With State Finances Shaky, Kansas Governor Prepares to Step Down

By JOHN ELIGON and JULIE BOSMAN July 27, 2017 TOPEKA, Kan. — For more than six years, Gov. Sam Brownback has steered Kansas on a hard right turn on one issue after another: taxes, guns, abortion rights, Medicaid and welfare benefits. He will...

Waiting in the Wings in Kansas: Who Is Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer?

By MITCH SMITH and JOHN ELIGON July 27, 2017 The governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, is expected to be nominated as the United States ambassador at large for international religious freedom. If Mr. Brownback is confirmed, as expected, the...

Sam Brownback, Kansas Governor, to Be Nominated as Ambassador for International Religious Freedom

By JACEY FORTIN and MITCH SMITH July 26, 2017 Sam Brownback, the beleaguered governor of Kansas, will be nominated to serve as ambassador at large for international religious freedom, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. Mr. Brownback,...

In Amelia Earhart’s Hometown, Mystique Has Its Benefits

By MITCH SMITH July 18, 2017 ATCHISON, Kan. — In eight decades since Amelia Earhart’s ill-fated flight around the globe, residents of her Kansas hometown have grown used to renowned historians and armchair researchers claiming to have finally...

Asked for Voters’ Data, States Give Trump Panel a Bipartisan ‘No’

By MICHAEL WINES June 30, 2017 A White House commission’s sweeping request for the personal and public data of the nation’s 200 million voters set off an avalanche of opposition by state leaders in both parties on Friday, as officials from...

Kansas Man Indicted on Hate Crime Charges in Shooting of Indian Immigrants

By MATT STEVENS June 9, 2017 A white man accused of opening fire on two Indian immigrants at a Kansas bar in February in a shooting that heightened international concern about American hostility toward foreigners has been indicted on federal hate crime...