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Blaise Mesa


Topeka, KS, United States

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Recent articles by Blaise:

Kansas Republicans say Gov. Kelly went too far by creating a child advocacy office without them

Gov. Laura Kelly created the Division of the Child Advocate after lawmakers failed to do so. → Read More

LGBTQ Foster Kids In Kansas Have No Guarantee They'll Land In Homes That Accept Their Identity

The Department for Children and Families says it works to make sure gay, lesbian and transgender foster children end up in welcoming homes, but nothing in state law requires special consideration. → Read More

Kansas Courts Uphold The Nation's Toughest Rules For Tracking People After Conviction

The state's high court ruled the state's criminal registry rules aren't punitive and that they can be imposed even in crimes committed before the statutes demanding life-long check-ins were imposed. → Read More

How Kansas prisons dodged a delta COVID surge after getting hit hard early in the pandemic

Two out of every three Kansas inmates have had COVID-19 and Kansas saw the fifth-highest infection rate of prisoners in the country through the course of the pandemic. → Read More

Bird scooters expands its service area into North Topeka, linking NOTO and downtown

Bird expanded where its scooters can go. They can now cross the river into NOTO. → Read More

‘Delta is the threat:' Variant is driving COVID-19 numbers in Shawnee County to months-long highs

COVID-19 cases in Shawnee County rise to highest level since February. → Read More

City council members Mike Padilla, Sylvia Ortiz leading early in Topeka's primary election

Topeka's municipal primary is Aug. 3. Two races, mayor and district 3, need primaries before the general election. → Read More

Topeka receives $763,000 to extend 8th Avenue bikeway from Topeka Boulevard to S.E. Madison Street

Topeka is expanding its 8th avenue bike lanes as part of the state's cost share program. Here's what you should know. → Read More

Construction equipment en route to Landon Trail, where BNSF hopes to replace the torn-up pathway in the next month

BNSF said construction equipment is en route to the Landon Trail. Work will continue once it arrives. → Read More

Fourteen candidates are vying for Topeka City Council and five want to be mayor. Here's what you need to know.

Five Topeka City Council races, as well as the mayor's seat, will be contested this year, with District 3 and the mayoral race requiring primaries. → Read More

Patrick Klick is running for mayor as the ‘candidate for the everyman.’ He wants to improve Topeka's image.

“I am someone that is not a politician, but I am getting into the political realm," says candidate Patrick Klick. → Read More

CapFed Best News: Want to donate a Topeka Zoo membership to a family? Here is how to do it.

The Topeka Zoo is holding a fundraiser to donate zoo memberships. → Read More

Karen Hiller has spent 12 years on Topeka City Council, but she has more projects she wants to accomplish.

Council member Karen Hiller is running for her fourth term in office. → Read More

Topeka and Shawnee County leaders encouraged COVID-19 vaccinations. Did they get the shot?

More than 65,500 Shawnee County residents have gotten their COVID-19 vaccines. Local leaders have encouraged them and were asked if they are as well. → Read More

Hank Williams Jr. coming to Stormont Vail Events Center. When do the tickets go live?

Hank Williams Jr. is headlining a reopening celebration at the Stormont Vail Events Center July 10 → Read More

Shawnee County to receive $34 million from the American Rescue Plan. Funds can go to road and bridge work, more.

Shawnee County was allocated $34 million in COVID-19 relief. → Read More

Lawrence and Topeka mayors are hitting the road

Cities in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Kansas are similar. Now, they are going to learn from one another. → Read More

Topeka has a $6 million surplus in its debt services fund. Here is how the city may spend it.

Topeka had millions in surplus money. Here is how they could spend it. → Read More

City of Topeka lifts mask mandate with exception of courts

The city of Topeka won't require masks in its buildings. → Read More

Topeka City Council: Gregory Bland Jr. aims to bridge divide between government and the people it represents

Gregory Bland Jr. is running for Topeka City Council. He wants to bring affordable housing and jobs to the city. → Read More