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Teen leading in Kansas race admits blackmail, revenge porn

Aug. 14, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats are scrambling to deal with the strong possibility that a 19-year-old candidate for a Kansas House seat in Kansas City will unseat a veteran lawmaker despite making incendiary comments on social media and acknowledging abusive behavior online toward girls in middle school. ...

Virus tests sports programs as schools prepare to reopen

Aug. 13, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — As schools prepare to reopen, sports teams are offering an early glimpse into the challenges of protecting students from the coronavirus. Nine clusters have been tied to sports, with 64 cases as of last week, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Wyandotte...

Kansas prison locked down due to 2nd COVID-19 outbreak

Aug. 12, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prison has been locked down due to a coronavirus outbreak affecting nearly 100 inmates and staff at the facility, the government announced Wednesday. Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Jeff Zmuda said none of the 84 inmates and 10 staff members at the Hutchinson...

Roger Marshall pumps his fist after speaking to supporters near Pawnee Rock, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, after defeating Kris Kobach in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Farm ties key for GOP, Rep. Marshall in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 11, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans are likely to stress Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall's service on the House Agriculture Committee as he runs for the Senate. The two-term GOP congressman for western and central Kansas who sometimes calls himself “the only candidate who can sort heifers from steers" is...

Prosecutors seek to block release of beaten girl's records

Aug. 11, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a court order to stop the Kansas child welfare agency from releasing more information about a 3-year-old girl whose battered body was found after her father reported her missing. The request comes despite a 2018 state law that aims to make such information...

Missouri town divided by move to change its 'Savages' mascot

Aug. 9, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Mo. (AP) — A nearly all-white northwest Missouri town is divided over an effort to change its high school's “Savages” mascot that depicts a Native American amid a nationwide movement calling for racial justice. The high school had a “Savannah Savages” mascot since at...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, speaks during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Bollier is pitching herself as a “voice of reason” with a decade's worth of working with lawmakers from both parties (AP Photo/John Hanna File)

Kansas Democrats excited about ex-GOP lawmaker's Senate bid

Aug. 8, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in almost 90 years on a retired doctor and former Republican who vexed conservatives with her support for Medicaid expansion and abortion and LGBTQ rights. State Sen. Barbara...

Judge halts St. Louis evictions through the end of August

Aug. 7, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has ordered a halt to evictions in St. Louis through the end of August, but a civil rights advocacy group says the moratorium should be extended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Circuit Court Presiding Judge Rex Burlison issued the order Thursday. It does not apply to commercial...

Police: Man found shot to death in Kansas City, Kansas

Aug. 7, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating after a man was found fatally shot in a Kansas City, Kansas, neighborhood. The shooting was reported around 10 p.m. Thursday in near North 62nd Street and Nebraska Avenue, and responding officers found a man with a gunshot wound. The man was rushed to a...

Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., R-Olathe, speaks with reporters following a meeting of legisative leaders with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Ryckman says a plan from Kelly to erase a budget shortfall that arose amid the coronavirus pandemic merely pushes the state's financial problems off a year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas House speaker had coronavirus; governor to get tested

Aug. 6, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican legislator in Kansas was hospitalized last month after testing positive for the novel coronavirus and didn't disclose it to colleagues until this week. The state's Democratic governor declared Thursday that she'll get tested because the two of them attended a meeting...