Kansas

Big Brother in Public Health? New Contact Tracing Tactic Raises Privacy Concerns

Requiring businesses to keep customer logs could undermine the public trust necessary to effectively conduct contact tracing, says one public health expert.

A Coronavirus Order Requiring Businesses to Track Customers Is Challenged in Court

Linn County, Kansas requires businesses that reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak to log their customers as a way to assist contact tracing efforts. A lawsuit alleges that’s unconstitutional.

Ahead of Easter Sunday, Kansas Lawmakers Revoke Governor's Restrictions on Church Gatherings

Gov. Laura Kelly had issued an order earlier this week prohibiting crowds of more than 10 people at religious services as part of efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Where in the World is Kansas City?

President Trump’s congratulatory message for the Kansas City Chiefs included a common mistake.

Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Dream Comes True in Kansas

A Democratic governor coaxed a Republican legislative leader into backing Medicaid expansion after years of opposition. Could this be a model for Washington?

Coping With Loss Of Hospital, Rural Town Realizes: We Don’t Need A Hospital

It’s been about a year since the hospital in Fort Scott, Kan., closed. The lessons for this community about meeting its residents’ health needs could provide insights for the rest of the country.

Air Ambulances Woo Rural Consumers With Memberships That May Leave Them Hanging

Nationwide, state insurance leaders and politicians have raised alarms about the slickly marketed membership campaigns.

Kansas City Region Selected as New Home for USDA Research Agencies

The move is expected to bring 550 jobs to the Kansas City region. Officials have not decided whether the USDA facility will be located in Missouri or Kansas.

In Kansas, Using an App to Streamline DMV Registrations

The state launched the iKan app as a way to make it easier for residents to renew driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations. A state official said it also ended up generating new revenue.

A State Pension Proposal That Promises Near-Term Savings, But Higher Future Costs

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly included the “reamortization” plan in her first budget. It’s proving to be controversial.

Why One Governor-Elect Skipped a White House Meeting With Trump

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania’s naloxone distribution … PG&E scrutiny in California … and mapping climate change attitudes on the Jersey Shore.

Kansas Gov.-Elect Vows to Scrutinize State’s No-Bid Contracts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Small-town sex trafficking in South Dakota … counties with the most deportations … and North Carolina vaccination exemptions.

From Pensions to Pot, Lawmakers Outline Post-Election Priorities

“I think this is where the action is going to be,” says one expert, referring to state legislatures in the coming months.

‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Brings Worries in Kansas

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Struggling to recover after Hurricane Michael … firefighter overtime pay in L.A. County … and a growing trash rebellion in St. Paul, Minn.

Moody’s: Trump’s $12B Farmer Bailout Won’t Have the Desired Effect

Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and North Dakota have the most to lose in a “trade war” with China.

Summer Food Programs Face Challenges in Rural Areas

Paperwork, administrative burdens and transportation issues can lead to lower participation among children in rural areas, experts said at a House subcommittee hearing.

Agriculture States Are Bearing an ‘Unfair’ Brunt of Chinese Tariffs

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross assured senators Thursday he’s negotiating to ‘minimize the problem,’ but ‘the gap is wide.’

Kansas Birth Rate Drops to All-Time Low

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | LePage relents on Maine road sign dispute … Boca Raton mayor arrested … San Antonio smart city proving ground … Conn. school closures … and a new vets-only safe parking program.