Jim McLean, KMUW

Jim McLean

KMUW

Topeka, KS, United States

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Past:
  • KMUW
  • NPR
  • KCUR

Past articles by Jim:

You'll be paying a lower sales tax for groceries in Kansas soon, but it won't go to zero until 2025

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a food sales tax cut into law Wednesday. → Read More

Kansas lands a $650 million plant to make vaccines and fight biological threats

The facility near Manhattan will create 500 jobs and join the animal health corridor in the region. → Read More

Kansas Republican lawmakers drop effort to dump the ethics boss leading a campaign finance probe

Some lawmakers discussed efforts to remove the leader of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission after reports the group subpoenaed lawmakers and lobbyists as part of an investigation. → Read More

The Kansas Senate approved a bill to let parents challenge materials taught in public schools

The plan, known as the parents' bill of rights, would let parents object to materials being taught in Kansas classrooms or held in school libraries. → Read More

Lawmakers look ready to legalize medical marijuana, but likely won't let Kansans vape or smoke it

Kansas nearly passed legislation last year that would have legalized cannabis for medical use. If it does so this year, it may be available by early 2024. → Read More

Kansas lawmakers join students at the Statehouse to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

KU students from Ukraine join Kansas lawmakers in protesting Russian invasion. → Read More

Controversial Kansas redistricting map is likely headed to court after lawmakers override a veto

Republicans in the House voted to override the governor's veto of the redistricting plan Wednesday, which was the last step to approving the map over Democratic opposition. → Read More

Kansas Republicans advance new congressional maps. Democrats say the plan cheats voters

The Kansas House has approved controversial congressional maps and sent them to the governor's desk. Republicans say the plan accounts for population shifts. Democrats say it's intended to cost U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids her seat in Congress. → Read More

A glut of cash and issues from tax cuts to medical marijuana await Kansas lawmakers

Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly wants to use billions in surplus cash to cut taxes. But Republican leaders appear reluctant to go along in an election year. → Read More

An eastern Kansas resident is the state's first confirmed case of the omicron COVID-19 variant

A vaccinated person in Franklin County is the first confirmed Kansas case of the COVID-19 omicron variant. → Read More

Kansas lawmakers pass a bill to allow exemptions to vaccine mandates, and governor will sign it

Lawmakers used a one-day special session to approve the bill to allow no-questions-asked exemptions to vaccine requirements and fine Kansas businesses that don't comply. → Read More

Both leading candidates for Kansas governor want to cut the sales tax on food

Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's call to eliminate the state's grocery tax comes just days after her likely opponent in next year's election did the same. → Read More

People lined up to tell Kansas lawmakers to oppose a vaccine mandate, but it may be a lost cause

Kansas lawmakers are looking for ways to block federal vaccine mandates but Republican-led lawsuits could prove more effective. → Read More

Kansas let people get booze to go during the pandemic, and deliveries might be next

Liquor industry and grocers pushing Kansas lawmakers to lift restrictions on home delivery and online sales. → Read More

Politicians And Former Students Mourn Death Of Longtime KU Political Scientist Burdett Loomis

Burdett Loomis, known as "Bird," died over the weekend at 76 after being a fixture on the Kansas political scene for decades. → Read More

Right-Wing Extremism Has Been Taking Root In Rural Kansas For Decades

The fringe beliefs of right-wing extremists in Kansas, dating back at least to groups like Posse Comitatus, who trained for war against their government 40 years ago have now migrated to the mainstream of American politics. → Read More

Marshall Means A More Trump-Like U.S. Senator For Kansas Than Roberts, And Maybe Less Clout

TOPEKA, Kansas — Roger Marshall’s unflinching support of former President Donald Trump helped him vault over a crowded field of Republican hopefuls in the → Read More

This Kansas Town Was The First To Line Up For Polio Vaccine, But Now Pandemic Skeptics Abound

Residents of Protection, Kansas, came together in the spring of 1957 to make their town the first in the nation to be fully inoculated against polio. Today → Read More

NPR

Public Health Workers In Kansas Walk Away Over Pressure From Pandemic Politics

Across the country, they are quitting and the exodus is particularly pronounced in rural Kansas where opposition to mask mandates and other public health edicts remains strong. → Read More

A Pandemic, Exhaustion And Threats: Why Dozens Of Kansas Public Health Officials Are Quitting

FREDONIA, Kansas — Nick Baldetti resigned as director of the Reno County Health Department in July. He left to head an effort to establish a school of → Read More