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Kansas will not withdraw from expanded federal unemployment programs, Gov. Laura Kelly says

Kansas isn't set to withdraw from expanded federal unemployment benefits started during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday. Kelly previously said she was weighing such a decision, with business groups stepping up their lobbying efforts to support halting the increased payouts. Most states with Republican governors have opted to end their participation, arguing it was stifling workers from looking for jobs at a time when many businesses are claiming a shortage of workers.
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Lawsuit: Kansas altered software to hide election records

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A judge is considering whether Kansas’ Republican secretary of state ran afoul of the state’s open records law by ordering the removal of an election database function that generates a statewide report showing which provisional ballots were not counted — a decision civil rights advocates say will have far-reaching implications for government transparency.
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Kansas kicks 7K off unemployment benefits for failing to meet new work search requirement

TOPEKA — About 7,000 Kansans lost unemployment benefits this week because they did not meet a deadline to sign up for a new state program designed to help people find a job. Legislators inserted the work search requirement into House Bill 2196 earlier this year. Mike Beene, director of workforce development at the Department of Commerce, told legislators Thursday many people who receive unemployment benefits were still adjusting to the policy.
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Kansas pins hopes on stopping delta variant on vaccinations

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday pinned Kansas’ hopes of keeping the COVID-19 delta variant in check on more people getting inoculated because it is spreading rapidly among the unvaccinated. Kelly acknowledged that there’s not enough time before K-12 schools resume classes in mid-August to get all...
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K-State administrator lobbying federal government for additional investments in ag-research facilities

Ernie Minton, Kansas State University College of Agriculture dean, is lobbying the federal government to make investing in agricultural research facilities part of its ongoing infrastructure spending discussions. According to Minton, an Association of Public and Land-grant Universities report shows that 69 percent of agriculture-research buildings at land grant universities...
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Kansas health system declining to take patient transfers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A major Kansas health system is declining to admit patients from other hospitals because it has too few open beds with the faster-spreading delta variant wiping out recent months of progress for the state in containing COVID-19. Dr. Steve Stites, the chief medical officer for the University of Kansas Health System, said Wednesday that the bed space problem at its main hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, is now worse than it was last fall, when the average number of new cases per day was climbing toward pandemic highs. He said the hospital had open beds then because people were wearing masks and social distancing, and doctors weren’t seeing other infections.
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Douglas County tops Kansas in vaccinations, makes push for 70% in 70 days

LAWRENCE, Kan. – While Missouri and Kansas trail the national average in vaccines, Douglas County is actually well ahead. The top county in Kansas for vaccinations is about a month into a push to get 70 percent of people vaccinated in 70 days by August 31. A KDHE mobile clinic in a Starbuck’s parking lot helped the county get 34 vaccines closer to that goal Thursday.