Cancellation of the Kansas State Fair created an estimated $2.3 million revenue shortfall that fair officials want to be filled through a state or federal bailout. Some livestock events are being held, but the Pronto Pup, regarded as a banquet on a stick, won't be available until the fair in September 2021. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas State Fair outlines $2.3 million revenue shortfall, requests budget bailout

BY: - September 4, 2020

TOPEKA — Cancelling commercial aspects of the Kansas State Fair compelled the organization to halt building renovations, impose staffing cuts and set in motion a plan to raid its charitable foundation to cover an estimated $2.3 million revenue shortfall. David Tobias, interim general manager of the state fair, said the state fair could avoid some […]

Kansas educator urges students to tap into COVID-19 experience via TikTok, Instagram

BY: - August 31, 2020

University of Kansas faculty member says K-12 students can explore COVID-19's impact on their lives through TikTok, Instagram and other social media.

University of Kansas chancellor Doug Girod says two fraternities have been issued cease-and-desist orders to cease noncompliance with county health regulations and university policy designed to inhibit spread of COVID-19. Here students wait for food orders at the Kansas Union ahead of Monday's start of fall semester classes. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU disciplines two fraternities for ‘selfish, irresponsible’ approach to COVID-19

BY: - August 24, 2020

The University of Kansas orders two fraternities to stop hosting social gatherings in violation of COVID-19 protocols.

Kansas' three Republicans in the U.S. House vote against bill limiting reform at U.S. Postal Service until after November election. U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat, voted for the bill. (April 15, 2020, photo in Kings Park, N.Y., by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Postal Service bill passed by U.S. House splits Kansas delegation on party line

BY: - August 23, 2020

Kansas' three GOP members of U.S. House voted against, and the delegation's lone Democrat endorsed, bill blocking changes to Postal Service until Jan. 1.

Kansas Sen. Jeff Longbine, an Emporia Republican, used a $336,000 loan through the federal Payroll Protection Program to sustain employment of more than 35 employees at his Longbine Auto Plaza. More than 53,000 Kansas businesses have made use of $5 billion in PPP loans. (Nick Krug for Kansas Reflector)

Emergency paycheck loan program delivers $5 billion to 53,000 Kansas businesses

BY: - August 9, 2020

TOPEKA — Chevrolet dealer Jeff Longbine understood the economic damage to sales from the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential benefit of an emergency federal loan program fashioned to sustain small businesses and prevent employee layoffs. He applied for and received $336,000 under the Paycheck Protection Program, which is the $669 billion nationwide initiative created through […]

Samuel Dermas Habtemariam, a refugee from Eritrea, is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas. Resettlement agencies that help individuals like Habtermariam are strained by major cuts to the number of refugees being admitted to the United States and the COVID-19 pandemic. (Submitted to Kansas Reflector)

Kansas refugee programs struggle as funding, resettlements dwindle

BY: - July 25, 2020

Samuel Dermas Habtemariam came to Wichita as a refugee of the East African country Eritrea with a PhD in teaching English in a foreign language, but even with such relevant education, he needed help navigating unfamiliar terrain. Habtemariam, a doctoral student at the University of Kansas, came to the United States after spending 10 years […]