Topeka police audit finds concerning behavior by officer who used force on autistic child

TOPEKA — A Topeka police auditor determined an officer abided by department policy but used "concerning" judgment last month when he cursed at an...

Support for at-risk Kansas children bogged down by overworked employees, lack of services

TOPEKA — During his time serving as a Sedgwick County judge in juvenile court, Kevin Smith saw an overworked and exhausted foster care system...
Jeff Zmuda, Kansas corrections secretary, says ongoing spread COVID-19 in state prison system and communities prevents resumption of visitation privileges. In terms of active COVID-19 cases, there are more than 400 among inmates and at least 40 among prison staff. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Norton facility hosts biggest COVID-19 hotspot in Kansas prison system

Norton Correctional Facility has most intense COVID-19 surge among Kansas prison facilities, while sixth Kansas inmate dies from virus.
Kansas Democrat Michelle De La Isla is accusing 2nd District GOP nominee Jake LaTurner of perpetuating a false claim De La Isla worked as Topeka's mayor to decrease spending on the police department. The department's budget has increased $5 million since 2017. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Democrat labels GOP’s LaTurner a ‘liar,’ demands end to bogus police budget claim

In 2nd District congressional race, Democrat De la Isla blasts Republican Jake LaTurner for inaccurately accusing her of work to defund police.

Kansas election offices dealing with influx of provisional ballots from early voters

TOPEKA — Kansas election officials and activists are concerned with the high number of people who requested mail ballots showing up at polling places...

27,000-plus reasons not to celebrate Amazon’s new centers in Kansas

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives...

COVID-19 kills 10, infects all 52 other residents at Norton nursing home

The city of Norton is grappling with a cluster of COVID-19 infection at a nursing home with dozens of positive cases.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, celebrated signing into law a measure designed to expand mental health services to veterans. Moran and U.S. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, introduced the reform package in March 2019 and President Donald Trump signed it Saturday. (Submitted to Kansas Reflector)

Sens. Moran, Tester’s bill reforming mental health services for veterans crosses finish line

President Trump signs bill developed by U.S. Sens. Moran and Tester expanding VA services to veterans struggling with mental illness.

COVID-19 dims recession-inspired draw of Kansas community colleges as retraining crucibles

Kansas community college enrollment falls 14%, but officials expect a rebound as health, economics of COVID-19 sorted out in next year.
Former Topeka resident Kevin Young, a poet and author, will become director of the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (Melanie Dunea/Smithsonian Institution)

Why one of the country’s brightest minds is thinking about Black Kansas

Kevin Young has a lot of things to think about besides Kansas these days, but it's still on his mind. Young is a celebrated poet,...

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