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How a famous true-crime journalist and podcast host honed his calling at KU

Billy Jensen had never visited the state before he accepted a scholarship at the University of Kansas to get his master’s degree in religious studies. For the short time he lived in Lawrence, though, the now-famous true crime journalist and podcaster was able to hone his interest in crime ...

Kansas GOP waits to see whether plumber’s Senate bid surges

MANHATTAN — The founder of a Kansas City-area plumbing company who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas acknowledged Saturday that he would love to have a highly coveted seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee but doesn't know how he'd go about getting it. The question to Bob ...

U.S. farmers leaning more heavily on government loan programs

BELLE PLAINE — Farmers across the nation leaned more heavily upon the federal government last year to finance their agricultural operations amid low commodity prices and trade disputes, and more of the money they borrowed is now delinquent. Although the U.S. Agriculture Department said it ...

Republican tirade against Democratic leader caps Kansas session

TOPEKA — A marathon legislative session in Kansas ended early Friday with two Republican senators denouncing a Democratic leader who had accused them of racism over their treatment of the state's Hispanic labor secretary. The dispute stems from an email Anthony Hensley sent on Wednesday ...

Incumbent Douglas County clerk files for reelection

Douglas County’s top election officer is seeking to retain his seat for a fifth term in the 2020 election. Jamie Shew, a Democrat, filed for reelection as the Douglas County clerk earlier this week. He has led the clerk's office since he was first elected to the position in 2004. Shew told ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County remain steady at 62

Douglas County reported 62 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, local officials said — a level that’s remained the same since Tuesday. In Douglas County, 54 out of the 62 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health said in its daily ...

Kansas lawmakers punt Medicaid expansion to 2021 session

TOPEKA — Amid a global health crisis, the Republican-dominated Kansas Senate on Thursday voted along party lines against expanding Medicaid, delaying the hopes that the state would extend health care coverage to tens of thousands of Kansans until at least the next legislative session. Sen. ...