Politics + Government

The Kansas driver's test tool is the first of its kind to offer English and Spanish options. (Kansas Department of Revenue)

New tool makes driver’s test prep accessible for Spanish-speaking Kansans

BY: - July 28, 2020

Spanish-speaking Kansans can practice for their driver’s test in their first language by using a newly developed Alexa skill. The tool, released by the Kansas Department of Revenue in partnership with the Information Network of Kansas, is the first driver’s license practice test in the nation to accommodate both English and Spanish speakers. According to […]

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab says he welcomed the decision by a Shawnee County District Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Democrats in an attempt to speed implementation of a voting reform law allowing people to cast ballots from any polling station in the county. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Judge dismisses Democrats’ voting lawsuit against SOS Scott Schwab

BY: - July 28, 2020

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab says Democrats and the ACLU should stop filing frivolous elections lawsuits that waste taxpayer dollars.

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said the spread of COVID-19 provided extra incentive for people to get an influenza vaccination. He expects Kansas hospital resources to be stretched this fall and winter from exposure to the flu and coronavirus. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

New Kansas privacy law crimps contact tracing for COVID-19

BY: - July 28, 2020

TOPEKA — The Shawnee County Health Department took the extraordinary step of issuing a public health advisory July 7 warning travelers COVID-19 cases had been linked to the restrooms and food court at an Interstate 70 service area. Given the steady flow of humanity through the rest stop east of Topeka from July 2 to […]

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus say farewell at the conclusion of Monday’s memorial ceremony for the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis in the Capitol Rotunda. Lewis, a civil rights icon and fierce advocate of voting rights for African Americans, died July 17. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/Getty Images)

Get in ‘good trouble’: John Lewis’ words ring out in Capitol one more time

BY: - July 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — The immortal words of the late civil rights leader John Lewis rang out from the U.S. Capitol on Monday during a private ceremony in celebration of his life. “You must find a way to get in the way,” he said in a recording of a 2014 commencement speech he gave at Emory University. “You […]

Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday she supported allocation of $60 million in federal funding for expansion of broadband services in Kansas and would endorse additional spending to help with education, business and health care services tied to the internet. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly sounds COVID-19 alarm — again — as number of cases mounts

BY: - July 27, 2020

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly warned Kansans on Monday indifference about wearing masks and social distancing may lead to new restrictions to battle COVID-19.

Gov. Laura Kelly says passage by Missouri voters of Medicaid expansion leaves Kansas in a five-state group with Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma still resisting a federal program extending health care to low- and moderate-income people. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly urges railroads in Kansas to maintain two-person crews

BY: - July 27, 2020

The Kansas Department of Transportation, with Gov. Laura Kelly's blessing, calls for maintaining two-person crews in railroad locomotive engines.

A radiologist guides a male patient through an integrated PET-CT scanner. KanCare patients who are high risk for lung cancer can not get free or low-cost screenings. (American Lung Association)

New Kansas policy makes lung cancer screening free for at-risk patients

BY: - July 27, 2020

A new Kansas Department of Health and Environment policy makes lung cancer screenings available at little to no cost for Medicaid recipients at high risk of the disease. The policy, which went into effect July 1, adds low-dose CT scans to KanCare coverage for people between the ages of 55 and 77 who currently smoke […]

Former Secretary of State Kris Kobach received endorsements from 10 county sheriffs in his quest for the GOP nomination for attorney general. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kris Kobach not banking on Trump endorsement in U.S. Senate race

BY: - July 27, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate Kris Kobach says he can't count on a last-minute endorsement from President Trump to carry him to victory in the GOP primary.

Three Kansas State University students were detained by police and banned from the Statehouse in March 2019 after lowering banners in support of Medicaid expansion that targeted four GOP lawmakers. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas filed a lawsuit on their behalf. (Submitted by Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan)

Their banners got them banned from the Statehouse. Then they changed the rules.

BY: - July 26, 2020

When Jonathan Cole unfurled a 24-foot banner in the rotunda of the Kansas Statehouse calling for the expansion of Medicaid, he didn’t expect to reshape Capitol policy on protests. Cole, who now works in government technologies, sees how pertinent the demonstration was to current, ongoing protests over police reform. “I’m glad we were able to […]

Samuel Dermas Habtemariam, a refugee from Eritrea, is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas. Resettlement agencies that help individuals like Habtermariam are strained by major cuts to the number of refugees being admitted to the United States and the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted to Kansas Reflector)

Kansas refugee programs struggle as funding, resettlements dwindle

BY: - July 25, 2020

Samuel Dermas Habtemariam came to Wichita as a refugee of the East African country Eritrea with a PhD in teaching English in a foreign language, but even with such relevant education, he needed help navigating unfamiliar terrain. Habtemariam, a doctoral student at the University of Kansas, came to the United States after spending 10 years […]

Julie Herron was booked into jail Wednesday on charges of unlawful sexual relations with a patient in state custody who was younger than 16. (Shawnee County Jail)

Topeka therapist charged with having sex with child in state care

BY: - July 24, 2020

TOPEKA — A Topeka mental health professional faces charges of having sexual relations with a patient in state care who was younger than 16. Julie Herron, 51, is accused of engaging in intercourse, lewd fondling or sodomy with the child between February and July of 2015. She was booked into jail on Wednesday and released […]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was expected to unveil the details of the Republicans' proposal for extending jobless benefits but adjourned without doing so. (Jan. 23, 2020, photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Senate Republicans pursue pay cut for jobless, adjourn without action

BY: - July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders slammed Republicans on Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises. Republicans in Congress and the White House were engaged in heated negotiations this week over the details of their party’s proposal for a […]