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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. ...

GOP leader questions plans to put Afghan evacuees in Kansas

Sep. 15, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker in Kansas said Wednesday that he's concerned about President Joe Biden's plan to resettle almost 500 Afghan evacuees in the state because he doesn't know how well they're being vetted. Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson...

Today in History

Sep. 12, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2021. There are 110 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 12, 2001, stunned rescue workers continued to search for bodies in the World Trade...

Former congressional candidate running for Kansas treasurer

Aug. 31, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former executive with an advocacy group for those with Down syndrome has launched a campaign for Kansas state treasurer. Sara Hart Weir said in an email to supporters on Monday that she plans to bring a “conservative, outsider approach to...

Jeff Colyer has cancer, drops out of Kansas governor’s race

Aug. 30, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Monday that he is dropping out of the 2022 race for governor after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. “While I have always focused on helping others, for the next few weeks I am going to focus on my...

Racial justice panel in Kansas issues recommendations

Jul. 15, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas racial justice panel appointed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has recommended expanding Medicaid, adding another income tax bracket for top-income earners, restoring a food sales tax rebate and banning Native American mascots and team names in public schools. ...

Dole, Roberts back Kansas AG Schmidt in 2022 governor's race

Jul. 06, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas political icons Bob Dole and Pat Roberts on Tuesday endorsed Attorney General Derek Schmidt for governor in 2022 as Schmidt worked to solidify support among fellow Republicans early enough to blunt a serious primary challenge. Dole, a...

Kansas collected 9.3% surplus in taxes in 2021 budget year

Jul. 02, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reported Friday that tax collections for its just-concluded 2021 budget year were 9.3% more than anticipated, giving the state its healthiest cash reserves in more than 40 years as the U.S. economy recovers from COVID-19. ...