Latest Kansas state government News

Ex-school counselor gets new trial on charges of raping boy

Sep. 24, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former central Kansas middle school counselor convicted of raping a student will get a new trial to consider her arguments that the then-13-year-old boy forced her to have sex the first time and blackmailed her into continuing. The Kansas Supreme...

Kansas to follow CDC recommendation of Pfizer booster

Sep. 24, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday that the state will adopt the recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning Pfizer booster shots as part of the effort to fight COVID-19. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky...

Ex-Kansas legislator pleads not guilty to COVID relief fraud

Sep. 23, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas state Rep. Michael Capps has pleaded not guilty to 19 counts that allege he tried to defraud federal, state and county government organizations out of more than $450,000 in coronavirus relief funding. Capps entered the plea Wednesday...

Official: Kansas middle school student died of COVID-19

Sep. 22, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state education official said Wednesday that a Kansas middle school student has died of COVID-19. The child’s death would be the first reported COVID-19 death of someone aged 10 to 17 in Kansas and only the third reported for someone under 18. ...

Injured ex-cop now attorney running for Kansas AG's office

Sep. 21, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An attorney who was forced to give up a career as a police officer after a drunken driver struck him is running for Kansas attorney general next year as a Democrat. Chris Mann, of Lawrence, launched his campaign Tuesday with a short video, ...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Sep. 21, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. September XX, 2021. Editorial: Kansas leader fans unfounded fear that Afghan refugees are diseased terrorists During and after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Republicans roundly blamed President Joe Biden for...

Kansas passed on earlier plan to upgrade unemployment system

Sep. 20, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A software company urged Kansas to uprade its computer system for handling claims for unemployment benefits but the state didn't heed that advice five years before a flood of fraudulent claims across the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Texas woman convicted in deaths of 2 Kansas carnival vendors

Sep. 17, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Texas woman was convicted Friday of capital murder for her role in the slayings of a Wichita couple who were killed after a carnival worker ordered their deaths as part of a fictitious carnival mafia. A Barton County jury found Kimberley Stacey...

Kansas City police board member's credentials questioned

Sep. 16, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former leader of a Kansas City-area charitable organization said the newest member of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners served on its board for one year, contrary to a report that raised questions about the biographical information she provided before...

Kansas schools see increasing number of COVID-19 outbreaks

Sep. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas schools are seeing a growing number of COVID-19 outbreaks, and school-aged children are getting infected more frequently than any other age group. The state Department of Health and Environment's latest data, reported Wednesday, showed 63...