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

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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

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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



Medical marijuana could become legal in Kansas — but very hard to get

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By Stephen Koranda  Kansas stands among a shrinking handful of states that makes cannabis an outlaw drug, even as a medical tool. Lawmakers trying to overcome resistance to any legalization are looking

By Stephen Koranda  Kansas stands among a shrinking handful of states that makes cannabis an outlaw drug, even as a medical tool. Lawmakers trying to overcome resistance to any legalization are looking


Kansas schools are returning kids to in-person learning, but concerns over ventilation linger

Kansas schools ventilation

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen  After the pandemic hit, the largest school district in Kansas set to calculating how much outdoor air it should pull into its buildings. Wichita Public Schools turned

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen  After the pandemic hit, the largest school district in Kansas set to calculating how much outdoor air it should pull into its buildings. Wichita Public Schools turned




COVID-19 vaccines are coming to Kansas nursing homes soon, but family visits likely remain months away

Johnson County kids vaccine

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen  COVID-19 poses such dire risks to older people in nursing homes that even vaccines won’t guarantee a quick end to their pandemic isolation. Tens of thousands of

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen  COVID-19 poses such dire risks to older people in nursing homes that even vaccines won’t guarantee a quick end to their pandemic isolation. Tens of thousands of




Conservatives keep top jobs in Kansas statehouse, setting up more clashes with governor in 2021

By Stephen Koranda  Republican legislative leaders will likely keep their sometimes combative relationship with Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. Conservative Republicans maintained their grip on top jobs in the Kansas

By Stephen Koranda  Republican legislative leaders will likely keep their sometimes combative relationship with Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. Conservative Republicans maintained their grip on top jobs in the Kansas