Twenty-three Kansas agencies share $1.8 million in public safety grants
Kansas council selects 23 state and local recipients of $1.8 million in federal grants to improve public safety and reduce crime.
Kansas public defender not convinced of need for blanket suspension of speedy-trial law
A Kansas defense lawyer is frustrated by suspension of speedy-trial law, while the state's attorney general expects a flood of lawsuits on that point.
Executive order extends deadline to renew Kansas driver’s licenses
TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly says her new executive order will extend Kansas driver’s licenses and identification cards that would have expired during the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive order, signed by Kelly Wednesday, allows driver’s licenses and identification cards that expired during the COVID-19 pandemic to remain valid until Jan. 26, 2021. “Due to the […]
GOP legislators irritated by dominance of urban lawmakers on State Finance Council
Rural Kansas legislators are objecting to dominance of a House, Senate leadership council by lawmakers from urban counties.
Kansas foster care system a jarring experience for children, parents, caseworkers
TOPEKA — In nearly 18 years of working close with foster children, Amy Otey has witnessed the emotional burden the system places on social workers. Otey, the Wichita region independent living supervisor for Saint Francis Ministries, recalled how last year a foster child was hit by an automobile and sent to the hospital. The caseworker […]
Pandemic puts nearly $100 million squeeze on Kansas casino, lottery revenue
COVID-19 forced closure of Kansas' four casinos and weakened lottery ticket sales, lowering revenue by early $100 million in fiscal year ending June 30.
Kansas agencies mailing 277,000 voter registration applications
TOPEKA — Hundreds of thousands of people across the state have already or will soon receive a voter registration application in the mail as part of a state effort to ensure eligible Kansans can vote in the upcoming general election. With COVID-19 hampering outreach and registration efforts, Gov. Laura Kelly, along with the Kansas Department […]
KDHE shifting gears on public report of site-specific COVID-19 clusters in Kansas
KDHE is altering metrics used to place COVID-19 outbreaks on a weekly list of site-specific clusters in Kansas.
U.S. House passes deal on stopgap funding, avoids government shutdown
House and Senate leaders reached a bipartisan agreement Tuesday night to pass a three-month funding stopgap, averting a government shutdown in the midst of a pandemic and a short time before the November elections. In a 359-57 vote, the House passed H.R. 8337, which extends federal government funding until Dec. 11, when lawmakers would have […]
Legislative committee endorses sale of historic Topeka building for $535,000
Sale of the Woman's Club of Topeka building for $535,000 to a group planning to renovate the historic structure is another step closer to reality.
Services for Kansas crossover youth slowed by lack of data, interagency collaboration
TOPEKA — A leader for the Kansas agency charged with maintaining the state’s child protective programs said youths involved in the child welfare system and juvenile justice system face unique challenges not often reflected in data collected by various state agencies. Department for Children and Families deputy secretary Tanya Keys said the lack of integrated […]
Heartbroken grandparents make emotional appeals for Kansas foster care reform
Foster parents, extended family members cut off from grandchildren share their pain with members of Kansas Legislature.