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Former Kansas State University president Jon Wefald died Saturday in Minnesota at age 84. This student residence hall on the K-State campus in Manhattan is named in his honor. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

K-State proposes to recruit more students from Missouri with steep tuition discounts

BY: - September 8, 2020

Kansas State University hopes to boost recruiting in Missouri by offering in-state tuition rate to undergrads meeting certain academic requirements.

Former KU chancellor, AL president Gene Budig dies at 81

BY: - September 8, 2020

Gene Budig, who led KU for 13 years as chancellor and later served as baseball's American League president, is dead at 81.

For high school athletes recovering from COVID-19, gradual return is critical for safety

BY: - September 8, 2020

TOPEKA — Fall sports have officially kicked off in Kansas, but for athletes returning from a COVID-19 infection, the road back may be a bit longer due to added precautions over lingering effects of the virus on hearts, lungs and brains. Gov. Laura Kelly has repeatedly said that safety should be the priority over a […]

Gov. Laura Kelly voted with others on the State Finance Council to extend for 30 days the state's COVID-19 disaster declaration. She also affirmed there were no plans to close businesses to deter spread of the virus that has killed more than 1,200 Kansans. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly prepares to renew COVID-19 emergency declaration

BY: - September 7, 2020

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly plans to extend COVID-19 emergency declaration expiring Sept. 15, which will require approval by GOP-controlled council.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican closing out a 40-year career in the U.S. House and Senate, shares lunch with children. He chaired Senate and House agriculture committees, which have jurisdiction over food programs. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts offers personal perspectives on half century of politics

BY: - September 7, 2020

Retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts shares with Kansas Reflector podcast personal insights into his 40-year career in Washington, D.C.

Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine, left, says differences of opinion about legalizing sports gambling in Kansas would have likely blocked completion of a bill in the 2020 session. Here the Emporia Republican chats during a special legislative session in June. (Nick Krug/Kansas Reflector)

Feuding over who controls, profits from sports betting in Kansas stalls legislation

BY: - September 6, 2020

Rival lobbyists, business interests and activists clash to cause the Kansas Legislature to fumble bills to legalize sports betting in the state.

State Sen. Dennis Pyle, a Hiawatha Republican, says he's disappointed a study on tax-funded lobbying conducted by the Legislative Division of Post Audit elicited responses from only 25% of 3,800 agencies surveyed. The audit revealed government agencies performing lobbying gathering $5 million in fees and dues in fiscal year 2019. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas audit peels away thin layers of publicly financed lobbying

BY: - September 5, 2020

TOPEKA — School districts, cities and counties in Kansas each invested about $250,000 last year in public tax dollars for deployment of registered lobbyists to influence the state’s political process. Sixty-three of the state’s 550 registered lobbyists reported receiving public funding from state agencies, local governments or associations tied to government activities. This cadre of […]

Path to civic engagement for Kansas’ marginalized communities littered with barriers

BY: - September 5, 2020

TOPEKA — Shannon Portillo remembers the glares and sideways glances cast at her father, a darker-skinned, Mexican American man, and her mother, a blond, blue-eyed, white woman, as they entered their polling location together. Despite the looks, her parents took pride in voting, said Portillo, the assistant VP of academic affairs at the University of […]

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 […]

Gov. Laura Kelly declined to accept demands of Republican legislators to insert language into the statewide COVID-19 disaster declartion that she wouldn't close businesses in the next 30 days in response to the pandemic. Kelly is asking the State Finance Council to approve a 30-day extension of the disaster declaration. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas enters race for Space Command headquarters

BY: - September 4, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday she would make a strong push to land the new U.S. Space Command in Kansas. The governor’s office said four Kansas communities have submitted proposals to become the home for headquarters of the U.S. Space Command, which is responsible for military operations in space. The cities are Derby, […]

Members of the Commission on Racial Equity and Justice express an interest Thursday in increasing diversity of listening session communities. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas tribes seek clarity with federal, state law enforcement

BY: - September 4, 2020

TOPEKA — In Vivien Olsen’s experience as an American Indian tribal attorney, she has seen firsthand how the complicated tribal, state and federal law enforcement relationship has led to over-victimization of native people in Kansas. Olsen, the former tribal attorney for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Kansas, said native people often face questions about […]

The Republican majority on the State Finance Council voted down Thursday a plan endorsed by Gov. Laura Kelly, to seek $300 in weekly supplemental federal unemployment benefit that would be matched by $100 weekly paid by the state. Kansas will apply for the $300 weekly benefit from FEMA. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

GOP blocks Gov. Laura Kelly’s request for a $400 weekly surge in jobless benefits

BY: - September 3, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly says state Department of Labor will apply for $300 in weekly supplemental jobless benefits paid by the federal government.