep. 25, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed on Friday convictions for first-degree murder and battery stemming from a 2015 shooting at the Roxy bar in Overland Park. The court ruled that Dale Willis' claims of jury instruction errors were barred because he had requested and agreed to those jury...

Election workers open and sort mail-in ballot requests Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the Johnson County election office in Olathe, Kan. The office has processed more than 100,000 mail-in ballot requests so far as more people than normal are expected to vote by mail due to concerns about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

1,500 mail ballots arrived too late to count in Kansas

Sep. 25, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — More than 1,500 Kansans did not have their votes counted in the August primary because their mail ballots arrived too late, but many of them were uncounted because voters didn’t mail them on time, election data shows. A 2017 state law that aims to mitigate the impact of...

Kansas state Sen. Dennis Pyle, left, R-Hiawatha, left, makes a point at the end of a legislative committee meeting on the state's emergency management laws as Rep. Stephen Owens, R-Hesston, watches, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Both lawmakers favor broader legislative oversight of the governor's handling of long-term emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

COVID-19 has Kansas lawmakers pondering broader oversight

Sep. 24, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas have started pushing to give more of their colleagues a say in how the state manages protracted emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic after months of conflict between them and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. A Republican-led legislative committee...