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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, speaks during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Bollier is pitching herself as a “voice of reason” with a decade's worth of working with lawmakers from both parties (AP Photo/John Hanna File)

Kansas Democrats excited about ex-GOP lawmaker's Senate bid

Aug. 8, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in almost 90 years on a retired doctor and former Republican who vexed conservatives with her support for Medicaid expansion and abortion and LGBTQ rights. State Sen. Barbara...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly discusses an executive order requiring mask wearing and daily temperature checks in all public and private K-12 schools during a news conference, Monday, July 20, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly also wants to delay the reopening of schools from mid-August to after Labor Day but needs the State Board of Education's approval. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Governor tests negative; Kansas COVID-19 cases jump past 30K

Aug. 7, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly tested negative for the coronavirus Friday as a Republican legislative leader faced criticism from some Democrats for not telling colleagues until this week that he’d been infected and hospitalized before he, Kelly and other top lawmakers had a public...

Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., R-Olathe, speaks with reporters following a meeting of legisative leaders with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Ryckman says a plan from Kelly to erase a budget shortfall that arose amid the coronavirus pandemic merely pushes the state's financial problems off a year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas House speaker had coronavirus; governor to get tested

Aug. 6, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican legislator in Kansas was hospitalized last month after testing positive for the novel coronavirus and didn't disclose it to colleagues until this week. The state's Democratic governor declared Thursday that she'll get tested because the two of them attended a meeting...

Police say 1 shot to death in barrage of gunfire in Topeka

Aug. 6, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A barrage of gunfire in the west end of Topeka led to the death of one person, police said. The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, when officers were called to Southwest Gage Boulevard near a shopping district and not far from the Topeka Zoo, police said. Arriving officers...

Roger Marshall pumps his fist after speaking to supporters near Pawnee Rock, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, after defeating Kris Kobach in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Rep. Marshall's primary win in Kansas buoys GOP Senate hopes

Aug. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans brimmed with newfound confidence Wednesday about keeping an open Senate seat in Kansas after establishment-backed Rep. Roger Marshall won the party's nomination, advancing to face an unusually formidable Democrat in a tough year for the GOP. Marshall's first tasks were...

Kansas counties with mask mandate show steep COVID-19 drop

Aug. 5, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas counties that have mask mandates in place have seen a rapid drop in cases, while counties that only recommend their use have seen no decrease in cases, the state's top health official said Wednesday. Dr. Lee Norman, the state health department’s top administrator,...

Surrounded by family, Jake LaTurner talks to reporters after winning the Republican primary for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas Rep. Watkins unseated after facing criminal charges

Aug. 5, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Freshman Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins lost his Republican primary Tuesday after being charged with felony election fraud and other crimes. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner unseated Watkins after arguing that the criminal charges against Watkins made an already vulnerable incumbent an even...

Roger Marshall pumps his fist after speaking to supporters near Pawnee Rock, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, after defeating Kris Kobach in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Kansas GOP picks Rep. Marshall for Senate seat over Kobach

Aug. 4, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe seat out of play in what could be a difficult year for the GOP. Marshall prevailed...

The Latest: Barnett wins Democratic primary in Kansas 1st

Aug. 4, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on Kansas' primary election (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Kali Barnett has won the Democratic primary in Kansas’ 1st District. The 35-year-old author and music teacher from Garden City defeated Christy Davis, the former executive director of Symphony in the Flint...

State Treasurer Jake LaTurner ousts freshman Rep. Steve Watkins in Kansas Republican primary

Aug. 4, 2020 10:33 PM EDT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State Treasurer Jake LaTurner ousts freshman Rep. Steve Watkins in Kansas Republican primary.