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Gov. Laura Kelly and Department of Agriculture secretary Mike Beam surveyed central Kansas property damaged in December wildfires and met with farmers and ranchers working to recover from the disaster. (Submitted)

Kelly surveys portion of property in Kansas torched by December wildfires

BY: - December 30, 2021

Gov. Laura Kelly surveys central Kansas property torched in mid-December wildfires consuming estimated 165,000 acres.

Gov. Laura Kelly ordered flags flown at half-staff through sundown Friday in honor of the 7,000 Kansans who contracted COVID-19 and died since the pandemic began in March 2020. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Kelly orders flags at half-staff to honor 7,000 Kansas lives lost to COVID-19

BY: - December 29, 2021

Gov. Laura Kelly marked the 7,000th fatality connected to the COVID-19 pandemic by ordering flags at half-staff until sundown Friday.

The image from video shot from an airplane illustrates the scope of Dec. 15 wildfires that burned about 400,000 acres in Kansas. On Jan. 4, the Kansas State Wildcats will wear special wildfire stickers on their helmets during the bowl game against LSU. (Screen captre/Kansas Reflector)

KSU football team to honor losses suffered in devastating wildfires

BY: - December 21, 2021

Kansas State will wear stickers on their helmets at the Jan. 4 bowl game to recognize destructive wildfires that burned 400,000 acres in the state.

State and federal agencies reported the Kansas unemployment rate dropped in November to 3.6%, a reduction from 3.9% in September and October. Joblessness at outset of the COVID-19 pandemic was 12.6% in April 2020. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Unemployment rate in Kansas falls slightly to 3.6% in November

BY: - December 17, 2021

Kansas unemployment rate reverses course on five-month rise by settling at 3.6% in November, lowest figure since 3.5% in May.

Tiny Kansas town of Alma sued by natural gas supplier over $172K charge from February cold snap

BY: - December 16, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A tiny town in Kansas’ Flint Hills is being sued by its natural gas supplier for failing to pay more than $170,000 in charges from the extreme cold snap that gripped the Midwest 10 months ago. Bluemark Energy, an Oklahoma-based natural gas marketer, filed suit against Alma — population 802 — […]

Extreme winds, wildfires and earthquakes reported across Kansas

BY: - December 15, 2021

TOPEKA — High winds Wednesday in Kansas reduced visibility, leading to road closures and power outages across the state. Alerts from the National Weather Service indicated some areas of the state would experience wind gusts of up to 80 mph. A 100 mph gust was reported in Russell. Wind gusts and resulting dust storms led […]

The Kansas Chamber's political action committee endorsed state Sen. Kellie Warren for attorney general. She is among three GOP candidates in the race. The PAC hasn't previously offered endorsements in primary elections. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Chamber PAC wades into attorney general primary for first time

BY: - December 14, 2021

A Republican state senator from Johnson County seeking the nomination for attorney general receives endorsement of the Kansas Chamber's political action committee.

The administration of Gov. Laura Kelly signed a contract to create a 14-bed acute psychiatric hospital for youth in Hays to fill a service void in western Kansas. Admissions are to begin in 2023. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

State signs contract to deliver youth psychiatric hospital services in Hays

BY: - December 13, 2021

State signs contract to open by 2023 a 14-bed acute psychiatric hospital for youth in Hays to address a service gap in western Kansas.

The new economic development plan crafted by Kansas State University emphasizes agriculture and biosecurity initiatives is expected to foster 3,000 jobs and $3 billion in investments into the state in the next decade. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

K-State’s economic development plan focuses on agriculture, biosecurity innovation

BY: - December 4, 2021

Kansas State University wants new 10-year economic development plan to add 3,000 jobs, investment of $3 billion by focusing in ag and biosecurity issues.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, voted to approve a stopgap federal spending bill in a break from the four other Republicans from Kansas in Congress. (C-SPAN screenshot/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas congressional delegation splits on latest federal stopgap spending bill

BY: - December 3, 2021

Kansas delegation splits on stop-gap federal spending bill after Sen. Marshall tried to attach an amendment blocking COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

Gov. Laura Kelly's chief counsel is departing for job at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, and his replacement will be attorney working in the Kansas Department of Labor. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly to replace departing chief counsel with labor lawyer

BY: - November 30, 2021

Gov. Laura Kelly selects state labor department attorney to be the Democratic administration's new chief counsel.

Location, other details released for Kansas redistricting town halls

BY: - November 17, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas legislative staff released details Wednesday about how to participate in upcoming public meetings on redistricting. Lawmakers are gathering input before redrawing congressional and legislative boundaries in the upcoming session, and plan to listen by live video feeds to public comments from four virtual town halls. GOP leaders previously announced they would hold […]