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Allison Garrett, president of Emporia State University since 2016, has been selected as the next chancellor of higher education in Oklahoma. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Emporia State president chosen to lead Oklahoma’s higher education system

BY: - September 25, 2021

Emporia State University's president has been selected to serve as the next chancellor of Oklahoma's system of higher education.

University researchers working to produce a detailed map of Kansas' broadband access, quality and affordability are encouraging parents of school-age children to participate in a 10-minute survey to assist with the project. (Getty Images)

Survey seeks input on digital divide from Kansas parents of school-age children

BY: - September 24, 2021

TOPEKA — University researchers working on a project to document the availability and quality of internet connections across Kansas have homework for K-12 parents. The assessment of broadband access and affordability funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce began in March, with researchers documenting unmet needs and developing a map of internet speeds by ZIP […]

Michael Eckerman, 37, of Wichita, is charged with federal crimes for alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol in protest of the election victory of President Joe Biden. The photograph is included in the FBI's affidavit filed against Eckerman. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansan charged in Jan. 6 riot at U.S. Capitol near scene of fatal shooting

BY: - September 22, 2021

A Wichita man facing federal charges for participating in assault on the U.S. Capitol was near the scene of the fatal shooting of a protester.

Lawrence attorney Chris Mann, a former prosecutor and police officer, entered the race for the Democratic Party's nomination for attorney general in Kansas. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Former prosecutor, cop launches campaign for Kansas attorney general

BY: - September 22, 2021

Former county prosecutor and police officer Chris Mann of Lawrence is the first Democrat to enter the Kansas race for attorney general.

the COVID-19 vaccine shouldn't receive a dishonorable discharge for exercising a personal right. (Screen capture of C-SPAN2 coverage/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas senator seeks honorable discharge for troops rejecting vaccine

BY: - September 21, 2021

U.S. Sen. Marshall of Kansas says it would be wrong for the Pentagon to issue dishonorable discharges to service members who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.

Kansas special education council approves new target metrics for children with disabilities

BY: - September 16, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas council providing special education policy guidance to the state board of education approved Thursday a target high school graduation rate of 80.5% for children with disabilities in 2020, increasing by 0.5% each year through 2025. The Kansas State Special Education Advisory Council is entering a new cycle of the state performance […]

U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, the 2nd District Republican, joined U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall in demanding thorough vetting of Afghan refugees before any were relocated to Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas lawmakers demand rigorous vetting of Afghan refugees

BY: - September 16, 2021

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall and U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, both Kansas Republicans, want Afghan refugees subject to vetting before relocated to Kansas.

Rep. Mark Samsel, a Republican from Wellsville, entered a guilty plea to three misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct for a physical and verbal episode during April at Wellsville High School. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas House member takes plea deal in Wellsville school case

BY: - September 13, 2021

A Wellsville Republican in the Kansas House agreed to plead guilty to three misdemeanors in wake of his bizarre behavior while a substitute teacher.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt joined a dozen other attorneys general in support of a lawsuit challenging a federal law limiting direct and indirect use of COVID-19 stimulus funding to reduce state taxes. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

AG says winter natural gas price spikes ‘appear to violate Kansas law,’ seeks help for investigation

BY: - September 13, 2021

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office is seeking outside legal help to investigate huge spikes in natural gas prices this winter, signaling the state could consider suing over the disaster. Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office announced in a news release Monday that it planned to hire a law firm with expertise in the natural gas market […]

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, added his voice to GOP opposition by state and federal lawmakers to President Joe Biden's plan for broadening of COVID-19 vaccination requirements. (C-SPAN screenshot/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republicans raise objections to Biden’s expansive vaccine mandate

BY: - September 10, 2021

Half of Kansas congressional delegation and three GOP leaders in the Kansas House are critical of President Biden's COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

The University of Kansas chancellor and the Kansas Board of Regents chairwoman denounced content of the KU student body president's social media posts while defending her constitutional right to expression. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU chancellor denounces student body president’s Twitter commentary

BY: - September 9, 2021

KU chancellor and Kansas Board of Regents chair condemn student body president's commentary on "death to America," but defend her free speech rights.

Kansas state Treasurer Lynn Rogers said a one-month record of $6.3 million in unclaimed property was returned by the treasurer's office to 6,000 people during August. The previous record of $4.2 million was set in 2019. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas treasury returns record $6.3M in unclaimed property in August

BY: - September 9, 2021

The Kansas state treasurer's office say a one-month record $6.3 million in unclaimed property was distributed during August to 6,000 recipients.