Cyber Ninjas CEO refuses to testify at congressional hearing on Arizona ‘audit’
WASHINGTON — When the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee holds a hearing Thursday to probe the so-called election “audit” in Arizona, the CEO of the company hired to conduct that controversial review will be absent. Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, was asked to testify but told committee officials ahead of the hearing that he […]
FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter […]
This Kansas senator wants to stifle talk of systemic racism — never mind the research
The exchange was tense and confusing, taking up several perplexing minutes during a Sept. 22 hearing. Sen. Richard Hilderbrand, chairman of the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight, heard something he didn’t like during the day’s testimony, which focused on maternal health. “That terminology of racism is being thrown around […]
Tiny rally at Kansas Capitol seeks big change in treatment of Jan. 6 ‘political prisoners’
Modestly attended event at Kansas Capitol suggests little organized support exists for "political prisoners" who invaded U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
‘Our bodies are ours and ours alone’: Women across Kansas march to defend abortion rights
MANHATTAN — Kansans marched Saturday in defense of abortion rights in cities statewide in coordination with a national response to attacks on women’s reproductive rights. The marches were planned in Manhattan, Topeka, Hays, Salina, Lawrence and several locations in the Kansas City, Kansas, area. The Rally to Defend Abortion Rights is a nationwide event, with […]
Kansas strikes deal to bring state into compliance with federal voter registration law
Kelly administration works to get voter registration information to people on public assistance and comply with federal law neglected by previous governors.
Shawnee chief seeks inquiry to determine if children buried at Kansas boarding school
The Shawnee Tribe chief calls for comprehensive national investigation of board schools where Indigenous children may be buried in unmarked graves.
New coalition working to stifle institutional racism in Kansas foster care system
The state of Kansas is working collaboratively with a series of organizations to address racism in the foster care system.
Wichita death spurs call for alternative to incarceration of teenagers
KBI is investigating the death of a 17-year-old male at the Wichita juvenile detention facility prompting call to end incarceration of youth.
Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges. The proposed rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security, would “preserve and fortify” the DACA program, an Obama administration-era initiative that protects […]
What does an LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance mean for Wichita? Your questions answered.
The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Liz Hamor runs a leadership consulting business, Center of Daring. Most Kansans agree that discrimination is wrong and goes against their values. However, a proposed LGBTQ-inclusive […]
Kansan charged in Jan. 6 riot at U.S. Capitol near scene of fatal shooting
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.