Latest Derek Schmidt News

Kansas court hears arguments over "wrongful birth" law

Sep. 16, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court seemed worried Wednesday about the proper roles of the Legislature and courts as it wrestled with whether a state statute that prohibits lawsuits based on “wrongful birth” claims is constitutional. Justices heard oral arguments via Zoom on...

GOP-led council extends Kansas governor's coronavirus order

Sep. 11, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A mostly Republican state council voted Friday to extend Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's emergency declaration providing services to combat the coronavirus in Kansas, but only after language was added clarifying that the governor doesn't intend to use her authority to close businesses as...

Kansas man sentenced to 40 years on child sex crimes

Sep. 4, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

ELLSWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man spend more than 40 years in prison on child sex crimes, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Friday. Karl Van Nice, 59, of Ellsworth was sentenced Thursday on two counts of rape, one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count of aggravated...

Chris Brown, with the University of Kansas Medical Center, speaks about working on the front lines treating COVID-19 patients during a press briefing at the Statehouse, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

After 5-month break, classes resume in some Kansas schools

Aug. 14, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Columbus school district Superintendent Brian Smith has spent the week hauling furniture out of classrooms to make more space for social distancing as students prepare to return next week after a five-month COVID-19 imposed break. “It is almost like you are preparing for...

KBI received 205 reports of priest abuse; opened 120 cases

Aug. 14, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has received 205 reports of clergy sexual abuse and opened 120 cases since it began investigating the state's Catholic dioceses nearly two years ago, the agency said Friday. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt asked the KBI in November 2018 to...

Dr. Drew Miller, front, and other medical staff suit up in protective gear as they prepare to check potential COVID-19 patients Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in a makeshift isolation area at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan. The rural 24-bed hospital is currently treating five patients inpatient for COVID-19 as the county has seen a spike in cases due to clusters in nearby meatpacking plants. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas officials say new COVID-19 law hurts contact tracing

Aug. 11, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Public health officials in three Kansas counties say a new state law is hurting their efforts to trace the contacts of people infected with COVID-19 by making it easier for them to refuse to cooperate. Public health departments often rely on employers to find out who has been in close...

Kansas sues to block Wyandotte Nation's plans for casino

Aug. 10, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas filed a lawsuit Monday against top officials at the U.S. Department of Interior in an effort to block the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma from building a casino on land it owns in Park City, the latest legal twist in a decades-long dispute over the tribe's legal authority on the...

FILE - U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., a candidate for the U.S. Senate, awaits the start of a debate in Olathe, Kan. in a Feb. 1, 2020 file photo. His opponent Kris Kobach, in the final days of a heated campaign is accusing Marshall, a physician, of performing an abortion. Rep. Marshall's campaign says the procedure was to end a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy and does not constitute an abortion. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

Congressman decries mailer accusing him of doing abortion

Jul. 30, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A super PAC supporting conservative Kris Kobach's campaign for an open U.S. Senate seat from Kansas has sent out a mailer accusing his chief rival in the Republican primary of performing abortions. The claim against Rep. Roger Marshall, an OB-GYN endorsed by major anti-abortion...