Latest Kansas state government News

A pair of cyclists cross an empty downtown street as the sun sets Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Advocates urge change as virus sickens jail, prison workers

Apr. 3, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Advocates are urging Kansas officials to release and safeguard inmates after the state prison system reported its first COVID-19 cases in three staff members, and at least one jail worker in the state's largest city was sickened. At the Sedgwick County Jail, where officials confirmed...

Court: Utilities cannot charge energy-making customers more

Apr. 3, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Utilities cannot charge customers who produce some of their own energy more than other customers, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that strikes down proposed rates from two companies. The state's highest court found the proposals by Westar and Kansas Gas and Electric...

Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas secretary of health and environment, answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic as Gov. Laura Kelly watches during a news conference, Monday, March 23, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Six counties with about 1 million of the state's 2.9 million residents have issued shelter-in-place orders and Kelly says she's going to impose stricter rules for public gatherings. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas' review of cellphone GPS data raises privacy concerns

Apr. 2, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly faced questions Thursday over the state's monitoring of GPS data gleaned from people's cellphones about how residents have cut down on travel during the coronavirus pandemic. But Kelly defended the state Department of Health and Environment's use of the data. She...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions about the coronavirus outbreak in her state during a news conference, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says the state is in the

Kansas governor calls US officials unprepared for COVID-19

Apr. 2, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly strongly criticized the U.S. government Thursday as unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic and said her state hasn't gotten needed supplies despite multiple requests approved since mid-March. The Democratic governor said Kansas has sought “hundreds of...

Arrest made in pedestrian's hit-and-run death in Parsons

Apr. 2, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

PARSONS, Kan. (AP) — A woman is jailed on suspicion of driving drunk and fatally injuring a pedestrian in Parsons. Tiffany Jakee, 29, of Parsons, was jailed without bond Thursday afternoon in Labette County on possible charges of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence, driving under the...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions about the coronavirus outbreak in her state during a news conference, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says the state is in the

Wichita officials seek to restrict abortion amid outbreak

Apr. 1, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials in the Wichita area took what is likely to be an unsuccessful step toward halting abortions amid the coronavirus outbreak as the Kansas prison system reported its first cases in three workers. Sedgwick County commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a recommendation to...

COVID-19 yet to hit Kansas budget; March taxes $8.6M short

Apr. 1, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has yet to fully hit the Kansas state budget, with tax collections falling only $8.6 million short of expectations in March. The state Department of Revenue reported Wednesday that tax collections last month were $523.4 million when the state projected...

People maintain their distance as they fish on the first day of a stay-at-home order Monday, March 30, 2020 at Hillsdale Lake near Hillsdale, Kan. The statewide order was the latest measure enacted by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly in an attempt to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Governor eases path to unemployment benefits

Mar. 31, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly took steps Tuesday to address what she described as hundreds of thousands of calls to the state labor office by making it easier for Kansans to receive unemployment benefits as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continued to grow. The Kansas Department of...

Ex-Kansas City councilwoman to run for lieutenant governor

Mar. 31, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Kansas City Council woman Alissia Canady is running as a Democrat for Missouri lieutenant governor and former Republican auditor candidate Saundra McDowell is running for governor. Tuesday marked the last day candidates could file to run in the upcoming Aug. 4 primary....

Recent Kansas editorials

Mar. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The Kansas City Star, March 29 Once again, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has acted to protect her constituents, imposing a statewide stay-at-home order on Saturday in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Without nearly enough equipment or tests, not to mention ICU beds, and no vaccine or proven treatment beyond...