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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.

Attorneys for former Newton social worker Arlan Kaufman are appealing a U.S. District Court judge's refusal to release him 15 years early from prison due to poor health and risk of COVID-19. Kaufman and his wife were found guilty of forced labor, involuntary servitude and other crimes for abusing mentally ill adults under their care. (Illustration/Kansas Reflector)

Inmate Arlan Kaufman, abuser of mentally ill Kansans, appeals denial of early release

By: - August 11, 2020

Mennonite church leaders and family members support compassionate release from prison of Arlan Kaufman, convicted of abusing mentally ill adults in Newton.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, left, filed a lawsuit Monday designed to keep the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma from building a casino on land in Park City. The U.S. Department of Interior decided in May the project could proceed. The plaintiffs are two tribes, the city of Mulvane and Sumner County, which hosts the Kansas Star Casino. (Kansas Reflector)

Kansas attorney general files federal lawsuit to thwart proposed tribal casino

By: - August 10, 2020

TOPEKA — Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma Chief Bill Friend expressed skepticism Monday a federal lawsuit filed by the Kansas attorney general on behalf of four plaintiffs would succeed in blocking construction of a trial casino on land near Wichita. The petition submitted by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in U.S. District Court seeks an order setting […]

House Speaker Ron Ryckman, left, and House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins will retain their leadership positions in the House for the 2021 session, while Senate Republicans elected Sen. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, to be Senate president. (Nick Krug/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas dials up plan to spend $60 million in COVID-19 aid on broadband expansion

By: - August 10, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly joins legislators to direct $60 million in COVID-19 aid to expand broadband to address telemedicine, education and business needs.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary Lee Norman says during a recording of the Kansas Reflector podcast that he would prefer mask mandates to curtail the spread of COVID-19. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE secretary warns of ‘lethal brew,’ yearns for mask mandate, says schools not yet safe

By: - August 10, 2020

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman tells Kansas Reflector bars are red-hot vectors of COVID-19, Kansas needs mask mandate, too soon to open schools and universities.

Kansas Sen. Jeff Longbine, an Emporia Republican, used a $336,000 loan through the federal Payroll Protection Program to sustain employment of more than 35 employees at his Longbine Auto Plaza. More than 53,000 Kansas businesses have made use of $5 billion in PPP loans. (Nick Krug for Kansas Reflector)

Emergency paycheck loan program delivers $5 billion to 53,000 Kansas businesses

By: - August 9, 2020

TOPEKA — Chevrolet dealer Jeff Longbine understood the economic damage to sales from the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential benefit of an emergency federal loan program fashioned to sustain small businesses and prevent employee layoffs. He applied for and received $336,000 under the Paycheck Protection Program, which is the $669 billion nationwide initiative created through […]

Brianna Ibarra, a Shawnee freshman at the University of Kansas, said Friday she willingly participated in the mandatory COVID-19 testing of students as the campus prepares for opening of fall semester classes. Her father, George, helped with her belongings outside a KU residence hall. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

K-State, KU take different avenues on COVID-19 testing of students

By: and - August 7, 2020

The University of Kansas and Kansas State University to employ different testing strategies for COVID-19 when students return to campus.

Dana Hawkinson, medical director of infection prevention and control at the University of Kansas Health System, answers questions during a virtual media briefing Friday. (Screenshot by Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas governor tests negative for coronavirus after House speaker says he caught virus

By: and - August 7, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday following disclosure by House Speaker Ron Ryckman that he had been hospitalized for a week with coronavirus in July. A political firestorm erupted on Thursday following Ryckman’s disclosure that he tested positive for the coronavirus on July 13. He was criticized for delaying for […]

Gov. Laura Kelly and Jurgen Richt, a Kansas State University professor, on Thursday discuss COVID-19 research being conducted at the university's Biosecurity Research Institute in Manhattan. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas State biosecurity researchers deliver tutorial to Gov. Laura Kelly on COVID-19

By: - August 6, 2020

Kansas State University researchers explain to Gov. Laura Kelly research at Biosecurity Research Institute on COVID-19, other lethal pathogens.

The Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion Friday overturning a Kansas Court of Appeals decision in businessman Gene Bicknell's legendary tax case. The Supreme Court said Bicknell was a resident of Florida, which has no state income tax, during the period in which Kansas officials claimed he owned millions of dollars in state income taxes on sale of a company comprised of Pizza Hut franchises. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas attorney general asks feds to ease driver’s license reinstatment

By: - August 5, 2020

Attorney General Derek Schmidt endorses federal reform to reduce impediments to renewal of a driver's license not tied to motorist safety issues.

Salina Rep. J.R. Claeys, right, defeated in Tuesday's Republican Party primary incumbent Sen. Randall Hardy by nearly 3,000 votes as part of a conservative surge against moderates. No Democrat filed in District 24. (Kansas Reflector)

Kansas primary undercuts GOP moderates in Legislature; rogue Democrat clings to victory

By: - August 5, 2020

GOP's moderate wing in Kansas Senate takes beating in primary, while Dem House candidate who called for GOP to die of COVID-19 clings to one-vote lead.

U.S. House, 2nd District: LaTurner crushes U.S. Rep. Watkins in GOP primary

By: - August 4, 2020

U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, crippled by voting fraud charges, loses GOP primary to Jake LaTurner, who will meet Democrat Michelle De La Isla in November.

Salina Republican Tracey Mann, upper right, defeated Bill Clifford, of Garden City, in the 1st District primary Tuesday, while Garden City Democrat Kali Barnett, lower left, prevailed in a primary campaign against Christy Cauble Davis, of Cottonwood Falls. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. House, 1st District: GOP candidate Tracey Mann prevails in bitter primary feud

By: - August 4, 2020

Former Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann wins 1st District GOP primary for U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall's seat, setting a November showdown with Democrat Kali Barnett.