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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.

The former general counsel to two Kansas governors argued it cannot be assumed the U.S. Supreme Court will reject President Joe Biden's vaccination mandates related to COVID-19. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Views from Kansas: Predicting Supreme Court’s attitude on COVID-19 mandates tricky business

By: - September 20, 2021

Kansas legal gurus not eager to predict U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation of state or federal mandates in response to COVID-19.

Steven Soper, distinguished professor at University of Kansas, is leading a research team in development of an in-home, saliva-based COVID-19 testing device capable of delivering results in 15 minutes. It will be submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval later this year for possible marketing in early 2022. (Meg Kumin of KU/Kansas Reflector)

KU researchers optimistic about bringing in-home COVID-19 test to market

By: - September 18, 2021

University of Kansas researchers are closer to submitted for FDA approval an in-home, saliva-based testing tool for COVID-19. The unit could be on the market in early 2022.

Cheryl Harrison-Lee, chairwoman of the Kansas Board of Regents, said the higher education system's $161 million budget request can drive student success and drive economic growth. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

The big ask: Higher education seeks $161 million budget increase from lawmakers

By: - September 17, 2021

Kansas Board of Regents outlines for governor and legislators a $161 million budget request tied to tuition, scholarships, inflation and IT upgrades.

U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, the 2nd District Republican, joined U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall in demanding thorough vetting of Afghan refugees before any were relocated to Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas lawmakers demand rigorous vetting of Afghan refugees

By: - September 16, 2021

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall and U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, both Kansas Republicans, want Afghan refugees subject to vetting before relocated to Kansas.

The Kansas Board of Regents delayed final action on board member Mark Hutton's proposal for a task force study of the health and financial well-being of health clinics at the six state universities. The board is scheduled to consider the project in November. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Board of Regents takes step toward evaluation of campus health clinics

By: - September 16, 2021

Kansas Board of Regents takes step toward launching external task force study of health, financial and liability issues of operating campus health clinics.

Kansas Supreme Court is asked by guardians of 50-year resident of Parsons state hospital to block Kansas agency's plan to force disabled woman's transfer to community-based housing. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Supreme Court drawn into fight over plan to discharge 50-year resident of state hospital

By: - September 15, 2021

Kansas Supreme Court tries to resolve conflict over plan to transfer a 50-year disabled resident of Parsons state hospital to a community-based setting.

The Kansas Supreme Court is evaluating conflicting views on two cases raising questions about how Kansas prosecutors should weigh prior DUI convictions from other states. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Supreme Court dives into ambiguity of K.S.A 8-1567 — the state’s DUI statute

By: - September 14, 2021

Kansas Supreme Court considers a pair of DUI cases challenging findings of the Court of Appeals on the counting of prior out-of-state convictions.

Rep. Mark Samsel, a Republican from Wellsville, entered a guilty plea to three misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct for a physical and verbal episode during April at Wellsville High School. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas House member takes plea deal in Wellsville school case

By: - September 13, 2021

A Wellsville Republican in the Kansas House agreed to plead guilty to three misdemeanors in wake of his bizarre behavior while a substitute teacher.

Promise of Lawrence to assist homeless families with children, is alarmed state and federal aid has yet to take into account needs of the homeless. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Homeless advocate: COVID-19 relief insufficient, eviction surge puts families in peril

By: - September 13, 2021

COVID-19 aid hasn't fully considered needs of homeless families with children, raising prospects of greater hardship when and eviction moratorium expires.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, added his voice to GOP opposition by state and federal lawmakers to President Joe Biden's plan for broadening of COVID-19 vaccination requirements. (C-SPAN screenshot/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republicans raise objections to Biden’s expansive vaccine mandate

By: - September 10, 2021

Half of Kansas congressional delegation and three GOP leaders in the Kansas House are critical of President Biden's COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

Enrollment at the public universities, community colleges and technical colleges under direction of the Kansas Board of Regents increased overall enrollment 1% in the fall semester following a massive decline in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU chancellor denounces student body president’s Twitter commentary

By: - September 9, 2021

KU chancellor and Kansas Board of Regents chair condemn student body president's commentary on "death to America," but defend her free speech rights.

Kansas state Treasurer Lynn Rogers said a one-month record of $6.3 million in unclaimed property was returned by the treasurer's office to 6,000 people during August. The previous record of $4.2 million was set in 2019. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas treasury returns record $6.3M in unclaimed property in August

By: - September 9, 2021

The Kansas state treasurer's office say a one-month record $6.3 million in unclaimed property was distributed during August to 6,000 recipients.