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 […]

New research published by the University of Kansas suggests two prominent federal surveys undercount the number of U.S. residents with disabilities and results in misdirection of health care resources. (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 […]

The Kansas congressional delegation has mixed feelings about the Trump administrations now-suspended effort to cut costs at the United States Post Office in ways that could jeopardize timely delivery of mail and complicate voting in the November election. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall describes Postal Service controversy as ‘so-called crisis’

BY: - August 20, 2020

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall says "fearmongering" by Democrats, journalists give rise to fake crisis at U.S. Postal Service.

KDHE: Wider testing, quicker results ‘secret sauce’ to dealing with COVID-19 in Kansas

BY: - August 19, 2020

KDHE secretary, Senate GOP leader agree Kansas needs to ramp up COVID-19 testing capacity, speed lab turnaround times.

Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran released a statement to constituents saying President Donald Trump has the right to wage a legal fight for a fair counting of votes in the presidential election, but should offer presumed Democrat Joe Biden the national security briefings and other support common to transition to a new president. (Submitted)

Sen. Jerry Moran urges U.S. postmaster to work with Congress on bipartisan reform

BY: - August 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran asks Postal Service to pause unilateral reforms and work with Congress on bipartisan bill to stabilize the agency.

Gov. Laura Kelly renewed an appeal for a new emergency federal COVID-19 package despite state tax revenue surpassing projections for November. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly reimposes temporary statewide ban on foreclosures, evictions

BY: - August 17, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly’s frustration with inability of Congress to advance a new coronavirus relief package culminated Monday in signing of an executive order prohibiting mortgage foreclosures as well as residential or commercial evictions in Kansas due to financial hardship created by the pandemic. She said her order was identical to a statewide mandate […]

White House COVID-19 czar calls for deeper Kansas commitment to prevention

BY: - August 15, 2020

White House's COVID-19 coordinator urges Kansas officials to urge wearing of masks, social distancing and to limit gatherings to thwart spread of virus.

State Sen. Caryn Tyson, a Parker Republican and member of a COVID-19 economic recovery committee, says the one-page handout from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment improperly implies that businesses and people must cooperate with contact tracing by state or county health agencies. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

GOP senators rip state health agency on COVID-19 contact tracing, question death toll

BY: - August 13, 2020

State Sens. Caryn Tyson and Gene Suellentrop take issue with KDHE's approach to contact tracing and death totals in COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Laura Kelly nominated Sedgwick County prosecutor Lesley Isherwood, of Wichita, to a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the Kansas Senate. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Former Pizza Hut guru delivers sizzling rebuke, demands $63 million from Kansas

BY: - August 13, 2020

Former Pizza Hut magnate Gene Bicknell is frustrated state of Kansas refuses to make court-ordered payment to him that stands at $63 million.

Alex Orel, a lobbyist with the Kansas Bankers Association, told a joint House and Senate economic recovery committee that COVID-19 added stress to Main Street businesses and the agriculture sector. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Coronavirus draws Kansas farm bankruptcy, business stagnation into focus

BY: - August 12, 2020

Bipartisan Kansas legislative committee is sorting through COVID-19 economic problems to help speed business recovery.