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Trump backs off his threats to Mexico

By Chara On April 4, President Trump backed off his threat to close America’s border with Mexico amid widespread opposition. In March, Trump issued an ultimatum to Mexico, threatening to shut down the southern border to trade and travel if Mexican authorities did not stop illegal immigration to the United States. He backed off after hearing several warnings from several …

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Trump fires DHS secretary, other leadership officials

By Roberta Pardo President Trump announced Sunday (April 7) that Kirstjen Nielsen had resigned as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), marking the exit of a second top immigration official in a matter of days. Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, will replace Nielsen on an acting basis. The announcement came after Trump and Nielsen …

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Justus, Lucas will face off in June mayoral election

By Roberta Pardo Tuesday (April 2) was a busy day for Kansas City, Missouri, voters. Residents headed to the polls to narrow the field of mayoral and city council candidates for the June 18 election. They also voted for school board candidates and weighed in on a plan to fund pre-kindergarten education. In the mayoral race, Councilwoman Jolie Justus and …

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Congressman Cleaver Receives the Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) last night was awarded the Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), a leading nonprofit dedicated to ensuring low-income Americans have affordable and sufficient housing. The award is named after the first black Senator popularly elected to office and was presented at NLIHC’s Annual Housing Leadership Awards Reception …

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Latina secretary of labor focused on empowering women

By Chara A Latina’s desire for self-improvement has led her to overcome multiple obstacles in life – and has led her to a prominent position in Kansas politics. She is Delia Garcia, the new state secretary of labor. A Wichita native, Garcia was surrounded by her hard-working family, which owned Connie’s Mexico Cafe, considered to be Kansas’ oldest family-owned Mexican …

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KCPS board candidate believes children deserve access to quality education

By Roberta Pardo Rita Cortes believes every child in Kansas City, Missouri, deserves access to quality public education. That belief has led her to run to represent Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) Sub-District 1 on the KCPS board. “If we don’t educate our kids, if we don’t give kids real access to real education, the data is pretty clear about …

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Mayoral candidate promises to spread KCMO’s positive momentum

By Roberta Pardo Jolie Justus thinks Kansas City, Missouri, needs a mayor who cares about everyone in the city – and who has a proven record of getting things done. Justus believes she can be that person. “I’ve got a dedicated track record of getting things done,” she said. Justus is among 11 candidates running for mayor in the April …

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Protests, conversations over school shootings continue one year after Parkland

By Tere Siqueira On Feb. 14, 2018, Parkland, Florida, drew international media attention when 14 students and three adults died in a mass shooting at a high school there. The tragedy also sparked protests and conversations over school shootings and gun violence in general. A year and a few days later, the protests and conversations continue. Since the Parkland shooting, …

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Candidates that changed politics

Analysis by Tere Siqueira Without question, America’s political landscape was altered by the 2018 midterm elections. Following those elections, there is a greater sense of diversity among those elected officials who serve at the federal, state, county and local levels. Here are some of the candidates who changed politics in 2018 – and might affect legislative decisions in 2019: *Sharice …

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Kelly sworn in as Kansas governor

By Angie Baldelomar Laura Kelly was sworn in as the 48th governor of Kansas on Monday (Jan. 14), placing the governor’s office back in the hands of Democrats. Kelly and Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers both took the oath of office on the south steps of the Kansas Capitol, with hundreds watching amid freezing temperatures. Three banners behind the podium proclaimed: …

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