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Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Rachel Mipro has covered state government in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. She and her fellow team of journalists were 2022 Goldsmith Prize Semi-Finalists for their work featuring the rise of the KKK in northern Louisiana, following racially-motivated shootings in 1960. With her move to the Midwest, Rachel is now turning her focus toward issues within Kansas public policies.

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona asks for Kansas educators' input on necessary educational reforms during a Sept. 5 bus tour. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. education secretary touts Kansas school initiatives, national debt forgiveness

By: - September 5, 2023

TOPEKA —Education will combat ignorance, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said, stressing diversity and debt forgiveness on the first leg of a Midwest bus tour meant to promote the Biden administration’s education initiatives.  The inaugural event was held at the Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers, where students partner with businesses for learning initiatives. […]

Kansas lawmakers say guns shouldn’t be blamed in spiking youth suicide rates

By: - September 1, 2023

TOPEKA — Though firearm deaths make up a significant number of youth suicides in the state, lawmakers on a mental health committee rejected recommendations for gun safety measures, asking instead to look at social media and the internet. “We need to focus not so much on the tool as we do the reason,” said Rep. […]

Kansas corrections officer charged with trafficking meth into Larned

By: - August 31, 2023

TOPEKA — A corrections officer has been arrested and charged with drug trafficking in Larned State Correctional Facility.  Following the arrest, a Kansas Department of Corrections spokesperson warned other staff members away from drug distribution.  The facility conducted an all-staff search Aug. 13 after receiving a tip-off from an investigation unit. The investigation found more […]

Evergy headquarters in downtown Topeka, Jan. 10, 2023

Evergy’s proposed rate increases are too high, Kansas regulators announce

By: - August 30, 2023

TOPEKA — State regulators say a detailed financial audit shows Evergy’s proposed $218 million rate hikes are unjustified. The Kansas Corporation Commission on Tuesday announced its staff had determined Evergy should lower rates in the Kansas City area and slightly increase rates for the rest of the state. The investor-owned utility, which serves about 1.6 […]

The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday a former police detective in Kansas City, Kansas, was indicted on six counts related to sexual assault of two women about 20 years ago. Roger Golubski, 69, was accused of federal civil rights crimes for assaulting victims while under "color of law." (Getty Images)

Justice Department orders Kansas community college to end racist policies

By: - August 29, 2023

TOPEKA — The U.S. Justice Department has ordered a rural northeast Kansas community college to end discriminatory practices and treat Black students fairly. The investigation into Highland Community College, about 80 miles north of Kansas City, followed allegations that Black students, primarily student-athletes living on campus, were subjected to discrimination. “No college student should have […]

State official on Kansas Medicaid unwinding: ‘We probably could’ve done a better job’

By: - August 29, 2023

TOPEKA — After describing long wait times, sluggish mail returns and unprecedented call center volumes, Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials announced — two weeks after their initial update — that they are trying to turn things around in the beleaguered department’s Medicaid renewal system. “Over the last year or so, we’ve received a […]

Artwork featuring a uterus appears outside of the Planned Parenthood Great Plains office in Overland Park

Kansas abortion provider counters ‘devastation’ inflicted by restrictions on out-of-state patients

By: - August 28, 2023

OVERLAND PARK — One mirrored building wall of the Planned Parenthood Great Plains office is covered with a painted uterus, with flowers drawn on the side and and a fist in the middle, punching up at a sunflower. Next to it is a slogan, bearing the phrase in giant words, “Thank you Kansas Voters!” Look […]

DCF admin sign in front of building

Kansas foster care providers and staff debate ways to reduce racism in system

By: - August 23, 2023

LAWRENCE — State systems are like egg-breakers, Sharla Smith said, using the imagery to ask whether governmental and social systems help or harm families of color.  “When you think about what systems are doing, are they cracking the egg from the outside, which ends life and ability and resources and opportunities for Black people, or […]

Sen. Molly Baumgardner said parents needed to have more input in school decisions, following a Jan. 10, 2023 conference on Republican legislative goals. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas lawmakers press state’s child advocate for foster care solutions

By: - August 23, 2023

TOPEKA — With increased rates of children in the foster care system sleeping in offices and social workers spending their time “shuttling kids” from place to place, advocates say lawmakers and government officials need to step up before the state faces another lawsuit. Lawmakers at a Tuesday child welfare system oversight meeting shifted the pressure […]

Lauren Tice Miller and Judith Deedy laugh

‘A new type of candidate’: Kansas education groups worry over school board races

By: - August 21, 2023

TOPEKA — As local school board candidates gear up for the November election, community leaders worry about misinformation and extremist candidates. Judith Deedy, executive director of Game On for Kansas Schools, a public education advocacy group, said the organization had to fight against “fake issues” promoted by several right-leaning local school board candidates, such as […]

Joan Meyer, co-owner of the Marion Record, was honored in a Saturday funeral service. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Co-owner of Kansas newspaper, who died amid stress from police raid, honored in funeral service

By: - August 19, 2023

MARION — Joan Meyer, surrounded by flowers and escorted to her gravesite by the same police force that may have had a hand in her death, was honored by her community in a Saturday service. “Joan was the epitome of knowing ‘small town’ does not have to mean ‘small mind,’ ” said the Rev. Ron DeVore. […]

Exterior view of Topeka Correctional Facility

Kansas prisoners injured in bus crash on way to Russell Stover job

By: and - August 17, 2023

TOPEKA — Eight residents of the women’s prison in Topeka were injured early Thursday when a bus transporting them from the Russell Stover factory in Iola crashed into a semi-truck hauling dirt. A spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol said the accident happened when the bus failed to stop at a stop sign, striking the […]