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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 ...

Rep. Marshall struggles to unite Kansas GOP establishment in Senate race

Story updated at 4:18 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Roger Marshall represents western Kansas in a congressional district rich in GOP votes and donors that has given the state four U.S. senators over the past 50 years. He's armed with top-notch endorsements and the equivalent of gold in a GOP Senate ...

36 million have sought U.S. unemployment aid since virus hit

Story updated at 9:54 a.m. Thursday WASHINGTON — Nearly 3 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as the viral outbreak led more companies to slash jobs even though most states have begun to let some businesses reopen under certain restrictions. The wave of ...

Fauci warns senators of ‘suffering and death’ if U.S. reopens too soon

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned bluntly Tuesday of “really serious” consequences of suffering, death and deeper economic damage if state and local officials lift stay-at-home orders too quickly, even as President Donald Trump pushes ...

Out-of-state donors boost top contenders in Kansas congressional races

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas' top two contenders in the Senate election and competitive congressional races will be getting majority of their money from out-of-state donors, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Democrat Barbara Bollier and Republican Kris Kobach have ...

33 million have sought U.S. unemployment aid since virus hit

WASHINGTON — Nearly 3.2 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the business shutdowns caused by the viral outbreak deepened the worst U.S. economic catastrophe in decades. Roughly 33.5 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the seven weeks since the ...

The second virus wave: How bad will it be as lockdowns ease?

Story last updated at 3:46 p.m. Wednesday WASHINGTON (AP) — As Europe and the U.S. loosen their lockdowns against the coronavirus, health experts are expressing growing dread over what they say is an all-but-certain second wave of deaths and infections that could force governments to clamp ...

As U.S. opens up, infection rate still rising across states other than New York

Story updated at 9:18 p.m. Tuesday Take the New York metropolitan area’s progress against the coronavirus out of the equation and the numbers show the rest of the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction, with the known infection rate rising even as states move to lift their lockdowns, an ...

Most states fall short of coronavirus testing thresholds

ATLANTA — As more states begin to relax their coronavirus lockdowns, most are falling short of the minimum levels of testing suggested by the federal government and recommended by a variety of public health researchers, an Associated Press analysis has found. Three months into an ...

30 million have sought U.S. unemployment aid since virus hit

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s. Roughly 30.3 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the six weeks since the ...