Three Kansas Republicans in Congress want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend by 90 days the public comment period on a proposal to list the lesser prairie-chicken under the Endangered Species Act. (Greg Kramos/USFWS)

Trio of Kansas GOP lawmakers seek more time to critique prairie chicken listing

BY: - July 21, 2021

Kansas congressional members seek more time to rebut federal proposal to list lesser prairie-chicken under endangered species act.

Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who also served in the Obama administration's Cabinet, is subject of a new Washburn University and KTWU documentary "Red State/blue Governor: Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius." (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

COVID-19 surge: Unvaccinated frustrate Sebelius, socialist ‘lunacy’ irritates Colyer

BY: - July 21, 2021

Former Democratic Gov. Sebelius ready to restrain unvaccinated, while former GOP Gov. Colyer refers to the notion as "crazy socialist idea."

Striking Frito-Lay workers contemplate sacrifice in fight for better wages, work conditions

BY: - July 19, 2021

TOPEKA — It is more than 90 degrees outside the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, but standing in the picket line feels cool compared to inside the warehouse, where at 7 a.m. most days temperatures are already peaking over 100, said Reyna Corbus. Corbus is one of more than 500 workers on strike at the plant […]

Less coal, lower bills: Evergy customers make demands following utility’s ‘sustainability’ plan

BY: - July 14, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Evergy’s plan to spend more than $8.9 billion updating its infrastructure is too expensive and doesn’t focus enough on moving the electric utility away from coal power, says the consensus of hundreds of members of the public who commented on the plan. Since last year, the Kansas Corporation Commission and environmental […]

April storms in Kansas caused $22.6 million in damage

BY: - July 13, 2021

The tornados, powerful winds and hail during the April storm season in Kansas caused $22.6 million in damage, the state insurance department said Tuesday. The estimated cost is based on 2,295 claims in 95 of the state’s 105 counties. During the April 2020 storm season, 6,341 claims totaled $21.2 million. “We all know Kansas weather […]

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 […]