Kansas directs $8 million to aid ‘essential workers’ who contract COVID-19
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 […]
UnitedHealthcare donates $200,000 to southeast Kansas health center
Gov. Laura Kelly lauds $200,000 donation to southeast Kansas health center and presses anew for Medicaid expansion.
Kansas attorney general keen for Legislature to fix shortcomings of state disaster law
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says reform of Kansas' emergency management law is necessary given challenges surfacing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kansas’ pandemic purchases include gowns that were trash bags with holes cut for arms
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.
Foundation estimates 50-year lease of Kansas Turnpike could net $1.1 billion
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.
KU disciplines two fraternities for ‘selfish, irresponsible’ approach to COVID-19
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
Two influential child advocacy organizations argue on the Kansas Reflector podcast for sustained state investment in quality-of-life programs.
Postal Service bill passed by U.S. House splits Kansas delegation on party line
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.
July unemployment in Kansas falls to 7.2%, still double normal rate
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 […]
KU group seeks delay of in-person instruction, fraternities put parties on ice
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
Kansas Human Rights Commission is expanding its reach following federal court decision defining sex discrimination to include LGBTQ complaints.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran touts potential of new $356 million federal prison at Leavenworth
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 […]