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Restrictions ‘depressing as hell’ for gameday business at Lawrence bars

BY: - September 19, 2020

On the first game day of the 2020 season for the University of Kansas football team, bars and restaurants across town had empty seats at kickoff and were closed before halftime, a strange sight for fall Saturday in Lawrence. When the Big 12 conference announced plans to play fall sports, businesses in both Manhattan and […]

Alan Conroy, executive director of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, speaks Friday to the board of trustees before discussion of the system's 1.7% return on investment last fiscal year, well below the 7.75% target. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ public pension system’s portfolio suffers from COVID-19 market volatility

BY: - September 18, 2020

TOPEKA — The investment portfolio at the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System earned a fraction of the 7.75% return projected for last fiscal year, a consequence of economic challenges spawned by COVID-19, officials said Friday. KPERS reported a return of 1.7% in the fiscal year ending June 30, which reflected a startling 11.7% loss during […]

Chase County ICE facility outbreak highlights concerns over detainee overcrowding

BY: - September 18, 2020

TOPEKA — A Kansas immigrant detention facility was on high alert last month after an outbreak of COVID-19 infected nearly 60 detainees. The Chase County Detention Center — which has contracted with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigrant detainees since 2008 — first identified an outbreak in the facility in early August […]

Writer John Berry at his home in the French Quarter of New Orleans. His book, "The Great Influenza," published in 2005, is again on the New York Time's Best Seller list as the coronavirus spread continues around the world. (Submitted)

Pandemic historian to leaders: ‘Just tell the truth’

BY: - September 18, 2020

John Barry’s advice to officials responding to COVID-19 starts simple. “Just tell the truth,” said Barry, who wrote “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History” and has advised two U.S. presidents on pandemic preparedness. President Donald Trump admitted last week he downplayed the threat posed by the coronavirus in February to […]

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, a Republican from Great Bend, will debate Democratic Party nominee Barbara Bollier, of Johnson County, on Saturday on WIBW at the first U.S. Senate debate of the general election campaign. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Senate candidates Marshall, Bollier to debate Saturday on WIBW Radio

BY: - September 18, 2020

TOPEKA — U.S. Senate candidates Barbara Bollier and Roger Marshall are scheduled to debate Saturday for the first time in the general election for a broadcast and livestream on WIBW Radio and the Kansas Radio Networks. Marshall, a Great Bend Republican serving western Kansas as 1st District congressman, will be on the November ballot with […]

Gov. Laura Kelly and legislators on the State Finance Council agreed Thursday in a virtual meeting to increase spending on COVID-19 testing to $80 million and earmark an additional $15 million for testing depending on demand statewide. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas lawmakers earmark $105M in federal funds to quadruple COVID-19 testing

BY: - September 17, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly and legislative leaders approved Thursday a plan to boost COVID-19 testing in Kansas by 8,000 tests per day with up to $105 million in federal aid. The final distribution from $1 billion in CARES Act funding also includes $30 million to stabilize operations at the Kansas Department of Labor, $35 […]

Attorney: Driver’s license for undocumented immigrants key to safer roads in Kansas

BY: - September 17, 2020

TOPEKA — An Overland Park attorney is pushing for action that would allow undocumented immigrants in Kansas to obtain a state driver’s license, something she said is necessary for safer roads and safer immigrant populations. To obtain a Kansas driver’s license, immigrants are required to prove they are citizens of the U.S. by providing a […]

Coronavirus remains plague on Kansas’ tourism, entertainment and winery industries

BY: - September 17, 2020

Government mandates and consumer anxiety in the COVID-19 pandemic continues to undermine tourism and entertainment businesses across Kansas.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier reported raising $13.5 million in the third quarter for the largest single-quarter fundraising total of any candidate in Kansas history. She is running for the open seat in Kansas against GOP nominee Roger Marshall. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Former GOP U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum endorses Democrat Barbara Bollier

BY: - September 17, 2020

Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, a Republican who served 18 years in that job, is endorsing Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Barbara Bollier.

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said the spread of COVID-19 provided extra incentive for people to get an influenza vaccination. He expects Kansas hospital resources to be stretched this fall and winter from exposure to the flu and coronavirus. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE secretary temporarily halts disclosure of specific COVID-19 cluster sites

BY: - September 16, 2020

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment temporarily halted Wednesday release of precise information about COVID-19 clusters to modify metrics relied upon to inform the public about hot spots of the spreading virus. KDHE secretary Lee Norman plans to resume the reporting on clusters next week after modifying the list to concentrate attention […]

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen questions an attorney during Wednesday's virtual hearing over a 2013 anti-abortion law. (Screenshot by Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

A.G.’s office defends ban on wrongful birth lawsuits before Kansas Supreme Court

BY: - September 16, 2020

TOPEKA — An attorney for the Kansas Attorney General’s office argued Wednesday before the Kansas Supreme Court that parents shouldn’t be allowed to seek damages from a doctor who fails to notify them of a known birth defect before a child is born. The court in 1990 opened the door to civil action over wrongful […]

Rep. Tom Sawyer, the House Democrat leader from Wichita, is expected to file a complaint Monday seeking ouster of Rep.-elect Aaron Coleman, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas lawmakers moving ahead with audio-visual technology upgrade at Capitol

BY: - September 16, 2020

Kansas Legislature leaders agree to continue development of an audio-visual modernization project at the Capitol that may cost $5 million.