Gov. Laura Kelly says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, led by secretary Lee Norman, left, will distribute $8 million in federal aid to "essential" workers, including child-care workers and first responders infected with COVID-19. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas directs $8 million to aid ‘essential workers’ who contract COVID-19

BY: - August 27, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly said $8 million in federal disaster funding will be set aside to cover health care expenses for essential workers and early-childhood professions infected with COVID-19. Under the initiative, assistance drawn from the CARES Act aid will be limited to $25,000 for uninsured individuals and $15,000 for insured individuals. Applications are available online […]

Gpv. Laura Kelly lauded a $200,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

UnitedHealthcare donates $200,000 to southeast Kansas health center

BY: - August 26, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly lauds $200,000 donation to southeast Kansas health center and presses anew for Medicaid expansion.

Kansas Attorney General Derek said elderly Kansans should be placed in line for the COVID-19 vaccination ahead of younger state prison inmates. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas attorney general keen for Legislature to fix shortcomings of state disaster law

BY: - August 26, 2020

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says reform of Kansas' emergency management law is necessary given challenges surfacing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Dennis Pyle, a Hiawatha Republican, says he's disappointed state emergency management officials confirmed Tuesday the purchase of hospital gowns that turned out to be trash bags with arm holes cut in the corner. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ pandemic purchases include gowns that were trash bags with holes cut for arms

BY: - August 25, 2020

Kansas officials dealing with COVID-19 have purchased $64 million in PPE, including hospital gowns that turned out to be trash bags with arm holes.

Reason Foundation estimates Kansas could net $1.1 billion over 50 years by leasing out the Kansas Turnpike, which runs from Oklahoma to Kansas City, Mo. In this image, Sen. Rick Billinger, Mary Eisenhower, and Kansas Cabinet secretaries Brad Loveless and Julie Lorenz participate in 50th anniversary celebration of Interstate 70, which isn't part of the turnpike. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Foundation estimates 50-year lease of Kansas Turnpike could net $1.1 billion

BY: - August 25, 2020

A think tank estimates Kansas can net $1.1 billion over 50 years by leasing out the Kansas Turnpike that runs from Oklahoma to Missouri.

University of Kansas chancellor Doug Girod says two fraternities have been issued cease-and-desist orders to cease noncompliance with county health regulations and university policy designed to inhibit spread of COVID-19. Here students wait for food orders at the Kansas Union ahead of Monday's start of fall semester classes. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU disciplines two fraternities for ‘selfish, irresponsible’ approach to COVID-19

BY: - August 24, 2020

The University of Kansas orders two fraternities to stop hosting social gatherings in violation of COVID-19 protocols.

Kansas’ vulnerable children can’t afford to absorb state budget cuts

BY: - August 24, 2020

Two influential child advocacy organizations argue on the Kansas Reflector podcast for sustained state investment in quality-of-life programs.

Kansas' three Republicans in the U.S. House vote against bill limiting reform at U.S. Postal Service until after November election. U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat, voted for the bill. (April 15, 2020, photo in Kings Park, N.Y., by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Postal Service bill passed by U.S. House splits Kansas delegation on party line

BY: - August 23, 2020

Kansas' three GOP members of U.S. House voted against, and the delegation's lone Democrat endorsed, bill blocking changes to Postal Service until Jan. 1.

The July unemployment rate in the five-county Topeka area fell to 6.9%, while the statewide figure settled at 7.2%. The metro region with the highest jobless rate was Wichita at 10.9% in July. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

July unemployment in Kansas falls to 7.2%, still double normal rate

BY: - August 22, 2020

TOPEKA — The number of unemployed Kansans has fallen during the pandemic from a high of 179,000 in April to 106,000 in July. The Kansas Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 7.2% in July. That was down from 7.5% in June and below […]

Student, staff and faculty leaders at the University of Kansas are requesting the administration delay for two-weeks the start of in-person instruction rather than open campus Monday with resumption of classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU group seeks delay of in-person instruction, fraternities put parties on ice

BY: - August 22, 2020

KU faculty, staff leaders ask for two-week delay in scheduled Monday start of in-person classes, while KU fraternities ban parties to deter COVID-19.

Kansas rights commission embracing broader definition of sex discrimination

BY: - August 21, 2020

Kansas Human Rights Commission is expanding its reach following federal court decision defining sex discrimination to include LGBTQ complaints.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, celebrated the decision to allocate $356 million for construction of a new federal prison and a prison camp to replace the 120-year-old U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran touts potential of new $356 million federal prison at Leavenworth

BY: - August 20, 2020

LEAVENWORTH — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran joined the U.S. Bureau of Prisons director and the Leavenworth penitentiary warden Thursday to extol allocation of $356 million for construction of a new prison and satellite prison camp that would keep one of the area’s largest employers intact. Moran said it was the largest federally financed building project […]