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New federal COVID-19 safety rules exempt most employers, angering labor advocates

NEW YORK — The Biden administration has exempted most employers from long-awaited rules for protecting workers from the coronavirus, angering labor advocates who have spent more than a year lobbying for the protections. The Labor Department included only health care workers in its new ...

Earmarks pose a dilemma for Kansas Republicans in Congress: money vs. reputation

TOPEKA — Eleven years ago, in a navy-and-wood-paneled Topeka TV studio, then-U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt argued ahead of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. Looking directly into the camera, Moran told viewers he backed a moratorium on earmarks, but “Congressman Tiahrt ...

Facebook suspends Trump accounts for 2 years

Facebook said it will suspend former President Donald Trump's accounts for two years following its finding that he stoked violence ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. "At the end of this period, we will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded. We will ...

Kansas racial justice panel turns focus to equitable distribution of federal aid

TOPEKA — As Kansas is set to receive about $1.6 billion in discretionary pandemic relief aid from the federal government, a state equity panel wants to ensure minority and at-risk communities have a seat at the table when deciding how to dole those funds out. The Governor’s Commission on ...