State Rep. Steven Howe, a conservative Republican from Salina, says he agonized over the science of vaccines before accepting a shot for COVID-19 and public urging others to do likewise. (Submitted)

Kansas legislator navigates personal journey from hesitancy to acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - September 3, 2021

Conservative state Rep. Steven Howe of Salina gets vaccinated for COVID-19 and urges other Kansans to help themselves and others by doing the same.

’Ghosts of Segregation’ asks Kansans to face their complicity in America’s racist history

BY: - September 2, 2021

TOPEKA — Richard Frishman sees the pervasiveness of racism and oppression throughout much of America’s built environment. In March 2018, the Pulitzer-nominated photographer set out to document locations emblematic of racial injustices, including segregated entrances and sites of racial violence. For Frishman, who began his career in photojournalism documenting white supremacist groups and racial tensions, […]

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, said during a stop at Washburn University in Topeka the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan made clear Congress in the future should rely on declarations of war rather than open ended resolutions authorizing the executive branch to wage war. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Moran: Congress should vote on declarations of war before triggering military power

BY: - September 2, 2021

Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas wants future military campaigns based on declarations of war instead of open-ended resolutions by Congress.

Protesters hold up signs at a protest outside the Texas state capitol on May 29, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Thousands of protesters came out in response to a new bill outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot. (Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

Wichita’s Trust Women abortion clinic preparing for influx of patients from Texas

BY: - September 2, 2021

Kansas' Trust Women abortion clinic in Wichita braces for influx of Texas women after adoption of law banning most procedures after six weeks.

Judge tosses lawsuit backed by Kansas AG challenging Biden’s ‘social cost of carbon’ calculation

BY: - September 1, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal judge found a group of Republican attorneys general lacked the standing to sue President Joe Biden’s administration for taking steps to consider the “social cost of carbon” in federal regulations. The suit, supported by officials in 13 states, was led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is running […]

New polling shows Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly with a slight edge over Attorney General Derek Schmidt, left, in a likely 2022 gubernatorial showdown following former Gov. Jeff Colyer's withdrawal from the GOP primary. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Federal, state GOP politicians pledge support for Schmidt in governor’s race

BY: - September 1, 2021

Prominent Republicans line up with AG Derek Schmidt after Schmidt's rival for the GOP nomination for governor, Jeff Colyer, dropped out.

Maj. Gen. David Weishaar, the Kansas adjutant general, said about 280 Air and Army members of the Kansas National Guard would deploy to Louisiana to support hurricane recovery efforts. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas National Guard troops deploy to Louisiana in wake of Hurricane Ida

BY: - September 1, 2021

About 280 Kansas National Guard airmen and soldiers are deploying with vehicles and equipment to aid Louisiana's hurricane recovery.

Ambitious project to improve autism services in Kansas unites parents, advocates, providers

BY: - September 1, 2021

TOPEKA — Megan Bradshaw wants to make autism services more inclusive and eliminate red tape for Kansas families who need those services. In her experience, being the mother of a 7-year-old girl with autism is a full-time job on top of her other full-time job, in the juvenile services division of the Kansas Department of […]

Gov. Laura Kelly said the state was collaborating with Dillons grocery stores in 12 counties to provide incentives of up to $100 for people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Dillons, Kansas collaborating on $100 COVID-19 vaccination incentive

BY: - August 31, 2021

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly and the Dillons grocery store chain Tuesday launched a new COVID-19 vaccination incentive program delivering $50 per dose or a total of $100 for individuals 12 years or older who volunteer to accept shots. The pilot project is financed with immunization funding allocated to Kansas through the U.S. Centers for […]

Rural advocates pinpoint holes in Kansas mental health, multilingual services

BY: - August 31, 2021

TOPEKA — Rural health and education advocates say increased access to mental health care and improved cultural or linguistic services would go a long way toward addressing disparities between communities of color and their white counterparts in rural Kansas. Francisca Jimenez, a parenting coach and home visitor for Russell Child Development Center, said a lack […]

Andy Brienzo, an auditor with the Kansas Legislature's auditing arm, delivered an analysis of the economic impact of taxpayer-backed STAR bonds in select cities in Kansas. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Legislative audit places Kansas’ lonely reliance on STAR bonds under harsh spotlight

BY: - August 31, 2021

Legislature's auditors release report asserting majority of STAR bond development projects in Kansas don't deliver adequately as tourism sites.

U.S. military has left Afghanistan; evacuation of Americans and Afghans moves into next phase

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Even as the last military planes left Kabul, members of Congress were still trying to facilitate the evacuations of more Americans and Afghans. Reps. Jason Crow, D-Co., Andy Kim, D-N.J., and Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., are leading efforts to supply names and contacts of Afghans who helped the United States in the past 20 […]