Topeka

Education
11:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement Speech For Topeka High School Graduates In May

First Lady Michelle Obama will give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for Topeka’s high schools on May 17th.

The White House announced the first lady’s plans on Thursday.

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.

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.

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Water
5:56 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Topeka Sewage Spills Into Kansas River

Topeka's water department is monitoring the Kansas River for E. coli after a weekend sewage spill.

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Education
1:06 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Visa Trouble May Force 6 Topeka Teachers To Leave Kansas

Some foreign-born teachers working in Topeka may have to return to their home countries.

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.

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.

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Community
7:56 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Topeka Zoo Welcomes Twin Baby Golden Lion Tamarins

Twin baby tamarins spending quality time with their mother, Devra.
Credit Topeka Zoo

The Topeka Zoo says it's happy to announce that a 3-year-old golden lion tamarin named Devra gave birth to twins Wednesday.

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.

The zoo says it will post updates and daily pictures of the baby monkeys on its Facebook page.

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Historic Places
6:10 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Historic Topeka House Again Up For Auction

Two open houses of a historic Kansas home are scheduled for potential buyers as the state tries again to sell the property.

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Election Coverage
12:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Legal Fight From Special Topeka Vote Not Expected

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. 

Shawnee County officials Wednesday certified the results from the special election. It was held Tuesday for a single polling place in Topeka where some voters received the wrong ballots in the Aug. 7 primary election.