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procedural measure tied to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill negotiated by a bipartisan group. The measure was approved 66-28, allowing for work to proceed on the package. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

GOP senators from Kansas take alternate routes on infrastructure bill

BY: - July 31, 2021

U.S. Sen. Moran votes against procedural motion on $1 trillion infrastructure bill, while U.S. Sen. Marshall declines to cast a vote.

Black Hills monthly bills could go up $14.50 under requests filed with Kansas regulators

BY: - July 28, 2021

Black Hills Energy customers could have to pay another $14.50 per month under two separate rate hikes the company has proposed to Kansas regulators. The natural gas utility, which serves more than 117,000 Kansas customers in 50 counties, filed in May with the Kansas Corporation Commission for a $10.2 million increase to customers’ base rates […]

The Kansas Corporation Commission agreed Tuesday to allow the state attorney general to interview in investigation of natural gas price spikes last winter. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Attorney general’s office to join KCC inquiry of natural gas price spike

BY: - July 27, 2021

KCC grants state attorney general permission to intervene on behalf of consumers in the investigation of February natural gas price spikes.

Three Kansas Republicans in Congress want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend by 90 days the public comment period on a proposal to list the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. (Greg Kramos/USFWS)

Trio of Kansas GOP lawmakers seek more time to critique prairie chicken listing

BY: - July 21, 2021

Kansas congressional members seek more time to rebut federal proposal to list lesser prairie-chicken under endangered species act.

Report: Residents in Kansas, Missouri get drinking water from lead pipes at high rates

BY: - July 15, 2021

People in Missouri and Kansas risk lead exposure from drinking water at greater rates than almost any other state, a new report found.  The Natural Resources Defense Council released findings Thursday that as many as 12 million Americans may be receiving drinking water through lead pipes without realizing their water is contaminated.  “There is no […]

Kansas ACLU’s executive director steps down

BY: - July 15, 2021

TOPEKA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas announced Thursday executive director Nadine Johnson has stepped down. Johnson, whose last day was July 2, said her family had an out-of-state opportunity they could not pass up. Before joining the ACLU in June 2019, Johnson worked at Google in Los Angles. She is a former […]

April storms in Kansas caused $22.6 million in damage

BY: - July 13, 2021

The tornados, powerful winds and hail during the April storm season in Kansas caused $22.6 million in damage, the state insurance department said Tuesday. The estimated cost is based on 2,295 claims in 95 of the state’s 105 counties. During the April 2020 storm season, 6,341 claims totaled $21.2 million. “We all know Kansas weather […]

CDC finds E. coli in water samples from Goddard park

BY: - July 2, 2021

Water samples from a Goddard splash pad linked to widespread illness contained E. coli, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday. KDHE began investigating the Tanganyika Wildlife Park after learning June 18 that numerous visitors to the park’s splash pad had reported being sick. Some cases required hospital attention. Water samples collected by […]

Laura Howard, secretary for the Kansas Department for Children and Families, said a child-care assistance program aiding families of first responders in the COVID-19 pandemic would be expanded to include more Kansas households. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas extending reach of COVID-19 child care, food assistance

BY: - July 1, 2021

Kansas broadens eligibility for child care and food assistance benefits tied to COVID-19 pandemic.

Sexual predator escapes custody from Kansas mental ward

BY: - June 30, 2021

TOPEKA — State authorities are searching for a man who escaped custody Wednesday from a sexual predator program at the state psychiatric facility in Larned. Surveillance video shows John Colt, 42, at 7 a.m. walked away from Larned State Hospital after shaving his beard, changing his hair and using a fraudulent ID badge to get […]

Goddard splash park illness linked to Shigella, an intestinal bacteria

BY: - June 24, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Thursday it had identified an intestinal bacterium in cases linked to a splash zone at a wildlife park in Goddard. Tanganyika Wildlife Park closed Saturday after several children and families reported fever, diarrhea or vomiting after a visit to the splash zone. The bacteria thought […]

Lee Norman, the state's health officer and secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, issued an order requiring COVID-19 testing of residents and staff of adult daycare homes. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE orders COVID-19 testing at state-licensed adult care homes

BY: - June 19, 2021

KDHE orders testing for COVID-19 to continue among staff and residents at Kansas adult care homes licensed by the state.