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KPR opened its first full-time Statehouse Bureau in Topeka in January of 1978. Ever since, KPR's Statehouse Bureau, which is often called the KPR-Network, has provided gavel-to-gavel coverage of the legislature, executive and judicial branches of Kansas government and other stories of statewide interest. KPR is the only broadcast outlet in the state that maintains a full-time, year-round bureau at the Capitol.

Kansas Governor Strikes Court Deal with Churches, Hints at Easing Coronavirus Shutdown

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

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.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Kansas Governor’s Religious-Gathering Limit for Two Churches

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)

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.


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