Topeka

January 16, 2019 - 9:58 pm
In her first State of the State Address, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly outlined an agenda that includes increased spending on public schools and expanding the state's Medicaid health coverage for the needy. She also told lawmakers in Topeka that the state faces an emergency in its child welfare system...
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January 16, 2019 - 6:31 pm
Gov. Laura Kelly has named the Kansas Lottery's top attorney to serve as its interim executive director. The new governor announced Wednesday that Stephen Durrell will lead the agency. He has worked at the lottery since 2007, serving as its general counsel and an assistant Kansas attorney general...
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January 14, 2019 - 8:01 pm
State health officials say Kansas has enough money to provide WIC benefits into March, even if the partial federal government shutdown continues. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided enough extra funding to...
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January 14, 2019 - 7:44 pm
Two top Republican leaders in the Kansas Legislature are brushing off Gov. Laura Kelly's negative assessment of state government under GOP control during the previous eight years. Senate President Susan Wagle and House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins said Monday that they will look for areas where...
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January 14, 2019 - 7:18 pm
Democrats are celebrating capturing governor's offices in seven states previously led by Republicans, including new chief executives taking office Monday in red-leaning Kansas and solidly blue Illinois. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker were the last two new Democrat governors...
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January 11, 2019 - 7:01 pm
A district attorney says a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper was justified in fatally shooting a man whose vehicle was dragging the trooper and a Topeka police officer through the snow. Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay says the trooper won't be charged in the death of Jarmane Logan, 35, in...
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January 11, 2019 - 6:42 pm
Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly has named top administrators for three state agencies to fill the remaining openings in her Cabinet. The incoming governor announced Friday that she plans to nominate former state Rep. Delia Garcia of Wichita as secretary of labor and Westar Energy environmental...
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January 10, 2019 - 8:16 pm
Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly has picked an industry group's leader to be the state's top agriculture official and a former longtime budget director to be interim secretary of administration. The incoming governor announced Thursday that she plans to nominate Mike Beam to head the Department of...
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January 10, 2019 - 8:11 pm
The owner of the Heartland Motorsports Park says he's looking into razing the Topeka racetrack and moving to the Kansas City area because of a tax fight. Chris Payne says several parcels of land are for sale and bids are being taken to remove some of the buildings. He says the current tax situation...
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January 10, 2019 - 7:09 pm
Authorities have found a missing man dead with his dog at his side after his pickup truck became stuck in the mud in rural Kansas. Dannie Smith, 70, of Topeka, hadn't been seen for five days when his body was found Wednesday afternoon on a low-maintenance road in Jackson County, near the Shawnee...
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