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A look at the sizable pool of candidates hoping to represent Kansas’ Big 1st

GARDEN CITY — Four Republicans and two Democrats are running for Kansas’ 1st Congressional District seat. It’s open because Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall hopes to win the U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Roberts, who is retiring. Known as the Big 1st, the congressional district ...

U.S. inmates — many in Kansas — got virus relief checks, and IRS wants them back

BOISE, Idaho — Hundreds of thousands of dollars in coronavirus relief payments have been sent to people behind bars across the United States, and now the IRS is asking state officials to help claw back the cash that the federal tax agency says was mistakenly sent. The legislation ...

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to end protections for DACA recipients

Story updated at 11:22 a.m. Thursday WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, his second stunning election-season rebuke from the court in a week after Monday's ruling that it's illegal to ...

U.S. Supreme Court says gay, transgender workers protected by law

Story updated at 12:54 p.m. Monday WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. The court decided by a 6-3 vote ...

1.5 million more laid-off workers seek unemployment benefits in U.S.

WASHINGTON — About 1.5 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that many Americans are still losing their jobs even as the economy appears to be slowly recovering with more businesses partially reopening. The latest figure from the Labor ...

With Pompeo out, GOP looks to Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race in Kansas

TOPEKA — The passing of Monday's deadline to file to run for Kansas' open Senate seat confirmed that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won't be a candidate, and a major anti-abortion group threw its support behind Rep. Roger Marshall to keep immigration hardliner Kris Kobach from the GOP ...

U.S. layoffs climb to 41 million, despite business reopenings

WASHINGTON — An estimated 2.1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, bringing the running total since the coronavirus shutdowns took hold in mid-March to about 41 million, the government said Thursday. The ...

Nearly 39 million have sought U.S. jobless aid since virus hit

WASHINGTON — More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns two months ago and sent the economy into a deep recession. Roughly 38.6 million people have now filed ...

Kansas Gov. Kelly to meet with President Trump in D.C. on Wednesday

Gov. Laura Kelly will fly to the nation's capital this week to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss Kansas' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly will visit Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, her office announced Sunday evening. The governor and Trump will discuss Kansas' phased ...

Davids defends vote against Democratic relief package

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas says she was among the few Democrats to vote against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill because it faces a such a small chance of making it through the Republican-controlled Senate. Davids was among just 14 ...

Manhattan mayor suspends Democratic bid for Roberts’ U.S. Senate seat

MANHATTAN — A northeast Kansas mayor has suspended her campaign for the Democratic nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat. Manhattan Mayor Usha Reddi said Thursday that responding to the coronavirus pandemic had become “the most important work of my life” and would continue to demand ...