Latest Kansas state government News

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...

Kansas Supreme Court takes up overturned day care death case

Nov. 25, 2021 14:07 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has agreed to consider an appeals court decision overturning the conviction of a day care worker in the death of a 9-month-old. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is...

Kansas health official: COVID cases rising ahead of holiday

Nov. 24, 2021 11:22 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas health advisor says the coronavirus pandemic is starting to worsen in Kansas again as families prepare to gather over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Public health advisor Marci Nielsen blames less mask use and more indoor gatherings, The...

Kansas financially protecting workers who refuse COVID shots

Nov. 23, 2021 17:26 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday brushed aside complaints from fellow Democrats about signing a Republican measure aimed at financially protecting workers who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccines by declaring, “leadership means seeking compromise.” ...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Nov. 23, 2021 12:39 PM EST

Topeka Capital-Journal. November 19, 2021. Editorial: Compromise means you give a little and they give a little — and good things happen for Kansans The recently signed into law infrastructure package championed by President Joe Biden comes with a...