Madeline Fox, KMUW

Madeline Fox


Topeka, KS, United States

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Past articles by Madeline:

Kansas Restricted The Rules Cities Can Make. That's Complicated Affordable Housing Efforts

Hutchinson building official Trent Maxwell recalls the city, years back, inspecting the home of a woman whose gas had been shut off for nearly a year. “She was using one burner on the electric stove to heat water to bathe her little kids,” he said. The woman finally got fed up and called city officials. She’d held off, she said, because her landlord threatened to land her in jail if she summoned… → Read More

Kansas Cost-Cutting Forced Kids Who Need Urgent Psych Care Onto Waitlists

Nicole Nesmith’s voice shakes a little when she recalls the night her child, Phoenix, revealed a painful secret. “Phoenix got really quiet and was like, ‘I have something to tell you and I’m really sorry I didn’t tell you sooner, but I’ve been cutting for about a month now.’” Nesmith was working on a social work degree, so she was familiar with self-harming — she just hadn’t expected to deal… → Read More

On Food Policy, Kansas Defers To The Feds More Than Anyone

Kansas goes further than any other state in kicking local and state government out of decisions about nutrition labels and portion sizes, leaving that and → Read More

Advocates: Black Kids Are More Likely To Land In Foster Care, Just One Thing That Needs Fixing

African-American children are much more likely to land in the Kansas foster care system than white children. A report from Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope → Read More

Child Welfare Groups Want Kansas To Spend $30 Million To Keep Kids Out Of Foster Care

Studies show even children raised by parents with money problems or substance abuse tend to fare better than those routed through a chronically troubled → Read More

Mobile Grocer Hopes That Listening To Locals Will Help Fill A Kansas Food Desert

Every Wednesday night, some Wyandotte County residents gather in the back room of a community health center in Kansas City, Kansas. On gridded sheets taped to a whiteboard, sometimes they scribble classic grocery store items — milk, cheese, meat. The Dotte Mobile Grocer’s Mobile Market Community Council figures getting locals involved in the details means everything to the success of its… → Read More

Foster Services In Kansas Set For Overhaul, And Perhaps Chaos

Turmoil marks the troubled norm for foster care in Kansas. Now political, financial and legal forces look poised to slam the system into a new level of chaos that makes seasoned child welfare professionals worried about a barrage of change. A new governor and new legislators will take office in January. A task force examining foster care is preparing to present recommendations for dramatic… → Read More

Democrats Take Different Tacks In Johnson And Wyandotte Counties As They Try To Win The Kansas 3rd

Brooklynne Mosley doesn’t like the term “blue wave.” The Air Force veteran walked into the Kansas Democrats’ Wyandotte County field office wearing a T-shirt bearing the face of U.S. Senate candidate and liberal darling from Texas, Beto O’Rourke, and passing out buttons that read “throw shade, then vote.” Mosley talks optimistically about Democrats’ chances to flip U.S. House seats and governors’… → Read More

ACLU Sues County Clerk As Outcry Builds Over Dodge City's Lone Polling Place

Local organizers in Dodge City fought for more, and more accessible, polling places even before their lone, out-of-the-way voting location drew national → Read More

Kansas Election Roundtable: Kobach Wants Welfare Restrictions, Cash Flows Into 2nd District

This week, the GOP’s gubernatorial nominee, Kris Kobach, called for more stringent work requirements for Medicaid and welfare recipients in Kansas. That → Read More

Kansas Election Roundtable: Early Endorsements, New Ads, The First Debate

The campaign season is upon us in Kansas. Candidates for governor are hitting the airwaves and the debate stages. Jim McLean, Madeline Fox, and Stephen → Read More

Kansas' Abortion Past Could Foretell Its Future

The incident Julie Burkhart remembers most clearly about the 1991 Summer of Mercy is the man who attached himself to the front gate of a Wichita abortion clinic using a U-lock. Burkhart was a college student working at one of the three abortion clinics open in Wichita at the time. Today, she runs the one of two clinics left in the city. That incident sticks out, she said, because the man was… → Read More

Kansas Republican Governor Primary Turns to Provisional Ballots, One County At A Time

The counting, sorting and contesting of ballots in the Republican primary for Kansas governor continued on Monday. It could be just the beginning. → Read More

Colyer Questions Kobach's Handling Of Vote Count In Their GOP Kansas Governor Primary

On Wednesday, the contenders in the Republican race for governor pledged to back the ultimate winner and to make sure their photo-finish primary wouldn’t → Read More

Old Wichita Convent Offers New Home To Kansas Foster Kids Setting Out On Their Own

Teenage girls aging out of foster care in Kansas will soon have a new place to stay and learn the basics of living independently — with the help of some → Read More

No More Sleeping In Offices, Kansas Foster Care Contractor Opening New Facilities For Kids To Stay

Children entering the Kansas foster care system will soon have a new short-term place to stay in Kansas City. With kids sleeping in their offices several → Read More

Teens, Newlyweds, And Two Ron Esteses Will Compete In Kansas Primaries

The final flurry of filings ahead of the Kansas primaries in August didn’t disappoint. “This is one of the busiest days of the year, every two-year cycle,” → Read More

Southeast Kansas Sheriff’s Deputies Driving Hours To Get Kids A Place to Sleep

In the last year, the number of Cherokee County children in state custody shot up by roughly half. The places available for those kids to stay, meanwhile, → Read More

Kansas Looks To Fill Child Protection Jobs With Looser Requirements, Higher Staff Salaries

The Kansas Department for Children and Families is opening up child protection services jobs to people who aren’t licensed social workers. Child protection → Read More

Colyer, Kobach Use Pens To Fight Over Kansas School Spending, Taxes

They dueled with pens and camera-ready events. The two men split over what could become a defining issue in their battle to win this year’s governor’s race → Read More