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Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas lawmakers, governor working on new COVID-19 measure

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature worked Wednesday on a compromise to give lawmakers oversight of the state's coronavirus response, while Democrats sought protections for workers infected on the job. Some legislators also expected a debate on ...

Lawrence City Commission supportive of new downtown layout, but open to other options

City leaders expressed support for a new layout for downtown that limits parking in an effort to give businesses more space to safely operate during the coronavirus pandemic, but wanted the city to remain open to other alternatives. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission ...

Tally of COVID-19 cases in Douglas County still at 67; only 3 remain active

Douglas County had reported 67 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic as of Tuesday, local officials said, the same number as Monday. In Douglas County, 64 out of the 67 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health said in its ...

A look at how various states are reopening amid the pandemic

Editor’s note: Much of the nation has been shut down over the past two-plus months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But now the economy is starting to reopen. To help mark the reopening and tell the stories of how we are rebuilding after an uncertain time, a team of reporters from the ...

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s June 1 press briefing about COVID-19

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will update residents Monday on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The press briefing will be streamed live on Facebook and Journal-World readers will be able to watch the video here. Check back after the briefing for a story about ...

Bars, clubs packed in Wichita after easing of COVID-19 restrictions

WICHITA — Hundreds of people in Kansas' largest city flocked to bars and clubs on the first weekend they were open after Gov. Laura Kelly and local officials lifted restrictions meant to check the spread of the coronavirus. By 11 p.m. Friday, bars in the Old Town district of downtown Wichita ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 65

Douglas County reported 65 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, local officials said, an increase of two cases from Wednesday. In Douglas County, 57 out of the 65 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health said in its daily update. No patients ...

Lawrence City Band summer concert series canceled because of pandemic

The Lawrence City Band concerts that usually take place every summer in South Park have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The city band has played its weekly summer concert series since the early days of the city, and band leaders said it was a hard decision to cancel the ...

Kansas begins paying benefits for self-employed workers affected by pandemic

State labor department officials say self-employed Kansans who applied to the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program should begin receiving their money this week. The program, which allows self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig workers, religious organization employees, and ...

At least 8 lawsuits filed against Kansas care center with 36 virus deaths

TOPEKA — At least eight wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against a nursing home in Kansas City, Kansas, where 36 people have died from the new coronavirus. The lawsuits allege the Riverbend Post-Acute Rehabilitation was negligent in its handling of the coronavirus outbreak and did not ...

Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships canceled because of pandemic

One of Lawrence's signature late summer events, the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event normally takes place the fourth weekend in August. This year, which would have been its 40th annual event, will be the first ...