GOP 2nd District Republican Jake LaTurner again fails to substantiate claim Democratic candidate Michelle De La Isla "defunded" Topeka Police Department while serving on the city council and as mayor. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Democrat labels GOP’s LaTurner a ‘liar,’ demands end to bogus police budget claim

BY: - October 20, 2020

In 2nd District congressional race, Democrat De la Isla blasts Republican Jake LaTurner for inaccurately accusing her of work to defund police.

Kansas election offices dealing with influx of provisional ballots from early voters

BY: - October 20, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas election officials and activists are concerned with the high number of people who requested mail ballots showing up at polling places to cast in-person ballots instead. These voters are directed to fill out a provisional ballot, which complicates the process for election workers who are already overwhelmed with unprecedented early turnout and […]

COVID-19 kills 10, infects all 52 other residents at Norton nursing home

BY: and - October 19, 2020

The city of Norton is grappling with a cluster of COVID-19 infection at a nursing home with dozens of positive cases.

Laura Howard, secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, authorized a consultant's review of the state's privatized child-support system that affirmed computer system, communication and operational shortcomings. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ first state hospital employee dies from COVID-19

BY: - October 19, 2020

Kansas recorded the first fatality from COVID-19 among staff at the state's four state hospitals. An employee died at Larned State Hospital.

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)

Senate panel endorses confirmation of Robba Moran, three others

BY: - October 19, 2020

The Kansas Senate's confirmation committee votes to affirm nominations of two people to the State Banking Board and to the KU Hospital board.

Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran released a statement to constituents saying President Donald Trump has the right to wage a legal fight for a fair counting of votes in the presidential election, but should offer presumed Democrat Joe Biden the national security briefings and other support common to transition to a new president. (Submitted)

Sens. Moran, Tester’s bill reforming mental health services for veterans crosses finish line

BY: - October 19, 2020

President Trump signs bill developed by U.S. Sens. Moran and Tester expanding VA services to veterans struggling with mental illness.

COVID-19 dims recession-inspired draw of Kansas community colleges as retraining crucibles

BY: - October 19, 2020

Kansas community college enrollment falls 14%, but officials expect a rebound as health, economics of COVID-19 sorted out in next year.

Record number of Kansans eager to vote early in unusual election

BY: - October 18, 2020

Teresa Briggs’ facemask invites people to vote. Lately, it’s been a conversation starter. The co-president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas recently wore her voting-themed facemask to a retail store in Emporia, where she was approached by another woman. “She said, ‘Oh, yeah, we’re gonna vote.’ And I said, ‘Do it early.’ And […]

‘Representation matters’: Kansas candidates hope to bring diverse voices to office

BY: - October 17, 2020

MANHATTAN — Stephanie Byers sits in her living room, surrounded by her collection of guitars, to participate in one of the many Zoom calls on her schedule. The Democratic candidate for the Kansas House said the COVID-19 pandemic has forced her to change the way she campaigns. In March, she walked the Wichita district’s streets, […]

Hoyt council president blasts Jackson County’s ‘insulting’ use of CARES Act funds

BY: - October 16, 2020

TOPEKA — A small-town leader blasted the Jackson County Commission for its decision to use pandemic relief funding on “pet projects,” including the remodel of the county attorney’s office, rather than urgent needs in county municipalities. The county received $2.9 million in CARES Act funding to be spent on unbudgeted expenditures incurred because of COVID-19, […]

Kansas unemployment dropped to 3.3% in December, the lowest rate since the April 2020 surge to 12.6% at outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It remained under 4% throughout 2021. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas unemployment settles at 5.9% in September, half April tally driven by COVID-19

BY: - October 16, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas has recovered nearly half of 144,000 jobs lost during March and April when the COVID-19 pandemic led to a statewide economic collapse depriving people of the accustomed level of job opportunity, officials said Friday. The September unemployment rate in Kansas was pegged at 5.9%, a decline of 1 percentage point from August […]

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 […]