Latest Kansas state government News

APNewsBreak: Man 'mad as hell' Kansas shuts racial bias case

Jun. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A black man who was detained by police while moving into his home said Wednesday that Kansas regulators investigated his racial bias complaint and closed the case with no further action. "I'm mad as hell," Karle Robinson told The Associated Press of the letter that he shared with the...

Kansas faces future budget woes even with a revenue surplus

Jun. 18, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' tax collections have beaten expectations nearly every month for the past two years and the state expects to end June with close to $1 billion in cash reserves, but the budget problems that followed a former governor's notorious tax-cutting experiment aren't necessarily a thing...

Kansas pilot escapes injury when plane's wing hits windmill

Jun. 18, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says the pilot of a crop duster plane was not hurt when the wing of his aircraft hit a windmill tower and crashed in southwest Kansas. Troopers say the fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft was flying north Monday morning when its right wing struck the windmill...

Kansas governor plans to end economic border war in KC area

Jun. 14, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says she plans to issue an executive order to end a longstanding economic border war between her state and Missouri in the Kansas City area. Kelly told reporters Friday that her executive order will mirror a new Missouri law that prevents incentives from being...

Kansas high court says education funding is adequate

Jun. 14, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court declared Friday that the state finally is spending enough money on its public schools under a new education funding law but refused to end a lawsuit filed nearly a decade ago because it wants to monitor future funding by the Legislature. The state Supreme Court...

Kansas Supreme Court strikes down cap in injury cases

Jun. 14, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the state's cap on damages for noneconomic injuries in personal injury lawsuits is unconstitutional. The court ruled 4-2 that capping damages an injured person is able to recover in a lawsuit violates that person's right to a jury trial. The...

The Latest: Districts' lawyer vows to monitor school funding

Jun. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Kansas Supreme Court's newest ruling in a protracted lawsuit over funding for public schools (all times local): 10:25 a.m. An attorney representing four local public school districts in Kansas is promising to continue monitoring the state's education funding in the...

Kansas Supreme Court approves public school funding increase but refuses to close lawsuit against state

Jun. 14, 2019 10:36 AM EDT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Supreme Court approves public school funding increase but refuses to close lawsuit against state.

Missouri Gov. signs 'Border War' truce; awaits Kansas action

Jun. 11, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill aimed at stopping an economic border war with Kansas. Whether the bill signed Tuesday has any impact depends on Kansas officials. Both states have spent millions of dollars luring businesses across the state line in the last decade. The...

Top GOP lawmakers hold up nearly $10M for Kansas prisons

Jun. 5, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators on Wednesday blocked nearly $10 million that Kansas corrections officials argue they need to deal with prison overcrowding and said lawmakers might reject Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's choice to be the prison system's next leader. The actions by Republican...