Latest Kansas state government News

Record: Officer tried to keep victims quiet after cop threat

Nov. 11, 2019 3:09 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — An off-duty Kansas police officer who was sentenced to probation for drunkenly threatening to shoot a bar server was initially allowed to keep his service weapon after a responding officer urged witnesses not to press charges, according to court records. The Kansas City Star obtained...

Kansas Rep. Watkins pays account after foreclosure lawsuit

Nov. 8, 2019 5:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins paid a homeowners association in Alaska that was seeking to foreclose on his condominium, an email sent by the property manager shows. The email shows that Watkins called the property manager to resolve the matter on Thursday, the same day that The...

DA: Kansas judicial panel did not violate open meetings law

Nov. 7, 2019 9:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission that screens applicants for the Kansas Supreme Court didn't violate the state's open meetings law in naming three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy, a prosecutor said Thursday. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett rejected...

Kansas boosts tax collection forecast $510M over 2 years

Nov. 7, 2019 7:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials on Thursday boosted the state's projections for tax collections by $510 million over two budget years, something certain to renew an already intense dispute between Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature over cutting income taxes. The new,...

GOP complaint spurs probe of Kansas court selection process

Nov. 6, 2019 6:50 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican legislator's complaint has launched an investigation into whether the commission that screens Kansas Supreme Court applicants violated the state's open meetings law in picking three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy. The...

Justices seem OK with car stop over owner's invalid license

Nov. 4, 2019 2:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems ready to say police may pull over a car when they know only that its owner's license is not valid — even if they don't know who's driving. The issue of traffic stops based on information gleaned from motor vehicle records has become more pressing with the...

USDA picks Missouri office building as its Kansas City site

Oct. 31, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is renting permanent office space for two of its research agencies in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, despite the union concerns that relocation from the nation's capital has left the agencies critically understaffed and lacking vital expertise....

Kansas court strikes down part of law criminalizing threats

Oct. 25, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators went too far by criminalizing violent language not backed up by an intent to act, the state's highest court ruled Friday in striking down part of a law that it says violates free speech rights. The Kansas Supreme Court kept in place portions of the 2010 law banning...

Kansas prosecutor retires amid protests over murder case

Oct. 25, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor is retiring amid calls for her to step down after a Missouri judge overturned the double murder conviction of a man whom she helped send to prison more than two decades ago. The Douglas County, Kansas, district attorney's office said in a statement this week that...

Kansas City's first police chief was once a Wild West legend

Oct. 25, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the annals of Wild West lawmen, you may not know Thomas Speers, the first police chief in Kansas City, but he was a legend in the late 19th century. "He was contemporaries with 'Bat' Masterson, Wyatt Earp, 'Wild Bill' Hickok," his great-grandson Clay Speers told KCUR-FM. "They...