TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a dispute over the appointment of a new judge to the Kansas Court of Appeals (all times local):
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lawyers for Kansas told the state Supreme Court on Monday that it should sign off on a new law boosting spending on public schools and end a protracted education funding...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate's top Republican is trying to bar Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly from filling a vacancy on the state's second-highest court after Kelly was forced to withdraw...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas must pay legal fees arising from its efforts to stop publication of notebooks kept by the lead investigator into the murders of a Kansas family chronicled in Truman...
Correction: Troubled Hospital-Search Warrant story
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — In a story March 14 about the Kansas attorney general's office serving a warrant to search a hospital, The Associated Press erroneously referred to the hospital as Oswego...
Kansas committee rejects bill on ‘child aggressors’
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee rejected a proposed law that sought to prevent judges from reducing sentences if they believe that victims under the age of 14 were willing...
Kansas to receive about $922,000 in Walgreens settlement
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will receive about $922,000 as its part of a national settlement with Walgreens concerning over-dispensing of insulin pens to Medicare and Medicaid...
Proposed Kansas bill: Child not ‘aggressor’ in sexual abuse
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants to change state law to prevent judges from easing sentences for adult sex offenders because a child victim is purportedly an "aggressor" in the crime.
KBI to investigate reports of Catholic clergy sex abuse
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating reports of sexual abuse by clergy in the state's four Catholic dioceses.
In a news release issued Tuesday, the KBI encouraged all victims of clergy abuse to contact the agency.
In November, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt asked the KBI to investigate clergy sexual abuse allegations.
AG files appeal to allow telemedicine abortion ban in Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is appealing a judge's ruling that allows telemedicine abortions in the state even though legislators have enacted three laws against them within eight years.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed the appeal Friday with the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Kansas measure would end election chief’s power to prosecute
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal to strip the Kansas secretary of state's office of its power to prosecute voter fraud cases has cleared its first major hurdle in the Legislature.
The bill endorsed Wednesday by a House committee would dismantle a key piece of former Secretary of State Kris Kobach's political legacy.
The Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee's unanimous voice vote sends the bill to the House for debate.
Kansas drops Kobach’s appeal of contempt ruling
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general says the state has dropped former Secretary of State Kris Kobach's appeal of a contempt order arising from a lawsuit over a proof-of-citizenship law.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that the state dropped the appeal after the American Civil Liberties Union accepted $20,000 for attorney fees and expenses.
Kansas AG: Sanctions against Kobach settled in voting suit
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general says his office has negotiated an agreement for the secretary of state's office to pay $20,000 over former Secretary Kris Kobach's conduct in a federal voting-rights lawsuit.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that the payment will offset attorney fees and expenses incurred by the American Civil Liberties Union's clients. The ACLU challenged a Kansas law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.
Top Kansas House Democrat, Senate GOP leader name key aides
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top Democrat in the Kansas House and a Republican leader in the state Senate have named new chiefs of staff.
House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer of Wichita announced Tuesday that Heather Scanlon will become is top aide. Scanlon has been the House Democrats' communications director for more than two years and also has been communications director for the Kansas Democratic Party.
She replaces Cory Sheedy, who took a job on Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly's staff.
Kansas state treasurer running for US Senate seat in 2020
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner is running for the U.S. Senate in 2020.
LaTurner declared his candidacy Tuesday for the Republican nomination, less than a week after four-term GOP Sen. Pat Roberts announced that he will not run for re-election.
Departing Kansas Gov. Colyer considering Senate race in 2020
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Departing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has confirmed that he's considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 now that four-term incumbent Republican Pat Roberts won't seek re-election.
Colyer said Monday during a news conference that he and his wife are "strongly looking at" the race.
A spokesman said Attorney General Derek Schmidt would be speaking to family, friends and supporters. Schmidt told reporters Monday, "Why wouldn't you look at it?"
Kansas to pay $1.1M in wrongful conviction look-alike case
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas has agreed to pay $1.1 million to a man who spent 17 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a robbery that he says was committed by someone who looks just like him.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that a settlement was reached Monday with 42-year-old Richard Anthony Jones of Kansas City, Missouri.
Kansas saw 1M vote, record for non-presidential election
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — More than 1 million Kansas residents voted in the state's general election earlier this month to set a record for a non-presidential year.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Friday that the voter turnout of nearly 58 percent was "extraordinary." In non-presidential years over the past two decades, turnout in the general election had averaged 51 percent.
Expansion planned for law officers memorial in Topeka
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Room is running out for names on the memorial honoring Kansas law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, so it will soon be expanded.
Kansas AG wants to end elections chief’s prosecution power
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general proposed Friday that legislators strip the secretary of state's office of its power to prosecute voter fraud cases, less than four years after lawmakers made conservative Republican Kris Kobach the nation's only state elections chief with such authority.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt outlined his proposal just 10 days after Kobach lost the Kansas governor's race.
Kansas AG: Kobach not liable for exposure of voter data
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general contends that Secretary of State Kris Kobach shouldn't be held personally liable for exposing sensitive personal information about hundreds of voters and that the voters have no constitutional right to their data being kept private.
Kansans safely dispose of nearly 15,000 pounds of medicine
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says state residents safely disposed of more than seven tons of unused and unwanted medicines during last Saturday's National Drug Take-Back Day.
Kansas law enforcement officers collected 14,860 pounds of medicines at 98 locations throughout the state.
Schmidt says safe storage and proper disposal of drugs prevent misuse of prescription medicines.
ACLU says some Kansas counties hinder voter aid efforts
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Some county election officials in Kansas are undermining nonpartisan efforts to help voters at polling sites who may be having problems voting, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas said Friday.
County commissioner wants ruling on quorum definition
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County commissioner is asking Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to define what constitutes a quorum for the five-member board.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Jim Howell is seeking clarity after his fellow commissioners recently voted to reduce its official quorum from four to three members.
Kansas Senate recommends Medicaid inspector general
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislative committee recommended that the full Senate confirm a new inspector general for the state's Medicaid program.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that if Sarah Fertig is confirmed, it would end four years without independent oversight of the state's $3 billion program, which serves 400,000 people.
Uber to pay Kansas more than $730,000 following data breach
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Uber will pay Kansas more than $730,000 after hackers obtained names and driver's license information of some Uber drivers.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed a lawsuit against the ride-hailing company. A consent judgment was entered Thursday in Shawnee County District Court.
Kansas man sentenced to life in prison for child sex crimes
COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — A 28-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to life in prison for sex crimes involving a child.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt say Timothy Russell Frobish, of Galena, was sentenced Tuesday to life without the possibility for parole for 25 years. Frobish was found guilty by a Cherokee County jury in January 2015 of several sex and drug-related crimes, with three of the counts subject to Jessica's Law, which allows the sentence Frobish received.
Maine man sentenced to life in prison for Kansas murder
MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. (AP) — A 35-year-old Maine man was sentenced to life in prison for killing a Kansas man while on a cross-country trip.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Robert Willard Colson, of Bucksport, Maine, was sentenced Thursday to life with no possibility of parole for 25 years.
Colson was convicted in June for first-degree murder and three other charges in the August 2017 death of Matthew Miles Schoshke.
Pittsburg man sentenced to life for 2 Linn County murders
MOUND CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 33-year-old Pittsburg man was sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 killings of two family members.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said David Patrick McNabb was sentenced Wednesday to life with no chance of parole for 100 years.
McNabb pleaded no contest in April to two counts of first-degree premeditated murder for the deaths of his uncle, Kenneth McNabb, and grandmother, Betty McNabb.
Kansas undersheriff charged in fatal beanbag shooting
MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas undersheriff who fatally shot a man with a beanbag round last year was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter.
Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents on Wednesday arrested Barber County Undersheriff Virgil "Dusty" Brewer, 60, at the Barber County Courthouse. He was charged by the Kansas Attorney General's office in the Oct. 6, 2017 death of Steven Myers, 42, of Sun City.
Federal judges says US government owes Kansas $142M
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge says Kansas is owed $142 million and five other states millions more for costs paid to help finance former President Barack Obama's health care law.
But Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a statement Wednesday that Kansas shouldn't count on getting the money soon because an appeal is likely.
Kansas board to review challenge to Orman candidacy Thursday
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state board plans to meet Thursday to consider a challenge to independent candidate Greg Orman's right to appear on the November ballot in the Kansas governor's race.
The three-member, all-Republican State Objections Board set its meeting for 9 a.m. Thursday in Topeka. A Democratic legislative leader's chief of staff filed an objection to Orman's candidacy with the secretary of state's office Monday.
Democrats challenge independent bid for Kansas governor
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats launched a legal challenge Monday in hopes of removing Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman from the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor after Orman stoked fears that his bid would imperil Democrats' chances of winning.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Court of Appeals has struck down as unconstitutional a 2013 change in the state's workers' compensation law.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a three-judge panel ruled Friday that the change approved by the Legislature in 2013 too severely limits an injured worker's right to obtain a legal remedy for an injury.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has found the U.S. Department of Defense improperly redacted several unclassified documents sought by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt related to surveying potential sites for housing terror suspects now held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
U.S. District Judge Donald Crabtree in his ruling Monday also found that the Department of Defense properly withheld some information in one document.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Federal, state and local prosecutors are sponsoring a two-day conference on human trafficking next week in northeast Kansas.
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister plans to open the conference Tuesday morning at the Manhattan Conference Center. His office says about 200 people are registered.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the state is hiring a Wichita law firm to defend it against a federal lawsuit filed by a Massachusetts man seeking to appear on the Republican primary ballot for attorney general.
LYONS, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Hutchinson man has pleaded guilty to a felony count of mistreatment of an elder person.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office said in a news release Thursday that 61-year-old Bruce J. Colle served as his mother's power of attorney. Investigators found that between 2013 and 2015 he made personal purchases with his mother's money instead of using it to pay for her care at a nursing home.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas Lottery players have agreed to pay about $28,000 in damages and fines for allegedly cheating the game.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the settlement Wednesday. Schmidt's office negotiated the settlement with Amy Demoney and Christopher McCoulskey.
Kansas joins legal challenge to DACA program
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state of Kansas has joined a multistate lawsuit challenging the legality of an immigration program that grants temporary legal status to immigrants without proper documents who came to the U.S. as children.
The program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was established by former President Barack Obama in 2012. About 7,000 people in Kansas have obtained work permits under DACA.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Cannabidiol products are coming back to Kansas after lawmakers approved to bring back the marijuana extract often used as alternative medicine.
Lawmakers voted in April to exclude cannabidiol, or CBD, from the state's definition of marijuana as long as the oil contains no THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets people high. The vote effectively makes CBD an unrestricted substance, the Kansas City Star reported .
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state court judge has ruled that Kansas law bars out-of-state residents from running for governor even if there's not a specific prohibition.
Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson ruled Thursday in lawsuit filed by Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Schmidt sued Secretary of State Kris Kobach to obtain a declaration that Kobach's office cannot allow non-Kansans to file for governor.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A New York man is seeking to revive his candidacy for Kansas governor and had an attorney argue in court Monday that Kansas law doesn't block him from running and he would move if elected.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge says she hopes to rule by the June 1 filing deadline whether candidates for governor living outside the state are barred from appearing on the state's ballot.
Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson on Wednesday set a May 21 hearing in a lawsuit filed last month by Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
Kansas does not specifically prohibit out-of-state residents from running for governor, but Schmidt argues that multiple state laws indicate that it's not allowed.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas law that increases spending on its public schools still falls up to $1.5 billion short of providing adequate funding under the state constitution, attorneys for four local school districts argued Monday in a filing with the state's highest court.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the debate surrounding Kansas' new school funding law (all times local):
Attorneys for four public school districts suing Kansas are arguing that a new school funding law is as much as $1.5 billion short of providing adequate funding.
The attorneys filed legal arguments Monday with the Kansas Supreme Court against a new state law that phases in a $548 million increase in spending on public schools over five years.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal report says Kansans safely disposed of more than 8 tons of unused or unwanted medicines during a special collection event.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says Kansas officers collected 17,230 pounds of medicines at 112 locations during last Saturday's National Drug Take-Back Day.
That was the largest single collection day in Kansas since the program began in 2010.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is giving Attorney General Derek Schmidt an extra week to file his legal defense for a new public school funding law because of a flaw in it.
The court on Wednesday revised its schedule for attorneys to file written arguments on education funding. Schmidt has until May 7 instead of April 30 to report on how legislators increased education funding.
The court ruled in October that the state's current funding of more than $4 billion a year is inadequate.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking the state Supreme Court for an extra 10 days to file part of his legal defense for a new public school funding law because of a flaw in it.
Schmidt filed a request Thursday to have until May 10 to report to the court on how legislators increased education funding.
Pittsburg man pleads no contest in 2 relatives’ deaths
MOUND CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Pittsburg man has pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of two relatives.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says 32-year-old David Patrick McNabb on Wednesday also pleaded no contest to felony theft and interference with law enforcement.
McNabb was charged in the November 2016 deaths of his uncle, 65-year-old Kenneth McNabb, and 87-year-old Betty McNabb, Kenneth's mother.