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Coffey County’s top health officer, Dr. John Shell, resigned following a decision by the county commission to opt out of Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask mandate, reported the Coffey County Republican. Shell was also the county’s…

Kansas hospitals are turning away more than 100 transfer patients a month as smaller, local hospitals continue filling up at an alarming rate. In May, at the beginning of the pandemic, the University of Kansas…

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Wednesday reported spikes in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations as dozens of nursing homes experienced outbreaks and the state prepared to see that health care workers received the first available…

During a recent outbreak at Centennial Homestead in rural central Kansas, the nursing home had to wait five days for COVID-19 test results from a lab hours away. Dozens of Kansas nursing homes still wait…

TOPEKA — Members of a committee tasked with monitoring the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System took a preemptive stance Wednesday against refinancing the public pension system’s unfunded liability. Rep. Jim Kelly, an Independence Republican, proposed…

Shawnee Mayor Michelle Distler has been charged with felony perjury, court records show. Distler, 47, was released Wednesday on a $2,500 bond, the Kansas City Star reported. The criminal complaint by the Johnson County district…

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some officials charged with upgrading Kansas’ 911 system say a nearly three-hour outage across the southern part of the state on Sunday revealed the potential for future major disruptions to emergency…

Hospital and nursing officials fear that if COVID-19 cases continue unchecked there won’t be enough nurses to staff new hospital beds in the near future in the Kansas City metro area. “All the things we…

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials have certified election results showing President Donald Trump won the heavily Republican state to claim the state’s six electoral votes in a year that saw historic turnout despite the…

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly is appointing Melissa Taylor Standridge to fill a Kansas Supreme Court justice vacancy. Standridge, who has served as a judge in the Kansas Court of Appeals since 2008, will replace…