The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to broadly regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants, siding with a group of Republican attorneys general and coal companies in a major blow to the executive branch’s power to curb climate change. The opinion was a victory for the Republican-led states that undertook the […] The post U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
A mother aboard a train derailment in Mendon, Missouri, on Monday climbed on top of the wreckage and went from train car to train car, yelling into each window while searching for her three children, according to her son, Dax McDonald. The Amtrak train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it struck a […] The post Brother and sister recount ‘very traumatizing’ Amtrak derailment in Missouri appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
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Gov. Laura Kelly, legislators finalize plans to provide funding for 5% pay increase for state government workers — first across-the-board raise since 2018. The post Finance council approves Kansas state worker pay raises, digs into bonuses for child care providers appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
TOPEKA — When retired U.S. Army Col. Lynn Rolf enlisted and went to war, the federal government made a promise it would take care of his medical needs. Rolf, who began his 31 years of military service in 1970 in Vietnam, says he is still fighting the battle to ensure that commitment is fulfilled and […] The post Kansas veterans and legislators wary of proposal to close VA clinics and cut emergency services appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Ken Grotewiel served as a state representative from Wichita from 1983 to 1994. He has since worked as a mediator and facilitator to resolve public disputes. I […] The post Trying to understand Trump supporters has been challenging. Here’s how my efforts went. appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
TOPEKA — Katie Sawyer, Republican gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt’s running mate, said neither she nor the attorney general would support Medicaid expansion in its current proposed form. Sawyer made the remarks at a candidate forum in Salina over the weekend in response to a question from an audience member who asked if Schmidt would support […] The post Schmidt, Kelly campaigns at odds on approach to Medicaid expansion in Kansas appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
Donald Trump had to be held back from joining his enraged, rioting supporters — even after the president was told they were armed — in their assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to astonishing testimony to the Jan. 6 committee Tuesday from a former top White House aide. Trump, spewing expletives, was so angry at […] The post Trump had to be physically restrained from joining Jan. 6 mob, House panel told appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
ELY, Iowa — U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack, during an eastern Iowa visit Tuesday, announced a $10 million initiative to help farms and businesses find uses for waste byproducts. The grant program is one piece of President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure law, passed in November. Vilsack said the initiative will help build a bio-based […] The post Vilsack announces $10 million grant program to develop new uses for ag waste appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
Kansas Corporation Commission gathers input about Evergy's new energy efficiency programs, and consumers think company's plan falls short. The post KCC checking temperature of consumers on Evergy’s new energy efficiency portfolio appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Ron Smith is a fifth-generation Kansan, a native of Manhattan, an attorney practicing in Larned, a grandfather several times over, a Vietnam veteran and a civil war […] The post In electing lawmakers, Kansans might want to look past active-verb artists appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington […] The post U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
TOPEKA — The U.S. Justice Department in a federal lawsuit says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment fired an employee in 2010 because she was about to be deployed as a member of the Army National Guard. Staff Sgt. Stacey Gonzales, of Garden City, is asking for lost wages and benefits as a result […] The post U.S. Justice Department sues Kansas agency for firing deployed National Guard member in 2010 appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
Kansas attorney general candidate Tony Mattivi defends view teachers with firearm training should be allowed to voluntarily carry a gun in schools. The post Kansas GOP attorney general candidate eager to arm teachers to blunt school massacres appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
Campaign for Republican Party's nomination for Kansas governor features Attorney General Derek Schmidt and recently arrested Kincaid resident Arlyn Briggs. The post Kansas GOP governor candidate arrested on felony charge plunges ahead with campaign appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
Never underestimate the power of an individual setting out to change minds. That’s proved by the story of Brenan Riffel, a University of Kansas graduate student who confronted state Rep. Cheryl Helmer, R-Mulvane, over a bill targeting transgender people. Helmer’s bigoted response drew national attention at just the moment the Kansas Legislature was attempting to […] The post Grad student’s moral clarity exposed bigotry in the Kansas Statehouse. There is more to her story. appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
Kansas military veterans praise federal legislation recognizing toxic exposure to burn pits under bill championed by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran. The post In their words: Kansas military veterans share passion for federal burn-pit legislation appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
OVERLAND PARK — As she sat in the back of the conference room, behind rows and rows of people, she listened to this panel of four talk about Kansas classrooms. How long have the people on this panel spent in public schools, she wondered. More specifically, how long have they spent in Kansas ones? This […] The post Divisions over Kansas K-12 education spawn misinformation and anxiety at Overland Park forum appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Inas Younis was born in Mosul, Iraq, and emigrated to the United States as a child. She is a writer and commentator who has been widely published […] The post The fight for special education is worth it — for families and Kansas’ future appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
TOPEKA — The Kansas State Board of Education has established a temporary advisory council to improve and reform American Indian learning systems in the state. Cheryl Harrison-Lee, chairwoman of the Kansas Board of Regents, said the creation of the council will help state education officials as they try to close enrollment gaps for underserved Kansans. […] The post Kansas creates American Indian education advisory council appeared first on Kansas Reflector.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hundreds of people came to Mill Creek Park on Friday despite the sticky summer heat to support reproductive rights and to protest the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Imije Ninaz, founder of the Nafasi Center, a nonprofit focused on providing resources to the Black queer, transgender, intersex and non-binary […] The post Kansas City protest emphasizes impact of Roe v. Wade ruling on marginalized bodies appeared first on Kansas Reflector.