John Hanna, The Associated Press

John Hanna

The Associated Press

Topeka, KS, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Kansas legalizes sports betting, then gets sued by casino

Kansas legalized sports betting Thursday, only to be sued almost immediately by the operator of a state-owned casino. → Read More

Kansas legalizes sports betting, then gets sued by casino

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legalized sports betting Thursday, only to be sued almost immediately by the operator of a state-owned casino that could of... → Read More

In abortion fight, conservatives push to end all exceptions

That’s because Idaho, which bans abortion after six weeks, is one of at least 22 states with laws banning abortion before the 15th week, many of them lacking exceptions for fetal viability, rape or incest, or even the health of the woman. → Read More

In abortion fight, conservatives push to end all exceptions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Angela Housley was halfway through her pregnancy when she learned the fetus was developing without parts of its brain and skull an... → Read More

In abortion fight, conservatives push to end all exceptions

Angela Housley was halfway through her pregnancy when she learned the fetus was developing without parts of its brain and skull and would likely die within... → Read More

GOP ties boost in Kansas school funding to ‘open enrollment’

The measure passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature and sent to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly would boost direct state funding to local school districts by about 6%. → Read More

Kansas moves to phase out tax on groceries after election

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is moving to phase out the nation’s second-highest state sales tax on groceries, but Republican lawmakers aren’t planning t... → Read More

Lawmaker doesn’t want to share restroom with trans colleague

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state lawmaker has complained publicly about having to share women’s restrooms with a “huge” transgender colleague whom s... → Read More

Kansas judge rejects congressional map; appeal expected

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas district court judge on Monday struck down a new Republican-backed congressional map that would likely make it harder for... → Read More

LGBTQ leader is key in blocking Kansas ban on trans athletes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As state lawmakers moved to ban transgender kids from girls’ sports, Kansas’ most visible LGBTQ-rights lobbyist recently said during an interview in a Statehouse corridor that conservatives don’t mind if kindergartners “have their genitals inspected.” The politically needling comment was bold enough to make Tom Witt’s point, and loud enough for […] → Read More

LGBTQ leader is key in blocking Kansas ban on trans athletes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As state lawmakers moved to ban transgender kids from girls’ sports, Kansas’ most visible LGBTQ-rights lobbyist recently said duri... → Read More

Obituary: Jon Wefald, 84, former Minnesota State chancellor, state agriculture secretary

Wefald reporrtedly suffered a heart attack at his home on Bay Lake in Minnesota, about 120 miles north of the Twin Cities. → Read More

Wefald remembered as leader who made Kansas State ‘relevant’

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Jon Wefald is being remembered as “a human dynamo,” a Kansas State University president for more than two decades who increased it... → Read More

Including young kids likely to sink Kansas trans sports ban

Kansas appears unlikely to join other states this year in keeping transgender athletes from competing in girls' and women's school sports, partly because conservative state lawmakers want the ban to apply to elementary school students. The Republican-controlled Legislature approved a proposed ban early Saturday with solid majorities in both chambers — but not the two-thirds needed to override an… → Read More

Including young kids likely to sink Kansas trans sports ban

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas appears unlikely to join other states this year in keeping transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s school... → Read More

GOP leader hopes new map moves Kansas school board to right

Republican legislators in Kansas are pushing a redistricting plan that the state Senate's top GOP leader hopes will move the state school board to the right and give conservatives more say over what's taught in public schools. → Read More

GOP defections thwart some of conservatives’ plans in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Key conservative initiatives are likely to fail in Kansas this year because a few Republicans are breaking with the rest of the Le... → Read More

Kansas lawmaker agrees to counseling to avoid battery charge

A 21-year-old Kansas legislator has agreed to undergo mental health counseling and a domestic violence assessment to avoid being prosecuted on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. → Read More

GOP push against ballot drop boxes hits rural places, too

Holes in the sidewalk outside Lecompton City Hall are a reminder that voters can drop their ballots in a box bolted there during elections. → Read More

GOP push against ballot drop boxes hits rural places, too

A proposal approved early Thursday by the GOP-controlled Kansas Senate would cut the number of drop boxes statewide by more than 40% from the 2020 elections. → Read More