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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.

House bill would require Kansas drivers to stop for funeral processions

By: - February 2, 2021

TOPEKA — Inspired by Patriot Guard motorcycle riders at his uncle’s funeral procession, a Kansas legislator wants drivers to yield to funeral motorcades. Sen. Jeff Pittman, D-Leavenworth, said the Patriot Guard — an organization which will stand guard over funerals of military or first responders killed in action — aided the procession by managing traffic […]

Rep. Ponka-We Victors-Cozad, a Native American and Wichita Democrat, said she rejected an apology by Rep. John Wheeler, R-Garden City, who made an insensitive remark about Victors-Cozad holding a tomahawk instead of a gavel. (Pool photo by Evert Nelson/Topeka Capital-Journal)

Legislators hopeful Kansas will take meaningful step to address missing Indigenous people

By: - February 2, 2021

TOPEKA — Bernard Francis Mulanax, 40, has not been seen in more than a decade since he went missing in northeast Kansas. Mulanax failed to appear at a Dec. 26, 2009, doctor’s appointment in Manhattan. His roommates speculated he might have traveled to Topeka or an American Indian reservation in South Dakota. Few details are […]

Sen. Jeff Longbine, a Republican from Emporia, said allowing convenience stores, as opposed to casinos. engage in the business of sports gambling in Kansas sets taxpayers up to absorb losses sustained through bets placed at those retail stores. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Senate bill provides quarter-million-dollar loans to Kansas businesses hurt by pandemic

By: - February 1, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas senators moved without opposition Monday to pass a measure using state idle funds to provide low-interest loans to businesses financially hobbled by the pandemic. A second element of the bill would expand credit union field of membership from 500,000 to 2.5 million people, said Sen. Jeff Longbine, R-Emporia. “The third component of […]

Lawmakers resume effort to strengthen observation regulations in Kansas child abuse investigations

By: - February 1, 2021

TOPEKA — Rep. Louis Ruiz, D-Kansas City, Kansas, again pushed Monday for the passage of a bill that would mandate social workers and law enforcement agencies to visually observe children they suspect are being abused or neglected. Adrian’s Law — named after Adrian Jones, a Kansas City, Kansas, boy who was killed after years of […]

Child suicides on the rise in Kansas despite declining death rate

By: - January 31, 2021

TOPEKA — Despite a declining lower death rate among Kansas children, an annual report indicates the state saw an almost 10% increase in the number of youth suicides in 2018. The Kansas State Child Death Review Board, part of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, is charged with “identifying risk factors in deaths of children from […]

Governor’s tax council warns against proposals by Republicans to diminish Kansas revenue

By: - January 30, 2021

TOPEKA — The Governor’s Council on Tax Reform is advising extreme caution on any tax policies that may diminish revenue until Kansas has restored fiscal damage imposed by the pandemic. Presenting before the council Friday, Mark Burghart, secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue, said it would be best to tread carefully until state fiscal […]

Kansas legislators consider bills to amend advance voting laws, filling vacancies

By: - January 29, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas legislators are weighing a bill limiting who can deliver an advance ballot on behalf of another person in an attempt to prevent potential “ballot harvesting.” Ballot harvesting is when a third party collects a large number of ballots and submits them to the election office. President Donald Trump often pointed to the […]

Kansas House OKs bills on drug treatment, Indigenous people, abandoned wells

By: - January 28, 2021

TOPEKA — A bill passed Thursday by the Kansas House would establish a program diverting people with drug offenses from prison toward resources to fight their addiction. The legislation, which passed by a 123-0 vote, would establish a certified drug abuse treatment program in place of criminal proceedings. Prosecutors would be allowed to sign agreements […]

Mother’s racist rants puts Lawrence judge in no-win position amid custody dispute

By: - January 28, 2021

TOPEKA — A district judge’s ruling in an ongoing Lawrence custody case to keep four children with their mother, despite racist recordings where she is heard attacking the Black father, has come under scrutiny from activists and advocates on social media. In the recordings, Brynee Baldridge, the mother, can be heard verbally berating Kendrick Shorter, […]

Kansas top judge praises technological advances in State of the Judiciary speech

By: - January 27, 2021

In the annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday, the leading judge of the Kansas Supreme Court said the focus of the judicial branch in 2020 was largely on weathering the financial and physical realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. The judiciary worked toward maximizing access to fair justice and harnessing new technologies to overcome the […]

Kansas bill proposes crackdown on cellphone use by drivers in school and work zones

By: - January 27, 2021

TOPEKA — A disproportionate amount of motor vehicle accidents in Kansas come as a result of distracted driving, but a proposed bill aims to limit mobile phone disturbances while operating a motor vehicle. The Kansas Department of Transportation cites 15,000 crashes per year — one in every four — in Kansas are the result of […]

Kansas Democrats push to end harmful narrative of Columbus Day

By: - January 26, 2021

TOPEKA — American Indian legislators spoke Tuesday in support of a bill that aims to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day in Kansas. The bill seeks to recognize the “historic, cultural and contemporary significance of the Indigenous peoples” of the Americas and Kansas on the second Monday in October each year. Proponents argued the […]