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Kansas health official emerges as leader amid virus outbreak

Apr. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — About 20 minutes into a recent press conference, Lee Norman, the man spearheading Kansas’s response to the novel coronavirus, coughed. People noticed. “Is he coughing into his hand?” one person asked on a Facebook livestream. “Your cough worries me. Hope...

Kansas governor sues in dispute over in-person services

Apr. 9, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor filed a lawsuit Thursday after a Republican-dominated legislative panel overturned her executive order banning religious and funeral services of more than 10 attendees during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Laura Kelly said “the last thing” she...

Kansas postal employee sentenced for stealing gift cards

Apr. 8, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A woman who ran a small Kansas post office has been sentenced to probation after she allegedly stole gift cards from the mail. Stacy A. Vasko was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation, 40 hours of community service and ordered to $200 in restitution. She pleaded guilty in...

Coronavirus response varied among Kansas farmers markets

Apr. 8, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Officials in one Kansas City suburb have postponed their popular farmer's market amid concerns about the coronavirus, while another in Wichita is set to open Saturday. Like grocery stores, farmers markets have been described in stay-at-home orders as “essential...

Spirit AeroSystems announces temporary layoffs

Apr. 7, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of Spirit AeroSystems employees in Wichita and other locations are being furloughed for three weeks without pay amid an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that has paralyzed air travel around the globe. Most managers and hourly employees at Spirit, Wichita’s largest...

A woman wearing a mask exits a Costco store with her purchases Monday, April 6, 2020 in Lenexa, Kan. Shoppers continue to stock up on basic supplies while stores are adopting occupancy restrictions, plexiglass shields, one-way isles and other measures in hopes of stemming the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gov. Kelly: Kansas is scouring the state for health supplies

Apr. 6, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

Government and health officials are scouring the state for supplies and to determine the number of hospital beds that might be available to respond to the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. Kelly said the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic is unique from other disasters because of...

Kansas man charged in killings of girlfriend, her daughter

Apr. 5, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of his girlfriend and her 8-year-old daughter. The suspect, Daniel Lopez, has not been arrested. Sedgwick County authorities charged him in the deaths of Mickayla Sorell, 25, and her daughter, Natalya Sorell....

Kansas searchers find body of child swept away in river

Apr. 4, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Searchers looking for a 20-month-old girl missing since March 11 found her remains Saturday in the Little Walnut River, authorities said. The Wichita Eagle reports that the girl was a passenger in her father’s truck when he ran from the Leon Police Department. Christopher...

Virus cluster found at Kansas rehabilitation center

Apr. 4, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A cluster of COVID-19 cases has been found at a rehabilitation center in Kansas City, Kansas, where 17 residents and two staff members have tested positive for the virus. Six of those 17 residents at the Riverbend Post Acute Care Center have been hospitalized, said Dr. Allen Greiner,...

In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 photo, Paul Schmitz, co-founder and executive director of ShowerUp, speaks with a client at the ShowerUp trailer near the Jefferson Street bridge in Nashville, Tenn. ShowerUp is a nonprofit organization providing the homeless with mobile showers. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

Man received call to create mobile showers for homeless

Apr. 4, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — He couldn’t use his regular fire hydrant across from the homeless encampment — tornado winds ripped up a giant tree and smashed it against the hydrant, knocking it out of service. So Paul Schmitz parked his three-shower trailer a block away from the Jefferson Street...