Latest Kansas state government News

Topeka priest suspended after allegation of sexual abuse

Sep. 27, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The pastor of a Catholic parish in Topeka has been suspended from his public duties after being accused of sexually abusing a minor, the archdiocese for northeast Kansas announced Monday. The Rev. John Pilcher of Mater Dei parish denies the...

Governor orders flags lowered as Kansas tops 6K COVID deaths

Sep. 27, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday ordered flags throughout the state to be flown at half-staff to honor COVID-19 victims as Kansas exceeded 6,000 reported deaths. Kelly's order applied immediately and directed that flags remain lowered until sunset...

Kansas lawmakers set to examine impact of virus mandates

Sep. 27, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature on Monday agreed to create a committee to examine the impact of COVID-19 mandates and what they called government overreach, partly in response to Democratic President Joe Biden's federal vaccine requirements. ...

Missouri's Schmitt slams local handling of school abuse case

Sep. 25, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — The attorney general in a letter to the governor wrote that a southwestern Missouri prosecutor is ignoring his advice and going easy on a Christian boarding school accused of abuse. Attorney General Eric Schmitt in the Thursday letter asked Gov....

Ex-school counselor gets new trial on charges of raping boy

Sep. 24, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former central Kansas middle school counselor convicted of raping a student will get a new trial to consider her arguments that the then-13-year-old boy forced her to have sex the first time and blackmailed her into continuing. The Kansas Supreme...

Kansas to follow CDC recommendation of Pfizer booster

Sep. 24, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday that the state will adopt the recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning Pfizer booster shots as part of the effort to fight COVID-19. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky...

Ex-Kansas legislator pleads not guilty to COVID relief fraud

Sep. 23, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas state Rep. Michael Capps has pleaded not guilty to 19 counts that allege he tried to defraud federal, state and county government organizations out of more than $450,000 in coronavirus relief funding. Capps entered the plea Wednesday...

Official: Kansas middle school student died of COVID-19

Sep. 22, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state education official said Wednesday that a Kansas middle school student has died of COVID-19. The child’s death would be the first reported COVID-19 death of someone aged 10 to 17 in Kansas and only the third reported for someone under 18. ...

Injured ex-cop now attorney running for Kansas AG's office

Sep. 21, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An attorney who was forced to give up a career as a police officer after a drunken driver struck him is running for Kansas attorney general next year as a Democrat. Chris Mann, of Lawrence, launched his campaign Tuesday with a short video, ...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Sep. 21, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. September XX, 2021. Editorial: Kansas leader fans unfounded fear that Afghan refugees are diseased terrorists During and after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Republicans roundly blamed President Joe Biden for...