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Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda started his journalism career in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, covering local government and producing an episode of the podcast Show Me The State while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Noah then made a short move to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at KCUR as an intern on the talk show Central Standard and then in the newsroom, reporting on daily news and feature stories.

Vaccine equity panel highlights need for local persuasion in Kansas communities

By: - April 14, 2021

TOPEKA — Members of a newly formed Kansas COVID-19 vaccine equity panel say misinformation and distrust are among the most pressing factors creating racial and ethnic disparities among those who have been vaccinated. About 35% of all Kansans have received at least one dose of the vaccine with 1,617,994 total doses administered. However, the discrepancies […]

The Kansas Department of Corrections says the vacancy rate for uniformed officers at Lansing Correctional Facility was 27.8%, a shortage of 88 personnel. The prison was site of a violent inmate disturbance Friday in the maximum-security unit. (Kansas Relector screen capture from Google Maps street view)

Kansas man battling terminal cancer released from Lansing prison

By: - April 13, 2021

TOPEKA — Christopher McIntyre, a 47-year-old with terminal stage four cancer, was released Tuesday from Lansing Correctional Facility as part of a clemency effort by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas. McIntyre was one of 105 inmates working with the ACLU of Kansas to request some form of executive clemency. Late last week, McIntyre’s […]

Families want attempted murder charges for Topeka men who shot teens over Trump signs

By: - April 13, 2021

TOPEKA — Family and supporters of five teenagers involved in a Halloween shooting are calling for charges against Robert Sinner to be elevated to attempted murder and for charges to be filed against his brother, Justin Sinner. The brothers took aim at the teenagers, striking three, after suspecting them of stealing Donald Trump signs. Robert […]

Lawmakers finalize effort to limit mail voting in Kansas

By: - April 12, 2021

TOPEKA — A pair of election bills passed by the Legislature to limit advance voting options and restrict the authority to change election law prompted passionate debate in the Senate and House. House Bill 2183, opposed by voting rights activists, would restrict the number of advance ballots an individual may deliver on behalf of others […]

Kansas Legislature endorses Gadsden flag license plate supporting state rifle association

By: - April 12, 2021

TOPEKA — A bundle of new distinctive license plates passed last week by the Kansas Legislature has drawn criticism for the inclusion of a plate design with ties to a former slave owner. House Bill 2166 authorizes the creation of several new plates to support various organizations, including the production of a plate modeled after the […]

Kansas high school students would face civics test, financial literacy course under finalized bill headed toward floor votes

By: - April 8, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas students would have to pass a civics test and a financial literacy course to graduate as soon as 2024 under a bill finalized Thursday by House and Senate legislators. House Bill 2039 would require students enrolled in an accredited state high school to pass a civics test composed of 60 total questions from […]

Kansas House passes revived effort to ban transgender athletes from women’s sports

By: - April 8, 2021

TOPEKA — In an impassioned speech late Thursday, Rep. Brandon Woodard called on Kansas House colleagues to reject the notion a bill banning transgender athletes from women’s sports would create a level playing field, saying it would instead send a negligent message almost certainly leading to bullying. The Lenexa Democrat said the Fairness in Women’s […]

Kansas House, Senate come to terms on K-12 education mega bill

By: - April 7, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas senators and representatives reached an agreement Wednesday on a bill reshaping K-12 education primarily through several initiatives designed to give struggling students and families options beyond public schools. The bill brought forth through the House K-12 Budget Education combines policy and financial elements of public education. Democratic legislators and public school advocates have […]

House and Senate negotiators begin wrangling over Kansas K-12 budget and policies

By: - April 7, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas Republican legislators from the House and Senate remain largely divided on several proposed budget and policy elements of K-12 public education in the state. Members of the House K-12 Education Budget Committee and the Senate Education Committee met Tuesday to negotiate elements of House Bill 2119, a measure with wide-ranging impacts on […]

Ted Lasso completes shocking upset to receive Kansas Coach of the Year award

By: - April 1, 2021

TOPEKA — Ted Lasso, a fictional soccer coach from a TV show of the same name, on Thursday beat out University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self and Wichita State women’s basketball coach Keitha Adams for the “significant, preeminent and definitely not made up” Kansas Coach of the Year award. Gov. Laura Kelly joined […]

As Kansans struggle with housing needs, advocates push for stronger safety net

By: - April 1, 2021

TOPEKA — At the onset of the pandemic last spring, Kirk King was displaced from his residence. Unable to afford rent, the lifelong Topeka resident has spent the past year living in his van or at a nearby campground. He said every day is a struggle with depression and an ailing hip for which he […]

Behemoth public education policy, budget measure narrowly approved by Kansas House

By: - March 31, 2021

TOPEKA — A bill with wide-ranging impacts to education policy and the public school budget passed the Kansas House by a narrow margin Tuesday despite bipartisan concerns over several provisions. House Bill 2119, the Student Empowerment Act, would take the per-pupil amount of money normally given to public schools and place it into education savings […]