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Kansas public defender not convinced of need for blanket suspension of...

A Kansas defense lawyer is frustrated by suspension of speedy-trial law, while the state's attorney general expects a flood of lawsuits on that point.

Disabled, elderly advocates eager for KDHE reporting of site-specific COVID-19 outbreaks

Advocates of elderly and disabled people in Kansas are urging KDHE to resume facility-specific reporting on spread of COVID-19 infection.

Kansas politicians pay tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly ordered U.S. flags in Kansas be flown at half-staff to honor late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Attorney: Driver’s license for undocumented immigrants key to safer roads in...

TOPEKA — An Overland Park attorney is pushing for action that would allow undocumented immigrants in Kansas to obtain a state driver’s license, something...

Kansas commission members seek refreshed ideas on race and the criminal...

TOPEKA — Members of a legislative panel said a refreshed approach to the intersection of criminal justice reform and race is needed after decades...

Path to civic engagement for Kansas’ marginalized communities littered with barriers

TOPEKA — Shannon Portillo remembers the glares and sideways glances cast at her father, a darker-skinned, Mexican American man, and her mother, a blond,...

Kansas tribes seek clarity with federal, state law enforcement

TOPEKA — In Vivien Olsen’s experience as an American Indian tribal attorney, she has seen firsthand how the complicated tribal, state and federal law...

Spanish-speaking Kansans face language barrier amid COVID-19

Veronica Mireles knows from personal experience the perils many Kansas Latinos face navigating health care in Kansas without English fluency. When Mireles arrived at a...

KU women’s basketball team leads Black Lives Matter march across campus

University of Kansas women's basketball team draws hundreds to Black Lives Matter march on campus in Lawrence.

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally...

WASHINGTON — On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday...

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