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Kansas has a new anti-DEI law, but the governor has vetoed bills on abortion and even police dogs

Apr. 23, 2024 14:12 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor on Friday vetoed proposed tax breaks for anti-abortion counseling centers while allowing restrictions on college diversity initiatives approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature to become law without her signature. Gov. Laura...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Apr. 23, 2024 07:11 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. April 22, 2024. Editorial: These Missouri and Kansas Republicans in Congress finally did right by Ukraine We don’t get that many chances to say, “Well done, House Speaker Mike Johnson,” or “Yay you, some (but not others) of the Missouri and...

An adored ostrich at a Kansas zoo has died after swallowing a staff member's keys

Apr. 22, 2024 16:42 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A beloved ostrich at the Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center in Kansas has died after swallowing a staff member's keys. The zoo announced in a social media post on Friday that the 5-year-old ostrich named Karen had reached beyond her exhibit's fence and grabbed...

Judge denies new sentencing hearing for 2 brothers awaiting execution for 'Wichita massacre'

Apr. 22, 2024 12:58 PM EDT

A Kansas judge on Monday denied a request for a resentencing hearing for two brothers awaiting execution for a quadruple killing known as the “Wichita massacre,” ruling that he lacks jurisdiction to approve a reexamination of the sentences. The legal setback was the latest for...

A new, stable fiscal forecast for Kansas reinforces the dynamics of a debate over tax cuts

Apr. 19, 2024 19:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The picture for tax cuts in Kansas and the next state budget remained stable Friday with the release of a new fiscal forecast that reinforced the dynamics of a conflict over proposed tax cuts between Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature. ...

Kansas adds AJ Storr after he led Wisconsin in scoring this past season

Apr. 18, 2024 19:03 PM EDT

AJ Storr is transferring to Kansas after leading Wisconsin in scoring this past season. Storr said Thursday in a social media post that he was making this decision “with great excitement and humility.” Later Thursday, Kansas announced the additions of Storr and former South...

Kansas GOP congressman Jake LaTurner is not running again, citing family reasons

Apr. 18, 2024 17:28 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner is not running for reelection this year in his GOP-leaning eastern Kansas district so that he can spend more time with his four young children, he announced Thursday. LaTurner is among nearly two dozen Republicans in...

Bond denied for 4 'God's Misfits' defendants in the killing of 2 Kansas women

Apr. 18, 2024 11:54 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge ordered public defenders to represent four members of an anti-government group who appeared in court Wednesday on charges of kidnapping and killing two Kansas women. The judge also entered not-guilty pleas and denied bail for Tifany Adams, 54,...

North Carolina university committee swiftly passes policy change that could cut diversity staff

Apr. 17, 2024 19:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The future of diversity, equity and inclusion staff jobs in North Carolina's public university system could be at stake after a five-person committee swiftly voted to repeal a key policy Wednesday. The Committee on University Governance, within the University...

Kansas' higher ed board adopts an anti-DEI policy after pressure from GOP legislators

Apr. 17, 2024 17:00 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State universities in Kansas are banned from requiring prospective students, potential hires and staffers seeking promotion to disclose their views on diversity initiatives under a policy change approved Wednesday by the state's higher education board in response to pressure...