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The Rev. Cecil Washington, who regularly delivers opening prayers in the Kansas Senate, urged senators to consider "law or policy without love is just empty regulation." (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas House, Senate prayers point to ‘precarious times for truth, justice, equity’

BY: - April 26, 2021

Members of the House and Senate in Kansas often begin work days with prayers layered with appeals for truth, civility and empathy.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a candidate for governor in 2022, speaks Saturday at the Kansas Republican Party convention in Manhattan about state and national political actions of Democrats. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republicans throw haymakers at Democrat Kelly, prepare for 2022 cycle

BY: - April 24, 2021

Kansas Republican Party pounds Democrat Kelly at annual convention as potential GOP nominees prepare for showdown in 2022.

Gov. Laura Kelly said the upward revision of state revenue forecasts was welcome news but warned the Republican-led Legislature against going on a tax-cutting spree as Kansas worked through issues tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly cautiously welcomes healthy revision of state revenue projections

BY: - April 20, 2021

Kansas analysts boosted projections for state tax revenue, which will be used as leverage to override the governor's veto of a tax-cut bill.

Salina Sen. J.R. Claeys, left, and Goodland Sen. Rick Billinger, both Republicans, argued in favor of a bill authorizing sale of $500 million in bonds with proceeds to be invested in the market to help with unfunded liabilities of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Issuing $500 million in new bonds for KPERS: Savvy investment or kooky gamble?

BY: - April 7, 2021

Kansas Senate moves ahead with bill allowing issuance of $500 million in bonds to benefit KPERS, while House ready with $1 billion bond plan.

A Kansas bill would expand a rural workforce recruitment tool, address housing issues

BY: - March 17, 2021

TOPEKA — A bill before Kansas legislators Wednesday would extend and revamp a state program providing financial incentives to those moving to rural areas struggling with workforce retention. The Rural Opportunity Zones program provides designated counties an opportunity to offer income tax credits and student loan repayments in an effort to reverse population decline. Previously, […]

Sen. Molly Baumgardner, R-Louisburg, and Rep. Susan Humphries, R-Wichita, made the case for passage of an amendment to the Kansas Constitution declaring no fundamental right to abortion existed in the state. The Kansas Supreme Court issued a decision in 2019 declaring otherwise. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas legislative session by the numbers: House passes 124 bills, Senate adopts 88, Kelly signs four

BY: - March 10, 2021

House and Senate gets breather after tallying 212 bills and pushing through abortion amendment and city utility aid program.

$100 million low-interest loan program applications now open for cities facing high utility fees

BY: - March 5, 2021

TOPEKA — Cities facing high utility bills due to the extreme cold last month can now apply for their share of $100 million in low-interest loans to aid with their fiscal pains. Kansas state Treasurer Lynn Rogers announced applications for the City Utility Low-Interest Loan Program opened 8 a.m. Friday, less than 24 hours after […]

Robin Macy and Mike Mackay have worked for years to organize and finance a "quiet zone" for rail traffic at Belle Plaine in southcentral Kansas. New safety infrastructure will allow BNSF Railways to stop blowing of horns at traffic crossings in the town. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Small town Kansas takes on big problem of deafening railroad engine horns

BY: - February 19, 2021

Mike Mackay and Robin Macy are closing in on a challenge, expensive project to transform Belle Plaine into a "quiet zone" for railroad traffic.

Kansas Interfaith Action highlighted the record of Black lynchings in the state Friday to emphasize the need to understand history and work against racial terrorism in the future. In 1882, three Black men were hanged by vigiilantes from a Lawrence bridge since replaced by this modern crossing over the Kansas River. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Obscure history of Black lynchings in Kansas inspires activism against modern-day racism

BY: - February 12, 2021

Activists say the history of Black lynching in Kansas serves as a point of departure for consideration of modern forms of racial injustice.

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)

Congress close to emergency relief deal with direct payments, added unemployment benefits

BY: - December 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — A coronavirus relief deal appeared within reach late Wednesday following months of stalemate in Congress, potentially providing much-needed help to Americans facing expiring unemployment benefits and states distributing the new COVID-19 vaccine. A final deal also may include another round of direct payments, with Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., suggesting to reporters that those […]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas suit that tried to overturn election results

BY: - December 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday turned aside a Texas lawsuit that sought to derail the presidential election results from four battleground states, despite pressure on the justices from President Donald Trump on social media. “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” according […]

Two majors in the Kansas Highway Patrol dismissed in July filed a federal lawsuit alleging wrongful termination and violation of their First Amendment constitutional rights. The former officers allege they were retaliated against for helping female KHP employees file complaints of sexual harassment and gender discrimination against KHP Col. Herman Jones and Lt. Col. Jason De Vore. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Two former KHP majors file lawsuit, claim dismissals echo warning not to be ‘subversive’

BY: - December 5, 2020

Two former Kansas Highway Patrol majors file federal lawsuit claiming wrongful termination and alleging sexual harassment of female employees.