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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.

Gov. Laura Kelly voted with others on the State Finance Council to extend for 30 days the state's COVID-19 disaster declaration. She also affirmed there were no plans to close businesses to deter spread of the virus that has killed more than 1,200 Kansans. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly dismisses rumor of plans for COVID-19 lockdown on Kansas businesses

By: - November 13, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly voted with House and Senate legislative leaders Friday to extend the statewide disaster declaration applicable to COVID-19 and the Democratic governor renounced speculation raised by a GOP legislator there could be a plan to close businesses in a gambit to blunt the virus’ advance. Renewal of the disaster declaration was […]

Capitol infrastructure is being updated to bring more sophistication to commuinications — something better than placing a microphone in front of a laptop speaker to deliver audio. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

COVID-19 puts extraordinary spin on planning for 2021 session of Kansas Legislature

By: - November 13, 2020

Kansas Legislature is under pressure to decide how to upgrade communication technology at the Capitol and prepare for the 2021 session opening in January.

Gov. Laura Kelly's top tax-reform priority is elimination of the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries, but the GOP-led Legislature intends to color the Capitol with property, income and sales tax legislation. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas signs 11 contracts to embark on more aggressive COVID-19 testing strategy

By: - November 13, 2020

Kansas agreed to contracts with 11 entities to carry out a bold COVID-19 testing strategy to find and isolate infected people statewide.

Gov. Laura Kelly and David Toland, secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce, are working to develop a low-cost alternative to the Main Street program helping to revitalize downtown areas in rural communities. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas opens window to Main Street program aimed at revitalizing downtowns

By: - November 12, 2020

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Commerce is launching a low-cost subsidiary of the Main Street program to share with more rural communities technical assistance useful in sustaining downtown economic activities, officials said Thursday. Gov. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, moved last year to resurrect the Main Street program discontinued in 2012 by Republican Gov. […]

DeAngela Burns-Wallace, secrretary of the kansas Department of Administration and the state's executive chief information technology officer, received bipartisan praise Thursday from a legislative committee regarding her work to improve IT systems and get a handle on cybersecurity problems in state government. (Tim Carpenter/Kanas Reflector)

New Kansas survey of state agencies affirms broad cybersecurity vulnerabilities

By: - November 12, 2020

The Kansas Department of Administration secretary earned praise from Republican and Democratic legislators concerned about IT, cybersecurity issues.

Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran released a statement to constituents saying President Donald Trump has the right to wage a legal fight for a fair counting of votes in the presidential election, but should offer presumed Democrat Joe Biden the national security briefings and other support common to transition to a new president. (Submitted)

U.S. Sen. Moran preparing for GOP re-election bid in 2022

By: - November 12, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, the Kansas Republican, is letting it be known he's ready to run for re-election in 2022.

Gov. Laura Kelly is responding to the 2,400 average daily increase in new COVID-19 cases in Kansas with a public-service campaign to educate people about avoiding the virus and a $45 million surge in spending on a broader testing initiative. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

COVID-19 infects another 5,600 Kansans as state prepares to unleash new testing regimen

By: - November 11, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas public health officials tracking COVID-19 issued Wednesday the third consecutive November report showing spread of the virus to another 5,000 people statewide. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said 5,672 new cases had been documented since Monday. The increase from Friday to Monday was 5,920, while the rise from Nov. 4 […]

Gov. Laura Kelly directed flags in Kansas be flown at half-staff until sundown Monday in honor U.S. military personnel killed in a suicide bombing attack at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Flags to fly at half-staff to mark Leavenworth County deputy’s death

By: - November 11, 2020

U.S. flags in Kansas are to be flown at half-staff until sunset Thursday in honor of the late Leavenworth County Deputy Corporal Daniel Abramovitz.

Lee Norman, secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says hospital administrators prefer to build COVID-19 capacity in existing footprint rather than turn to tent cities or other temporary facilities during fall and winter. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE: Kansas hospitals prefer to surge COVID-19 capacity without erecting tent cities

By: - November 10, 2020

KDHE secretary warns of building pressure on hospital staff, while Kansas doctor tells mask deniers the COVID-19 threat isn't political — "it's hell."

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt signed onto a brief with more than a dozen attorneys general in a Texas lawsuit questioning swing-state vote counts in the election President Donald Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas AG wades into Pennsylvania ballot-deadline conflict

By: - November 10, 2020

Kansas' GOP attorney general seeks U.S. Supreme Court clarity on whether constitution lets Pennsylvania to extend mail-in ballot deadline past Election Day.

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said Monday growth of COVID-19 across Kansas affirmed the necessity of people to adhere to recommendations to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas confirms 103,000 cases of COVID-19, capping two-week surge of nearly 25,000

By: - November 9, 2020

KDHE documents record increase in number of Kansans with COVID-19, a surge of nearly 6,000 since Friday, to further stress state's health system.

Topeka Republican Rick Kloos leads by more than 800 votes in the Kansas Senate race against Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, the longest serving member of the Kansas Legislature in state history. Kloos, left, stands Wednesday next to his controversial campaign sign with his son, Nathaniel. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kloos’ ill-fated campaign for governor guides shocking Senate run against icon Hensley

By: - November 4, 2020

Topeka Republican Rick Kloos learned much in a failed 2018 run for governor and is now on the cusp of defeating the longest-serving legislator in state history.