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A Kansas polling place in November 2018. (Kansas News Service file photo)
Kansas News Service Monday, May 4th, 2020

Keeping polling places safe from the coronavirus, and offering more mail-in voting, will raise costs for Kansas counties this election cycle.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly laying out her coronavirus shutdown phase-out plan on Facebook Live on Thursday night. (Screen capture from the governor's Facebook page)
Kansas News Service Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly is planning to start reopening some Kansas businesses May 4th.

Central Christian Church in Wichita advertises home church on a billboard on its property. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly and two Kansas churches have reached an agreement over her executive order restricting the size of church gatherings. Kelly announced the agreement late Saturday night, less than one week before she's expected to make a decision on whether to relax statewide stay-at-home orders. Under the settlement, the two churches agree to comply with safety protocols put in place by the court.

Protesters mounted a slow-moving caravan around the Statehouse Thursday to push for an end to Governor Laura Kelly's statewide stay-at-home order. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, April 24th, 2020

Hundreds of people opposed to restrictions imposed by Governor Laura Kelly to slow the spread of the coronavirus converged on the Statehouse in Topeka Thursday to protest.  

Kansas will have to plug a $1.3 billion budget shortfall between now and June 2021, but the state will have to be careful about where it makes cuts. (Photo by Daniel Caudill, Kansas News Service.)
Kansas News Service Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly promised an ambitious agenda after she was elected in 2018. Entering her second year in office, Kelly’s plans were pretty much on track. Then in March, the coronavirus pandemic hit.  

Gothic window into a unique chapel built in Leavenworth in 1873. Protestant services are held in the upper level, Immanuel Chapel, and Catholic Mass is held in the lower level, Holy Ghost Chapel. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Kansas News Service Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Two Baptist churches that sued Kansas Governor Laura Kelly over an executive order restricting church services to 10 or fewer congregants will be able to meet, at least temporarily.  Late Saturday, a federal judge in Wichita ruled in favor of the churches.  Another hearing is scheduled for April 23.

Voters at a Topeka polling place in 2019. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Coronavirus has disrupted elections in other states.

The Kansas Supreme Court met remotely, in line with recommendations on containing the coronavirus, to rule on whether the governor can impose limits on church and funeral services to quell the pandemic. (Screen capture from the Supreme Court broadcast)
Kansas News Service Saturday, April 11th, 2020

The court said a panel of lawmakers lacked the power to reverse Kelly's order.

A church in Neodesha. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

A panel led by Republicans revoked the executive order banning large gatherings.

 Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly explains her decision to mandate a statewide stay-at-home order on Saturday. The map shows the counties that have confirmed coronavirus cases. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Jim McLean Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is ordering Kansans to stay at home except for when they have to venture out for essential services, like food, medicine or medical care.

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