Restoring full $8 million for Kansas water programs harder than turning a faucet
Revision of Kansas tax revenue estimates in November will offer clue as to whether State Water Plan budget cut can be reversed by Legislature, governor.
KU, Haskell and K-State to collaborate on $6 million intermittent stream research project
KSU, Haskell and KU in Kansas will collaborate on $6 million, four-year NSF research project on water-quality issues of intermittent streams.
Deal strikes balance between Quivira Wildlife Refuge, agriculture producers
Officials say a new agreement benefits both a national wildlife refuge and local agriculture producers in central Kansas, and it involves the extraction of several invasive plant species in the area along with water augmentation for a local creek. Water usage at the 22,135-acre Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford, Rice and Reno counties has […]
U.S. Senate candidates Marshall, Bollier to debate Saturday on WIBW Radio
TOPEKA — U.S. Senate candidates Barbara Bollier and Roger Marshall are scheduled to debate Saturday for the first time in the general election for a broadcast and livestream on WIBW Radio and the Kansas Radio Networks. Marshall, a Great Bend Republican serving western Kansas as 1st District congressman, will be on the November ballot with […]
Kansas State researchers to explore spread of COVID-19 at packing plants
TOPEKA — Researchers at Kansas State University will rely on a combination of state and federal funding to study effectiveness of sanitation procedures at livestock processing facilities designed to inactivate the virus causing COVID-19. The project relies on a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $330,000 from the state of Kansas’ […]
Michelle De La Isla: U.S. House candidate pledges liberty, justice for all in Kansas
Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, Democratic nomine for U.S. House in the 2nd District, wants Kansans to have an honest conversation about race.
Kansas State Fair outlines $2.3 million revenue shortfall, requests budget bailout
TOPEKA — Cancelling commercial aspects of the Kansas State Fair compelled the organization to halt building renovations, impose staffing cuts and set in motion a plan to raid its charitable foundation to cover an estimated $2.3 million revenue shortfall. David Tobias, interim general manager of the state fair, said the state fair could avoid some […]
Legislature’s auditors assess economic prospects of Kansas’ fledgling hemp crop
Value of Kansas' hemp crop in 2019 was modest, while Kansas State University is studying potential of using hemp flowers as cattle feed.
Kansas farmer at heart of ‘Disrupted’ documentary on dehumanizing economic forces
TOPEKA — Fifth-generation Kansan Donn Teske’s commitment to family farm survival and humility inspired by German Lutheran lineage argued against taking part in a documentary capturing adversity of three seemingly divergent middle-class Americans compelled to adapt in a turbulent economy. Major health complications, staggering business debt and anxiety driven by a duty not to be […]
Coronavirus draws Kansas farm bankruptcy, business stagnation into focus
Bipartisan Kansas legislative committee is sorting through COVID-19 economic problems to help speed business recovery.
Kansas farmers find themselves increasingly isolated, in need amid pandemic
TOPEKA — Mark Pringle has seen the self-sufficient mindset of many Kansas farmers and their families challenged by COVID-19 as the virus disproportionately impacts rural communities. Pringle is a fourth-generation farmer and the Democratic candidate for the Kansas House in the 13th District. He and his wife, Mary Jane Shanklin, a registered nurse, have watched […]
Emergency paycheck loan program delivers $5 billion to 53,000 Kansas businesses
TOPEKA — Chevrolet dealer Jeff Longbine understood the economic damage to sales from the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential benefit of an emergency federal loan program fashioned to sustain small businesses and prevent employee layoffs. He applied for and received $336,000 under the Paycheck Protection Program, which is the $669 billion nationwide initiative created through […]