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What you need to know about getting unemployment payments from the state of Kansas

Perhaps you’ve never been unemployed before. If you are now — or fear you soon will be — you’re about to enter a government world of applications, weekly paperwork and a whole lot of rules. That’s the price for getting an unemployment check from the state of Kansas. I reached out to ...

$1 million fund established to help local businesses recover from coronavirus

Lawrence and Douglas County businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Journal-World, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing ...

Lessons for pandemic survival from those who’ve already lived it

These are challenging and scary times. It seems the landscape of our world changes faster than we have ever seen before. Sometimes within a day. Sometimes within a few hours. And yet, there are people in our community stepping up to care for and provide for the needs of those who need help. ...

What’s an essential business? It varies from place to place

The coronavirus pandemic is defining for the globe what’s “essential” and what things we really can’t do without, even though we might not need them for survival. Attempting to slow the spread of the virus, authorities in many places are determining what shops and services can remain ...

Amid pandemic, City of Eudora won’t collect late fees for utilities

As many people face economic hardship because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Eudora City Commission has agreed not to collect late fees added to delinquent city utility payments during the pandemic. The measure, which was approved on Monday, builds on a statewide order issued by Gov. Laura ...

Douglas County count of identified COVID-19 cases reaches 22

Story updated at 5:08 p.m. Saturday: Local health officials announced Saturday that 22 Douglas County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The local cases involve one person in their late teens, eight people in their 20s, seven people in their 30s, two people ...

Kansas governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

Story updated at 5:09 p.m. Saturday TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide order Saturday requiring people to stay in their homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, waiting until nearly three-quarters of the state's residents were already facing such directives. Kansas ...

Missouri mobilizes National Guard in virus fight

St. Louis — Missouri braced for a surge of coronavirus patients as the number of deaths grew to nine, with the governor mobilizing the state’s National Guard and a top St. Louis County official urging recently retired health care workers to return to work. During a virtual press ...

Lawrence police officer tests positive for COVID-19

A Lawrence police officer has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, the department said Friday. The officer first experienced symptoms late Tuesday and "immediately took steps to limit exposure to other persons," according to a news release from the Lawrence Police ...

Kansas, Missouri counties disagree if Bass Pro can stay open amid pandemic

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Bass Pro Shops on opposite sides of the Kansas-Missouri border are being treated differently during the coronavirus crisis, with one county allowing a location to stay open because the outdoor gear chain sells some packaged foods, but another county determining that its ...

Lawrence schools adjust days, offerings of free meal service for children

The Lawrence school district will be making changes to its meal program for children beginning Monday, in an effort to reduce risks to staff, volunteers and families. The district, which had been providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch on weekdays, will now offer meals only on Mondays ...

Kansas coronavirus death toll grows to 4, with more than 200 cases

Story updated at 8:11 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Kansas health officials reported more than 200 confirmed coronavirus cases and a fourth death Friday, and the state's health director said he doesn't expect the spread of the virus to peak until mid- to late April. All four of the state's deaths ...

Kansas officials brace for slump in state tax collections because of pandemic

Topeka — Kansas officials are bracing for a slump in state tax collections as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ripple through the state’s economy. Gov. Laura Kelly said in an interview that economic fallout is likely “hitting already” for state tax collections. She also has ...

A look at how many people are hospitalized in Kansas due to the COVID-19 virus

Maybe you have numbers overload (eight hours of working a TV remote control to find there is still nothing on will do that to you.) But I know some of you feel like a key number has been lacking in all the reporting that has happened on the COVID-19 virus in Kansas. How many people are ...