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Kansas coronavirus cases up to nearly 850, with 25 deaths

Apr. 6, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reported 845 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Monday, about a 100-case increase from the day before. Twenty-five people have died from COVID-19 in the state as of Monday, up from 21 deaths on Sunday. At least 183 people have been hospitalized in Kansas. While Johnson and...

Topeka Zoo changes annual fundraisers in wake of outbreak

Apr. 6, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka Zoo has announced it will make changes to two major fundraisers as officials look to slow the spread of COVID-19. The zoo announced the changes Sunday, television station KSNT reported. The Roar & Pour Wine Fest will now be held online as a virtual event on April 25. The...

Lansing prison announces more cases, state total up to 747

Apr. 5, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Operational changes have been implemented at Lansing Correctional Center — the largest prison in Kansas — after an inmate and a fourth staff member tested positive for the coronavirus, state prison officials said. The staff member is a male over the age of 20 and the...

Divers recover body of trash truck driver from river

Apr. 5, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

PERRY, Kan. (AP) — A trash truck driver who was reported missing after not returning from his route was found dead after his truck slid into the Delaware River during inclement weather, authorities said. The body of 32-year-old Bernard Singleton, of Topeka, was found Saturday in the river near Perry. ...

Topeka police investigate man's shooting death

Apr. 5, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

A 28-year-old man has been fatally shot in east Topeka, police said. Officers were responding to a call Saturday night about shots being fired and a vehicle crash when they found the body of D’Angelo L. Payne, Lt. Ron Ekis said. The circumstances of the homicide and vehicle crash have not been released....

Kansas governor signs bill to launch new transportation plan

Apr. 3, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation Friday to launch a new, 10-year transportation program she and other officials see as a $10 billion stimulus to counter the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The program will use use existing funds to pay for $1 billion a year in...

A pair of cyclists cross an empty downtown street as the sun sets Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Governor says Kansas could exhaust protective gear next week

Apr. 3, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas could run out of personal protective equipment for medical personnel and others dealing directly with the coronavirus pandemic by the middle of next week, Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday, as the state saw its largest spike in the number of COVID-19-related deaths since the outbreak...

Court: Utilities cannot charge energy-making customers more

Apr. 3, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Utilities cannot charge customers who produce some of their own energy more than other customers, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that strikes down proposed rates from two companies. The state's highest court found the proposals by Westar and Kansas Gas and Electric...

Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas secretary of health and environment, answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic as Gov. Laura Kelly watches during a news conference, Monday, March 23, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Six counties with about 1 million of the state's 2.9 million residents have issued shelter-in-place orders and Kelly says she's going to impose stricter rules for public gatherings. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas' review of cellphone GPS data raises privacy concerns

Apr. 2, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly faced questions Thursday over the state's monitoring of GPS data gleaned from people's cellphones about how residents have cut down on travel during the coronavirus pandemic. But Kelly defended the state Department of Health and Environment's use of the data. She...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions about the coronavirus outbreak in her state during a news conference, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says the state is in the

Kansas governor calls US officials unprepared for COVID-19

Apr. 2, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly strongly criticized the U.S. government Thursday as unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic and said her state hasn't gotten needed supplies despite multiple requests approved since mid-March. The Democratic governor said Kansas has sought “hundreds of...