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Gov. Laura Kelly nominated Shawnee County District Court Judge Rachel Pickering to the Kansas Court of Appeals. If confirmed, she would replace retired Court of Appeals Judge Anthony Powell, who was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

Kelly nominates first Hispanic judge for vacancy on Kansas Court of Appeals

BY: - August 26, 2022

Shawnee County District Court judge would be first Hispanic Kansan on state Court of Appeals if confirmed by Kansas Senate.

The Kansas unemployment rate in July held steady at 2.4%, an improvement from 3.4% in July 2021 and 6.4% in July 2020. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Kansas unemployment rate holds steady at 2.4% in July, economy adds private-sector jobs

BY: - August 21, 2022

The Kansas unemployment rate remained at 2.4% in July, a decline from 3.4% in July 2021 and 12.2% in April 2020 driven by onset of COVID-19.

Gov. Laura Kelly nominated three to serve on the Kansas Board of Regents, the state's coordinating higher education board. They are, left to right, Diana Mendoza of the Dodge City Public School District; Blake Benson, president of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce; and John B. Dicus, of Capitol Federal Savings. (Submitted)

Kansas governor nominates three to fill vacancies on state Board of Regents

BY: - August 16, 2022

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly nominated three to serve on Kansas Board of Regents, which has jurisdiction over universities, community and technical colleges.

Rep. Steven Howe, a conservative Salina Republican. said Kansans disappointed by failure of constitutional amendment on abortion need to focus on their own communities and working to support pregnant women who might seek abortion. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Rep. Steven Howe: Abortion amendment supporters need to look beyond the vote

BY: - August 9, 2022

State GOP Rep. Steen Howe of Salina asks Kansans disappointed by failure of anti-abortion amendment to turn attention to helping pregnant women in crisis.

U.S. Department of Justice sues Idaho over abortion trigger ban

BY: - August 2, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state of Idaho over the state’s trigger law that will ban nearly all abortions. The law is scheduled to take effect on Aug. 25, unless the Idaho Supreme Court puts the law on a temporary hold after a hearing Wednesday. The lawsuit argues that Idaho’s trigger ban […]

A progression of color maps illustrated the U.S. Army's work on removing pollution from the former ammunition manufacturing plant at De Soto that is to be the site of a proposed $4 billion Panasonic vehicle battery manufacturing plant. Federal and state regulators issued a new permit allowing redevelopment of land for Panasonic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

EPA, KDHE approve permit changes to allow development of Sunflower property for Panasonic

BY: - August 2, 2022

EPA, KDHE endorse permit changes to allow for redevelopment of land at former Sunflower ammunition facility for a $4 billion Panasonic battery plant.

U.S. House Democrats file brief in college affirmative action case

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott of Virginia has filed a brief along with 64 other House Democrats urging the Supreme Court to uphold the role that race plays in college admission policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.  “Narrowly tailored admissions policies that recognize race as […]

Kansas reports tax revenue above expectations for 24th consecutive month

BY: - August 1, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas brought in $127.6 million more in tax receipts than expected in July, for an estimated total of about $586 million collected. Gov. Laura Kelly touted the 24th consecutive month during which Kansas topped expectations as an example of the state’s economic successes. “That represents more money our state can use to continue […]

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 on July 27, 2022, in the Rose Garden at the White House. President Biden’s doctor announced Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 and will return to in-person work. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again in ‘rebound’ infection

BY: - July 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House announced that President Joe Biden tested positive again for COVID-19 late Saturday morning in what his physician said represented “rebound” positivity. “The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well,” his physician, Kevin C. O’Connor, said in a letter to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released […]

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran urged his Kansas colleague Sen. Roger Marshall to change his vote to allow passage of a revised bill providing health care to veterans suffering from illness from exposure to toxic burn pits during deployments overseas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Moran implores U.S. Senate GOP colleagues to reverse course on burn pit bill

BY: - July 28, 2022

TOPEKA — U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall of Kansas split on a procedural motion leading to blockage of a bill expanding veterans’ eligibility for health care and benefits for medical conditions tied to burn pits and other toxins during military deployments. The Senate motion failed Wednesday when Marshall and more than two dozen […]

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 on July 27, 2022, in the Rose Garden at the White House. President Biden’s doctor announced Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 and will return to in-person work. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden tests negative for COVID, announces he’s back to in-person work

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden held a celebratory speech in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, marking his return to the Oval Office less than a week after testing positive for COVID-19.  Biden used the event to encourage Americans to keep updated on their COVID-19 boosters, to test for the virus using the free rapid tests […]

Donna Ginther, director of the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas, said a 50-state research project showed an association between a state's generosity of food stamp benefits and propensity for children to end up in foster care. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

KU research finds association between a state’s generosity with food benefits, child welfare

BY: - July 21, 2022

KU researchers report a link between a state's level of generosity with SNAP food assistance and propensity of kids to wind up in foster care.