Kansas House, Senate prayers point to ‘precarious times for truth, justice, equity’
Members of the House and Senate in Kansas often begin work days with prayers layered with appeals for truth, civility and empathy.
Kansas Republicans throw haymakers at Democrat Kelly, prepare for 2022 cycle
Kansas Republican Party pounds Democrat Kelly at annual convention as potential GOP nominees prepare for showdown in 2022.
Kelly cautiously welcomes healthy revision of state revenue projections
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.
Issuing $500 million in new bonds for KPERS: Savvy investment or kooky gamble?
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
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, […]
Kansas legislative session by the numbers: House passes 124 bills, Senate adopts 88, Kelly signs four
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
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 […]
Small town Kansas takes on big problem of deafening railroad engine horns
Mike Mackay and Robin Macy are closing in on a challenge, expensive project to transform Belle Plaine into a "quiet zone" for railroad traffic.
Obscure history of Black lynchings in Kansas inspires activism against modern-day racism
Activists say the history of Black lynching in Kansas serves as a point of departure for consideration of modern forms of racial injustice.
Congress close to emergency relief deal with direct payments, added unemployment benefits
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
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 former KHP majors file lawsuit, claim dismissals echo warning not to be ‘subversive’
Two former Kansas Highway Patrol majors file federal lawsuit claiming wrongful termination and alleging sexual harassment of female employees.