Topeka en Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement Speech For Topeka High School Graduates In May <p>First Lady Michelle Obama will give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for Topeka’s high schools on May 17th.</p><p>The White House announced the first lady’s plans on Thursday.</p><p>The date of the ceremony is the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional.</p><p>One of the lawsuits leading to the decision originated in Topeka, and the city is home to a national historic site centered on the ruling.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:11:12 +0000 Associated Press 33203 at Topeka Sewage Spills Into Kansas River <p>Topeka's water department is monitoring the Kansas River for E. coli after a weekend sewage spill. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:56:01 +0000 Associated Press 27787 at Visa Trouble May Force 6 Topeka Teachers To Leave Kansas <p>Some foreign-born teachers working in Topeka may have to return to their home countries.</p><p>Topeka's school district started recruiting teachers from overseas eight years ago; the district was struggling to fill positions in special education, secondary math and science.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Labor rejected the permanent residency applications of six of those Topeka teachers. The department rejected the argument that the district encountered a shortage of qualified teachers willing to take the positions.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:06:59 +0000 Associated Press 21643 at Topeka Zoo Welcomes Twin Baby Golden Lion Tamarins <p><a href="">The Topeka Zoo</a> says it's happy to announce that a 3-year-old golden lion tamarin named Devra gave birth to twins Wednesday.</p><p>She and the babies' father, Charlie, are first-time parents. They arrived in Topeka in December as part of the Golden Lion Tamarin Species Survival Plan.</p><p>The zoo says it will post updates and daily pictures of the baby monkeys <a href="">on its Facebook page</a>.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:56:54 +0000 Associated Press 20205 at Topeka Zoo Welcomes Twin Baby Golden Lion Tamarins Historic Topeka House Again Up For Auction <p></p><p>Two open houses of a historic Kansas home are scheduled for potential buyers as the state tries again to sell the property. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:10:25 +0000 Associated Press 18650 at Legal Fight From Special Topeka Vote Not Expected <p></p><p style="padding: 0px; margin-bottom: 16px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 15px; ">Officials do not expect a special election in Topeka to result in a legal battle because it didn’t reverse the outcome of a Republican primary for the Kansas House.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:35:31 +0000 Associated Press 4827 at Legal Fight From Special Topeka Vote Not Expected