Facing a backlog of cases from the coronavirus pandemic, the Kansas City Municipal Court was looking for a solution that could help manage that backlog while preparing the courthouse to start hearing cases in person as more people receive vaccines.
For unhoused people in Kansas City, removal from an encampment means possibly losing their belongings and risking further displacement with no promise of permanent shelter.
The pandemic has pushed working women to redefine their personal relationship to work. As unemployed mothers look to re-enter the workforce, they’re not just looking for a job that will pay the bills, but a job that will support their mental well-being and accommodate working mothers.
As schools and businesses consider reopening — at the same time local and state officials slowly lift restrictions on businesses — employers are figuring out how to best support a workforce that has quickly embraced the ability to work outside the standard office cubicle.
For some midsize cities in the Midwest that have traditionally spent millions in tax incentives to attract businesses, the idea of directly paying remote workers to move there is emerging as a new economic development strategy.
Local jazz musicians have lost a large part of their income to the continued spread of COVID-19, which has pummeled the live music industry, leaving them to look to new ways of making money.
In the middle of a pandemic that has been deadlier for older adults, and without assistance from loved ones or a social services organization, conducting the vaccination sign-up online is a process that could shut out the very people who need the vaccine the most, experts say.
To win another Super Bowl title this year — the third in franchise history and the seventh major league sports championship to be won by a Kansas City team in the last 10 years — would not only energize the city’s already passionate fan base, but the economy as well.
The funding, announced last July, was divided among an emergency broadband investment program, primary and higher education institutions, telehealth programs, and Missouri libraries.
About 6% of the Kansas population lacks any wired broadband services at home, and internet access is particularly a problem in rural parts of the state. On the national level, about 14.5 million people living in rural parts of the U.S. lack access to broadband.
As the coronavirus pandemic upends millions of lives across the U.S. and forces many to work from home, fast-food workers have been in the vulnerable position of continuing to work and risk potential exposure to the virus.
Since the pandemic began causing unemployment to spike last year, the Kansas Department of Labor’s decades-old unemployment system has struggled to keep up with the thousands of claims filed on a weekly basis, causing case backlogs, site glitches and delays in sending Kansans their unemployment payments.
Millions of Americans who have lost their jobs in the last nine months have relied on pandemic unemployment programs. But those unemployment programs are now expiring.
Faced with a pandemic that has lasted for most of 2020, dozens of independent restaurants in Kansas City have closed their doors.
Without a job, Kansans have relied on state and federal support to get by — to pay rent, bills, utilities and food. But nine months since unemployment claims began skyrocketing in the spring, Kansans are experiencing delays in receiving their payments.
According to records requested by The Beacon, the city of Kansas City, Missouri, has received over 3,000 complaints about businesses failing to comply with the city’s COVID-19 health orders since March.
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