An individual holds a lead pipe, a steel pipe and a lead pipe treated with protective orthophosphate. The Environmental Protection Agency is only now requiring water systems to inventory their lead pipes decades after new ones were banned. (Environmental Protection Agency)

White House launches new push to help states remove lead pipes that carry drinking water

BY: - January 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced plans to speed up the use of infrastructure law funds to replace lead pipes in underserved communities, with a focus on Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin beginning this year. The four states, each led by Democratic governors, will be part of what’s called the Lead Service […]

Rachel Imthurn, left, and Barb Conant support the Kansas Judicial Council's recommendation for a state law requiring 30-day notice and appeals process for involuntary discharge from an assisted living facility in Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Judicial Council wants 30-day notice of involuntary discharge from Kansas elder care facilities

BY: - January 27, 2023

Kansas Judicial Council proposes state law granting 30-day notice and appeal process for involuntary discharges from assisted living facilities.

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It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your work laptop is?

BY: - January 27, 2023

Last night, I imagined myself as a boiled frog. Laptop in my lap at 8:30 p.m., I highlighted text from one page, copied it and pasted it onto another page. Over and over. Cut. Copy. Paste. Onto the next page. Highlight. Copy. Paste. Onto the next page. Next to me, my daughter and wife were […]

Proposed Kansas bill would turn abortion control over to cities, counties

BY: - January 23, 2023

TOPEKA — A recently introduced bill would bring the abortion fight to the county and city level, allowing local government to limit access to reproductive health care. The latest in a series of attempts to restrict abortion, Senate Bill 65 would give cities and counties the right to enact stricter laws on abortion than current […]

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Federal judge could decide as soon as February to yank abortion pill nationwide

BY: - January 23, 2023

WASHINGTON — A Texas judge could decide as soon as next month whether to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pull its two-decade-old approval of the abortion pill, which accounts for more than half of pregnancy terminations in the United States. A nationwide injunction in the case, as requested by anti-abortion groups, would […]

Vice President Kamala Harris

VP Harris in Tallahassee: ‘Can we truly be free if a woman cannot make decisions about her life?’

BY: , , and - January 22, 2023

In a direct challenge to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to his back yard Sunday to announce that President Joe Biden was signing an executive order designed to guarantee access to abortion rights, including abortion-inducing medications. During a roughly 20-minute address in Tallahassee marking what would have been the 50th anniversary […]

Micah Kubic, of the ACLU of Kansas, appears at a microphone

ACLU of Kansas prepared to challenge Legislature’s attacks on trans kids, voting rights

BY: - January 16, 2023

TOPEKA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas is prepared to challenge the Kansas Legislature’s annual attacks on transgender children, voting rights and reproductive health care while searching for common ground on criminal justice reform and medical marijuana. The organization’s priorities for the 2023 session are mostly at odds with leadership in the GOP-dominated […]

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Survivors of sexual abuse plead for changes in Kansas law that protects pedophiles

BY: - January 13, 2023

TOPEKA — Four survivors of childhood sexual abuse revealed details about the worst moments of their lives in a public rebuke of state law that protects pedophiles from criminal prosecution or civil lawsuits. Backed by a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers, the women emphasized that it can take years before a survivor accepts what happened […]

Gov. Laura Kelly

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly cleared to return after doctors say COVID-19 test was inaccurate

BY: - January 12, 2023

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly’s office says she doesn’t have COVID-19 after all. The office issued a statement Thursday saying her physician and state health officials believe an initial test earlier this week produced a “false positive” result. Her subsequent tests have been negative, the statement said. The governor appeared at a series of events […]

Supporters of women's reproductive rights gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court on May 3, 2022, in protest of a leaked draft ruling that shows the court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade. (Jane Norman/States Newsroom)

U.S. House Republicans push through two anti-abortion measures in first work week

BY: - January 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved its first abortion-related measures under a new Republican majority, eliciting strong support from GOP members and opposition from Democrats, who rejected the legislation as misleading and incomplete. Republicans, who secured a four-seat majority during the November midterm elections, said the bill setting medical standards on a national […]

KDHE Secretary Janet Stanek affirms safety of COVID-19 vaccine to lawmakers questioning Kansas health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during a Jan.11, 2023 committee meeting. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

With Medicaid ‘continuous coverage’ ending soon, many Kansans may lose access to care

BY: - January 11, 2023

TOPEKA — With federal “continuous coverage” Medicaid protections ending, thousands of Kansans are expected to be dropped from medical programs in the coming months.  While President Joe Biden is expected to extend the public health emergency issued for COVID-19, one that allowed for health-related measures and the continuous coverage policy, states will no longer have […]

Gov. Laura Kelly, with granddaughter Laura "Rory" Weiden in her lap, signed an executive order creating a task force to make recommendations on improving the state's system of early childhood development. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly creates early childhood task force with first executive order of second term

BY: - January 10, 2023

Gov. Laura Kelly's first executive order of her second term creates a task force studying barriers to affordable, quality early childhood education.