Enrollment at the public universities, community colleges and technical colleges under direction of the Kansas Board of Regents increased overall enrollment 1% in the fall semester following a massive decline in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU chancellor denounces student body president’s Twitter commentary

BY: - September 9, 2021

KU chancellor and Kansas Board of Regents chair condemn student body president's commentary on "death to America," but defend her free speech rights.

Kansas state Treasurer Lynn Rogers said a one-month record of $6.3 million in unclaimed property was returned by the treasurer's office to 6,000 people during August. The previous record of $4.2 million was set in 2019. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas treasury returns record $6.3M in unclaimed property in August

BY: - September 9, 2021

The Kansas state treasurer's office say a one-month record $6.3 million in unclaimed property was distributed during August to 6,000 recipients.

Kansas regulators opt against subpoena in investigation of natural gas price spikes

BY: - September 9, 2021

Kansas energy regulators will not issue a subpoena in what attorneys representing large-scale natural gas customers hoped would be an investigation into potential price-gouging during a devastating February storm. The Kansas Corporation Commission decided unanimously on Thursday not to subpoena S&P Global Platts Gas Daily, denying a motion from industrial groups alleging “overwhelming circumstantial evidence […]

Gov. Laura Kelly said the state was collaborating with Dillons grocery stores in 12 counties to provide incentives of up to $100 for people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Dillons, Kansas collaborating on $100 COVID-19 vaccination incentive

BY: - August 31, 2021

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly and the Dillons grocery store chain Tuesday launched a new COVID-19 vaccination incentive program delivering $50 per dose or a total of $100 for individuals 12 years or older who volunteer to accept shots. The pilot project is financed with immunization funding allocated to Kansas through the U.S. Centers for […]

Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus in Salina will be rebranded as the KSU Aerospace and Technology Campus to align with its mission of supporting the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. (Submitted)

Kansas State rebrands Salina campus to emphasize aerospace, technology

BY: - August 26, 2021

Altering the name has been considered since 2017 when the campus launched its Global Aeronautics Initiative with the vision to establish an aerospace and technology campus.

Gov. Laura Kelly enters the re-election year of 2022 with confidence she met campaign promises to stabilize the budget, invest in education and highways. Unfinished business, she said, includes Medicaid expansion and tax reform. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas governor directs state employees to work from home

BY: - August 25, 2021

TOPEKA — Executive branch employees will return to working remotely amid a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the delta variant, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. The governor’s new guidance is a speedy change of direction after state employees began returning to state office buildings in June. Remote work will remain in place through Oct. […]

House Speaker Ron Ryckman, R-Olathe, urged Gov. Laura Kelly avoid a statewide mask mandate in response to the delta variant of COVID-19, but pressured the unvaccinated to get a coronavirus shot. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas House speaker delivers COVID-19 policy prescription to governor

BY: - August 25, 2021

Kansas House speaker urges unvaccinated get on board, government bonus pay to alleviate nursing shortage and wider use of alternative COVID-19 treatments.

Biden administration boosts pay for federal firefighters

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires rage in the western United States, the Biden administration on Tuesday announced it is hiking pay for federal wildland firefighters to at least $15 per hour. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the change will boost pay for 3,500 firefighters with the Interior Department and […]

Former Kansas House member to lead policy initiatives for American Atheists

BY: - August 16, 2021

TOPEKA — Former state Rep. Brett Parker has been hired to serve as national policy manager of the religious equality organization American Atheists. “When you’re an atheist lawmaker in a conservative state, the only way to get things done is to build coalitions and find common ground with people who are different from you,” said […]

The University of Kansas is joining with other public universities in Kansas to offer incentives to increase voluntary vaccination for COVID-19 as fall classes start in August. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas universities offering incentives to boost COVID-19 vaccinations

BY: - August 13, 2021

LAWRENCE — Fully vaccinated students on the Lawrence and Overland Park campuses of the University of Kansas will be eligible for drawings of the cash equivalent of a semester’s in-state undergraduate tuition, cash prizes of $5,000, special parking permits as well as football and basketball tickets. KU officials said Friday the program to encourage voluntary […]

U.S. Sens. Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran voted for a COVID-19 testing mandate for immigrants and against a $3.5 trillion budget resolution expanding the national safety net. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Marshall, Moran support bipartisan measure for COVID-19 testing of immigrants at border

BY: - August 11, 2021

U.S. Sens. Moran and Marshall support COVID-19 testing of immigrants at border, oppose $3.5 trillion budget resolution expanding national safety net.

Biden extends freeze on student loan payments to Jan. 31

BY: - August 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Friday afternoon it is extending the pause on federal student loan repayments until January of next year, as the delta variant of the coronavirus surges across the country.  “As our nation’s economy continues to recover from a deep hole, this final extension will give students and borrowers the time […]