Latest Kansas state government News

Kansas to let Farm Bureau health coverage avoid ACA rules

Apr. 19, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a Republican-backed effort to circumvent former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Kelly...

Kansas artist battles health care system as disease advances

Apr. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — In a small back room of his Kansas City, Kansas, art studio, Michael Brantley pointed out a painting stretching across one wall. It was a bird's-eye view of a man playing a trumpet that Brantley said was once part of a temporary exhibit at the American Jazz Museum. A potential big...

Kansas police officer seriously injured in school bus crash

Apr. 18, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

TYRO, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer was seriously injured when he rear-ended a stopped school bus in southeast Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened Wednesday after the bus driver stopped to drop off students along U.S. 166 about 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) west of Tyro....

Lawmakers upset with Missouri-Kansas City chancellor

Apr. 17, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Republican Missouri lawmakers are calling for the resignation of University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal over what they say was his inadequate response to the disruption of a conservative speaker's appearance last week. Lawmakers also threatened to...

Ballots tossed over signatures mostly from same Kansas homes

Apr. 16, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — As an election supervisor and poll worker for more than 20 years, Robert Bailey routinely mailed in his ballot early, confident that voting problems elsewhere that he read about would have a slight chance of happening in his suburban Kansas City county. So when the 82-year-old...

Horses used for beer promotions to visit Kansas Capitol

Apr. 16, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Clydesdale horses used for beer promotions will soon trot in front of the Kansas Capitol to celebrate the state's new law that allows grocers and convenience stores to sell brews with up to 6% alcohol by volume. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the equine event is intended to...

Kansas tells court broad support is reason to OK schools law

Apr. 15, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lawyers for Kansas told the state Supreme Court on Monday that it should sign off on a new law boosting spending on public schools and end a protracted education funding lawsuit partly because the law has broad, bipartisan support. Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican, filed...

Medicaid expansion fight delaying work on next Kansas budget

Apr. 8, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A legislative fight over expanding Medicaid in Kansas is delaying approval of the state's next annual budget as expansion supporters try to keep Republican opponents from blocking it for another year. Some top GOP lawmakers are conceding that an expansion plan could pass because...

Court: Kansas must pay legal fees over 'In Cold Blood' notes

Apr. 8, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas must pay legal fees arising from its efforts to stop publication of notebooks kept by the lead investigator into the murders of a Kansas family chronicled in Truman Capote's book "In Cold Blood." The Kansas Court of Appeals ruled last week that the state must pay more than...

Kansas lawmakers OK mandating notice on abortion 'reversal'

Apr. 5, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators passed a measure Friday that would require abortion providers to tell patients who are taking medication to terminate their pregnancies that the process can be reversed after they take the first of two pills. Abortion opponents contend the bill ensures that women who...