The Kansas Corporation Commission limited the ability of a business coalition to formally participate in regulatory debate on construction of a new electricity transmission line in southeast Kansas. Evergy and other utility companies were granted full intervention rights by the KCC. (Jill Hummels/Kansas Reflector)

Environmental advocates say Evergy can shutter two more coal plants within decade

BY: - October 28, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Evergy can retire two more coal-burning power plants within the decade without sacrificing affordability or massively increasing rates, environmental advocates say in a new report. The electric utility, which serves 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, is scheduled to stop burning coal at its Lawrence plant by the end of […]

The U.S. Department of Justice secured indictments against eight people who allegedly forced children to work without pay in United Nation of Islam businesses in Kansas and other states. The children were allegedly isolated from parents, provided meager nourishment, denied an education and physically abused. (Getty Images)

Kansas-based sect physically, mentally exploited children to operate business empire

BY: - October 28, 2021

Federal prosecutors in Kansas indict followers of United Nation of Islam for forcing children to work without pay in the sect's business empire.

Kansas is set to receive $69 million in small business investment aid through the federal American Rescue Plan. Republican U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, left, and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, right, voted against the bill. Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, center, voted for it. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas delegation renews push for Kelsey Smith Act to aid search for missing people

BY: - October 28, 2021

Kansas congressional delegation working for Kelsey Smith Act, oversight of small business investments and federal funding to aid farmers' mental health.

Biden pitches new $1.75 trillion spending blueprint to Dems that drops paid family leave

BY: - October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met Thursday with congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill to pitch lawmakers on a new slimmed-down framework for what would be included in a massive social reform package, according to senior administration officials. The $1.75 trillion blueprint that Biden is presenting to Democrats includes a universal pre-K program for 3-and-4 year-olds, […]

U.S. attorney general defends FBI probe of threats against school board members

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. Garland at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing declined to revoke a memo he wrote asking the FBI to meet with local law […]

Kansas students four times as likely to get COVID-19 at schools without mask requirement

BY: - October 27, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas public schools without a mask mandate report COVID-19 illnesses at more than four times the rate of schools where a face covering is required. The numbers of cases traced to COVID-19 outbreaks at schools were included in an update Wednesday from a panel of medical professionals and administrators responsible for providing guidance […]

Kansas Rep. Russ Jennings dies at 66 after battle with cancer

BY: - October 27, 2021

TOPEKA — Rep. Russ Jennings, a Lakin Republican who was a leader on juvenile justice and law enforcement issues in the Kansas House, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 66. House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. announced Jennings’ death in a letter to representatives. “Over the past few months, he has fought hard […]

Dennis Depew, deputy attorney general and chief of the civil litigation division, said the state owed $133,000 to a man unlawfully convicted of contempt of court in Reno County but served 631 days in jail for the offense. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas pays $133,000 to former inmate unlawfully subjected to Reno County judge’s wrath

BY: - October 27, 2021

Kansas pays a man $133,000 after Reno County's judge unlawfully convicted him of contempt of court for refusing to risk self-incrimination by testifying at a murder trial.

National school boards group apologizes for requesting probe of threats against local officials

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised […]

FDA panel recommends OK for Pfizer’s vaccine for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday recommended authorizing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a decision that means as soon as next week everyone in the United States over age 5 is expected to be eligible for a shot. The vote by the Food and Drug Administration panel, with […]

Kansas legislators to host second round of redistricting town hall meetings in November

BY: - October 26, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers announced Tuesday they will hold a second round of town hall meetings to gather public input on the redistricting process, but they won’t attend the meetings in person. The House and Senate Committees on Redistricting will hold four meetings late next month, organized by congressional district. Kansans may attend one of […]

The Kansas Supreme Court conducted oral argument Tuesday in the appeal of a Johnson County District Court judge's decision in the challenge of a Shawnee Mission School District mask order. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

School mask mandate challenge before Kansas Supreme Court stirs broader legal issues

BY: - October 26, 2021

Kansas Supreme Court moves into web of constitutional issues on appeal of judge's order faulting state law fueling challenges of COVID-19 mandates.