Abigail Censky, KMUW

Abigail Censky


Lawrence, KS, United States

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Past articles by Abigail:

Women across the Midwest and South are coming to Kansas for abortions. That could end next year

Over the past two years, Kansas has become an unlikely sanctuary for people across the Midwest and South who need abortions. But whether it remains a refuge will largely depend on decisions the U.S. Supreme Court and Kansas voters make next summer. → Read More

Kansas lawmakers look to undercut federal vaccine mandates, and that worries public health officials

Public health and legal experts warn that passing new laws to strengthen religious exemptions in order to fight the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandates could sow chaos and hurt Kansas. → Read More

Why new political maps could give more power to Kansas college towns

For decades college towns like Lawrence, Manhattan and Emporia lost the political power of their students when it came to state legislative districts. This year things are different. → Read More

Why new political maps could give more power to Kansas college towns

Kansas will count all of its college students in the towns where they go to school for redrawing state legislative districts next year. → Read More

Kansas lawmakers want to challenge a COVID-19 vaccine policy that doesn't exist yet

Republicans in Kansas are intent on pushing back against a forthcoming federal vaccine policy for private employers. The only problem? It isn't written yet. But the politics of a non-existent policy are benefiting both sides. → Read More

A Kansas Democrat In Congress Wants Federal Law To Stop Any State From Banning Abortions

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids said she thinks access to abortion is actively endangered in Kansas. She's trying to pass a federal law protecting the right to an abortion. → Read More

Groups Worry Kansas Criminalized Voter Drives, But Republicans Say They'll Prove Otherwise

Voter registration drives in Kansas have slowed to a trickle while a new election law is challenged in court, but Republicans are undeterred. → Read More

Colyer Drops Out Of Kansas Governor's Race, Endorses Main Opponent

Former Gov. Jeff Colyer's unexpected early departure from the race to be Kansas governor all but clears the way for his Republican rival Derek Schmidt to face Democratic incumbent Laura Kelly in 2022. → Read More

First U.S., and Kansas, deaths from COVID came earlier than previously known

The first documented COVID-19 death in the United States appears to have come months earlier than long suspected when the virus killed a person in Kansas. → Read More

Wary Kansas Democrats Tell Republicans To 'Keep It Transparent' As They Draw New Political Maps

Republicans will control the redistricting process in Kansas next year. Right now, they face an uphill battle to convince residents in the suburbs of Kansas City that they won’t gerrymander the maps to supercharge Republican power. → Read More

This Bird Has Fueled A 26-Year Political Fight Between Commerce And Conservation In Kansas

Over the decades, the Lesser Prairie Chicken has become a purity test for Kansas politicians and a proxy in the battle between industry and private landowners versus environmentalists. → Read More

Who Can Tell You To Wear A Mask In Kansas As COVID Surges? It’s Complicated

As the delta variant pummels Kansas, there's confusion about who has the authority to issue pandemic restrictions that could curb the spread of COVID. → Read More

Workers Strike For Higher Wages And Less Overtime At Topeka Frito-Lay Plant

Union members rejected a contract offer and walked off the job this week complaining about stagnant wages and sometimes being forced to work six- and seven-day weeks. → Read More

4 Ways Republicans Could Redistrict The Only Kansas Democrat In Congress Out Of A Job

TOPEKA, Kansas — When Republicans in Congress blocked debate on the Democratic-led elections overhaul bill last week, it dashed U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids’ → Read More

What Happens When A Kansas School Board Uses YouTube For Meetings And Someone Dishes Up Bad Science

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — At the mid-May Shawnee Mission School Board meeting, state Sen. Mike Thompson, a former Kansas City meteorologist, showed up mask → Read More

Kansas Republicans End Gov. Kelly’s COVID Powers, Putting Vaccine Clinics And Food Stamps In Limbo

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas lawmakers abruptly decided to end the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration Tuesday. Republicans on the Legislative Coordinating → Read More

Earmarks Pose Tricky Question For Kansas Republicans: Miss Out On Money Or Keep Your Reputation

TOPEKA, Kansas — Eleven years ago, in a navy-and-wood-paneled Topeka TV studio, then U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt argued ahead of the Republican → Read More

From Taxes To Transgender Athletes: What Happened In The Kansas Legislature This Year

TOPEKA, Kansas — After ousting moderates and electing more conservatives in the 2020 elections, Kansas Republicans road-tested their brawny supermajority → Read More

From Taxes To Trans Athletes, Republicans In Kansas Legislature Look To Override Governor's Vetoes

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas lawmakers return to the Statehouse next week for a showdown with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly over issues at the heart of both → Read More

Half of Kansas counties turn down COVID vaccines even though they’re far from herd immunity

WICHITA, Kan. (Kansas News Service) — Even as Kansas remains far from reaching the coveted public health standard of herd immunity against COVID-19 — essentially starving off the virus because it runs out of vulnerable bodies — more than 60 counties just turned down their weekly allotment of vaccine doses. Not long ago, local health officials struggled […] → Read More