Sen. Thompson among Republicans pushing back on Gov. Kelly’s COVID-19 orders; Churches collecting canned goods during pandemic; Johnson County launches COVID-19 hotline

Sen. Mike Thompson said the state should be cautious in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo.

Sen. Mike Thompson says “It may not be nearly as a bad as we think” of pandemic

Shawnee Sen. Mike Thompson is among the group of Republicans who argued yesterday that Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration has been too aggressive in acting to stem the spread of COVID-19. A group of conservative Republicans in the Senate on Wednesday discussed measures intended to strip the Democratic governor of certain emergency powers. Thompson said the state should be cautious in taking steps to combat the spread of the virus because “It may not be nearly as a bad as we think.” [GOP pushes back on Kansas governor for closing schools, moves to limit her power – Associated Press]

Asbury United Methodist Church sharing canned goods

Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village is offering food to those who are affected by shutdowns from COVID-19. Church members set up shelves of non-perishable food items outside of its main church entrance at 5400 W. 75th St. for anyone struggling to obtain food during the shutdowns caused by the coronavirus. The church is also accepting donations of soup, pasta and other non-perishable food items for those in need.