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Kansas governor, legislative leaders fighting again over COVID-19 budget plan

TOPEKA — Kansas’ Democratic governor is locked in a new partisan dispute with the Republican-controlled Legislature over her plan to largely paper over a massive budget shortfall tied to the coronavirus pandemic with short-term accounting moves. Republican legislative leaders argued Friday ...

Spirit AeroSystems extends furloughs for about 900 workers

WICHITA — Spirit AeroSystems is extending a temporary layoff of about 900 employees as it grapples with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX About 900 employees who were on a three-week furlough that was to end in early July will now be ...

University of Kansas leaders challenge in-class mandate

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Many department chairs at the University of Kansas are pushing back against the school’s plan to have classroom instruction in the fall, saying they should have the option to teach online. On Monday, a letter signed by 38 department heads was emailed to Provost Barbara ...

City of Lawrence employee tests positive for COVID-19

Updated at 9:50 a.m. Friday A City of Lawrence employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The city became aware that one of its Municipal Services and Operations Department employees had tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, according to a city news release. The release states that the ...

Haskell students will not return this fall; all classes to be held online

Updated at 5:15 p.m. Thursday Haskell Indian Nations University students will not return to campus in August. Haskell President Ronald Graham told the Journal-World Thursday that all classes would be held virtually for the fall semester. In March, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Haskell ...

Jump in state’s COVID-19 cases biggest in more than 6 weeks

TOPEKA — Kansas on Wednesday saw its largest jump in coronavirus cases in more than six weeks, an increase of more than 500 cases in two days. The state health department reported the spike two days after Gov. Laura Kelly urged local officials to postpone lifting their last restrictions on ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 105; 23 remain active

Updated at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday Douglas County has reported 105 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, local officials said Wednesday — an increase of four cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 82 out of the 105 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered, Lawrence-Douglas ...

After initial rescheduling, Lawrence Busker Festival is now canceled

The Lawrence Busker Festival, originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend and then rescheduled to Labor Day weekend, has now been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Monday message on the Lawrence Busker Festival's Facebook page said that despite big plans for this year — the ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 102; 23 remain active

Douglas County has reported 102 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, local officials said Monday — an increase of 11 cases since Friday. In Douglas County, 79 out of the 102 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health said in its daily ...

Kelly recommends Kansas counties stay in Phase Three of reopening

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is advising counties to delay moving into the next phase of reopening, citing data that shows COVID-19's spread in the state is trending upward for the first time in weeks. On Monday, when the state was originally slated to move into Phase Four under Kelly's ...

One in three Kansas households has yet to fill out census

Amid a pandemic that has slowed efforts to count Americans, more than a third of Kansas households haven’t yet responded to the U.S. Census. In some counties, especially in rural areas, less than half of the population has filled out the forms that help steer billions in federal dollars and ...