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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks at a news conference to give updates on the COVID-19 outbreak Thursday, April 9, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka.

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Kansas begins processing retroactive $600 unemployment payments; state receives early childhood education federal grant

The state of Kansas has started processing retroactive claims for an additional $600 in weekly unemployment insurance, Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday as the national unemployment rate surged to a level not seen since the Great Depression. Processing for those claims began Wednesday, Kelly said during a regularly scheduled COVID-19 press briefing. As the Journal-World previously reported, an error in the Kansas Department of Labor’s processing system resulted in several weeks where extra benefits claims were not being processed, until that problem was fixed in late April.

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Kansas Supreme Court will hear governor’s coronavirus lawsuit Saturday

The Kansas Supreme Court is set to convene Saturday for the first time ever via video conference to hear arguments on Gov. Laura Kelly’s lawsuit against legislative leaders who overturned her executive order banning religious and funeral services of more than 10 attendees during the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor filed the suit Thursday after a GOP-dominated legislative panel overturned her order.

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