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The risk for strong to severe storms increases by sunset

The risk for strong to severe storms increases by sunset

​Last Friday through Sunday was rather stormy with round after round of frequent lightning, gusty wind events and torrential rainfall. Many areas of northeast Kansas received 5-7 inches of rain over a 72-hour period. Creeks, streams and rivers are still high and running fast while many are overflowing. The recent deluge has been a major…MORE

Study: Afterschool programs help kids read at grade level

Study: Afterschool programs help kids read at grade level

According to new research, the key to making sure kids are reading at grade-level could be staying after school. Learning to read at an early age can be a predictor of success.Newly released data shows that after-school programs can help young students get up to speed. The study conducted by Kansas Reading Roadmap looked at data from…MORE

TARC’s day services let adults give back to community

TARC’s day services let adults give back to community

TARC is making opportunities for its patients to make a difference in Topeka. The organization supports local children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. For the summer months’ day services, they’re hosting art classes. One student, Chris, learned how to make collages. “You’ll glue them down and then add them together like a little puzzle,”…MORE

I-70 East cleared up after camper and semi crash

I-70 East cleared up after camper and semi crash

A highway is now back to normal after a camper and semi crash blocked traffic.  Troopers said around 7:30 p.m. on Monday a driver was pulling a camper trailer in the eastbound lanes of I-70 at the Wabaunsee and Shawnee County line. That’s when the driver of a semi rear-ended the trailer.  The crash split the trailer from…MORE

Family advocates for mental health laws to change after son kills mother

Family advocates for mental health laws to change after son kills mother

A Topeka family is dealing with losing two members after a son was arrested for murdering his mother.Carol Wood’s daughter, Shela Wood, said her mother was a loving mother who would do anything for her children. Just weeks ago, Carol was at the courthouse trying to get help for her son David Wood Jr., who struggled with mental health…MORE