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Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.

Hospital chief medical directors in Salina, Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas, responded negatively to a Kansas Senate bill giving doctors greater leeway to provide patients off-label drugs and requiring pharmacists to fill those prescriptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Hospital medical officers lament bill mandating risky off-label use of drugs against COVID-19

By: - January 27, 2022

Kansas hospital medical officers take dim view of state senator's bill opening door wider to unproven off-label use of medicines against COVID-19.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt recommended the state pay a former Wichita man wrongfully convicted of a sex crime be paid nearly $900,000 for spending more than 13 years incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas court, attorney general urge $887,000 payment to wrongfully convicted man

By: - January 26, 2022

Kansan wrongfully convicted of sex crime who served more than 13 years in prison deserves nearly $900,000 in compensation under state law.

Sen. Renee Erickson, a Wichita Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Commerce Committee, ushered through the committee a bill creating a unique incentive package aimed at attracting a manufacturing company willing to make a $4 billion investment in the state. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Senate committee approves amended economic incentive bill for Kansas’ megaproject bid

By: - January 26, 2022

Kansas Senate committee passed an amended incentive package designed to entice a manufacturing company willing to make a $4 billion investment in the state.

Lt. Gov. David Toland, who also serves as secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce, said the Kansas Legislature needed to adopt an unprecedented package of economic development incentives to help the state solidify its bid for a manufacturing company willing to invest $4 billion in the state. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas governor, Legislature wrestling economic and political forces on $4B development project

By: - January 25, 2022

Kansas Department of Commerce makes pitch to GOP-led Legislature on economic incentives to attract manufacturer making $4 billion investment in state.

Rep. Brett Fairchild, R-St. John, joined a bipartisan group of legislators endorsing a House bill banning no-knock search warrants of residences and adoption of a law requiring officers to be in uniform when serving the warrants. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Law enforcement officers, legislators resist House bill banning no-knock warrants

By: - January 24, 2022

Kansas legislators, law enforcement officers want to arrest development of a House bill placing into state law a prohibition on no-knock search warrants.

Sen. Mark Steffen, a Hutchinson Republican and a physician, has advocated for dispensing medicine for off-label uses, including the anti-parasite drug ivermectin, in the fight against COVID-19 . (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Senate panel may lower scrutiny of doctors approving off-label use of drugs for COVID-19

By: - January 24, 2022

Senate committee explores allowing doctors to prescribe drugs for off-label use against COVID-19 without risk of licensing backlash for bad outcomes.

The Kansas Legislature's auditors say the Prairiefire development in Overland Park financed with $65 million in STAR bonds issued under a state program is in jeopardy of defaulting on debt because it won't likely retire the bonds in the required 20 years. (Screen capture/Kansas Department of Commerce report)

Legislative auditors skeptical Prairiefire development can pay off $64.8M in bond debt

By: - January 22, 2022

Auditors say Prairiefire in Overland Park in jeopardy of defaulting on $65 million in STAR bond debt given modest tourism draw, weak sales tax growth.

Kansas unemployment dropped to 3.3% in December, the lowest rate since the April 2020 surge to 12.6% at outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It remained under 4% throughout 2021. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas unemployment rate dips to 3.3% in December, returning to pre-COVID-19 levels

By: - January 22, 2022

The Kansas unemployment rate dropped to 3.3% in December, marking a return to pre-COVID-19 levels disrupted by a surge to 12.6% in April 2020.

The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed Friday death sentences of Jonathan and Reginald Carr in the savage murder of five people in Wichita, declaring constitutional framers didn't mean the "inalienable" right to life couldn't be forfeited. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Supreme Court affirms death sentences for brothers in vicious Wichita murder spree

By: - January 21, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court affirms death sentences of brothers convicted of murdering five in Wichita, declaring inalienable right to life could be surrendered.

Sen. Mark Steffen, a Republican and physician, offered an amendment that would have required thousands of health professionals licensed by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts and the Kansas Board of Nursing to care for patients regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Senate rejects bid to force health workers to treat patients regardless of COVID-19 vax status

By: - January 21, 2022

Kansas Senate rejects amendment that would have mandated thousands of medical professionals care for patients regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Rep. Mari-Lynn Poskin, an Overland Park Democrat, told the House Redistricting Committee that GOP legislators were ignoring the public's request to keep Wyandotte and Johnson counties together in the updated congressional map. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Witnesses throw water on Kansas House’s congressional map carving into 3rd District

By: - January 20, 2022

The GOP-favored congressional redistricting map was denounced at a House hearing as partisan gerrymandering and potential fodder for lawsuits.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., objected to Democrat's election reform legislation and opposed an attempt to unwind procedural rules requiring 60 votes to end a filibuster and advance action on a bill. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

GOP’s Moran, Marshall cling to filibuster rule to thwart election bill favored by Democrats

By: - January 20, 2022

U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall of Kansas vote to preserve the filibuster procedure and reject Democrat's move to reform federal election law.