Bipartisan scorn for barbering board’s style of grading potential licensees
Kansas legislators are skeptical of the state barbering board's plan for weighing civil and criminal records to decide suitability for a barbering license.
Black girls in Kansas face harsher discipline than their white peers — this needs to change
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. Jazmine Rogers is a youth leader with the Kansas juvenile justice group Progeny. Growing up in Kansas, I’ve witnessed the heartbreaking relentlessness of our state’s youth […]
Abortion a blunt instrument in Bollier, Marshall battle for open U.S. Senate seat
Abortion politics driving wedge into U.S. Senate showdown in Kansas between Republican Roger Marshall and Democrat Barbara Bollier.
Former Topekan to lead Smithsonian’s museum of African American history, culture
The new director of Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is poet and author Kevin Young, a former Topeka resident.
Biden says he’ll support election outcome, but Trump urges supporters to ‘watch very carefully’
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged Tuesday night to accept the outcome of the election, while President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “watch very carefully” what happens as voters cast their general-election ballots. Those comments were in response to a question at the first presidential debate from moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, […]
Kansas long-term care advocates view public COVID-19 report as ‘life-or-death’ guide
Kansas advocates for the elderly and disabled in long-term care facilities praise KDHE reporting on clusters, but would welcome more data.
Kansas public defender not convinced of need for blanket suspension of speedy-trial law
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 Kansas
TOPEKA — An Overland Park attorney is pushing for action that would allow undocumented immigrants in Kansas to obtain a state driver’s license, something she said is necessary for safer roads and safer immigrant populations. To obtain a Kansas driver’s license, immigrants are required to prove they are citizens of the U.S. by providing a […]
Kansas commission members seek refreshed ideas on race and the criminal justice system
TOPEKA — Members of a legislative panel said a refreshed approach to the intersection of criminal justice reform and race is needed after decades of inaction. Melody Brannon, a federal public defender in Kansas, said having the same conversations on police reform with the same ideas won’t move the needle to where marginalized communities need […]
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, blue-eyed, white woman, as they entered their polling location together. Despite the looks, her parents took pride in voting, said Portillo, the assistant VP of academic affairs at the University of […]