Latest Kansas state government News

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions about the coronavirus outbreak in her state during a news conference, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says the state is in the

Wichita officials seek to restrict abortion amid outbreak

Apr. 1, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials in the Wichita area took what is likely to be an unsuccessful step toward halting abortions amid the coronavirus outbreak as the Kansas prison system reported its first cases in three workers. Sedgwick County commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a recommendation to...

COVID-19 yet to hit Kansas budget; March taxes $8.6M short

Apr. 1, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has yet to fully hit the Kansas state budget, with tax collections falling only $8.6 million short of expectations in March. The state Department of Revenue reported Wednesday that tax collections last month were $523.4 million when the state projected...

People maintain their distance as they fish on the first day of a stay-at-home order Monday, March 30, 2020 at Hillsdale Lake near Hillsdale, Kan. The statewide order was the latest measure enacted by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly in an attempt to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Governor eases path to unemployment benefits

Mar. 31, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly took steps Tuesday to address what she described as hundreds of thousands of calls to the state labor office by making it easier for Kansans to receive unemployment benefits as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continued to grow. The Kansas Department of...

Ex-Kansas City councilwoman to run for lieutenant governor

Mar. 31, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Kansas City Council woman Alissia Canady is running as a Democrat for Missouri lieutenant governor and former Republican auditor candidate Saundra McDowell is running for governor. Tuesday marked the last day candidates could file to run in the upcoming Aug. 4 primary....

Recent Kansas editorials

Mar. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The Kansas City Star, March 29 Once again, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has acted to protect her constituents, imposing a statewide stay-at-home order on Saturday in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Without nearly enough equipment or tests, not to mention ICU beds, and no vaccine or proven treatment beyond...

Pastor Lee leads a parking lot service at the Immanuel Lutheran Church In Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, March 29, 2020. The church plans two

Kansas death toll from new coronavirus grows to 9

Mar. 30, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As a statewide stay-at-home order took effect Monday and Kansas' coronavirus death toll grew to nine, President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for the state. Trump's order allows for federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas...

Kansas businessman enters GOP Senate primary

Mar. 30, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas businessman Bob Hamilton on Monday announced he's running as a Republican for U.S. Senate. Hamilton threw his his name in the ring to be the Kansas Republican nominee for retiring four-term Sen. Pat Roberts' seat, the Kansas City Star reported. Other GOP hopefuls include...

In this Saturday, March 7, 2020 photo, Kansas supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ron Rose, left, of Topeka, and Judy Johnson, right, of Olathe, talk in front of table for Sanders' presidential campaign during a Kansas Democratic Party convention in Topeka, Kan. The Kansas Democratic Party has scrapped its plans to have polling sites for the state's presidential primary and will conduct the election only by mail ballots due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Democrats voting by mail only in presidential primary

Mar. 30, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats have scrapped plans for polling sites for their May 2 presidential primary and are using only mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic. State Chairwoman Vicki Hiatt said Monday that polling sites are "going to be too risky” and that some were at...

Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., R-Olathe, holds up a map showing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state by county, during a meeting of legislative leaders, Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The counties in blue have had confirmed cases, with the most recent cases in the darkest shade. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Top Kansas lawmakers let governor's stay-at-home order stand

Mar. 29, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature agreed Sunday that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's statewide stay-at-home order is necessary to help check the spread of the new coronavirus, allowing it to take effect Monday as planned. It helped Kelly's case that the exceptions...

A man gathers his groceries after checking out at a Hy-Vee grocery store Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Overland Park, Kan. Stores have begun installing plexiglass shields in checkout aisles as a precaution to protect clerks and help stop the spread the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas governor orders residents to stay home to curb virus

Mar. 28, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide order Saturday requiring people to stay in their homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, waiting until nearly three-quarters of the state's residents were already facing such directives. Kansas joins nearly two dozen states in ordering...