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Kansas governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for minors and 2 anti-abortion bills

Apr. 12, 2024 19:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor on Friday vetoed a proposed ban on gender-affirming care for minors, a measure to require more reporting from abortion providers and what she called a “vague” bill making it a crime to coerce someone into having an abortion. Democratic Gov....

Biden administration announces another round of loan cancellation under new repayment plan

Apr. 12, 2024 05:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is canceling student loans for another 206,000 borrowers as part of a new repayment plan that offers a faster route to forgiveness. The Education Department announced the latest round of cancellations Friday in an update on the progress of...

Kansas has some of the nation's lowest benefits for injured workers. They'll increase in July

Apr. 11, 2024 18:38 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will increase what have been among the lowest benefits in the U.S. for workers who are injured or killed on the job under bipartisan legislation that Gov. Laura Kelly signed into law Thursday. The new law is set to take effect in July and includes the...

Kansas deputy fatally shoots woman holding a knife and scissors

Apr. 10, 2024 11:23 AM EDT

ATTICA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas deputy fatally shot an Oklahoma woman who was wielding a knife and scissors and lunged at another officer, investigators said. A Harper County deputy responded to a report just before 7 a.m. Tuesday of a car stopped in the middle of U.S. Highway 60 near...

A bill passed by Kansas lawmakers would make it a crime to coerce someone into an abortion

Apr. 10, 2024 10:16 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — People who make physical or financial threats against others in Kansas to force them to get an abortion could spend a year in prison and be fined up to $10,000 under one of several proposals pushed through the Republican-controlled Legislature. Abortion...

Prosecutors drop rape case against ex-Kansas player Arterio Morris, citing insufficient evidence

Apr. 09, 2024 19:11 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors dropped a felony rape case against former Kansas basketball player Arterio Morris on Tuesday, citing insufficient evidence while filing a motion in Douglas County District Court to seek its dismissal without prejudice. Morris was charged last...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Apr. 09, 2024 07:13 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. April 5, 2024. Editorial: Facebook wrecked this Kansas news outlet’s account. It’s hard to trust social media Thursday morning, the staff of The Kansas Reflector got a jolt: Without warning or explanation, every link to their website was erased...

Kansas lawmakers approve a tax bill but the state still might not see big tax cuts

Apr. 06, 2024 05:12 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are struggling to overcome political divisions that have prevented their state's residents from seeing major income tax cuts over the past two years even as other states have slashed income tax rates. The Republican-controlled Legislature...

Lawmakers criticize a big pay raise for themselves before passing a big spending bill

Apr. 05, 2024 21:55 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators approved on Friday another year's worth of funding for most state agencies and services after a few lawmakers staged a last-minute public protest over a 93% pay increase for themselves coming next year. The Republican-controlled Senate...

Actor in spinoff of popular TV western 'Yellowstone' is found dead, authorities say

Apr. 05, 2024 21:04 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — An actor who appeared in a spinoff of the popular television western “Yellowstone” was found dead after he went missing amid a domestic violence investigation in Kansas, authorities said Friday. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that...