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Coronavirus Closures Send Kansas Unemployment Claims Soaring

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Jim McLean
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Kansas News Service
Chuck Magerl, owner of the Free State Brewing Co. in Lawrence, talks about the impact of the coronavirus on Kansas businesses at a recent news conference at the Kansas Statehouse.

The coronavirus continues to spread in Kansas. The result of emergency orders is that many people are staying in their homes.

The shutdown of businesses across the state has triggered a record wave of people seeking unemployment benefits. The public health emergency has also forced politicians off the campaign trail.

On this week’s Statehouse Blend Kansas, Jim McLean talks with the manager of one U.S. Senate campaign to find out how that candidate is adapting.

Jim McLean is a political correspondent for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration based at KCUR with other public media stations across Kansas. You can email him at jim@kcur.org.