As Kansas expands paid leave for state employees, advocates look to private sector

BY: - July 13, 2021

TOPEKA — As a staunch advocate for proper breastfeeding practices, Brenda Bandy has witnessed the way stressors from a return to work can undercut lactation. Bandy, executive director of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, said returning to work after a leave of absence for a newborn is commonly listed among the biggest barriers to continuing breastfeeding. […]

Kansas labor department pushes new reemployment program

BY: - July 12, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Labor is making a push this week to sign unemployment claimants up for the state’s newly buffed reemployment assistance program. The enhanced My Reemployment Plan program, part of House Bill 2196 approved by the Kansas Legislature in May, is intended to help those who are unemployed find new jobs […]

Former Gov. Jeff Colyer, a Republican and plastic surgeon from Johnson County, is a candidate for the GOP nomination for governor in 2022. His primary rival is Attorney General Derek Schmidt. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Colyer’s narrow miss in 2018 fueling resurgent GOP campaign for governor

BY: - July 12, 2021

TOPEKA — Republican Jeff Colyer is confident he would have defeated Democrat Laura Kelly in the November 2018 race for governor. The impediment to a Colyer-Kelly showdown, of course, was that Colyer fell 172 votes short of beating Kris Kobach in the closest statewide GOP primary election in Kansas history. “Everybody agrees that if we […]

Two dozen transportation infrastructure projects announced for critical Kansas roads

BY: - July 8, 2021

TOPEKA — Construction on more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in modernization and expansion projects for critical Kansas roadways will soon be underway across the state, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday. Eight projects are planned in eastern Kansas, nine out west, six in the south-central region and one significant project in the Overland Park […]

After winter storm, some Evergy customers could see savings while others pay for years

BY: - July 8, 2021

Evergy customers in parts of Missouri may be repaying electric costs for the next 15 years following February’s winter storm that forced power outages across the Midwest.  Kansas City-area customers in both Kansas and Missouri, however, could see savings. In February, Winter Storm Uri caused sustained cold temperatures across much of the central United States, […]

Kansas suspends collection of $16 million in annual fees paid by securities industry

BY: - July 7, 2021

Kansas agency suspends collection of $16 million in securities oversight fees after Legislature promises not to raid fee funds.

White House says executive order coming on labeling beef as a ‘Product of USA’

BY: - July 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House will unveil an executive order in the coming days that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that meat can only receive a “Product of USA” label if that livestock is raised in the U.S. rather than abroad, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday. “The EO directs USDA […]

Gov. Laura Kelly said construction of Inevergy’s new Grain Belt Express transmission line to carry wind-driven electricity to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana can create about 1,000 permanent jobs in Kansas. This image is of Evergy's Flat Ridge Wind Farm near Medicine Lodge. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Consumer watchdog wants feds to acknowledge investors’ influence on Evergy expenses

BY: - July 6, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A consumer watchdog wants federal regulators to acknowledge the influence of activist shareholders on Evergy’s decision-making, mirroring a local push that Kansas regulators rejected.  Public Citizen, a 40-year-old nonprofit representing consumers, is pushing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to recognize two investment firms as part of Evergy, arguing last year that […]

Gen. Dwight Eisenhower speaks with American paratroopers in England on the evening of June 5, 1944, as they prepare for the Battle of Normandy. Presidential historians assembled by C-SPAN rated Eisenhower 5th in terms of presidential leadership. President Harry Truman ranked 6th. (Library of Congress)

C-SPAN survey of presidential leadership adds sparkle to Eisenhower, Truman

BY: - July 4, 2021

Eisenhower secures 5th and Truman 6th in U.S. presidential leadership survey, while Trump ranks 41st out of 44.

Laura Howard, secretary for the Kansas Department for Children and Families, said a child-care assistance program aiding families of first responders in the COVID-19 pandemic would be expanded to include more Kansas households. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas extending reach of COVID-19 child care, food assistance

BY: - July 1, 2021

Kansas broadens eligibility for child care and food assistance benefits tied to COVID-19 pandemic.

A Republican-led Senate committee voted Wednesday for confirmation of Cynthia Lane, a former superintendent of Kansas City, Kan., public schools, to the Kansas Board of Regents. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Senate panel votes to support confirmation of three nominees to Board of Regents

BY: - June 30, 2021

Kansas Senate committee endorses three nominees for Kansas Board of Regents amid questions about teaching critical race theory.

Hutchinson working with MIT to break poverty shackles of the ‘cliff effect’

BY: - June 27, 2021

TOPEKA — Shawna Logue recalls a time in her life when she earned $100 too much in annual income to qualify for government assistance to help feed her daughter. To make ends meet, the recently divorced mother sold the fancy dishes she had when she was married, and would try to find somebody who would […]