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Past articles by Tim:

One Kansan's death helps place politics of masks at Capitol into perspective

Death of Kansas Sen. Oletha Faust-Gadeau's brother to COVID-19 offers insight into debate about lack of a mask mandate in the House and Senate chambers. → Read More

Capitol Insider podcast: Kansas grad students flash research prowess

University of Kansas graduate student Beth Rankin’s research examines traumatic stress experienced by novice elementary teachers exposed to the emotional ups and downs of their students.She found evidence of transmission from student to teacher in a high-poverty Wichita school based on a 30-item survey of positive and negative effects of working with people who experienced extreme stress. She… → Read More

Virginia businessman's satire aimed at Westboro church, NRA

Virginia businessman Justin Beights vowed Thursday to stage a satirical black-tie gala in Topeka to simultaneously throw a harsh spotlight on anti-gay → Read More

Kansas Lottery's ticket vending machines miss revenue targets

Kansas legislators expressed disappointment delays with installation of Kansas Lottery ticket vending machines in retail businesses could deprive mental → Read More

Kansas court reporter seeks mercy after admitting ethics violation

The attorney representing the court reporter who worked the Shawnee County murder trial of Dana Chandler conceded Friday his client violated professional → Read More

Kansas Board of Regents selects new president for Wichita State University

The Kansas Board of Regents appointed an East Carolina University vice chancellor and environmental sustainability researcher to serve as the new president of Wichita State University, officials said Thursday. Jay Golden, who will become WSU's 14th president in January, was introduced to students, faculty and staff following the Board of Regents' decision. His administrative duties at East… → Read More

Kansas military council focuses on surging troop, veteran suicides

Former U.S. Army helicopter pilot Katrina Lewison expressed frustration Thursday with difficulty faced by civilians trying to break through the military's → Read More

Board of Regents amends qualified admissions at Kansas public universities

The Kansas Board of Regents unanimously voted Wednesday to modify qualified admissions standards for public university students by ending a mandate that → Read More

Kansas regulator assumes control of medical insurance company

A Shawnee County judge granted the Kansas insurance commissioner authority to take supervisory control of a company providing malpractice insurance to → Read More

Kansas Lottery transfers record $173 million to state treasury

Kansas owned and operated casino gambling operations and the state lottery generated $173 million for Kansas' state treasury in the last fiscal year, an → Read More

KDOT investing $5 million in program to repair city, county bridges

The Kansas Department of Transportation pledged $5 million in the current fiscal year to assist cities and counties with repairs to the 3,800 bridges across the state in poor condition or structurally insufficient to meet modern weight and vehicle requirements.KDOT moved to reinstate the popular program suspended in 2014 when the state government struggled with revenue shortfalls that undermined… → Read More

House GOP seeks expansion of mental health services in wake of mass shootings

The Kansas House's top Republican responded to a series of mass shootings by proposing Wednesday alleviation of a shortage of mental health personnel in → Read More

Capitol Insider podcast: Inslee, Biden taking divergent paths in presidential fight

Joe Biden and Jay Inslee view campaigning for the Democratic Party's nomination for president from different vantage points.It's a privileged position for → Read More

Court orders repayment to Kansas of $56 million Obamacare fee

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday a U.S. District Court judge in Texas ruled the federal government should reimburse Kansas $56 million collected on a now-rescinded health insurance provider fee tied to the Affordable Care Act.The fee was gathered in Kansas and other states during a three-year period prior to Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling the fee was an illegal tax on state… → Read More

Gov. Laura Kelly rescinds food aid policy under pressure by attorney general

Gov. Laura Kelly responded to a threat of legal action from the attorney general Thursday by withdrawing a controversial policy expanding eligibility for → Read More

Former Kansas prison superintendent takes plea deal arising from Christmas uproar

The former top administrator of Kansas' juvenile correctional facility entered a no-contest plea Friday in Shawnee County District Court to bring an end → Read More

Thirty-three Kansas counties part of latest federal disaster declaration

Fifteen more Kansas counties are on the growing list eligible for federal emergency disaster assistance due to a series of tornadoes, officials said Saturday.Gov. Laura Kelly said the state's emergency management division was notified the federal declaration, endorsed by the administration of President Donald Trump, was broadened to include 33 of the state's 105 counties. The latest adjustments… → Read More

Gov. Laura Kelly's selection of next Court of Appeals judge hangs in balance

The Kansas Supreme Court engaged in unprecedented oral argument Thursday about a vacancy on the state's second-highest court pitting the attorney general → Read More

U.S. Sen. Moran playing hardball to preserve Amtrak service in Kansas

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran delayed action on confirmation of three nominees to Amtrak's board of directors to encourage the company to make a commitment to → Read More

Capitol Insider podcast: Mega-utility poles a lightning rod of controversy in Wichita neighborhood

WICHITA — Pained words of Pastor William Vann inside Iasis Christian Center competed against industrial clamor of electric transmission line crews operating heavy trucks in the front yard.Timing of the mid-April intrusion was ironic, because Vann was in a meeting with a Wichita City Council member, a Kansas House member, several local residents and a reporter to discuss the controversial… → Read More