Latest Kansas state government News

Kansas to get $27.6M from firm investigated over drug costs

Dec. 06, 2021 17:58 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will receive nearly $27.6 million from a legal settlement with the company that manages prescription costs for its Medicaid program, after an investigation into whether the company had overcharged the state, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday. ...

Senate leader, presidential candidate Bob Dole dies at 98

Dec. 05, 2021 17:46 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Bob Dole, who overcame disabling war wounds to become a sharp-tongued Senate leader from Kansas, a Republican presidential candidate and then a symbol and celebrant of his dwindling generation of World War II veterans, died Sunday. He was 98. His...

Memorable moments from Bob Dole's life and political career

Dec. 05, 2021 15:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Dole’s political career began in 1950 with election to the Kansas Legislature and officially ended nearly five decades later, one step short of the White House. In retirement, Dole kept working into his 90s for the causes he cherished. A look...

Kelly names new leader of Kansas Child Advocate division

Dec. 02, 2021 16:01 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence attorney will be the first director of the Division of the Child Advocate, which was created in October to improve the state's child welfare system, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday. Kerrie Konard, a former social worker who has worked...

Ex-Kansas health chief says he was 'Fauci'd' out of his job

Dec. 01, 2021 11:23 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Dr. Lee Norman, who led Kansas through the coronavirus pandemic until his abrupt departure last month, has said in an interview that he was “Fauci'd” out by COVID-19 politics. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced on Nov. 19 that Norman had...

Schmidt: Kansas universities violating state's new COVID law

Nov. 30, 2021 18:11 PM EST

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has notified state education officials that some public universities are violating a state law passed last week that loosened requirements for obtaining medical and religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccinations. Schmidt wrote a letter...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Nov. 30, 2021 07:14 AM EST

Topeka Capital Journal. November 26, 2021. Editorial: Offender registration program should be adapted to provide relief to drug offenders on the right path Since 1994, Kansas has maintained an offender registration program. Originally, it focused on...

Embattled Kansas lawmaker arrested for second time in month

Nov. 29, 2021 14:56 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 21-year-old embattled Kansas lawmaker was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving — his second arrest in less than a month — and is facing fresh calls for his resignation or removal from office. A Kansas trooper arrested Aaron Coleman around...

Kelly appoints former hospital executive as health secretary

Nov. 29, 2021 12:08 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday appointed a former Topeka hospital executive as the new secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Janet Stanek has most recently been director of the state employee health benefits program. She replaces...

Retired Kansas lawmaker, Black aviation leader, dies at 98

Nov. 26, 2021 17:43 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Ulysses Lee “Rip” Gooch, who was a leader in the Black aviation industry and Kansas' oldest serving state senator when he retired at the age of 80, has died. Gooch, also a former Wichita City Council member, died on Wednesday, according to a...