Kansas State University president Richard Myers said the profound backlog of deferred building maintenance at state universities necessitated creation of a new state funding source, even if it meant the six Kansas Board of Regents' universities had to raise money through donations or tuition to match state appropriations. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas State University simplifies inquiry of religious beliefs for anti-vax employees

BY: - November 4, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas State University has simplified its religious exemption form, based on new guidance from the federal government, for employees who don’t want to get a required COVID-19 vaccine. The change follows criticism leveled by lawmakers on a “government overreach” committee who complained about the university’s approach to “playing God” and interrogating employees for […]

The Kansas Democratic Party, a Democratic state legislator and an Overland Park rabbi condemned statements by GOP Rep. Brenda Landwehr and Wichita union president Conrad Beard, above, who described the federal vaccination mandate as modern-day persecution that could be tied to the experience of Jewish people. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Rabbi, Democratic legislator urge Kansas GOP to denounce COVID-19 critiques tied to Holocaust

BY: - November 4, 2021

Kansas Democrats and Johnson County rabbi urge Kansas GOP to denounce comparisons of COVID-19 mandates to slaughter of Jewish people in Holocaust.

Federal vaccine rule for private businesses to kick in on Jan. 4

BY: - November 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Many private employers beginning in January will have to ensure their workers either are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they will undergo weekly testing and wear a face covering, under a new federal rule announced Thursday by the White House. The policy from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to […]

Kansas foster care system isn’t following family first imperative, advocates, parents argue

BY: - November 3, 2021

TOPEKA — In 21 years working with incarcerated mothers and grandmothers, Dani Hulings has seen how the Kansas foster care system can often shut out parents and their families from the placement process. Hulings, a coordinator for the Offender Family Reintegration Services at the Topeka Correctional Facility, meets with approximately 67 of these mothers as […]

The three Olathe school board candidates endorsed by 1776 Project PAC prevailed Tuesday, based on preliminary vote totals, and overall eight of 10 school board candidates in Kansas backed by the PAC won seats. The PAC sponsored this mailer to influence voters in Olathe. (Kansas Reflector)

Seven of 10 Kansas school board candidates backed by 1776 PAC win

BY: - November 3, 2021

TOPEKA — Seven of 10 local school board candidates in eastern Kansas won election Tuesday after endorsed by a political action committee fearful an academic curriculum referred to as critical race theory could be introduced in the state’s classrooms. Preliminary counts showed candidates backed by the 1776 Project PAC performed well in the Olathe, Lansing […]

Gov. Laura Kelly embraced the FDA and CDC recommendation to voluntarily vaccinate children 5 to 11 years of age for COVID-19, arguing it would help keep kids in school classrooms. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas health officials launching COVID-19 vaccination program for children ages 5-11

BY: - November 3, 2021

Gov. Laura Kelly endorses COVID-19 vaccination of children 5-11 in line with FDA, CDC guidelines and denounces onslaught of coronavirus misinformation.

Kansas senator disappointed by inaction on foster care audits

BY: - November 3, 2021

TOPEKA — Sen. Richard Hilderbrand expressed frustration Wednesday with the failure to translate audits findings about the foster care system into corrective actions. The chairman of the joint foster care oversight committee was responding to an overview of a decade’s worth of audits that were presented to his panel. “As a legislator, we see audits […]

with the computer system in 2019 at a drinking water treatment facility in Ellsworth County. The recommendation is the former employee of the water plant serve one year in jail. (Getty Images)

Report allows Kansas residents to see what contaminants are in their drinking water

BY: - November 3, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas and Missouri residents may be drinking unsafe amounts of arsenic, nitrates and other chemicals — even if their provider is meeting federal drinking water requirements, according to data published Wednesday by an environmental group. The Environmental Working Group released its most up to date tap water database, compiling testing information […]

COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 get final endorsement by CDC

BY: - November 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11, a final decision that means those children can begin receiving shots as soon as Wednesday. Vials of the pediatric version of the vaccine have already been shipped to states, so they […]

‘Go to the source’: Kansas State Huck Boyd lecture focuses on indigenous voices in the media 

BY: - November 2, 2021

MANHATTAN —   Manhattan community members and Kansas State University affiliates gathered in the K-State Student Union Tuesday to hear about indigenous experiences from indigenous people.  “Nothing about us without us,” said Debra Bolton (Ohkay Owingeh/Diné/Ute), director of intercultural learning and academic success at Kansas State University during the lecture on Tuesday. She was talking […]

U.S. Rep. John Lewis was the youngest and last surviving member of the Big Six civil rights activists who led the fight to end legalized segregation and overturn Jim Crow laws. He was arrested dozens of times and beaten as a Freedom Rider. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Revised voting rights bill named for John Lewis wins over one GOP senator

BY: - November 2, 2021

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday she would join Senate Democrats in backing a compromise voting rights bill, marking the first time this year a Republican has signed on to a measure that likely still lacks enough GOP support to become law. Murkowski, of Alaska, joined Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard J. Durbin of […]

Former Attorney General Robert Stephan, who served four terms as the state's top law enforcement officer, died at age 89. The Republican left office in 1995. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore dies after battling cancer, Alzheimer’s disease

BY: - November 2, 2021

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat who served as Johnson County district attorney, died Tuesday after battling cancer.