State Rep. Steven Howe, a conservative Republican from Salina, says he agonized over the science of vaccines before accepting a shot for COVID-19 and public urging others to do likewise. (Submitted)

Kansas legislator navigates personal journey from hesitancy to acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - September 3, 2021

Conservative state Rep. Steven Howe of Salina gets vaccinated for COVID-19 and urges other Kansans to help themselves and others by doing the same.

Evergy’s Kansas customers with solar panels will get refund for unconstitutional fees

BY: - August 27, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Evergy customers with solar panels on their homes will get refunds in the coming weeks for the unconstitutional charges the electric utility required them to pay.  The Kansas Corporation Commission earlier this week approved an order modifying rates for Evergy’s customers on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro, meant […]

Tony Mattivi, a former federal prosecutor from Topeka, is seeking the Republican Party's nomination for attorney general in 2022 along with former Secretary of State Kris Kobach of rural Lecompton and state Sen. Kellie Warren of Leawood. (Submitted)

AG candidates angling for traction with lights, sirens of law enforcement endorsements

BY: - August 1, 2021

Kansas' GOP candidates for attorney general banking on endorsements from law enforcement to kickstart campaigns.

Customers of Kansas’ largest natural gas utility could pay cold snap costs for 10 years

BY: - July 30, 2021

Customers of Kansas’ largest natural gas utility could be paying off costs from February’s deep freeze for the next 10 years, the company revealed Friday. The Kansas Gas Service, which serves more than 640,000 Kansas customers, filed plans with regulators to issue securitized bonds for approximately $390 million in extraordinary costs from the cold snap […]

Gov. Laura Kelly walks through the Capitol to a news conference Wednesday with Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, to discuss the need for people to wear masks against the COVID-19 variant. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Senate president says Kansans want freedom, not ‘Faucism’ on COVID-19 masking front

BY: - July 29, 2021

Prominent Kansas Republicans insist personal freedom trump public health mandates on masking as Delta variant of COVID-19 sweeps the state.

Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who also served in the Obama administration's Cabinet, is subject of a new Washburn University and KTWU documentary "Red State/blue Governor: Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius." (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

COVID-19 surge: Unvaccinated frustrate Sebelius, socialist ‘lunacy’ irritates Colyer

BY: - July 21, 2021

Former Democratic Gov. Sebelius ready to restrain unvaccinated, while former GOP Gov. Colyer refers to the notion as "crazy socialist idea."

World War II veteran Sidney Walton, 102, met Tuesday with Gov. Laura Kelly at the Capitol during a 50-state tour to raise awareness and financial support for veterans and frontline nurses. Kelly presented him with a Kansas flag. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas officials honor 102-year-old World War II vet raising money for frontline health workers

BY: - July 20, 2021

World War II veteran, 102, visits Kansas Capitol to raise money to honor frontline workers in COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says the agency's latest health report offers in-depth look at key medical and behavioral challenges facing Kansans. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE report affirms education, income, race and gender influence health risks

BY: - July 19, 2021

Kansas' latest statewide health survey affirms poor, minorities and undereducated most at risk for serious health challenges.

After February blackouts, energy companies gear up for high summer demand

BY: - June 25, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Even before summer officially began, parts of Kansas and Missouri saw the year’s first heat wave stress an electrical grid nearly consumed by a cold snap just a few months ago.  Earlier this month, as air conditioners worked overtime to keep up with peak temperatures in the 90s, the Southwest Power […]

rise in abortions during 2020 after she allowed clinics to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Influx of Texas, Oklahoma residents seeking an abortion drives up Kansas total in 2020

BY: - June 1, 2021

TOPEKA — A surge in out-of-state residents seeking abortions in Kansas last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic moved incidence of the procedure to a level comparable to 2012 and 2013 when Republican Gov. Sam Brownback was signing bills and championing regulations to curtail access to abortion. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly kept abortion clinics in Kansas […]

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill extending duration of short-term health insurance policies that she labeled "junk," and called on the Legislature to expand access to Medicaid. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly vetoes ‘junk’ health insurance bill, calls for Medicaid expansion

BY: - May 20, 2021

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoes bill she labeled "junk" health insurance and affirmed her commitment to passage of Medicaid expansion in Kansas.

Former U.S. Senate nominee Barbara Bollier formed the nonprofit Prairie Roots to work statewide on driving voter turnout in support of progressive candidates and issues. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Democrats launch nonprofit to drive turnout for progressive candidates, issues

BY: and - May 11, 2021

Former U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier leading Kansas effort to expand interest of low-turnout voters in progressive issues, candidates.