As Kansas expands paid leave for state employees, advocates look to private sector
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
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 […]
Colyer’s narrow miss in 2018 fueling resurgent GOP campaign for governor
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
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
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
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’
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 […]
Consumer watchdog wants feds to acknowledge investors’ influence on Evergy expenses
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 […]
C-SPAN survey of presidential leadership adds sparkle to Eisenhower, Truman
Eisenhower secures 5th and Truman 6th in U.S. presidential leadership survey, while Trump ranks 41st out of 44.
Kansas extending reach of COVID-19 child care, food assistance
Kansas broadens eligibility for child care and food assistance benefits tied to COVID-19 pandemic.
Senate panel votes to support confirmation of three nominees to Board of Regents
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’
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 […]