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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 signed legislation Wednesday granting liability protections to businesses helping to train high school students and creating a child lifetime hunting and fishing license. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas offers liability protection to businesses engaged in high school work training programs

By: - April 13, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly signs bills granting liability protection to businesses training high school students and creating a youth lifetime hunting licenses.

The 2022 Mental Health Summit brought unity of purpose to Gov. Laura Kelly, Senate President Ty Masterson, House Speaker Ron Ryckman and Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Marla Luckert, who pressed for change in the judicial and community response to mental illness. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Leaders of Kansas’ three government branches coalesce behind quest to fix mental health crisis

By: - April 13, 2022

Kansas' three branches of government embrace statewide summit to transform the approach to a growing mental health crisis.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill criminalizing abortion services and when combined with stark restrictions in Texas could increase demand for family planning services at the Trust Women clinic in Wichita. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Gov. Kevin Stitt's YouTube channel)

Trust Women clinic in Wichita may experience patient surge in wake of Oklahoma abortion law

By: - April 12, 2022

Enactment of stringent anti-abortion laws in Oklahoma and Texas will intensify demand for family planning services in Wichita.

Randy Watson, commissioner of the Kansas Department of Education, apologized for an offensive remark about Native Americans that resulted in a one-month, unpaid suspension. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Kansas education commissioner publicly apologizes for racist story on Native Americans

By: - April 12, 2022

Kansas' education commissioner apologized to people offended by his telling of a racist story from his youth portraying Native Americans as violent.

A Shawnee County District Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Kansas that questioned constitutionality of voting reforms adopted by the Kansas Legislature in 2021. (Hill Street Studios/Getty Images)

Litigants file appeal of Kansas judge’s dismissal of lawsuit challenging election restrictions

By: - April 12, 2022

A Kansas district court judge tossed a lawsuit challenging constitutionality of 2021 election laws viewed by opponents as evidence of GOP voter suppression.

Ashleigh de la Torre, who leads transportation and sustainability public policy at Amazon, told legislators in March the state should allow personal delivery devices, including the Amazon Scout, to be operated on sidewalks of Kansas. Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill authorizing Amazon to deploy the delivery devices. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Kelly pulls plug on electric delivery devices Amazon sought to operate on Kansas sidewalks

By: - April 12, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill forbidding municipalities adopting rules banning single-use plastic and a bill allowing autonomous devices on sidewalks.

Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat seeking re-election in November, vetoed for the second time a bill extending to 36 months "short-term" health plans criticized for not covering pre-existing conditions. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ Democratic governor vetoes bill labeled ‘misleading, harmful’ by opponents

By: - April 11, 2022

For the second time, Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill extending for up to 36 months short-term health plans that don't cover pre-existing conditions.

Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation Monday that imposed a statewide prohibition on cities or counties creating so-called "sanctuaries" from federal immigration enforcement actions. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly signs bill spiking Wyandotte County’s adoption of ‘sanctuary’ city policy

By: - April 11, 2022

Kansas governor signs GOP-fashioned legislature to reject Wyandotte County's "sanctuary city" policy designed to assist undocumented immigrants.

Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during a news conference about the COVID-19 pandemic with the assistance of a sign language interpreter. Kelly signed a bill adding regulatory oversight of school hearing tests and of sign language interpreters in Kansas. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas governor signs bill modifying free vision screening of school children

By: - April 11, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly signs bill bringing greater regulatory oversight to school vision tests and professional standards of sign language interpreters.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, Kansas Republicans, endorsed a Senate measure recognizing the role of other states in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. The above mural honoring the decision is in the Kansas Capitol building. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Moran, Marshall laud broadening of Brown v. Board education commemorations

By: - April 11, 2022

U.S. senators from Kansas endorse measure broadening recognition of other states in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

A $5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation will finance movement to Kaw Nation land the large sacred rock placed in a Lawrence public park nearly 100 years ago to honor settlers in the region. The repatriation of the rock is expected to be finished next sprint. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Grant of $5 million allows return of Kaw Nation spiritual rock misappropriated in 1929

By: - April 10, 2022

A $5 million grant will finance return to tribal land a sacred Native American rock appropriated by the City of Lawrence to honor settlers.

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued a response to the "unprecedented" letter on treatment of COVID-19 patients sent to about 250 health care providers by Sen. Mark Steffen, a Hutchinson Republican who has advocated off-label use of ivermectin in the pandemic. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Board of Healing Arts answers senator’s ‘unprecedented’ COVID-19 letter

By: - April 8, 2022

Kansas Board of Healing Arts issues response to "unprecedented" letter sent medical professionals on COVID-19 treatment by GOP Sen. Mark Steffen.