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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...

Recent Kansas editorials

Jul. 6, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

Lawrence Journal-World, July 4 Hopefully you haven’t become confused and placed your political yard sign on your face and your face mask in your yard. It seems to be an easy mistake to make these days. Come to find out, they really aren’t the same thing. Even people who like the president are...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jul. 6, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

Kansas City Star, July 5 We all join Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas in his heartbreak and disgust over the violence that’s so out of control that three kids were killed here last week. One of them, a 4-year-old who had survived heart surgery, was shot in his own big-boy bed, during a driveby shooting. Two...

Police investigate robbery-turned-homicide in Kansas home

Jul. 6, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after finding a homicide victim inside a suburban Kansas City home while responding to a burglary. Olathe police say the burglary was reported around 3 a.m. Sunday in Olathe. The victim was identified as 42-year-old Jessica L. Smith. Police say the killer...

Fireworks causes estimated $10,500 in damage in Kansas

Jul. 6, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are blaming fireworks for a blaze that caused an estimated $10,500 in damage to a Junction City duplex. WIBW-TV reports that the fire was reported around 4:20 a.m. Sunday on the northeast edge of the city. Junction City Fire Department officials said the blaze was...

2 killed in separate shootings in Kansas City, Kansas

Jul. 6, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two men have been killed in separate shootings in Kansas City, Kansas. Police identified the victims in a news release as 27-year-old Edwin Pinto and 34-year-old Dennis Barnett. The release said officers found Pinto dead while responding to a shooting call around...

Sheriff: 13-year-old killed in ATV crash in rural Kansas

Jul. 6, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

HOLTON, Kan. (AP) — A 13-year-old died after an all-terrain vehicle crash in northeastern Kansas, authorities there said. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the crash happened around 2 a.m. Sunday on a rural road when the ATV’s driver lost control and the vehicle...

Kansas City murder suspect arrested after chase into Kansas

Jul. 6, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police have identified a suspect arrested in a Kansas City shooting death following a police chase into Kansas last week. Eric Thomas, 36, of Kansas City, Missouri, has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts int he Wednesday shooting death of 28-year-old Darren...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters about the coronavirus pandemic after a meeting with legislative leaders, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly has issued an order to require people to wear masks in public and at their workplaces. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Newspaper owner: Sorry for equating mask rule to Holocaust

Jul. 5, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county Republican Party chairman who owns a weekly newspaper apologized Sunday for a cartoon posted on the paper's Facebook page that equated the Democratic governor's coronavirus-inspired order for people to wear masks in public with the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis during...

UTV crash kills 13-year-old, injures 5 others

Jul. 5, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

HORTON, Kan. (AP) — A 13-year-old was killed and five others were injured early Sunday after a utility terrain vehicle ran off a rural roadway and crashed in northeast Kansas, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. The office is investigating the crash, which occured about 2 a.m. near...