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Kansas educator urges students to tap into COVID-19 experience via TikTok, Instagram

BY: - August 31, 2020

University of Kansas faculty member says K-12 students can explore COVID-19's impact on their lives through TikTok, Instagram and other social media.

Spanish-speaking Kansans face language barrier amid COVID-19

BY: - August 30, 2020

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 hospital in Wichita with her ill son, she received a bilingual staff member rather than a qualified interpreter. The staff member provided some basic translations, but it was insufficient. “My […]

On Aug. 14, 2020, a landspout tornado developed along the Kansas-Colorado border near the small town of Towner, Colorado. Unusual weather patterns this year have produced historically low numbers of tornadoes across Kansas. (Mike Umscheid)

Kansas seeing historically low number of tornadoes in 2020

BY: - August 29, 2020

Tornadoes and their warnings have been few and far between in Kansas for the majority of 2020, and in one corner of the state a record is poised to be broken if the trend continues through the end of the year. The National Weather Service office in Dodge City has recorded only six tornadoes across […]

Members of the University of Kansas women's basketball team Friday led a Black Lives Matter march across campus to draw attention to pervasive racism and inequality. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

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

BY: - August 28, 2020

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 at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

Kansas primary recorded unprecedented volume of votes

BY: - August 28, 2020

TOPEKA — Nearly 150,000 more Kansans turned out to vote in this year’s primary than ever before, including an unprecedented surge from mail-in ballots. Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Gov. Laura Kelly convened as the state’s canvassing board Friday to certify results from 636,032 votes. That figure tops the […]

Khadijah Hardaway, a community organizer for Justice for Wyandotte, and others gather Thursday to apply pressure to Kansas City, Kan., Mayor David Alvey and Wyandotte County administrator Doug Blach. They want criminal charges filed against retired detective Roger Golubski, and an investigation into his cases. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Interfaith call for justice seeks accountability for Wyandotte County officials

BY: - August 28, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Community activists and faith leaders are demanding action and transparency from Wyandotte County authorities on investigations into wrongful convictions and misconduct of a retired police detective. Khadijah Hardaway, a community organizer for Justice for Wyandotte, said in a call for justice Thursday night that accountability for Kansas City, Kansas, officials is […]

Kansas farmer Donn Teske, who operates a family farm in Pottawatomie County, is featured in the documentary film "The Disrupted" that blends the experiences of three hard-working Americans struggling to make it economically. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas farmer at heart of ‘Disrupted’ documentary on dehumanizing economic forces

BY: - August 28, 2020

TOPEKA — Fifth-generation Kansan Donn Teske’s commitment to family farm survival and humility inspired by German Lutheran lineage argued against taking part in a documentary capturing adversity of three seemingly divergent middle-class Americans compelled to adapt in a turbulent economy. Major health complications, staggering business debt and anxiety driven by a duty not to be […]

Angelica Hale says she plans to ask a federal judge to reconsider his decision to award her just nine months worth of back pay. She left Emporia State University in July 2015, citing a hostile work environment after she complained about the university's handling of a racial slur. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Former Emporia State University employee not happy with $64K ruling for discrimination

BY: and - August 27, 2020

TOPEKA — A federal judge has ordered Emporia State University to pay $64,000 to a former employee who faced retaliation after reporting a racist slur in 2015. Angelica Hale, 58, had argued for at least $500,000 to cover wages and benefits she would have earned if she had been allowed to stay at the university […]

Gov. Laura Kelly renewed an appeal for a new emergency federal COVID-19 package despite state tax revenue surpassing projections for November. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas officials to apply for supplemental jobless benefit program launched by Trump

BY: - August 27, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly directs Kansas officials to apply for new jobless aid program offering $300 per week in federal aid tied to $100 per week from the state.

Gov. Laura Kelly says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, led by secretary Lee Norman, left, will distribute $8 million in federal aid to "essential" workers, including child-care workers and first responders infected with COVID-19. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas directs $8 million to aid ‘essential workers’ who contract COVID-19

BY: - August 27, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly said $8 million in federal disaster funding will be set aside to cover health care expenses for essential workers and early-childhood professions infected with COVID-19. Under the initiative, assistance drawn from the CARES Act aid will be limited to $25,000 for uninsured individuals and $15,000 for insured individuals. Applications are available online […]

Gpv. Laura Kelly lauded a $200,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

UnitedHealthcare donates $200,000 to southeast Kansas health center

BY: - August 26, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly lauds $200,000 donation to southeast Kansas health center and presses anew for Medicaid expansion.