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Judge, lawyer, AG's staffer finalists for top Kansas court

Jan. 17, 2020 4:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Court of Appeals judge, a Lawrence attorney and a veteran prosecutor now working for the attorney general's office are finalists for a state Supreme Court seat. A lawyer-led state nominating commission on Friday sent the candidates' names to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. She...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo medical marijuana dispensary owner Chance Gilbert displays some of the marijuana he's grown at the Oklahoma Roots dispensary in Shawnee, Okla. Legislators in neighboring Kansas expect to have their most serious debate so far on legalizing marijuana for medical uses, partly because conservative Missouri and Oklahoma already have approved it. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy, File)

Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate

Jan. 17, 2020 1:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana this year, fueling high hopes for advocates who have been stymied by the state's prohibitionist roots and Republican-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has said she would sign a bill...

Man guilty of starting Kansas fire in effort to kill 2 women

Jan. 17, 2020 9:37 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jurors have found a man guilty of starting a fire in a suburban Kansas City apartment in an attempt to kill two women who lived there. The Johnson County, Kansas, prosecutor's office says in a news release that 38-year-old Ronald Buchanan was convicted Wednesday of three counts of...

Former Gov. Jeff Colyer to sing backup for Chaka Khan

Jan. 17, 2020 7:14 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican Kansas governor and plastic surgeon Jeff Colyer is about to add Chaka Khan backup singer to his resume. Colyer is part of a student and faculty choir that will join the “Queen of Funk” on stage for a Martin Luther King Day event hosted by Georgetown...

Advocates push to better the foster care crisis in Kansas

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Natalie Zarate entered state custody when she was 11 years old, removed from a physically abusive mother and placed in a group home for foster children. Now 23, she trembles when she thinks about her time at EmberHope Youthville in Newton. Physicians placed Zarate on “crazy...

Democrats add Kansas Rep. Watkins' seat to list of targets

Jan. 16, 2020 6:37 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An arm of the national Democratic Party has added Republican Rep. Steve Watkins' seat in Kansas to its list of targeted congressional races this year. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Thursday in a memo that the 2nd District of eastern Kansas “presents an...

Brittany Jones, advocacy director for the conservative Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, answers questions from reporters following the unveiling of a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution on abortion, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Jones' group and other anti-abortion organizations are backing the amendment, which would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas abortion measure's fate may rest on when vote is set

Jan. 16, 2020 5:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The fate of a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution could depend more on when it would appear on the ballot than the language being considered by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Supporters of the proposal for overturning last year's Kansas Supreme Court...

Larry Campbell, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's budget director, answers questions from reporters during a briefing on Kelly's spending proposals, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Kelly's budget would spend more than half of the state's cash reservices to pay off debt while also cutting annual payments to the state pension system. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor seeks to use cash reserves to pay off debt

Jan. 16, 2020 5:36 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Thursday that Kansas burn through more than half of its cash reserves to pay off some debt early while taking longer to close a long-term funding gap for the state pension system for teachers and government workers. Kelly's budget director, Larry...

Former Highway Patrol superintendent seeks reinstatement

Jan. 16, 2020 4:12 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas Highway Patrol superintendent who resigned under pressure has filed a motion with the state Supreme Court seeking to be reinstated. Mark Bruce resigned as superintendent amid questions about an alleged domestic violence incident involving another top patrol official....

FILE- This Aug. 23, 2006, file photo shows a Payless store front is seen in Philadelphia. Payless ShoeSource has emerged from bankruptcy for the second time, with a focus on international markets. The Topeka, Kan.-based chain said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, that it wants to reinvigorate Latin America, its largest business unit. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Payless ShoeSource emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Jan. 16, 2020 2:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Payless ShoeSource has emerged from bankruptcy for the second time, with a focus on international markets. The Topeka, Kansas-based company said Thursday it wants to reinvigorate its largest business unit, Latin America, It will also relaunch its U.S. e-commerce site and open some stores...