Politics + Government

Trump to stay ‘the next few days’ at military hospital for COVID-19 treatment

BY: , and - October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Maryland late Friday afternoon, where White House officials said he is expected to stay for “the next few days” for treatment of COVID-19. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany described Trump, who disclosed his diagnosis earlier Friday, as having […]

COVID-19 could delay Supreme Court confirmation hearings

BY: - October 2, 2020

One of the few obstacles that could prevent Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice this year is the coronavirus. That potential threat was on display Friday, when news of President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test was followed by a similar announcement from U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican who […]

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, Kansas Republicans, joined with former U.S. Sen. Robert Dole to endorse GOP U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall for Roberts' seat in the U.S. Senate. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Roberts, Moran seek two-year extension on use of COVID-19 aid

BY: - October 2, 2020

TOPEKA — U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas introduced federal legislation Friday to extend by two years the time allotted for state and local governments to spend COVID-19 economic relief funding. State, county and city officials in Kansas have scrambled to allocate and spend $1.2 billion funneled to the state earlier this […]

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall joined Kansas Republicans Steve Watkins and Ron Estes as well as Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids in voting against the COVID-19 stimulus bill approved by the U.S. House. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas delegation votes against latest U.S. House coronavirus bill

BY: - October 2, 2020

The four U.S. House members from Kansas vote against latest coronavirus relief bill that passed by narrow margin.

Members of the Commission on Racial Equity and Justice express an interest Thursday in increasing diversity of listening session communities. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Judge: Balancing defendant’s liberties, public safety essential in pretrial justice

BY: - October 2, 2020

TOPEKA — A leading Kansas appellate judge said finding a balance between pretrial restrictions that are fair to the defendant’s liberties and maintaining public safety is a task judges in the state have long struggled with. Karen Arnold Burger, chief judge for the Kansas Court of Appeals, said many judges fear lenient restrictions may result […]

U.S. House passes new pandemic relief bill, but talks lag on bipartisan deal

BY: - October 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday night narrowly passed a slimmed-down $2.2 trillion Democratic coronavirus relief bill that retains hundreds of billions in aid for states and local governments, boosts unemployment benefits and extends another round of $1,200 checks for each taxpayer. But the package, passed on a 214-207 vote, with 18 Democrats splitting […]

Gov. Laura Kelly said the $108 million in unexpected state tax revenue during the first quarter of the current fiscal year doesn't alleviate the need to be frugal in anticipation of future budget problems exacerbated by COVID-19. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas tax revenue surpasses first quarter estimate by $108 million

BY: - October 1, 2020

TOPEKA — The state of Kansas collected $108 million more in tax revenue than anticipated in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, officials said Thursday. Gov. Laura Kelly said the three-month accumulation of cash shouldn’t divert attention from the need to be financially frugal. She said concern persists about estimates of future revenue […]

American Indian tribes ‘very close to reaching a breaking point’ in COVID-19 response

BY: - October 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Native American tribes are facing a dire situation from the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing some of them to a breaking point, American Indian health leaders told members of Congress this week. In many places, tribal leaders are scrambling to respond to disproportional illness and death in their communities. Confirmed COVID-19 cases among American Indians […]

Kansas health secretary says first wave of COVID-19 isn’t over, expect more infections

BY: - September 30, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary Lee Norman on Wednesday said the state remains in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of infections will be worse when the second wave arrives. Between 3-5% of the state’s 2.9 million people have already been infected, Norman said, and the spread […]

Former Topeka resident Kevin Young, a poet and author, will become director of the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (Melanie Dunea/Smithsonian Institution)

Former Topekan to lead Smithsonian’s museum of African American history, culture

BY: - September 30, 2020

The new director of Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is poet and author Kevin Young, a former Topeka resident.

Gov. Laura Kelly said construction of Inevergy’s new Grain Belt Express transmission line to carry wind-driven electricity to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana can create about 1,000 permanent jobs in Kansas. This image is of Evergy's Flat Ridge Wind Farm near Medicine Lodge. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly, Invenergy outline economic jolt of electric transmission project

BY: - September 30, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly, Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers tout potential of Invenergy's plan for transmission line to carry Kansas wind power to the east.

Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children's Cabinet and Trust Fund, said more than $630,000 in federal COVID-19 funding will be used to improve internet service to families with young children in more than 80 counties. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas allocates $636,000 to boost internet services to young children

BY: - September 30, 2020

Kansas officials move more than $600,000 in CARES Act funding to help families with young children resolve internet access problems.