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US Supreme Court won't hear appeals from 'Wichita massacre'

Jan. 09, 2023 18:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear the appeals of two brothers who were sentenced to death for four fatal shootings on a Kansas soccer field in December 2000 known as “the Wichita massacre.” Former Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the...

Former Kansas Attorney General Robert Stephan dies at 89

Jan. 03, 2023 17:22 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Attorney General Robert Stephan, who emphasized victims' rights and consumer protection during four terms in office, has died at the age of 89. Stephan died overnight, his brother, Don Stephan, told Kansas media Tuesday. No cause of death was...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Dec. 20, 2022 12:19 PM EST

Kansas City Star. December 14, 2022. Editorial: Kansas needs restitution for Keystone pipeline disaster — and it can never happen again The recent Keystone pipeline leak near Washington, Kansas, is deeply disturbing. Pictures of the calamity have...

GOP elections chief in Kansas decries 'horrible environment'

Dec. 01, 2022 18:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican elections chief on Thursday decried a “horrible environment” for local officials overseeing voting and counting ballots this year as top state officials certified November's results. Secretary of State Scott Schwab aggressively defends the...

Kansas Bureau of Investigation director to retire in January

Dec. 01, 2022 18:18 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Bureau of Investigation Director Kirk Thompson said Thursday he plans to retire in January after more than a decade of leading the state's largest criminal investigation agency. Newly elected Attorney General Kris Kobach, a Republican, will name...

Rift in Kansas GOP boils over after loss in governor's race

Nov. 17, 2022 18:10 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A push by top Republicans in Kansas to punish party officials who backed an independent candidate for governor is shining a spotlight on an internal rift that could hinder GOP leaders' efforts to steer the state to the right over Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's objections. ...

Kansas GOP pins Democratic governor's win on lawmaker's run

Nov. 16, 2022 16:23 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state senator many Republicans see as the spoiler in the Kansas governor’s race has a long history of irritating GOP leaders, once even daring colleagues to smell a jar of catfish stink bait he’d brought to a tax debate. More recently during a...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Nov. 15, 2022 15:24 PM EST

Kansas City Star. November 9, 2022. Editorial: Divided Missouri, Kansas election shows one way voters are united: They want compromise Republicans inched closer to gaining control of the U.S. House Wednesday morning, while party control of the Senate remained...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Nov. 15, 2022 15:16 PM EST

Kansas City Star. November 9, 2022. Editorial: Divided Missouri, Kansas election shows one way voters are united: They want compromise Republicans inched closer to gaining control of the U.S. House Wednesday morning, while party control of the Senate remained...

Abortion rights support helps Kansas Gov. Kelly win 2nd term

Nov. 09, 2022 17:49 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan., (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly narrowly won reelection in Republican-leaning Kansas by racking up big leads in the Kansas City area and other places where abortion rights are popular, while her party helped an independent candidate deny the GOP nominee a few crucial votes. ...