Politics + Government
Trump moves to extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes after talks break down
President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in federal unemployment assistance with […]
K-State, KU take different avenues on COVID-19 testing of students
The University of Kansas and Kansas State University to employ different testing strategies for COVID-19 when students return to campus.
Kansas governor tests negative for coronavirus after House speaker says he caught virus
TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday following disclosure by House Speaker Ron Ryckman that he had been hospitalized for a week with coronavirus in July. A political firestorm erupted on Thursday following Ryckman’s disclosure that he tested positive for the coronavirus on July 13. He was criticized for delaying for […]
Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman infected, hospitalized with COVID-19 in July
Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman acknowledged Thursday he was infected last month with COVID-19 and spent a week in the hospital. The Republican from Olathe said he recovered from the illness, tested negative for the virus and received clearance from a doctor before attending a meeting last week with the governor and other legislative leaders. […]
Kansas State biosecurity researchers deliver tutorial to Gov. Laura Kelly on COVID-19
Kansas State University researchers explain to Gov. Laura Kelly research at Biosecurity Research Institute on COVID-19, other lethal pathogens.
Coronavirus trends, testimonials humble and educate top Kansas health official
Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary Lee Norman said rural counties lacking mask mandates have struggled more than their urban counterparts to contain COVID-19 in recent weeks. In the 15 counties with mask ordinances, Norman reported a rapid dropoff in cases per 100,000 people over a four week period. He said in the 90 […]
Kansas attorney general asks feds to ease driver’s license reinstatment
Attorney General Derek Schmidt endorses federal reform to reduce impediments to renewal of a driver's license not tied to motorist safety issues.
Kansas primary undercuts GOP moderates in Legislature; rogue Democrat clings to victory
GOP's moderate wing in Kansas Senate takes beating in primary, while Dem House candidate who called for GOP to die of COVID-19 clings to one-vote lead.
Urban Outfitters plans $350M investment near Kansas Speedway
Urban Outfitters announced plans Wednesday to invest $350 million in a new, 880,00-square-foot distribution center to be built in Wyandotte County. The multinational retail company, which sells clothing and other consumer goods, says it will create 2,000 jobs through the long-term investment. State officials said public incentives involved with the deal won’t be finalized or […]
U.S. House, 2nd District: LaTurner crushes U.S. Rep. Watkins in GOP primary
U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, crippled by voting fraud charges, loses GOP primary to Jake LaTurner, who will meet Democrat Michelle De La Isla in November.
U.S. Senate: Marshall defeats Kobach in GOP primary, will face Bollier
TOPEKA — U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall defeated GOP rival Kris Kobach on Tuesday in a U.S. Senate primary thronged with mud-slinging fortified by out-of-state cash and meddling by optimistic Democrats. The two-term congressman from the 1st District led a pack of 11 men after a mad dash to the far right in which candidates tried […]
U.S. House, 3rd District: Amanda Adkins wins crowded Republican primary, Sharice Davids next
OVERLAND PARK — Amanda Adkins emerged victorious Tuesday from a crowded Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, in a race that focused heavily on who would match up best with Democratic incumbent Sharice Davids in the November general election. Adkins, an Overland Park resident, defeated four challengers, tallying […]