Politics + Government

Economic recovery task force approves unemployment assistance program

BY: - September 2, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansans receiving unemployment benefits due to job loss caused by COVID-19 should soon receive much-needed support in the form of up to $400 in additional payments from a federal unemployment program. The program temporarily provides an additional $300 per week for those who are receiving unemployment benefits. Each state may also choose to […]

The Kansas Legislature's auditors say industrial hemp remains a risky crop but growing expertise and development of markets for the plants fiber, grain and floral parts could generate more than $20 million annually in revenue within several years. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Legislature’s auditors assess economic prospects of Kansas’ fledgling hemp crop

BY: - September 2, 2020

Value of Kansas' hemp crop in 2019 was modest, while Kansas State University is studying potential of using hemp flowers as cattle feed.

Labette and Crawford counties in southeast Kansas are in the top 10 in terms of attracting COVID-19 variants. So far, 47 mutations of COVID-19 have been detected in 60 Kansas counties. Nearly half the cases were in Sedgwick County. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

EPA targets two southeast Kansas lead smelter sites for Superfund list

BY: - September 2, 2020

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on two southeast Kansas lead smelting sites for inclusion in the Superfund program.

White House orders suspension of residential evictions

BY: - September 1, 2020

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,” […]

Kansas Sen. Julia Lynn to retire from Legislature, asks to drop off ballot

BY: - September 1, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas Sen. Julie Lynn announced Tuesday she will retire from the Legislature to care for her ailing sister, and asked to remove her name from the November ballot. The Olathe Republican has served in the Legislature since 2006 and was chairwoman of the Commerce Committee for the past eight years. “Due to personal, […]

Anti-Coleman PAC forms to undercut Democratic nominee for Kansas House

BY: - September 1, 2020

Democratic nominee Aaron Coleman is the target of a PAC with the singular goal of derailing his bid for a seat in the Kansas House.

Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday during a news conference at the Capitol that counties can use federal COVID-19 aid to buy more drop boxes to handle anticipated flood of advance voting in the November election. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly urges counties to buy more advance ballot drop boxes for November election

BY: - August 31, 2020

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.

Spanish-speaking Kansans face language barrier amid COVID-19

BY: - August 30, 2020

Veronica Mireles knows from personal experience the perils many Kansas Latinos face navigating health care in Kansas without English fluency. When Mireles arrived at a hospital in Wichita with her ill son, she received a bilingual staff member rather than a qualified interpreter. The staff member provided some basic translations, but it was insufficient. “My […]

Members of the University of Kansas women's basketball team Friday led a Black Lives Matter march across campus to draw attention to pervasive racism and inequality. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU women’s basketball team leads Black Lives Matter march across campus

BY: - August 28, 2020

University of Kansas women's basketball team draws hundreds to Black Lives Matter march on campus in Lawrence.

Kansas primary recorded unprecedented volume of votes

BY: - August 28, 2020

TOPEKA — Nearly 150,000 more Kansans turned out to vote in this year’s primary than ever before, including an unprecedented surge from mail-in ballots. Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Gov. Laura Kelly convened as the state’s canvassing board Friday to certify results from 636,032 votes. That figure tops the […]

Kansas farmer Donn Teske, who operates a family farm in Pottawatomie County, is featured in the documentary film "The Disrupted" that blends the experiences of three hard-working Americans struggling to make it economically. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas farmer at heart of ‘Disrupted’ documentary on dehumanizing economic forces

BY: - August 28, 2020

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 […]

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)

Kansas officials to apply for supplemental jobless benefit program launched by Trump

BY: - August 27, 2020

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.