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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.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier reported raising $13.5 million in the third quarter for the largest single-quarter fundraising total of any candidate in Kansas history. She is running for the open seat in Kansas against GOP nominee Roger Marshall. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Former GOP U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum endorses Democrat Barbara Bollier

By: - September 17, 2020

Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, a Republican who served 18 years in that job, is endorsing Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Barbara Bollier.

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said the spread of COVID-19 provided extra incentive for people to get an influenza vaccination. He expects Kansas hospital resources to be stretched this fall and winter from exposure to the flu and coronavirus. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE secretary temporarily halts disclosure of specific COVID-19 cluster sites

By: - September 16, 2020

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment temporarily halted Wednesday release of precise information about COVID-19 clusters to modify metrics relied upon to inform the public about hot spots of the spreading virus. KDHE secretary Lee Norman plans to resume the reporting on clusters next week after modifying the list to concentrate attention […]

Rep. Tom Sawyer, the House Democrat leader from Wichita, is expected to file a complaint Monday seeking ouster of Rep.-elect Aaron Coleman, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas lawmakers moving ahead with audio-visual technology upgrade at Capitol

By: - September 16, 2020

Kansas Legislature leaders agree to continue development of an audio-visual modernization project at the Capitol that may cost $5 million.

Brad Yaeger, president of Legacy Bank in Wichita, says federal stimulus money has helped most businesses and individuals make loan payments, but pressure to foreclose or evict people will rise in early 2021 with action by Congress on a new package. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas bankers wary of COVID-19 surge in foreclosures, evictions in early 2021

By: - September 16, 2020

Without a new federal COVID-19 stimulus package, Kansas bankers warn a state legislative committee of a possible surge in delinquent loans in early 2021.

Republican congressional candidate Amanda Adkins' spokesman Tuesday rejected validity of a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission alleging Adkins violated federal law by raising thousands of dollars before formally establishing her candidacy. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas GOP candidate Amanda Adkins repudiates FEC complaint as ‘frivolous’

By: - September 15, 2020

A Kansas Democrat filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging GOP U.S. House candidate Amanda Adkins violated campaign rules and law.

Kansas prepares to invest millions in aggressive expansion of COVID-19 testing

By: - September 14, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly's administration will move this week to earmark federal emergency funding to significantly expand COVID-19 testing statewide.

The Kansas Department of Labor responded to an increase in credible threats of violence against the agency and its employees by suspending on camera television interviews. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Senate panel backs appointment of new healing arts board director

By: - September 14, 2020

Kansas Senate committee votes to remove interim tag from executive director of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which monitors 31,000 health professionals.

Kansas State University researchers involved in a $1.3 million research project to protect meat plant workers and surrounding communities from the spread of COVID-19 includes, from left, Randy Phebus, Sally Davis, Valentina Trinetta, Sara Gragg and Daniel Vega. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas State researchers to explore spread of COVID-19 at packing plants

By: - September 14, 2020

TOPEKA — Researchers at Kansas State University will rely on a combination of state and federal funding to study effectiveness of sanitation procedures at livestock processing facilities designed to inactivate the virus causing COVID-19. The project relies on a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $330,000 from the state of Kansas’ […]

Michelle De La Isla: U.S. House candidate pledges liberty, justice for all in Kansas

By: - September 14, 2020

Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, Democratic nomine for U.S. House in the 2nd District, wants Kansans to have an honest conversation about race.

A district court judge determined state Sen. Julia Lynn can withdraw from the November ballot after reversing Secretary of State Scott Schwab's decision to block her removal because her medical-hardship petition didn't comply with state law. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Judge grants Sen. Julia Lynn’s request to be removed from November ballot

By: and - September 11, 2020

Sen. Julia Lynn's appeal to be dropped from the November ballot was affirmed by a judge after her request was rejected by the secretary of state.

Gov. Laura Kelly joined political, university and industry representatives to announce a $650 million investment by Scorpion Biological Services in a new 500,000-square-foot biomanufacturing facility in Manhattan expected to create 500 jobs within seven years. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly, legislators agree on extension of COVID-19 emergency declaration

By: - September 11, 2020

Extension of Kansas' emergency disaster declaration for COVID-19 sought be Gov. Laura Kelly is tangled in a dispute with GOP legislators.

A state committee voted to endorse a proposal to install a memorial on the Kansas Capitol grounds in honor of Gold Star families, who have a family member who died as a result of military service. Gov. Laura Kelly said the memorial was requested by the only remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas flags fly at half-staff to honor victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks

By: - September 11, 2020

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order directs flags be flown Friday at half-staff to honor those killed and injured in terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.