Latest Kansas state government News

Permanent fence installed around Kansas governor's mansion

Jun. 18, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Workers were installing a permanent metal fence Friday around the Kansas governor's mansion in Topeka as part of security upgrades at Cedar Crest. The upgrades come after a federal Department of Homeland Security assessment of the property earlier...

Costly low bid for Nebraska child services may cause changes

Jun. 18, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some Nebraska lawmakers on Friday called for changes in how the state picks contractors, after a child welfare service that succeeded in winning a contract with an unusually low bid failed to deliver and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Members of...

Kansas prosecutor resigns posts amid misconduct allegations

Jun. 18, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor accused of misleading juries in two cases has resigned from her positions in Bourbon and Allen counties, just weeks after a disciplinary panel recommended she be disbarred. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Jacqie Spradling...

Kansas governor appoints 3 to Board of Regents

Jun. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has appointed a former railway executive, a former state senator and an educator to the board that governs the state's six universities. Kelly announced in a Wednesday news release that she appointed former president and CEO...

GOP ends COVID emergency in Kansas; Kelly sees 'obstruction'

Jun. 15, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will struggle to vaccinate residents and thousands of families will lose extra food aid because top Republican legislators on Tuesday ended a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic, one of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's top aides said. ...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jun. 15, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

Topeka Capital-Journal. June 11, 2021. Editorial: Many are in a needless panic about critical race theory. Legislators must instead stand up for common sense. Moral panics don’t produce good policy. Neither does banning things. ...

Motion filed to join lawsuit over Kansas City police funding

Jun. 14, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The president of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City filed a motion Monday that she said was intended to represent taxpayers in a lawsuit over proposals to change how part of the city's police department budget is spent. Gwen Grant said in a...

Former Kansas Attorney General Vern Miller dies

Jun. 12, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Attorney General Vern Miller, who gained notoriety for several law enforcement stunts during nearly 50 years in law enforcement, has died. Miller died Friday at his home in Mesa, Arizona. He was 92. His son, Marty...

Judge asks Kansas attorney general to review pandemic law

Jun. 10, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

MISSION, Kansas (AP) — A judge has asked the Kansas attorney general to weigh in on “significant constitutional problems” raised by a state law that gives those who object to pandemic restrictions such as mask requirements the right to trigger a 72-hour review. ...

Ex-Kansas Gov. Colyer riled by disclosure of personal data

Jun. 10, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer says a Kansas county election office isn’t doing enough to protect him after it accidentally disclosed his Social Security number to a political research firm this spring. Colyer is running for governor in 2022,...