White House orders suspension of residential evictions
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it would temporarily halt residential evictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disclosed during a congressional hearing that the executive order would be issued. It runs through Dec. 31. “I think you’ll be quite pleased with the impact that it will have,” […]
Gov. Laura Kelly urges counties to buy more advance ballot drop boxes for November election
Gov. Laura Kelly says federal COVID-19 aid can be used by counties to add advance voting drop boxes to avoid lines at polling stations in November.
COVID-19 convinces KU to open football, three other sports seasons without fans in attendance
Threat of COVID-19 leads University of Kansas to prohibit fan attendance at September football, volleyball, soccer and cross country events.
Kansas farmer at heart of ‘Disrupted’ documentary on dehumanizing economic forces
TOPEKA — Fifth-generation Kansan Donn Teske’s commitment to family farm survival and humility inspired by German Lutheran lineage argued against taking part in a documentary capturing adversity of three seemingly divergent middle-class Americans compelled to adapt in a turbulent economy. Major health complications, staggering business debt and anxiety driven by a duty not to be […]
Kansas officials to apply for supplemental jobless benefit program launched by Trump
Gov. Laura Kelly directs Kansas officials to apply for new jobless aid program offering $300 per week in federal aid tied to $100 per week from the state.
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.