Latest Kansas state government News

Dr. Lee Norman, top administrator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, uses a pointer to highlight a recent surge in coronavirus cases, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Norman is predicting that Kansas will see steeper increases in reported coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Official suggests Kansas blew chance for coronavirus respite

Jul. 1, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official predicted Wednesday that the state will face steeper increases in coronavirus cases and suggested that it blew its chance for a summer respite from the pandemic by reopening its economy too quickly. Dr. Lee Norman, the top administrator at the state...

Kansas City mayor slams GOP depiction of 'defund police'

Jul. 1, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's mayor slammed the Missouri Republican Party for telling what he described as a “bald-face lie” by connecting the push for local control of the city's police department with national calls to defund police. Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Jean...

Kansas counties could make governor's mask order toothless

Jun. 30, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly's planned order requiring Kansas residents to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus could be toothless in many parts of the state because counties can exempt themselves and even those that don't might not enforce it. Officials in some counties already were...

Recent Kansas editorials

Jun. 30, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

The Manhattan Mercury, June 28 K-State’s football team is on strike, and the university administration is in an extremely difficult spot, all thanks to a manipulative and self-serving sophomore. We at The Mercury commend those football players for their courage, while we strongly encourage university...

Financial union members wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus attend a rally against government's financial policy in front of the Financial Supervisory Service in Seoul, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea sees COVID-19 cases spread beyond capital

Jun. 29, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 43 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from across the country as infections begin to spread beyond the greater capital area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control...

Kansas governor mandates statewide use of masks

Jun. 29, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says she will issue an executive order mandating the use of masks in public spaces starting Friday to stop the spread of COVID-19. "The evidence could not be clearer — wearing a mask is not only safe, but it is necessary to avoid another shutdown,"...

In this June 4, 2020, photo, Republican Bill Clifford, an eye surgeon, US Air Force veteran and Finney County commissioner poses at Scuttlebutt's Coffee in Hutchinson, Kan. Clifford, is facing former Kansas Lt. Gov Tracey Mann, in the the state's 1st Congressional District primary. The GOP race in the 1st District is likely to come down to which of the two main candidates is more well-known in western Kansas, experts say. Mann, and Clifford, are anti-abortion, pro-gun and plan to support President Donald Trump's policies. (Alice Mannette/The Hutchinson News via AP)

Farm issues key in Kansas Republican congressional race

Jun. 27, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commercial real estate broker from Salina who ran for Congress 10 years ago and an eye surgeon from Finney County are trying to draw attention to themselves and distinctions from one another ahead of an August Republican primary that's likely to decide who will win Kansas' 1st...

Kansas residents face jobless aid issues amid virus outbreak

Jun. 27, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When Andrew Knight’s unemployment benefits landed in his bank account on a recent Monday instead of Thursday as usual, he thought the payment was merely early. He swiftly spent it paying rent and other bills. But Knight and an unknown number of Kansans now face negative account...

Number of coronavirus cases in Kansas jumps by 568

Jun. 26, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kansas jumped by 568, fueled in part by outbreaks in sports practices and tournaments. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday that there were now 13,538 cases, up 4.3% from Wednesday and 12% from last Friday. The state...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters following a meeting with legislative leaders about budget issues, Friday, June 26, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Democratic governor is locked in a partisan dispute with the Republican-controlled Legislature over her plan to close a projected shortfall tied to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas governor, GOP scrap again over COVID-19 budget plan

Jun. 26, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor is locked in a new partisan dispute with the Republican-controlled Legislature over her plan to largely paper over a massive budget shortfall tied to the coronavirus pandemic with short-term accounting moves. Republican legislative leaders argued Friday that...