July 18, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Author: Patrick Richardson

Half of state unemployment payouts may be overpayments or fraud

As Kansas grapples with record levels of unemployment claims and rampant fraud, economist Michael Austin, Director of the Kansas Policy…

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Accidental ‘hack’ exposes major security flaw in unemployment system

A glaring security flaw in the Kansas Unemployment System was discovered by an average user who was able to accidentally…

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Commerce can’t – or won’t – substantiate “jobs created” claim

In late November of last year, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced that there had been $2 billion in new…

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Kansas Dems in lockstep with Biden, propose $15 minimum wage

As newly-sworn in President Joe Biden has signed executive orders promoting a $15 minimum wage — and has it as…

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Kansas Dems hope to repeal the Adoption Protection Act

Two Johnson County representatives have introduced a bill that — if passed — would repeal the Kansas Adoption Protection Act…

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KDHE quietly reduced cycle threshold on COVID tests

Earlier this month — and without fanfare — the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Health and Environmental Laboratories reduced…

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Kelly admin pays Accenture $48 per hour for call center employees

With tens of thousands of Kansans out of work and waiting for unemployment pay, a Sentinel Open Records investigation shows…

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David Toland draws two salaries as Lt. Gov. and Commerce Sec.

Recently-sworn-in Lt. Governor David Toland will be continuing to serve as Secretary of Commerce during his tenure — and will…

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Trustees: Butler County Community College fails transparency test

ELDORADO — Two Butler County Community College trustees say they routinely have trouble getting information to which they are entitled.…

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KDHE rejects request for COVID death certificate info

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment last week rejected a Kansas Open Records Act request submitted by the Kansas…

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United Van Lines: Kansas is the 6th most departed state

According to a study by United Van Lines, in 2020, Kansas ranked sixth among the 50 states in the percentage…

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Wichita gym owner’s COVID lawsuit on hold, pending legislative solution

A lawsuit by a Wichita gym owner asking for payment from the State of Kansas for his lost revenue because…

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KMBC repeats false CNN claim on December COVID deaths

Updates of deaths attributed to COVID are based on when deaths are reported by health departments with considerable time lag…

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Kelly falsely credits mask mandate for getting COVID under control

Kansans received good news on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, as Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced the spread of COVID-19 is…

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WHO: labs should be wary of false positives from cycle thresholds

The World Health Organization (WHO) last week joined others in sounding an alarm about false positives being reported due to…

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KSHSAA board votes revealed on winter sports attendance

The minutes of the Kansas State High School Athletics Association December 8 vote to allow limited attendance at winter sports…

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Gym owner sues state, alleging shutdown commandeered his business

A Wichita gym owner is suing the State of Kansas over COVID lockdowns, claiming the shutdown earlier this year constituted…

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Grant County Health Department issuing 24-day quarantines

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is relaxing quarantine requirements under certain circumstances from 10 and 14 days…

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Cycle threshold data required in Florida, Lenexa lab won’t release in KS

The state of Florida now requires labs to provide cycle threshold data on COVID tests, but one of the laboratories…

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KSHSAA board members who voted for, against spectators disclosed

Many members of the Kansas State High School Athletics Association Board of Directors (KSHSAA) who voted against having spectators for…

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Audit: $20 million Angel Investor program rife with problems

A damning report from the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit says the Angel Investor tax credit program designed to…

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Lyon County preparing to ram through regulations despite heavy opposition

A protest petition to prevent Lyon County from dramatically altering zoning laws was delivered to the Lyon County Clerk between…

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Rich pension, health benefits drive high electric rates at KCK BPU

Not only are high salaries driving some of the highest electric rates in the region at the Kansas City, Kansas…

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Students, physicians detail detrimental effects of school lockdowns

Aly Arenholz, an 8th grader at Frontier Trail Middle School in Olathe, asked Olathe high school and middle school students…

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