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Margaret Mellott

Margaret Mellott

Margaret Mellott is a Emporia State University graduate of communication and journalism. During their time at ESU, they spent all four years on the campus paper, The Bulletin. She also spent one year with The Campus Ledger at Johnson County Community College. Outside of collegiate journalism, Mellott has also worked on projects for Vintage KC Magazine and Humanities Kansas.

Despite approved school security funding, Kansas leaders grapple with gun threat

By: - June 8, 2022

TOPEKA — The sunny Friday of Dec. 14, 2012, became one of the most horrifying days in U.S. history when a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school. Twenty-six people were killed, 20 of them children. “I remember going to pick up my own kids after Sandy Hook,” said Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes, […]

Newman Regional Health partners with Flint Hills Technical College so its nursing students can complete clinicals, required training that provides real-life experience at emergency facilities. Before changing its policy on March 11, the hospital only allowed employees, not students, to requisition a vaccine exemption. (Margaret Mellott for Kansas Reflector)

Emporia nursing student who refused COVID-19 vaccine allowed to complete degree

By: - April 15, 2022

EMPORIA — Following Newman Regional Health’s “change in position” regarding students not vaccinated against COVID-19, a Flint Hills Technical College nursing student has been allowed to finish her degree. “Flint Hills Technical College announced in court (March 11) that they would reverse course and honor nursing student Molly Ellis’ religious beliefs and provide her nursing […]

Aaron Popelka, an attorney with the Kansas Livestock Association, urged Kansans to approved a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution granting the House and Senate veto power over rules and regulations developed by state agencies. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

‘Plant-based meat’ label debate results in House bill aiming for stricter requirements

By: - March 2, 2022

While there are strict regulations on meat labeling, plant-based imitation products have none. The Kansas Livestock Association wants to change that. House Bill 2530 would add new definitions to the prohibition on misbranded foods in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. This bill was brought before the Committee on Agriculture on Feb. 15. Any meatless […]

Kansas judge blocks college from failing nursing student who refused COVID-19 vaccine

By: - February 18, 2022

EMPORIA — A district judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday preventing a technical college from recording failing grades for a nursing student who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on religious grounds. The student, Molly Ellis, claimed unlawful discrimination in a lawsuit filed Feb. 2 in Lyon County District Court against Flint Hills Technical College […]

Donna Ginther, director of the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas, said a 50-state research project showed an association between a state's generosity of food stamp benefits and propensity for children to end up in foster care. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Tax council testimony: Kansas sales tax burden creates regressive system

By: - December 20, 2021

Nearly 38% of Kansas’ tax revenue comes from sales taxes, according to Donna Ginther, director of the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas.  “Kansas taxes are regressive because of our over-reliance on the sales tax,” Ginther said Dec. 17 at the last meeting of the Governor’s Council on Tax Reform. […]

At Emporia State, a former grad holds fort while campus waits

By: - December 18, 2021

EMPORIA — With the sun shining in from four large windows on an uncharacteristically warm December day, the president’s office at Emporia State University sits mostly empty. There are a few personal items on the desk, such as family photos, but the bookcases behind are vacant. The office seems to be waiting, much like the […]

Bob Dole makes final trip to Kansas, leaves legacy of empathy and tolerance for new generation

By: - December 11, 2021

TOPEKA — Even as lights were turned off and doors were locked, Bob Dole stayed past closing at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson just to talk with his fellow Kansans. He did this in 2014 at age 90, on his tour to each of the 105 counties in the state. This did not go […]