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Kansas lawmakers pass bill allowing exemptions to vaccine mandates, and the governor will sign it

By Jim McLean  Republicans in the Kansas Legislature used a one-day special session to pass legislation aimed at circumventing Democratic President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The bill approved late

By Jim McLean  Republicans in the Kansas Legislature used a one-day special session to pass legislation aimed at circumventing Democratic President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The bill approved late



For hundreds of Afghan evacuees, the next stop is Kansas

By David Condos, High Plains Public Radio Hundreds of people evacuated from Afghanistan will start new lives in Kansas over the next few months. That has refugee resettlement groups rallying

By David Condos, High Plains Public Radio Hundreds of people evacuated from Afghanistan will start new lives in Kansas over the next few months. That has refugee resettlement groups rallying




How Johnson County’s growing population could impact Kansas’ new political maps

By Abigail Censky  Without a single new boundary line drawn for the congressional and legislative districts, Republicans running redistricting in Kansas find themselves under fire. Democrats argue that 14 town

By Abigail Censky  Without a single new boundary line drawn for the congressional and legislative districts, Republicans running redistricting in Kansas find themselves under fire. Democrats argue that 14 town



Kansas schools drop mask rules, even as Delta variant drives COVID-19 resurgence — where JoCo districts stand

Kansas schools masks

By Suzanne Perez  Most Kansas schoolchildren and teachers, regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, won’t be required to wear face masks next school year. Schools find themselves under

By Suzanne Perez  Most Kansas schoolchildren and teachers, regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, won’t be required to wear face masks next school year. Schools find themselves under


4 ways Republicans could redistrict Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids out of a job

Sharice Davids redistricting

By Abigail Censky  When Republicans in Congress blocked debate on the Democratic-led elections overhaul bill last week, it dashed U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids’ hopes that her district — which currently covers

By Abigail Censky  When Republicans in Congress blocked debate on the Democratic-led elections overhaul bill last week, it dashed U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids’ hopes that her district — which currently covers



SMSD weighs options after YouTube flags district account for ‘medical misinformation’ over mask comments

SMSD YouTube

By Abigail Censky  At the mid-May Shawnee Mission School Board meeting, state Sen. Mike Thompson, a former Kansas City television meteorologist, showed up to protest the district’s mask policy. Thompson,

By Abigail Censky  At the mid-May Shawnee Mission School Board meeting, state Sen. Mike Thompson, a former Kansas City television meteorologist, showed up to protest the district’s mask policy. Thompson,


Kansas Republican leaders end Gov. Kelly’s COVID-19 powers — here’s what it means

By Abigail Censky and Stephen Koranda  Kansas lawmakers abruptly decided to end the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration Tuesday. Republicans on the Legislative Coordinating Council canceled a meeting where they’d been

By Abigail Censky and Stephen Koranda  Kansas lawmakers abruptly decided to end the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration Tuesday. Republicans on the Legislative Coordinating Council canceled a meeting where they’d been


Vaccine hesitancy in Kansas is fading, except where it isn’t

By David Condos New survey results show that reluctance to get COVID-19 vaccinations has dropped in Kansas. At the same time, worries about vaccine side effects seem to be increasing.

By David Condos New survey results show that reluctance to get COVID-19 vaccinations has dropped in Kansas. At the same time, worries about vaccine side effects seem to be increasing.


Kansas school districts find changing offensive mascots costs money

Kansas offensive mascots

By Suzanne Perez  What does it cost a school district to change an offensive mascot? Some Kansas schools are starting to find out. Wichita school board members voted in February to get

By Suzanne Perez  What does it cost a school district to change an offensive mascot? Some Kansas schools are starting to find out. Wichita school board members voted in February to get


From taxes to trans athletes — what happened (and didn’t) in Kansas legislature this year

Kansas legislature 2021

By Abigail Censky and Stephen Koranda  After ousting moderates and electing more conservatives in the 2020 elections, Kansas Republicans road-tested their brawny supermajority at the end of the 2021 legislative session. That

By Abigail Censky and Stephen Koranda  After ousting moderates and electing more conservatives in the 2020 elections, Kansas Republicans road-tested their brawny supermajority at the end of the 2021 legislative session. That