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Members of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee signal whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or voting no on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee has approved the measure, which would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Vote's timing is key issue with Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 21, 2021 7:50 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers insisted Thursday that their proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution be put to voters on the August 2022 primary ballot, leading to criticism that they fear it would fail if put to a broader swath of voters during that year's general election....

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Carl Folsom III speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of Folsom to a spot on Kansas' second-highest court says his experience as a public defender would bring real value to an appellate court that is now filled with former civil litigators, former prosecutors and former district judges. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)

GOP senators reject Kansas appeals court nominee 2nd time

Jan. 21, 2021 7:47 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in the Kansas Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a public defender to the state's second-highest court for the second time in eight months, despite support for him from the state's top federal prosecutor and other attorneys. The vote on...

Kansas moves into second phase of COVID-19 immunizations

Jan. 21, 2021 6:36 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is shifting into the second phase of coronavirus immunizations as the Republican-led state House on Thursday approved a bill that would extend the state’s pandemic emergency declaration. The 119-3 vote sends the bill to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, who has until Jan. 26...

Regents give university CEOs more power to fire employees

Jan. 21, 2021 1:57 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of six state universities in Kansas will have more flexibility in deciding to suspend or fire employees, including tenured faculty, under a temporary policy approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. The regents said Thursday that the new policy, which will be in effect until Dec....

Kansas expects small uptick in vaccine supply amid shortages

Jan. 20, 2021 2:20 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top health official in Kansas has told lawmakers that the state will likely see a small uptick in immediate supply of the COVID-19 vaccine with the change in presidential administrations. In a joint hearing Tuesday before Senate and House health panels, Dr. Lee Norman, head of the...

In this image from video, Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., speaks as the Senate reconvenes after protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)

Kansas Sen. Marshall criticizes trial for Trump as divisive

Jan. 19, 2021 4:15 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican Sen. Roger Marshall opposes an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump after Trump leaves office, arguing Tuesday that it would “raise already heated temperatures” and further divide the nation. Marshall said in a statement that he will attend...

Nurses in Kansas county refuse to give COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 19, 2021 3:20 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Four nurses at a rural health department in Kansas are refusing to administer any COVID-19 vaccines, citing the fast development and production of the shots. Coffey County Public Health Administrator Lindsay Payer said the nurses made their own decisions and expressed their concerns one...

Capitol Police vehicles with the Kansas Highway Patrol sit parked outside the Kansas Statehouse Thursday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2021, in Topeka, Kan. Gov. Laura Kelly is restricting access to the Kansas Statehouse over the possibility of an armed protest in the coming week. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Security concerns close Kansas offices, curtail Legislature

Jan. 19, 2021 1:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State office buildings near the Statehouse have been closed to the public and the Legislature has curtailed its meetings due to security concerns ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in Washington, D.C. The closures came in response to an FBI warning about the potential for...

Topeka mayor diagnosed with COVID-19

Jan. 19, 2021 12:51 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week and will be out of the office while she recovers from her illness, her office said Tuesday. “Community spread in Topeka is high and my diagnosis proves that no matter how careful you are you can still get this...

Kansas anti-abortion measure clears first legislative hurdle

Jan. 19, 2021 12:34 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Tuesday as abortion opponents moved quickly to try to get it on the ballot. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure on a voice vote, sending it to the full Senate...