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COVID-19 yet to hit Kansas budget; March taxes 1.6% short

TOPEKA — The coronavirus pandemic has yet to fully hit the Kansas state budget, with tax collections falling only $8.6 million short of expectations in March. The state Department of Revenue reported Wednesday that tax collections last month were $523.4 million when the state projected ...

Kansas prison system sees 1st coronavirus cases in 3 workers

TOPEKA — Three Kansas prison workers have contracted the coronavirus in the first cases reported in the state's prison system amid an outbreak that has one cash-strapped health system slashing pay. The Department of Corrections announced Tuesday night in a news release that the three ...

Douglas County count of identified COVID-19 cases reaches 26

Local health officials announced Tuesday that 26 Douglas County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Prior to Tuesday, no new lab-confirmed cases of the disease had been identified in Douglas County residents since Saturday, when the cumulative count of cases ...

What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

Editor's note: This story has been updated on April 2 to reflect a reversal of decision by the IRS and Treasury. The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks within the next few weeks. The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion rescue ...

KU offers students optional way to be graded after COVID-19 forces abrupt changes

Joining a growing number of universities around the country, the University of Kansas told faculty members on Monday that it would offer students the option to take all of their courses for credit — rather than a grade — in light of the abrupt switch to online learning. The move to ...

Lawrence hospital to temporarily suspend collection of medical bills

LMH Health will temporarily suspend the collection of health care bills in an effort to provide economic relief to patients and to lessen the number of items traded between patients and staff. Deb Cartwright, chief financial officer for LMH Health, announced Monday afternoon that the hospital ...

Lawrence man arrested after shots fired into occupied home

Police arrested a man Monday evening after multiple gunshots were fired into an occupied home in northern Lawrence. Officers were called to a reported disturbance with weapons in the 3400 block of Sweet Grass Court around 5 p.m. Monday, the Lawrence Police Department said in a news release ...

As COVID-19 cases climb in Kansas, Douglas County total remains at 22

Story updated at 4:08 p.m. Monday New lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County residents have not been reported since Saturday morning, according to data released by state and local health officials Monday afternoon. At least 22 Douglas County residents have tested positive since the ...