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Gov. Laura Kelly appointed an attorney at the Kansas Department of Labor to serve as acting secretary of the agency at the forefront of government aid to individuals losing jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ unemployment rate dips to 5.3% in October, down from April high of 11.9%

BY: - November 20, 2020

Good news in Kansas unemployment report for October: Jobless rate falls to 5.3% to continue a sixth-month trend during COVID-19 pandemic.

Capitol infrastructure is being updated to bring more sophistication to commuinications — something better than placing a microphone in front of a laptop speaker to deliver audio. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

COVID-19 puts extraordinary spin on planning for 2021 session of Kansas Legislature

BY: - November 13, 2020

Kansas Legislature is under pressure to decide how to upgrade communication technology at the Capitol and prepare for the 2021 session opening in January.

Lee Norman, secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says hospital administrators prefer to build COVID-19 capacity in existing footprint rather than turn to tent cities or other temporary facilities during fall and winter. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE: Kansas hospitals prefer to surge COVID-19 capacity without erecting tent cities

BY: - November 10, 2020

KDHE secretary warns of building pressure on hospital staff, while Kansas doctor tells mask deniers the COVID-19 threat isn't political — "it's hell."

Where Kansas fits in the struggle for control of the U.S. Senate

BY: and - October 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats have a shot at winning the White House, capturing the Senate majority and keeping their hold on the House — an election result that could dramatically shift the policy agenda away from the gridlock that’s gripped the nation’s capital for years. In the Senate, the clearest route to that outcome is through […]

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roger Marshall endorses reforming Social Security benefits for people 10 years or more away from retiring, while Democratic Senate candidate Barbara Bollier opposes cuts to Social Security. (Submitted)

Marshall advocates financial reform of Social Security; Bollier objects to benefit cuts

BY: - October 16, 2020

TOPEKA — There was no surprise Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roger Marshall was asked during a campaign stop at a southeast Kansas senior center about potential of the Social Security system running out of money. “Is there anything you plan to make sure it stays there. I’m worried,” a man said during the Sept. 4 […]

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)

Kansas health organizations seek reversal of decline in child vaccination

BY: - October 8, 2020

A trio of Kansas health organizations are concerned with reduction in child immunizations and wellness visits to clinics amid COVID-19.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly directed U.S. flags be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of Leavenworth County Deputy Corporal Daniel Abramovitz. who was killed Oct. 30 in a traffic accident. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas state Rep. Leonard Mastroni dies after lengthy illness

BY: - September 30, 2020

TOPEKA — Republican state Rep. Leonard Mastroni, a former district court judge and county commissioner, died on Wednesday, officials said. Mastroni, 71, of La Crosse, was running unopposed to another term in the Kansas House representing the 117th District in southwest Kansas. He was a conservative lawmaker who since 2017 served Edwards, Hodgeman, Kiowa and […]

Trump tells far-right group to ‘stand back and stand by’ in presidential debate

BY: - September 30, 2020

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Tuesday night’s chaotic and messy presidential debate were each asked how they would deal with the nation’s institutional racism. Trump directly addressed a far-right group, the Proud Boys, telling them to “stand back and stand by,” and failed to answer a question about why Americans should […]

The Kansas Department of Labor responded to an increase in credible threats of violence against the agency and its employees by suspending on camera television interviews. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Senate panel backs appointment of new healing arts board director

BY: - September 14, 2020

Kansas Senate committee votes to remove interim tag from executive director of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which monitors 31,000 health professionals.

Michelle De La Isla: U.S. House candidate pledges liberty, justice for all in Kansas

BY: - September 14, 2020

Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, Democratic nomine for U.S. House in the 2nd District, wants Kansans to have an honest conversation about race.

The Kansas Board of Regents will ask Gov. Laura Kelly and the 2021 Kansas Legislature to restore $35 million cut from university budgets despite a plea from Mark Hutton, a Wichita member of the board, the request will be viewed by lawmakers as "tone deaf" to the state's significant budget problems. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Board of Regents to seek restoration of $35 million cut from university budgets

BY: - September 10, 2020

The Kansas Board of Regents will ask lawmakers to restore $35 million cut from state aid to universities despite a looming budget crisis.

Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas governor and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said she was frustrated with people who refused to get COVID-19 vaccinations that it could be time to limit public access to the unvaccinated. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius: ‘God help us’ with vaccine rollout

BY: - September 8, 2020

Former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius has reservations about Trump administration's ability to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to the nation.