Topeka

Reports this week indicate that some educators in the Topeka school district have had illegal access to data that identifies students from low-income families. This is legally protected as confidential.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that principals and other educators were able to see the data through the district's student information platform called PowerSchool. The data is used to determine which students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

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.

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

Visa Trouble May Force 6 Topeka Teachers To Leave Kansas

Aug 8, 2013

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.

Topeka Zoo Welcomes Twin Baby Golden Lion Tamarins

Jul 11, 2013
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.

Historic Topeka House Again Up For Auction

Jun 10, 2013

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

Legal Fight From Special Topeka Vote Not Expected

Aug 29, 2012

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.