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Senate acquits Trump in his second impeachment trial; 7 GOPs vote...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist...

Obscure history of Black lynchings in Kansas inspires activism against modern-day...

Activists say the history of Black lynching in Kansas serves as a point of departure for consideration of modern forms of racial injustice.

Former Topeka City Council candidate faces federal charges from violence at...

TOPEKA — Federal agents on Friday arrested Will Pope, a former Topeka City Council candidate, for federal charges related to the Jan. 6 violent...

Lawrence attorney nominated for vacancy on Court of Appeals

Gov. Kelly nominates a Lawrence attorney with experience in health and employment law to vacancy on Kansas Court of Appeals.

Kansas lawmaker wonders if marriage involves ‘implied consent’ for sexual battery

TOPEKA — Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel cautioned his colleagues Thursday in a speech on the House floor about the dangers of criminalizing "a routine...

Advocates ask lawmakers for path to terminate parental rights of sex...

TOPEKA — It is an “unconscionable” thought that victims of sexual assault resulting in the conception of a child may have to co-parent alongside...

Kansas senator sponsors effort to ban transgender athletes from women’s sports

TOPEKA — Sen. Renee Erickson is advocating passage of a bill by the Kansas Legislature to forbid individuals declared male at birth who later...

Kansas Sentencing Commission, Department of Corrections back bill lowering punishment for...

TOPEKA — A representative for the Kansas Sentencing Commission says research casts doubt on the theory that increased prison sentences will effectively deter people...

House bill seeks to rehab Kansas unemployment system, establish oversight council

TOPEKA — Supporters of a House bill that would revamp the unemployment insurance system in Kansas say if changes are not made now, issues...

Kansas public defender system in crisis with low pay, unreasonable caseloads

TOPEKA — The executive director of the Kansas board overseeing court-appointed defense in felony criminal cases says the state public defender system is in...

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