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Man who performed illegal autopsies can't work in Kansas

Aug. 10, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man convicted of performing illegal autopsies has been permanently banned from doing business in the state and ordered to pay more than $700,000 in restitution and fines, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday. Shawn Parcells, 42, who lived...

Kansas inmate's death investigated as apparent homicide

Aug. 08, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a Kansas prison as an apparent homicide. The Kansas Department of Corrections said in a news release that 56-year-old Fred Patterson III died Sunday at the Lansing Correctional Facility. He had been there...

5th abortion clinic opened in Kansas in lead up to vote

Aug. 05, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Planned Parenthood quietly opened another abortion clinic in Kansas in the lead up to a decisive statewide vote in favor of protecting abortion access. The Wyandotte Health Center in Kansas City, Kansas, had long been in the works but opened with little...

Kansas GOP uses texts to hinder independent's governor bid

Aug. 04, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Republican Party tried Thursday to undercut a state lawmaker's independent candidacy for governor by texting people who signed his petitions for the November ballot to urge them to remove their names. The texts told the signers for state Sen. Dennis...

Will abortion be on more state ballots after Kansas vote?

Aug. 04, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents were shocked and abortion rights advocates energized by a decisive statewide vote in heavily Republican Kansas this week in favor of protecting abortion access, yet it's not likely to translate into new abortion votes across the U.S. in the November...

Kansas voters resoundingly protect their access to abortion

Aug. 03, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters on Tuesday sent a resounding message about their desire to protect abortion rights, rejecting a ballot measure in a conservative state with deep ties to the anti-abortion movement that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to tighten...

Kansas GOP nominates Kobach for AG, advancing comeback bid

Aug. 03, 2022 02:08 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Tuesday nominated Kris Kobach for Kansas attorney general, keeping alive the polarizing conservative’s bid for a political comeback following his losses in a governor’s race and U.S. Senate primary over the past four years. Kobach, a former...

Kansas Republicans nominate hardline conservative Kris Kobach for attorney general, advancing his comeback bid

Aug. 03, 2022 00:47 AM EDT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republicans nominate hardline conservative Kris Kobach for attorney general, advancing his comeback bid.

Kansas voters protect abortion rights, reject measure that would have allowed statewide ban

Aug. 02, 2022 22:43 PM EDT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters protect abortion rights, reject measure that would have allowed statewide ban.

GOP headache: Kansas poised for independent bid for governor

Aug. 01, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A hard-right Kansas lawmaker who has clashed with Republican leaders was poised Monday to win a spot on the November ballot as an independent candidate for governor, helped by allies of Democratic incumbent Laura Kelly. State Sen. Dennis Pyle, of Hiawatha, a...