Biden Wins Kansas Primary with All-Mail Ballot
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Joe Biden overwhelmingly won a Democratic presidential primary in Kansas conducted exclusively by mail balloting because of the coronavirus pandemic. The former vice president had been expected to prevail and capture a majority of the state’s delegates to the Democrats’ national nominating commission. He captured 77% of Saturday's vote. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was still in the race when the Kansas party began mailing ballots at the end of March, but he suspended his campaign and endorsed Biden. The primary determined how 39 of the state’s 45 national convention delegates would be allocated. The remaining six are party leaders.
Kansas Reports More than 5,000 COVID-19 Cases; Wyandotte County Leads the State with 826 Cases
TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) — As of this (SUN) morning, state health officials reported 5,030 cases of COVID-19, including 134 deaths. Cases have been reported in 80 of the state's 105 counties. Wyandotte County in northeast Kansas leads the state with 826 cases; Ford County in southwest Kansas is a close second with 815. (Get the latest COVID-19 numbers for Kansas here.)
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Kansas Secretary of State Prepares for Fall Elections in COVID Era
TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) — Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab is preparing for the November election amidst a possible second wave of COVID-19 infections. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Schwab is preparing to launch a statewide campaign to recruit young people to volunteer as poll workers. The Secretary of Sate is also encouraging county clerks to send applications for mail-in ballots to registered voters to avoid crowded polling places on election day.
Kansas Salons, Gyms Question Delayed Reopening
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As many Kansas shops and restaurants prepare to reopen for the first time since the coronavirus shutdown, the owners of bars, salons and some other types of businesses are wondering why they must still keep their doors closed. Governor Laura Kelly is lifting a statewide stay-at-home order effective Monday as part of a gradual step to reopen the state’s economy. But her plan prohibits bars, gyms, theaters, barbershops, hair and nail salons or state-owned casinos from opening until at least May 18th. Eric Fisher, who employs 100 hairdressers at his four salons in Wichita, says his employees are eager to get back to work because “work dignifies you.”
Kansas, Missouri Renew Football Border War
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football after the former Big 12 rivals agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025. The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but it has been on hiatus since Missouri departed for the Southeastern Conference. The schools recently announced a six-game series in men’s basketball beginning with the upcoming season that includes two games on each campus and two in Kansas City, Missouri.