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Neil Melton, from Prairie Village, Kan., talks by his car after deciding to leave a rally in opposition to wearing masks due to the small outcome of participants Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

4 in 10 Kansans don't have to wear masks despite mandate

Jul. 9, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Four in 10 Kansans live in counties that have overruled Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide mask order even as coronavirus cases in the state soar. More than 90 of the state’s 105 counties have opted out of the mandate issued last week under a new state law that allows local...

Police: 1 of 2 men injured in east Wichita shooting has died

Jul. 9, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One of two men injured in an east Wichita shooting earlier this week has died, police said Thursday. Broderick Lloyd, 20, died Wednesday at a Wichita hospital, police said. Lloyd and a 21-year-old man were shot around 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to police reports. Officers called to...

Woman charged in June shooting death of Wichita man

Jul. 8, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A woman has been arrested and charged with murder and other counts in the June shooting death of a man in Wichita, police said. Amber Ahrens, 41, of Wichita, was booked into the Sedgwich County Jail on Tuesday, television state KAKE reported. Ahrens is charged with second-degree...

Kansas officer appeals ruling allowing lawsuit to proceed

Jul. 7, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police officer who fatally shot an innocent man in 2017 while responding to a hoax emergency call stemming from a dispute between two online gamers is appealing a ruling allowing a lawsuit filed against him to move forward. The Wichita Eagle reports that attorneys for Justin...

Kansas among 14 states with most rapid COVID-19 spread

Jul. 7, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is among the top 14 states in the country for the most rapid spread of coronavirus, and in the top 14 states for having the least restrictions on activities, the state's top health official said Tuesday. Lee Norman, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment,...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks to reporters about the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference, Monday, July 6, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The state has seen its worst two-week spike in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began and Kelly is warning the public and local officials that wearing masks are necessary to check its spread. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Record COVID-19 spike prompts warning from Kansas governor

Jul. 6, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas set a new record Monday for its worst two-week spike in reported coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, prompting its Democratic governor to issue a stern public warning meant to push the public and local officials in her red state into accepting masks in public as...

Some K-State athletes protest over student's Floyd tweet

Jul. 5, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas State athletes were among about 100 people who protested this weekend over an insensitive tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd. Those attending the rally in Manhattan, Kansas, on Saturday said the university administration's promise to launch initiatives to...

Mask opponents protest at Wichita mayor's home

Jul. 4, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Protesters who oppose a city ordinance requiring that masks be worn in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus gathered outside Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple’s home Saturday. The Wichita City Council voted 4-3 Friday in a special meeting called by Whipple to require...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, left, confers with Clay Britton, her chief attorney, before a meeting with legislative leaders about an executive order she issued to require people to wear masks in public, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says she's worried that if the state doesn't reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases, the state won't be able to reopen K-12 schools in August. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas sees worst 2-week COVID-19 spike since pandemic began

Jul. 3, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reported another big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, capping its worst two-week spike since the pandemic began and coming as a statewide mask mandate from the governor took effect. The state Department of Health and Environment reported that Kansas has had 15,919...

Man arrested for 2 fatal January shootings at Wichita hotel

Jul. 3, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police have arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the fatal shootings in January of another man and a woman in a hotel. The police department said the suspect returned Thursday to Wichita to be booked into the Sedgwick County jail after being arrested outside the U.S....