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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.

Kansas school leaders urge lawmakers to fully fund special education services

By: - November 11, 2022

TOPEKA — It’s difficult for 6-year-old Crosby Orlando to stay in his first grade classroom. Born with Down syndrome, he has been in therapy since he was four weeks old to work on behavioral and communication barriers. Orlando is mostly nonverbal and uses signs to communicate with classmates, though he gets restless and wants to […]

Kansas Board of Education members debate recommending the removal of offensive Kansas mascots. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Board of Education recommends removal of offensive American Indian mascots

By: - November 10, 2022

TOPEKA — The Kansas Board of Education recommended the removal of American Indian-themed mascots and branding from Kansas school districts, saying American Indian students deserve to feel comfortable in schools across the state. The mascot debate has been ongoing, with the Advisory Council for Indigenous Education recommending in October that the BOE and the Kansas […]

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Republicans sweep Kansas Board of Education seats, say they will give parents more oversight

By: - November 9, 2022

TOPEKA — New Kansas State Board of Education members say they will prioritize parental oversight in schools across Kansas. Ahead of the election, the 10-seat board had six Republican and four Democratic members. With Republicans taking all five seats on the ballot in the November election, the BOE will shift further to the right. Republicans […]

Kris Kobach stands outside the Kansas GOP watch party on Election Day. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kobach wins Kansas AG race, vows to fight Biden administration

By: - November 9, 2022

TOPEKA — Kris Kobach is set to take the Kansas attorney general seat, becoming the state’s top law enforcement officer and chief legal advisor after a series of political failures. Kobach said he will use the position to sue President Joe Biden’s administration.  At midnight on Election Day, Kobach had carried the vote by a […]

Kansas Supreme Court justices hang onto seats in retention vote

By: - November 9, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansans voted to keep all six state Supreme Court justices up for retention on the November ballot. The justices were returned with more than 60% voter support, including two who voted in favor of abortion rights. Kansas Supreme Court justices on the ballot were Daniel Biles, Marla Luckert, Evelyn Wilson, Caleb Stegall, K.J. […]

Kris Kobach declared victory at midnight on Election Day. His opponent said there's still room for doubt. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas AG candidate Kris Kobach declares victory; opponent says race isn’t over yet

By: - November 8, 2022

TOPEKA — Republican attorney general candidate Kris Kobach declared victory Tuesday night, though his Democratic opponent Chris Mann says the race is still too close to call.  At midnight, Kobach took to the Kansas GOP watch party stage to announce his win.  “I don’t care who you are, or where you come from, you gotta […]

A political mailer about Rep. Heather Meyer

Kansas GOP mailers push ‘patently absurd’ crime narrative, teachers union says

By: - November 7, 2022

TOPEKA — GOP mailers flooding Kansas mailboxes across the state in the last push before Election Day are focusing on crime. Some Kansans have called the mailer contents blatant lies and a form of fear mongering that follows national GOP election tactics. Republican candidates have accused Democratic opponents of wanting to defund the police and […]

A month removed from the vaccine receiving emergency use authorization for children younger than 5, doctors with the University of Kansas Health System say many pediatricians offices are running out of the shot. (Getty Images)

With long COVID symptoms in mind, health officials urge Kansans to take booster shot

By: - November 4, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas health officials are warning residents about lingering COVID-19 symptoms, asking people to get boosters and practice COVID-19 safety measures ahead of winter, when COVID-19 cases are predicted to significantly increase.  Catherine Satterwhite, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regional health administrator for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, said numbers for […]

Parents of disabled children address Kansas Legislature again: ‘Families are drowning’

By: - November 3, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansans who urged lawmakers to fix the state’s health care system weeks ago say their situations have become untenable. Kathy Keck, a mother of five kids, three of whom have developmental and medical disabilities, said she left the workforce more than five years ago to care for her children. In September, Keck told […]

Candidates Scott Schwab and Jeanna Repass appear on stage for a televised debate

Kansas Secretary of State candidates debate election fraud, gerrymandering

By: - November 2, 2022

TOPEKA — Bucking national trends, the Democratic candidate running for Kansas secretary of state said election deniers need to be listened to while the Republican incumbent candidate quashed theories of voter fraud in the Kansas electoral system. Democratic candidate Jeanna Repass, an Overland Park resident, is running against incumbent Secretary of State Scott Schwab. Repass […]

A "vote here" sign is displayed next to a tree outside the Shawnee County Election Office

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly doubles fundraising by Derek Schmidt in latest finance reports

By: - November 1, 2022

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly’s campaign touted more than $3.1 million in fundraising in the final months before the November election, saying most of these contributions came from individuals. The Democratic incumbent nearly doubled the money raised by her Republican rival, Derek Schmidt, who reported $1.7 million in contributions. Independent candidate Dennis Pyle, a state […]

Kansas constitutional amendment on sheriffs: What would it do, who supports it, who is opposed?

By: - October 31, 2022

TOPEKA — A constitutional amendment on the November ballot would take away local attorneys’ abilities to investigate sheriffs. Some citizens and lawyers are worried that Kansas voters don’t know the full implications of rewriting the constitution to remove the ability of local district attorneys to start legal proceedings against local sheriffs if they believe there’s […]