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Dr. Lee Norman, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's top administrator, answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference Friday, May 29, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman says he would have preferred that Gov. Laura Kelly had not lifted statewide restrictions on businesses. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas health secretary wanted to keep state COVID-19 limits

May. 29, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's top public health administrator acknowledged Friday that he would have preferred that she not lift statewide coronavirus restrictions on businesses and said local officials shouldn't allow bars and nightclubs to reopen yet. Dr. Lee Norman, state secretary of...

Senate candidate Susan Wagle answers a question during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Wagle decides not to join U.S. Senate race in Kansas

May. 28, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle said Thursday that she will not run for the U.S. Senate, citing “personal and political trials” in the last year for her decision. Wagle announcement also indicated that she would not seek reelection to the Kansas Senate. The filing...

At least 8 lawsuits against Kansas care center over COVID-19

May. 28, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — At least eight wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against a nursing home in Kansas City, Kansas, where 36 people have died from the new coronavirus. The lawsuits allege the Riverbend Post-Acute Rehabilitation was negligent in its handling of the coronavirus outbreak and did not...

2 companies each fined $1 million in Atchison chemical leak

May. 27, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two companies that caused a chlorine gas leak over Atchison in 2106 were each fined $1 million Wednesday for violating federal clean air laws. Harcros Chemicals, Inc., and MGP Ingredients, Inc., had pleaded guilty to negligently violating the Clean Air Act. The fines, which were...

Kansas governor nominates public defender for appeals court

May. 27, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday nominated a public defender in the federal court system to the state's second highest court. Kelly cited Carl A. Folsom III's experience in handling criminal cases as an asset for a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Folsom, who lives in Lawrence,...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers reporters' questions about her veto of a sweeping coronavirus bill that would have curbed her power to direct the state's pandemic response during a news conference, Tuesday, May6 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Democratic governor issued a new state of emergency and called the Republican-controlled Legislature into special session to extend that state of emergency. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor vetoes limits on her power but loosens rules

May. 26, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor on Tuesday vetoed a sweeping Republican coronavirus measure that would have limited her power to direct the state's pandemic response but then ceded to local officials the authority to keep restrictions on businesses. Gov. Laura Kelly not only killed a bill...

Kansas’ Democratic governor vetoes GOP bill that would have limited her emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic

May. 26, 2020 4:43 PM EDT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ Democratic governor vetoes GOP bill that would have limited her emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Senate candidate Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., answers a question during a GOP senatorial debate In Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Marshall fights to be 'Doc' on ballot for Kansas Senate race

May. 26, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A leading Republican candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas wants to be listed as Roger “Doc” Marshall on the ballot. The secretary of state's office has denied his request, and a state board will decide whether “Doc” is an nifty nickname or a...

Kansas casinos begin reopening, check temperatures

May. 24, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State-owned Kansas casinos plan to check customers' temperatures as they begin reopening after closing for weeks over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City and Pittsburg's Kansas Crossing Casino opened Friday, and the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane...