Goddard splash park illness linked to Shigella, an intestinal bacteria

BY: - June 24, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Thursday it had identified an intestinal bacterium in cases linked to a splash zone at a wildlife park in Goddard. Tanganyika Wildlife Park closed Saturday after several children and families reported fever, diarrhea or vomiting after a visit to the splash zone. The bacteria thought […]

New research: Kansas counties with mask mandates avoided 500 COVID-19 deaths

BY: - June 24, 2021

University of Kansas researchers report in JAMA that COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and fatalities cut by mask orders.

Reconfigured task force balks at using federal aid for Kansas vaccine lottery

BY: - June 23, 2021

TOPEKA — New members of an advisory panel tasked with determining how to use federal aid balked Wednesday at the idea of using $1 million for a lottery to incentivize inoculation from COVID-19. GOP leaders and their appointees squabbled with Gov. Laura Kelly’s appointees over nearly every proposal and possible recommendation during a three-hour meeting. […]

Goddard splash park closed as health officials investigate link to sick children

BY: - June 21, 2021

TOPEKA — A Goddard splash park is under investigation by state health authorities after several children and families who recently visited were taken to the hospital and suffered from fever, vomiting and diarrhea. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Sunday it was looking into a possible link between Tanganyika Wildlife Park’s splash park […]

Lee Norman, the state's health officer and secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, issued an order requiring COVID-19 testing of residents and staff of adult daycare homes. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE orders COVID-19 testing at state-licensed adult care homes

BY: - June 19, 2021

KDHE orders testing for COVID-19 to continue among staff and residents at Kansas adult care homes licensed by the state.

Overland Park sporting goods company agrees to change discrimination policy

BY: - June 17, 2021

TOPEKA — An Overland Park sporting goods store has reached a settlement with federal authorities over a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and agreed to change its policies. The allegation against Scheels All Sports comes from a complaint filed in 2019 by an 18-year-old woman with Down syndrome. An investigation conducted by the […]

After winter cold snap drove up natural gas prices, utilities grapple with who should pay

BY: - June 16, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Penalties that Spire Missouri issued to suppliers who failed to provide natural gas during a February cold snap that forced power outages across the Midwest could drive bills for hospitals, schools and businesses to astronomical levels, according to a trio of complaints pending before state regulators. During the worst of the […]

Federal judge halts Biden pause on new oil and gas leases across the U.S.

BY: - June 16, 2021

A federal judge in Louisiana has ordered the Biden administration to restart regular sales of oil and gas leases, forcing the administration to prematurely abandon a central piece of its climate change agenda.  In a preliminary ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty granted the request of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and 12 […]

Council launches venture to reform Kansas unemployment benefits system

BY: - June 14, 2021

TOPEKA — The newly formed council focused on modernizing Kansas’ “archaic” unemployment system laid preliminary groundwork Monday on its first task of reviewing the claims application and benefit receipt process. The Unemployment Compensation, Modernization, and Improvement Council must submit a report within 14 days on the process by which individuals file unemployment insurance claims and […]

Kelly rescinding handful of executive orders, seeks extension of disaster declaration

BY: and - June 14, 2021

Gov. Kelly requests Kansas legislative leaders endorse gradual removal of executive orders as need for COVID-19 disaster declaration wanes.

Kansas picks 614 small communities for portion of federal relief package

BY: - June 9, 2021

TOPEKA — Waldron Mayor Shirley Nelson was happy to learn her tiny south-central Kansas community is slated to receive $1,517.07 in federal pandemic relief. State officials on Wednesday revealed the list of 614 small communities that will receive American Rescue Plan funds administered by the state. Waldron, with a population that fluctuates from 10 to […]

Colonial Pipeline CEO: ‘One of the toughest decisions I have had to make’ to pay a $4.4M ransom

BY: - June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The CEO of Colonial Pipeline, which underwent a ransomware attack in early May that led to massive shutdowns of gas stations across the Southeast, said during a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday that it was his decision to pay a ransom to restore the company’s operations. “It was one of the toughest decisions […]