Democrat labels GOP’s LaTurner a ‘liar,’ demands end to bogus police budget claim
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
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
The city of Norton is grappling with a cluster of COVID-19 infection at a nursing home with dozens of positive cases.
Kansas’ first state hospital employee dies from COVID-19
Kansas recorded the first fatality from COVID-19 among staff at the state's four state hospitals. An employee died at Larned State Hospital.
Senate panel endorses confirmation of Robba Moran, three others
The Kansas Senate's confirmation committee votes to affirm nominations of two people to the State Banking Board and to the KU Hospital board.
Sens. Moran, Tester’s bill reforming mental health services for veterans crosses finish line
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
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
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
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
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 settles at 5.9% in September, half April tally driven by COVID-19
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 […]
Marshall advocates financial reform of Social Security; Bollier objects to benefit cuts
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 […]