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 A classroom at Jardine Elementary in Topeka in 2019. (Photo by Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Gov. Kelly is pursuing the executive orders for masks and school delays, but will need some approval from the State Board of Education.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says superintendents need more time to implement a 1,100-page health and safety guide before reopening schools. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly will order schools to delay opening, but the Board of Ed must approve it.

Congressman Watkins on election night in 2018. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Stephen Koranda Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Congressman Steve Watkins faces felony charges after registering to vote at a UPS store instead of his home address.

From left to right: Democrats Michelle De La Isla and James Windholz; Republicans Jake LaTurner, Steve Watkins and Dennis Taylor. (Illustration by Crysta Henthorne, KCUR)
Stephen Koranda Monday, July 13th, 2020

2nd District Congressman Steve Watkins is being challenged by two other Republicans in the primary.

The outside of the Kansas state agency that handles the foster care system, among other things. (Photo by Madeline Fox, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, July 9th, 2020

The state and foster care advocates reached an agreement that ends a lawsuit.

Photo by Scott Canon, Kansas News Service
Kansas News Service Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

An executive order from the governor requires masks in Kansas.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly puts on a mask after a news conference on June 22. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, June 29th, 2020

The state of Kansas may start requiring people to wear masks in public starting this Friday, but only if a legislative panel agrees.   

Delía García (left) speaks at an April news conference about the state’s unemployment programs in response to the coronavirus, as Gov. Laura Kelly watches. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, June 22nd, 2020

The governor's secretary of labor will resign as part of efforts to fix unemployment payment problem.

House Speaker Ron Ryckman (right) House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins (center) and House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer speaking earlier this month. All three are members of the panel that decides how to spend the federal aid. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The first round of coronavirus aid went out this week to help local governments.

Kansas schools face uncertainty entering the 2020-21 school year, with many school administrators expecting drastic budget cuts in the fall, once the state's budget fully absorbs the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Chris Neal, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, June 4th, 2020

So far, Kansas school district officials say the numbers look good on paper but deep funding cuts are expected because of the coronavirus pandemic

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