U.S. House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., speaks to advocates Dec. 6, 2023, outside the U.S. Capitol about $16 billion in child care funding requested by the Biden administration.

U.S. House Democrats and advocates push for additional federal child care funding

BY: - December 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democratic leaders on Wednesday called on Congress to pass President Joe Biden’s $16 billion supplemental child care funding request. House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York and Whip Katherine Clark of Massachusetts gathered with child care activists and other House Democrats at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol. Child […]

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks with members of the media on Sept. 30, 2023, in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. McCarthy, who was ousted as speaker on Oct. 3, announced his retirement on Dec. 6.

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy to exit Congress, along with a flock of other lawmakers

BY: - December 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Wednesday joined the growing list of Congress members heading for the U.S. Capitol exits. McCarthy’s planned departure by year’s end, following the expulsion of disgraced New York Republican Congressman George Santos, will leave the House GOP with a razor-thin majority in 2024. The California Republican’s announcement also […]

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Kansas disciplinary panel dismisses complaint against judge who authorized newspaper raid

BY: - December 6, 2023

TOPEKA — The Kansas Commission on Judicial Conduct has dismissed a complaint against magistrate Laura Viar for signing a search warrant that allowed police to raid the Marion County Record. The search warrant appeared to violate federal law protecting journalists from police raids, and was based on the pretense that a journalist committed a crime […]

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Kansas Geological Survey says 18% to 32% cut in groundwater pumping may stabilize aquifer

BY: - December 6, 2023

Kansas Geological Survey says pumping of water from underground aquifers can be reduced 18% to 32% to extend life of the resource for at least a decade.

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Kansas researchers tackle crop production as national assessment warns changing climate can damage agriculture

BY: - December 6, 2023

TOPEKA — Kansas State University researchers have been given millions in funding to study ways to increase crop yields as national reports warn of worsening agricultural conditions in the Midwest.  Kansas State University researchers will collaborate with other U.S. Corn Belt universities on research meant to bolster understanding of how agricultural practice impacts local environmental […]

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., speaks to members of the press Dec. 4, 2023, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Border talks stuck as Senate nears vote on package for Israel, Ukraine aid

BY: - December 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — The success of the U.S. Senate in passing a $106 billion global security supplemental aid package hinges on a bipartisan agreement about U.S. border security, but any deal was at an impasse Tuesday. “There will not be a national security bill unless and until there is serious and significant changes in security at […]

U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost, a Florida Democrat, introduces the “Fight Book Bans Act” at a Dec. 5, 2023, news conference

Florida congressman proposes federal funding to help schools fight book bans

BY: - December 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost unveiled legislation Tuesday to combat a nationwide surge in book bans. Frost, a Florida Democrat, is pushing the “Fight Book Bans Act,” which he discussed at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol alongside fellow House Democrats and advocacy groups. Frost’s bill would provide funding for school districts so […]

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., speaks to members of the press on Nov. 15, 2023, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Tuberville relents on months-long blockade of most military nominees, blaming Democrats

BY: - December 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — After blocking hundreds of U.S. military promotions for most of 2023 in protest of a Pentagon abortion policy, Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama said Tuesday he will lift his holds on all of them except for a handful of four-star general nominees. The senator, who sits on the Senate Committee on Armed Forces, […]

Recent bills in the Kansas House pose threats to education, freedom and reason, writes David Norlin. (Getty Images)

‘Jesus, how I love thee’: Kansas public school district warned about Bible lessons, worship songs

BY: - December 5, 2023

TOPEKA — A south-central Kansas public school choir teacher taught middle school students Christian worship songs centering around loving Jesus, such as “Praise His Holy Name,” and made students listen to Bible lessons, according to a national watchdog group’s report. The Freedom from Religion Foundation, a national nonprofit geared toward the separation of state and […]

Hesston native Katie Sowers, the NFL's first woman and LGBTQ+ coach at a Super Bowl, gathered insights into gender politics during five years of coaching on the sidelines. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from the Dole Institute's YouTube channel)

Former NFL coach Katie Sowers: No running from politics of gender, LGBTQ+ in sports

BY: - December 5, 2023

Hesston native Katie Sowers, the NFL's first woman and LGBTQ+ coach at a Super Bowl, gathered insight into gender politics during 5 years on the sidelines.

A farm tractor rolls along outside a Silver City, Mississippi., neighborhood in May

This land is our land: States crack down on foreign-owned farm fields

BY: - December 4, 2023

Andy Gipson gets concerned even when American allies such as the Netherlands and Germany invest in large swaths of Mississippi’s farmland. “It just bothers me at a gut level,” he said. For Gipson, Mississippi’s commissioner of agriculture and commerce, the growing trend of foreign ownership could threaten what he views as the state’s most valuable […]

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Kansas state tax revenue slips $13.7 million below revised estimate for fiscal year

BY: - December 4, 2023

Kansas officials said state tax revenue of $3.64 billion from July to November was nearly $14 million less than anticipated.