Briefs

Gov. Laura Kelly issued an executive order directing that flags be flow at half-staff in honor of lives lost Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked four commercial aircraft and caused the death of nearly 3,000 people in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. (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.

The Kansas Department of Corrections led by secretary Jeff Zmuda says a fifth inmate who contracted COVID-19 has died. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Fifth Kansas prison inmate dies after diagnosed with COVID-19

BY: - September 10, 2020

A fifth inmate held by the Kansas Department of Corrections has died after contracting COVID-19. About 300 staff and inmates have active cases of the virus.

Former KU chancellor, AL president Gene Budig dies at 81

BY: - September 8, 2020

Gene Budig, who led KU for 13 years as chancellor and later served as baseball's American League president, is dead at 81.

Gov. Laura Kelly declined to accept demands of Republican legislators to insert language into the statewide COVID-19 disaster declartion that she wouldn't close businesses in the next 30 days in response to the pandemic. Kelly is asking the State Finance Council to approve a 30-day extension of the disaster declaration. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas enters race for Space Command headquarters

BY: - September 4, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday she would make a strong push to land the new U.S. Space Command in Kansas. The governor’s office said four Kansas communities have submitted proposals to become the home for headquarters of the U.S. Space Command, which is responsible for military operations in space. The cities are Derby, […]

Labette and Crawford counties in southeast Kansas are in the top 10 in terms of attracting COVID-19 variants. So far, 47 mutations of COVID-19 have been detected in 60 Kansas counties. Nearly half the cases were in Sedgwick County. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

EPA targets two southeast Kansas lead smelter sites for Superfund list

BY: - September 2, 2020

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on two southeast Kansas lead smelting sites for inclusion in the Superfund program.

White House orders suspension of residential evictions

BY: - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it would temporarily halt residential evictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disclosed during a congressional hearing that the executive order would be issued. It runs through Dec. 31. “I think you’ll be quite pleased with the impact that it will have,” […]

Anti-Coleman PAC forms to undercut Democratic nominee for Kansas House

BY: - September 1, 2020

Democratic nominee Aaron Coleman is the target of a PAC with the singular goal of derailing his bid for a seat in the Kansas House.

Gov. Laura Kelly says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, led by secretary Lee Norman, left, will distribute $8 million in federal aid to "essential" workers, including child-care workers and first responders infected with COVID-19. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas directs $8 million to aid ‘essential workers’ who contract COVID-19

BY: - August 27, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly said $8 million in federal disaster funding will be set aside to cover health care expenses for essential workers and early-childhood professions infected with COVID-19. Under the initiative, assistance drawn from the CARES Act aid will be limited to $25,000 for uninsured individuals and $15,000 for insured individuals. Applications are available online […]

Gpv. Laura Kelly lauded a $200,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

UnitedHealthcare donates $200,000 to southeast Kansas health center

BY: - August 26, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly lauds $200,000 donation to southeast Kansas health center and presses anew for Medicaid expansion.

Reason Foundation estimates Kansas could net $1.1 billion over 50 years by leasing out the Kansas Turnpike, which runs from Oklahoma to Kansas City, Mo. In this image, Sen. Rick Billinger, Mary Eisenhower, and Kansas Cabinet secretaries Brad Loveless and Julie Lorenz participate in 50th anniversary celebration of Interstate 70, which isn't part of the turnpike. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Foundation estimates 50-year lease of Kansas Turnpike could net $1.1 billion

BY: - August 25, 2020

A think tank estimates Kansas can net $1.1 billion over 50 years by leasing out the Kansas Turnpike that runs from Oklahoma to Missouri.

The July unemployment rate in the five-county Topeka area fell to 6.9%, while the statewide figure settled at 7.2%. The metro region with the highest jobless rate was Wichita at 10.9% in July. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

July unemployment in Kansas falls to 7.2%, still double normal rate

BY: - August 22, 2020

TOPEKA — The number of unemployed Kansans has fallen during the pandemic from a high of 179,000 in April to 106,000 in July. The Kansas Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 7.2% in July. That was down from 7.5% in June and below […]

Democrat Aaron Coleman, of Kansas City, Kan., says controversy about his stalking women while in middle school and other issues lead him to believe it best to quit his race for the 37th District seat in the Kansas House. He won the August primary against Rep. Stan Frownfelter. (Submitted to Kansas Reflector)

Frownfelter to attempt write-in campaign

BY: - August 18, 2020

Democratic Rep. Stan Frownfelter will attempt to hang onto his seat in the Kansas Legislature through a write-in campaign after losing a primary challenge to a teenager who wished death on Republicans and admitted to distributing revenge porn. Aaron Coleman, 19, will be the only name on the November ballot for the 37th District legislative […]