Latest Kansas state government News

Border war between Kansas, Missouri isn't quite over yet

Sep. 16, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There may be a cease-fire, but the economic "border war" involving the use of incentives to lure jobs across the state line in the Kansas City area isn't exactly over. Missouri officials plan to award more than $62 million in incentives to financial firm Waddell & Reed, based in...

Pompeo's storage units broken into in Kansas last year

Sep. 12, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A break-in at storage units in Wichita, Kansas, became a diplomatic security issue last year because two of the units belong to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A Wichita police statement says the State Department sent a security officer to the East Side Mini Storage last November to...

Amid concerns, 4 killed over 24 hours in Kansas City

Sep. 11, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A series of shootings has left four people dead in Kansas City over 24 hours as concerns mount about violent crime in the state's two largest cities. After Gov. Mike Parson met with leaders in St. Louis to discuss the problem, two people were killed around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday inside...

Western Kansas congressman opens Senate bid to block Kobach

Sep. 7, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Western Kansas' congressman launched a Senate campaign on Saturday, pitching himself to fellow Republicans as a pragmatic conservative who can keep the seat in GOP hands by thwarting immigration hardliner Kris Kobach's bid for the party's nomination. Two-term Rep. Roger Marshall entered...

Concerns reported to Kansas agency before toddler's death

Sep. 4, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

Kansas child welfare officials say they received repeated reports about a Wichita toddler before he was found dead in a motel of a methadone overdose in the latest high-profile tragedy involving the agency responsible for overseeing young children. In response to a records request from The Associated Press, the...

Kansas treasurer drops Senate bid to challenge Rep. Watkins

Sep. 4, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican state treasurer on Wednesday abandoned a campaign for an open Senate seat to challenge a GOP freshman congressman that he describes as vulnerable to Democratic defeat. Treasurer Jake LaTurner's announcement came little more than a week after former GOP Gov. Jeff...

Kansas City-area schools innovate to fill teacher vacancies

Sep. 2, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City-area schools are trying to remedy a critical teacher shortage looming as the new school year begins, including by placing unqualified educators into some classrooms. Some school districts have been rehiring retired teachers, or training counselors and coaches to teach,...

Ex-Kansas governor seeks primary challenger for Rep. Watkins

Aug. 27, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer on Tuesday urged the state treasurer to drop his Senate bid and instead challenge freshman Rep. Steve Watkins in the GOP primary, arguing the move would help "nominate a candidate that can win." Colyer's public opposition to a congressman from...

Correction: Gun Violence-Missouri Cities story

Aug. 27, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a story Aug. 26 about efforts to deal with gun violence in Missouri's two big cities, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Missouri, in 2017, became the first state to allow people to carry guns without a permit. Alaska enacted a law in 2003 allowing people to carry a gun...

Kansas GOP Rep. Watkins faces calls for tougher gun laws

Aug. 26, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Rep. Steve Watkins got heat Monday from frustrated eastern Kansas constituents who pressed the freshman congressman to publicly endorse tougher gun laws following recent mass shootings. Several people left a Watkins town hall meeting in Topeka unhappy that he didn't commit...