Latest Kansas state government News

GOP redistricting plan in Kansas splits Democrat's district

Jan. 18, 2022 19:12 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are pursuing a redistricting proposal that would remove Democratic voters from the Kansas-City area swing district currently held by the state’s only Democratic member of Congress. The plan unveiled Tuesday also would move...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jan. 18, 2022 13:20 PM EST

Lawrence Journal-World. January 14, 2022. Editorial: Roger Marshall put Kansas in the spotlight for the wrong reasons during spat with Anthony Fauci There’s no love lost between Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., and Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute...

GOP race for Kansas AG focuses on fighting Biden, not crime

Jan. 15, 2022 10:29 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The last time a Republican primary for Kansas attorney general was competitive, candidates argued over criminal sentencing laws and crowded prisons. That was 20 years ago. This year's competitive primary race is focusing on fighting Democratic President Joe...

Body found after fire at homeless encampment under I-70

Jan. 14, 2022 15:32 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A stretch of Interstate 70 westbound into Kansas City that closed after a fire under a bridge killed a homeless person will likely be closed until Monday, state transportation officials said. The fire was reported around 6 a.m. Thursday under an I-70 bridge...

License suspended for Kansas doctor over prescribing issues

Jan. 14, 2022 09:58 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A state board that oversees doctors has suspended the medical license of a Wichita physician, alleging that he wrote prescriptions for people he hadn’t spoken to or examined. The Wichita Eagle reports that suspension order says that Chad Sharp's employer had...

Kansas governor proposes to set aside $600M, spend reserves

Jan. 12, 2022 17:19 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Wednesday that Kansas put $600 million of its surplus revenue in a rainy day fund and spend nearly $1.8 billion of the excess revenue on a long list of projects. Parts of Kelly's proposed spending blueprint for state...

Kansas reduces requirements for substitute teachers

Jan. 12, 2022 16:43 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Substitute teachers in Kansas will not be required to have college credit hours under an emergency declaration approved Wednesday in response to a worsening staff shortage in the state's schools because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rule temporarily...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jan. 12, 2022 00:47 AM EST

Topeka Capital-Journal. January 7, 2021. Editorial: Kansas lawmakers should make these 7 issues top priorities during 2022 legislative session The Kansas Legislature will start the 2022 session on Jan. 10. We’re hopeful this session will be productive and fruitful...

Kansas governor seeks tuition freeze, calls state healthier

Jan. 11, 2022 22:17 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly called Tuesday for another freeze in tuition at Kansas colleges in a State of the State address that portrayed the state as booming economically and previewed what are likely to be major themes in her reelection campaign. The Democratic governor...

Kansas governor raised, spent more last year than GOP foe

Jan. 11, 2022 16:34 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Facing a tough reelection race in Kansas, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly raised more cash last year, spent more money and entered this year with more funds than her presumed Republican opponent. Campaign finance reports filed Monday by the campaigns for Kelly and...