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Wichita State cancels Ivanka Trump's speech to tech school

Jun. 5, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas technical school canceled plans for Ivanka Trump to give a virtual commencement speech to graduates because of criticism of President Donald Trump’s response to protests over the death of George Floyd. Administrators at Wichita State University and WSU Tech announced...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic as Dr. Lee Norman, the state's health secretary, watches during a news conference, Friday, June 5, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says her administration will consider using federal coronavirus relief funds to start a program to help people struggling to pay their rent or home mortgages. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor considering relief for renters, home owners

Jun. 5, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday that her administration will consider using part of Kansas' share of federal coronavirus relief funds to help people struggling to pay their rents or home mortgages because of economic problems tied to the pandemic. Kelly defended a May 26 decision to...

2 arrested over social media post have been released

Jun. 5, 2020 1:47 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two men who were arrested over a widely circulated social media post that urged violence and looting in suburban Wichita neighborhoods have been released. The Wichita Eagle reports that the arrests of 20-year-old Michael Boston Jr., of Wichita, and 19-year-old Rashawn Mayes Jr., of...

Kansas state Reps. Kyle Hoffman, left, R-Coldwather, and Fred Patton, R-Topeka, confer during a break in the House session, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Patton is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and has helped draft legislation giving lawmakers oversight of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas House passes compromise coronavirus response bill

Jun. 4, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill giving Kansas lawmakers some oversight of the state's coronavirus response cleared the House on Wednesday night and is headed to the Senate. The Legislature convened for a special session called by Kelly after she vetoed a sweeping coronavirus bill GOP lawmakers approved in May...

Republican-led Senate rejects Democrat Kelly's court nominee

Jun. 3, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has rejected Gov. Laura Kelly's latest nominee for the state Court of Appeals. The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday rejected Democrat Kelly’s nomination of Carl Folsom III, a longtime state and federal public defender, largely because he represented a man...

Kansas food plant shuts down after workers contract virus

Jun. 3, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas food plant temporarily shut down Wednesday after several workers tested positive for the coronavirus. The Reser's Fine Foods plant in Topeka, which makes prepared entrees and side dishes sold at grocery stores, will close for two weeks while all employees get tested, KSNT-TV...

Kansas man killed in rollover crash in Pratt County

Jun. 3, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — A man has died in a rollover crash in south-central Kansas, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The crash happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday in northeastern Pratt County, Wichita television station KAKE reported. Jacob Davis, 35, of Macksville, was driving a sport utility vehicle...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers reporters' questions about her veto of a sweeping coronavirus bill that would have curbed her power to direct the state's pandemic response during a news conference, Tuesday, May6 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Democratic governor issued a new state of emergency and called the Republican-controlled Legislature into special session to extend that state of emergency. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas no longer shields people from evictions, foreclosures

Jun. 2, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is no longer shielding renters and homeowners who are financially strapped because of the coronavirus pandemic from being evicted or having lenders foreclose on their mortgages. Kelly allowed an executive order that had banned new evictions and foreclosures to...

A Lawrence police officer hands water to protesters in Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, May 31, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Arrests in Topeka, Wichita mar peaceful protests in Kansas

Jun. 2, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Seven people were arrested in Topeka and two more were arrested in Wichita after protesters threw rocks and debris at officers during disturbances that came after generally peaceful gatherings had broken up. The two confrontations were the first major violence reported during protests...

Recent Kansas editorials

Jun. 2, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The Kansas City Star, May 27 Republicans in the Kansas Legislature are the dog that chased the car and uh-oh, now that they’ve caught it have nothing to do but yip. That terrible Gov. Laura Kelly, they kept saying, was such a wannabe dictator with her pandemic shutdown orders that were slowly being phased...