Farm ties key for GOP, Kansas Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race

TOPEKA — Republicans are likely to stress Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall's service on the House Agriculture Committee as he runs for the Senate. The two-term GOP congressman for western and central Kansas who sometimes calls himself “the only ...

Farm ties key for GOP, Kansas Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race

By: John Hanna, Associated Press

TOPEKA — Republicans are likely to stress Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall's service on the House Agriculture Committee as he runs for the Senate. The two-term GOP congressman for western and central Kansas who sometimes calls himself “the only ...

August 12, 2020 @ 9:19am

Top Democrat in Kansas Senate tests negative for coronavirus

By: Associated Press

TOPEKA — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley said Tuesday that he has tested negative for coronavirus. The Topeka Democrat took the test Friday after learning that House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. tested positive and was hospitalized ...

August 11, 2020 @ 10:38pm

Lawrence City Commission approves 2021 budget that keeps property tax flat; debate about utility rate increase upcoming

By: Rochelle Valverde

City leaders have approved Lawrence's 2021 budget, which keeps the city’s property tax rate flat and gives the city room to increase all three of its utility rates. However, discussions about those utility rate increases will not occur until ...

August 11, 2020 @ 9:26pm

More details emerge on protocols for KU's fall semester reopening; student violators of mask policy can face academic misconduct charges

By: Conner Mitchell

Less than two weeks ahead of an unprecedented fall semester on the University of Kansas campus, Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer on Tuesday released a comprehensive list of actions KU has taken to prepare for the return of thousands of students, ...

August 11, 2020 @ 5:37pm

County reports 1% positivity rate from July mass testing event in Lawrence; COVID-19 cases increase to 750

By: Staff Report

The results from a three-day free mass testing event in Lawrence in mid-July showed that only 1% of participants tested positive for COVID-19. The event, which took place July 8-10, was conducted by Lenexa-based Heart to Heart International at ...

August 11, 2020 @ 5:24pm

Another look at proposed CARES funding shows big quarantine space at KU, campground for homeless people, rental assistance and more

By: Chad Lawhorn

Projects of all shapes and sizes are vying for their share of nearly $25 million in federal pandemic funding that has been allocated to Douglas County. There’s a nearly half-million-dollar campground for homeless people (recommended for ...

August 11, 2020 @ 4:21pm

$2.7 million for expanded COVID-19 testing will allow some asymptomatic residents to get tested

By: Lauren Fox

Lawrence’s hospital is slated to receive $2.7 million for mass community testing efforts related to COVID-19. On Tuesday, LMH Health President and CEO Russ Johnson explained where that funding will go, noting that it will expand the county's ...

August 11, 2020 @ 4:10pm

Kansas teachers could owe their schools thousands if they quit over virus concerns

By: Stephan Bisaha, Kansas News Service

WICHITA — Kansas teachers that don’t feel safe going back to crowded hallways as schools reopen could take medical leave or teach online. But at the many districts that don’t have those options, teachers eye another choice: ...

August 11, 2020 @ 3:50pm

Health officials say law pushed by Kansas attorney general hurts contact tracing

By: Andy Tsubasa Field, Associated Press

TOPEKA — Public health officials in three Kansas counties say a new state law is hurting their efforts to trace the contacts of people infected with COVID-19 by making it easier for them to refuse to cooperate. Public health departments often ...

August 11, 2020 @ 3:13pm

A public defender office for Douglas County? Criminal justice council hears about possible advantages, costs, process to implement

By: Mackenzie Clark

Even if Douglas County decided today that it wanted to pursue a public defender office, it would take years to implement, the county’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council heard at its meeting Tuesday. The concept of such an office has come ...

August 11, 2020 @ 2:56pm

Lawrence police blotter for Aug. 11, 2020

By: Staff Report

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity up to 6 a.m. on the date listed and extending back to 6 a.m. on the previous ...

August 11, 2020 @ 1:02pm

Douglas County Commission to continue discussing CARES funding plan, consider finalizing 2021 budgets

By: Dylan Lysen

The Douglas County Commission could authorize three separate spending plans during its meeting on Wednesday. The County Commission will continue discussions on how to spend $24.9 million of federal coronavirus relief funding and consider ...

August 11, 2020 @ 11:51am

Kansas governor skeptical of Trump plan to extend unemployment benefits

By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. — A spokeswoman says Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's administration is reviewing President Donald Trump's plan to extend supplemental unemployment benefits but is waiting for more details. A program providing an additional $600 a week ...

August 11, 2020 @ 10:13am

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