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Teen leading in Kansas race admits blackmail, revenge porn

Aug. 14, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats are scrambling to deal with the strong possibility that a 19-year-old candidate for a Kansas House seat in Kansas City will unseat a veteran lawmaker despite making incendiary comments on social media and acknowledging abusive behavior online toward girls in middle school. ...

Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame inducts 3 new members

Aug. 13, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas newspaper publishers and a veteran political reporter for The Associated Press are being inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame. The inductees are Linda Denning, editor and publisher of the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter; John Hanna, the AP’s Topeka...

Arrest made in stray-bullet shooting death of Topeka woman

Aug. 12, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Police have made an arrested in the death of a Topeka woman who was killed by a stray bullet as she stood in her front yard. The shooting happened late the night of Aug. 5 as Jerrie Lyn Ross, 62, was in her yard. Tony Reece Dante Baird, 29, was arrested late Tuesday, the Capital-Journal...

Roger Marshall pumps his fist after speaking to supporters near Pawnee Rock, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, after defeating Kris Kobach in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Farm ties key for GOP, Rep. Marshall in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 11, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans are likely to stress Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall's service on the House Agriculture Committee as he runs for the Senate. The two-term GOP congressman for western and central Kansas who sometimes calls himself “the only candidate who can sort heifers from steers" is...

Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, answers questions during an Associated Press interview, Friday, June 26, 2020, in his Statehouse office in Topeka, Kan. Hensley suggests Republican legislative leaders are trying to score

Top Democrat in Kansas Senate tests negative for coronavirus

Aug. 11, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley said Tuesday that he has tested negative for coronavirus. The Topeka Democrat took the test Friday after learning that House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. tested positive and was hospitalized for about a week in July. Ryckman, an Olathe...

Police say 2 killed, another injured in Topeka shooting

Aug. 11, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two people were killed and another person injured in a late-night shooting at a Topeka mobile home park, police said. Officers were called to the mobile home park around 10:15 p.m. Monday and found three people with gunshot wounds, police said. One of the victims was declared dead at...

Dr. Drew Miller, front, and other medical staff suit up in protective gear as they prepare to check potential COVID-19 patients Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in a makeshift isolation area at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan. The rural 24-bed hospital is currently treating five patients inpatient for COVID-19 as the county has seen a spike in cases due to clusters in nearby meatpacking plants. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas officials say new COVID-19 law hurts contact tracing

Aug. 11, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Public health officials in three Kansas counties say a new state law is hurting their efforts to trace the contacts of people infected with COVID-19 by making it easier for them to refuse to cooperate. Public health departments often rely on employers to find out who has been in close...

Kansas governor skeptical of Trump plan to extend benefits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A spokeswoman says Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's administration is reviewing President Donald Trump's plan to extend supplemental unemployment benefits but is waiting for more details. A program providing an additional $600 a week to workers left unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic...

Dr. Lee Norman, top administrator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, discusses the ongoing resurgence in coronavirus cases in the state during a news conference, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman is calling the resurgence

GOP leader says Kansas health chief misled public on masks

Aug. 10, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican leader in the Kansas Legislature on Monday accused Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's top public health administrator of using a misleading presentation to bolster their argument for requiring people to wear masks in public as a debate rages over imposing mandates to get the...

Kansas sues to block Wyandotte Nation's plans for casino

Aug. 10, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas filed a lawsuit Monday against top officials at the U.S. Department of Interior in an effort to block the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma from building a casino on land it owns in Park City, the latest legal twist in a decades-long dispute over the tribe's legal authority on the...