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Staff and Wire ... Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Here are the headlines for our listening area, from the KPR newsroom. 

Four inmates and two employees have died of COVID-19 at the Lansing Correctional Facility. (File Photo: KMUW Radio)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

The Kansas Department of Corrections is isolating inmates who test positive for the virus and has given masks to workers and inmates but correctional officers say guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19 are impossible to follow in a prison.  

The Kansas Statehouse in 2017. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, May 18th, 2020

The coronavirus is leading to state budget troubles and a looming deficit in Kansas.

Staff and Wire ... Monday, May 18th, 2020

Here are the headlines for the KPR listening area, as compiled by KPR news staffers.

Hog farmers say diets for their animals can be altered to prevent them from bulking up too much if they have to stay in barns longer than planned. (Photo by Amy Mayer, Harvest Public Media)
Harvest Public Media Monday, May 18th, 2020

COVID-19 outbreaks have idled some meatpacking plants.  And, pork processing fell nearly 40% across the Midwest in April. Now, pressure is mounting for regulators to investigate whether the big meat companies have engaged in unfair business practices.  

Associated Press Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Here's the latest Kansas and regional news, from the Associated Press and KPR newsroom.

Associated Press Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Here's the latest news from the Associated Press, compiled by KPR staff.

The U.S. Air Force Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker, assigned to the 117th Air Refueling Squadron, 190th Air Refueling Wing, lands following its final mission at the Forbes Field, Kansas on September 11, 2004. (Photo from Wikipedia)
J. Schafer Friday, May 15th, 2020

The Kansas Air National Guard's 190th Air Refueling Wing is scheduled to perform a flyover across four cities in the state to salute healthcare workers, first responders and other frontline workers in the fight against the coronavirus.  Dubbed "Operation Kansas Strong," the flyovers will take place on Tuesday (May 19), beginning at 1 pm in Emporia, followed by flyovers in Manhattan, Topeka and Lawrence. 

Staff and Wire ... Friday, May 15th, 2020

Here are the headlines for the KPR listening area, as curated by KPR news staffers.  

(A barber shop in downtown Wichita was closed May 14, as it was not part of Governor Laura Kelly's first wave of businesses that could reopen. It'll be allowed to resume haircuts on Monday, May 18. (Photo by Stephan Bisaha, KMUW)
Kansas News Service Friday, May 15th, 2020

Kansans won’t have to wait long to return to the gym or the barber shop, but your neighborhood bar and local movie theater will stay closed until further notice.  On Thursday, Governor Laura Kelly modified her reopening plan, citing a still-rising number of coronavirus cases.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says she will ease stay-at-home orders using evidence-based data, but COVID-19 data used by the state omits many cases. (Photo from Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images and Kaiser Health News)
KCUR Radio Friday, May 15th, 2020

In a reversal of policy, Kansas leaders will now include asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in their assessments of virus trends as they evaluate when to take further steps to ease stay-at-home orders and other social distancing measures. The state had been omitting these cases from its data, painting an overly optimistic picture of the outbreak in Kansas.

The Topeka Correctional Facility has six coronavirus cases. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Staff at the state's prisons are raising concerns about the spread of coronavirus in the facilities.

Staff and Wire ... Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Here are the headlines for the KPR listening area, as curated by KPR news staffers.

A first-grader practices spelling at Broken Arrow Elementary in Lawrence during a small-group phonics lesson in 2018. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Students will have spent five months out of the classroom because of the pandemic when they return in August. Researchers say some students may return to class in the fall with roughly 70 percent of the learning gains they would have received during a full school year.

Staff and Wire ... Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Here are the headlines for the KPR listening area, as curated by KPR news staffers.

A drive-through coronavirus testing center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Kansans are beginning to emerge from the stay-at-home isolation mandated by Governor Laura Kelly due to the coronavirus. State health officials say Kansas will need many more people tracking the path of the coronavirus if it hopes to keep the pandemic under control.  

Sherri Calderwood has worked at a Topeka diner for 21 years but a health condition has her afraid to return during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Tens of thousands of Kansas are eager to go back to work as businesses closed by COVID-19 gradually reopen. But for some, it could mean choosing between a paycheck and their health.  

George "Bernie" Robare, left, died of COVID-19 on May 11. He is the first prison employee in Kansas known to have died of the virus. He is pictured with his wife, Susan Robare of Bonner Springs. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Robare)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

The family of a Kansas prison worker says he died of the coronavirus this week.

Staff and Wire ... Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Here are the headlines for the KPR listening area, as curated by KPR news staffers.

In April, protesters outside the Kansas Statehouse demanded that Governor Laura Kelly let businesses and activities return to normal. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, May 11th, 2020

Kansas residents and patients in under-resourced nursing homes, where outbreaks have fueled more than half of the state's coronavirus deaths, will likely pay the steepest price for the state reopening its economy.

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