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Articles from September 21, 2017

ACLU Set to Launch Voting Rights Project
As Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach continues his national campaign against supposed widespread voter fraud, the American Civil Liberties Union is gearing up to launch an effort against his policies right in his home state.The ACLU will kick off...
Albert R. Hunt: Spotlight on Mnuchin Gives a Harsh Glare
Tax reform season should be Steve Mnuchin's time to shine, but there are good reasons to doubt that the Treasury secretary is ready for the spotlight.He will be a central figure as the administration starts to roll out the specifics of President Trump's...
Corey Ballentine Excelling in Football, Track for Ichabods
Corey Ballentine might have been more established as a sprinter than as a football player in high school, but the Shawnee Heights product knew which sport he was most passionate about."I've been doing track for a long time, since I was in like fourth...
Editorial: Helping First-Generation Students
At Washburn University, almost half of last year's freshmen identified themselves as first-generation students. While it's difficult to know how many total first-generation college students there are in the U.S., the low end of most estimates is around...
Elijah Sullivan Working into K-State's Linebacker Rotation
MANHATTAN -- As a football player gains experience and confidence, it's said that the game slows down. Elijah Sullivan is finding that to be the case, but coming off his first career start the Kansas State sophomore linebacker knows the game is about...
Hiawatha Freshman Justin Hodge Makes Immediate Impact for Red Hawk Cross Country Team
In assessing her boys cross country team prior to the season, Hiawatha coach Becky Shamburg noted she had six freshmen fighting for varsity spots who "will make a name for themselves before the season is over."Shamburg was being optimistic, of course....
Kansas Democrats Mired in Infighting
Months of feuding in the Kansas Democratic Party burst into view with a rare effort to oust a top party official accused of a conflict of interest and evolved into a caustic war of words among the party's most influential politicians and special-interest...
Kansas Shooting Suspect Owes Almost $200K in Unpaid Taxes
By Roxana HegemanThe Associated PressWICHITA -- A man suspected in the shooting of a Kansas Department of Revenue employee in Wichita was under investigation by the agency and owed nearly $200,000 in sales taxes related to his construction business,...
Moran Undecided on New Health Bill
Amid a last-ditch attempt by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, an unpredictable senator has yet to take a side: Kansas' Jerry Moran.Moran, a Republican, helped sink two unpopular repeal-and-replace bills this summer, though...
'Old Man' Zach Hannon Brings Unique Maturity to KU Football
LAWRENCE -- Some college football recruits and transfers make their commitment based on program success and tradition. Others base their choice on sprawling, swanky facilities.What sold Zach Hannon on Kansas was a nearby daycare."We found a great daycare...
Police Calls - Update for Sept. 20, 2017
Police callsPeople booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with felonies.Travis Wallace Ray, 34, in connection with theft of property or services valued at more than $1,000, 9/19.Mary Elana Ferino, 31, in connection with theft of property or...
Sporting KC Downs New York 2-1 to Claim U.S. Open Cup
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sporting KC's Latif Blessing is one of the smallest players in the MLS.However, the Ghana-born winger had one of the largest roles in Wednesday's match, scoring the eventual winner as Sporting lifted the U.S. Open Cup for the fourth...
Stephen Stromberg: So Much for the Climate Change 'Hoax'
New research out Monday seems to give climate doubters new ammunition in their war against climate science. In fact, it undercuts one of their essential criticisms.The peer-reviewed journal Nature Geoscience released a surprising new paper finding that...
Terry Blount: Carson Wentz Should Be Solid QB1 in Week 3
Week 3 is upon us!I guess those reports of Tom Brady's demise were a bit premature. Go figure.Let's take a look at Week 3.START 'EMAfter two weeks, Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz is making a case as a valuable fantasy quarterback. He's posted...
Topeka Metro Bikes Fleet to Expand, Go Blue
Topeka Metro Bikes will expand its fleet early next year from 200 bicycles to 300.The program will also start offering all-blue bikes, instead of the current mix of red and blue.Those were among results of a vote taken Thursday morning by the board of...
Topeka Native Recounts Terror of Mexico Earthquake
Just after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on Tuesday, Topekan Heather Wurtz heard warning sirens blare, but she and her companions didn't have time to react.On a road in Coyoacán, a southern borough of the city, their car began to shake...
Topekan Irate with District's Decision to Enter Risk Pool
The owner of a local insurance company whose family has been doing business with Topeka Unified School District 501 for more than 50 years is taking exception with the district's recommendation to enter into a new risk pool for property and liability...
Topekan Playwright Featured
For its fourth year, the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble has chosen a Topeka native playwright's work to feature for its annual Homegrown Playwright Project."Holding the Line" was written by Austin Snell, a local playwright and is directed by Scott Kickhaefer....
TPD Report to Related Stabbing, Car Crash
One person was hospitalized Wednesday morning with what initially were reported to be life-threatening injuries after a two-car crash involving a stolen vehicle connected to an earlier stabbing incident in south Topeka.In a news release, police Lt. Colleen...
Trip in Time: 15 Years Ago, Ell Roberson Engineers K-State Past USC
15 YEARS AGO | SEPT. 21, 2002 K-STATE 27, USC 20 MANHATTAN -- Ell Roberson came off the bench to produce 204 total yards and engineer all of Kansas State's scores as the No. 25 Wildcats toppled No. 11 Southern Cal 27-20.The victory, the first at home...
Two Transported to Hospital after Metro Bus, SUV Crash
Two people were transported to a local hospital after a Topeka Metro bus and an SUV collided in the intersection of S.W. 10th and Lane.The incident was reported just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.The bus was westbound on 10th and the SUV, a gray Kia Sorento,...
University Staff Share Frustration
Kansas State University employee representative Carrie Fink put a spotlight Wednesday on challenges modestly paid state university workers faced with rising health insurance costs.Fink, who leads a university support staff council that reports to the...
WWII Veteran Honored at Opening of Museum Exhibit
World War II veteran John Meyer, of Topeka, was honored with a reception Wednesday in the Kansas Historical Society Research Room at the Kansas Museum of History for the opening of "P.F.C. John L. Meyer Jr.: My Road to Nuremberg." Friends and members...
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