Kansas health experts monitoring COVID-19, flu and RSV trifecta as holiday season arrives
Anticipated rise in incidence of COVID-19, flu and a challenging form of influenza could lead to crowding of Kansas hospitals during the winter months.
New Kansas crime-tracking system halfway completed, officials say
TOPEKA — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation director said the agency’s new data tracking system is about halfway complete and will create a better overview of the state’s crime problem, including a potential rise in fentanyl cases. During a Tuesday legislative budget hearing, KBI director Kirk Thompson said the new system would store details about […]
Kansas regulators want to slash Evergy’s energy efficiency plan
Regulators’ opposition could unravel a consensus plan to provide millions of dollars in energy efficiency programs to Evergy’s Kansas customers. Evergy, the largest electric utility in Kansas, came to agreement with consumer and environmental advocates on a variety of programs meant to lower energy demand and save customers close to $100 million over four years. […]
Democrat Sawyer steps away from leadership post; Hawkins seeks job of Kansas House speaker
House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer declines to seek election to Democrat's top leadership post, GOP Rep. Dan Hawkins seeking selection as House speaker.
Kansas lawmakers consider using state’s surplus to cut Social Security taxes
TOPEKA — Kansas legislators want to use a projected budget surplus to address the state’s “Social Security cliff,” which they say is driving retirees out of the state. Kansas taxes income from Social Security benefits, with an income tax exemption for those who make $75,000 in federal adjusted gross income or less. Critics of the […]
Kansas pension investment advisers caution against robust legislative rebuttal to ESG activists
Kansas Public Employee Retirement System's board prepares for debate in 2023 Legislature about environmental activism and China's role in global economy.
Santa, Christmas tree growers weigh in on Kansas climate during annual Christmas tradition
CEDAR CREST — Heavy is the head that wears the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association presidency. David Wilderson said he feels a lot of pride in his first year at the helm of the association, representing Christmas tree growers across the state at the annual welcoming of the Christmas tree to the governor’s mansion. Every […]
Kansas child welfare panel raises issue with guardian ad litem, CASA programs
Kansas legislators red-flag guardian ad litems hired to work child-in-need-of-care cases and lackof diversity in volunteer program tied to foster children.
As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring
An aging electric grid, fossil fuel power plant retirements and a massive renewable electricity buildout are all contributing to a boom in transmission and distribution wire projects by electric utilities across the country. In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, […]
Two communities find a cure for medical debt: pandemic stimulus funds
Local governments in Ohio and Illinois are using American Rescue Plan Act money to relieve residents struggling with medical debt by partnering with an organization that buys debt and wipes the slate clean for debtors. It’s a strategy advocates say could be duplicated across the country to help erase a multibillion-dollar problem. On Nov. 9, […]
‘Complete bulls***’: Kansas Democrats scrutinize internal polling offered to House candidates
TOPEKA — Three weeks before Election Day, Kim Zito received internal polling and analysis of voters in her House district that could help her focus campaign efforts in the closing days of a tight race. Zito, a Democrat running for state office for the first time, viewed the assistance as a gesture of faith and […]
Kansas, western Missouri at low risk for insufficient electrical supply this winter
The electrical grid that covers Kansas and western Missouri is expected to have plenty of power to keep up with demand this winter. But in the event of severe weather, the St. Louis area could be at risk. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation released its winter outlook Thursday assessing potential vulnerabilities to the grid. […]