Latest Kansas state government News

Kansas City Fed President Esther George announces retirement

May. 25, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Esther George, said Wednesday that she will retire in January, as required by the Fed's mandatory retirement rules. George, who has typically supported higher interest rates to ward off inflation — a...

Kansas looking at $50M for businesses restricted over COVID

May. 23, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is moving to provide $50 million in relief to businesses such as bars, gyms and hair salons that were forced by state or local officials to shut down or restrict their operations during the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Kansas ordered to pay $63 million to former pizza magnate

May. 21, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The state of Kansas must pay former pizza executive Gene Bicknell more than $63 million to settle a long-running dispute over his tax bill. The court ruled on Friday that Bicknell was a Florida resident in 2005 and 2006 when he sold NPC International, which...

Kansas Supreme Court disbars former prosecutor

May. 20, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday disbarred former prosecutor Jacqie Spradling for her conduct during a double-murder trial in Topeka in 2012. The court said while Spradling was a prosecutor in Shawnee County, she engaged in “repeated patterns of misconduct” during the trial of...

Kansas Supreme Court upholds Republican congressional map

May. 18, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday improved their chances of flipping the only Kansas congressional seat held by a Democrat, when the state’s highest court upheld the new congressional map they drew. The map slices territory out of the Kansas City-area district...

Kansas Supreme Court upholds Republican congressional map, rejects gerrymandering claims

May. 18, 2022 11:36 AM EDT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Supreme Court upholds Republican congressional map, rejects gerrymandering claims.

Kansas court wrestles with barring political gerrymandering

May. 16, 2022 23:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Kansas government attorney argued Monday that congressional redistricting is naturally political and that the Kansas Supreme Court shouldn't try to decide when partisanship goes too far, only to be chastised by one of the justices for making a “boys will be boys”...

Kansas governor vetoes Republican plan to ban mask mandates

May. 13, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed a bill that would prohibit government mask mandates in Kansas and curb the power of state and local health officials during outbreaks of infectious diseases. The measure was the Republican-controlled Legislature's...

Bill protects doctors who prescribe 2 controversial drugs

May. 13, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill passed this week by the Missouri Legislature would prevent state licensing boards from disciplining doctors who prescribe the controversial off-label drugs ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to their patients. The measure also would prevent...

Kansas legalizes sports betting, then gets sued by casino

May. 12, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legalized sports betting Thursday, only to be sued almost immediately by the operator of a state-owned casino that could offer the new wagering over an unrelated part of the law designed to revive a long-closed greyhound track in its area. Democratic Gov....