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Homeless express concern about Topeka camping ban proposal

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — For 28 years, Rob Rangel worked in the heating and cooling industry, earning up to $60,000 per year. As he sat on a blue couch deposited in a small clearing on a cool day in late December, Rangel said he never imagined his life...

 

Former Kansas woman pens 'apocalyptic office novel'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Ling Ma said she hopes her new book will prompt readers to re-evaluate their everyday routines and "reconsider their own personal bigger picture of their own life." The author spent her teenage years in Topeka and went to...

 
 By KATIE MOORE    Regional    May 6, 2018

Therapy program helps Kansas inmates forge new path

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Teddy Kleiner, an inmate at the Shawnee County Jail, said a program at the facility aimed at reducing recidivism has given him the opportunity to "dig down deep." The Moral Reconation Therapy program has prompted Kleiner to come...

 
 By KATIE MOORE    Regional    April 6, 2018

Kansas University professor studies how to make friends

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — On Sunday afternoon, Molly Hatesohl and Hannah Hooper met at a local coffee shop to chat and catch up. The two Topeka High School graduates were back in Topeka to celebrate Easter with their families. Hatesohl, 19, lives in...

 

Topeka family's 'radical kindness' changes man's life

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — About a year ago, Waheed Burnside was homeless and cut off from human connections, but when a Topeka woman took a chance on him, his life changed course. Burnside now has a job, a car and a roof over his head. He also has a fami...

 

Kansas jail expands re-entry program to reduce recidivism

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee County Jail is expanding its re-entry program in an effort aimed at reducing recidivism. Jail director Brian Cole said offenders who are released may find securing housing and employment to be a challenge. Last month...

 

Topeka volunteers place 'Blessing Boxes' around town

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When Donna Rae Pearson discovered the Blessing Boxes concept, she thought her central Topeka neighborhood, which lost a major grocery store last year, could benefit. The small structures — similar in appearance to Little Free...

 

Topeka woman finds art to be therapeutic for mental illness

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Art has been an invaluable outlet in Laura Silverberg's fight against mental illness. Jewelry making, painting and collaging have helped Silverberg become more patient and feel a sense of pride in her creations. "I have grown...

 
 By Katie Moore    Sports    October 2, 2016

Kansas garden therapy helps people with disabilities

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP, Sept. 30, 2016) — A background in horticulture has helped Sonia Hill develop a gardening program for clients with a range of intellectual disabilities at Sunflower Supports. This is the third year they have had the garden at the...

 

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