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Sixty-four years ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down the decision to end legal segregation in the public school system as part of the Brown v. Board of Education case. A new mural is being unveiled Thursday in the Kansas Capitol in Topeka to commemorate that landmark decision.

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Kansas-made agricultural products and food items were on display at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka Tuesday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the state's agricultural trademark program, From the Land of Kansas.

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The Kansas Legislature requires interns to sign agreements to keep anything that takes place or is said in a lawmaker's office confidential, or the interns could be fired.

Employment law experts who reviewed the agreement for The Kansas Star say it is written so broadly it could deter interns from reporting harassment or illegal activity, and might violate the First Amendment.

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Roughly 80 politicians gathered Wednesday for an early morning meeting at the Kansas Statehouse.

The session wasn’t technically mandatory, more encouraged by legislative leaders determined to be seen as doing something in response to the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has canceled big fee increases for groups using the Kansas Statehouse for events following criticism that his administration was trying to stifle protests.

Brownback's office announced Friday that the Department of Administration would return to its previous $20 fee and refund higher fees already paid by groups.

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A Missouri nonprofit has released a list of recommendations it says will help combat and prevent sexual harassment at the Kansas Statehouse.

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Construction of a new memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the Kansas Statehouse grounds is a step closer to reality.

A volunteer group that oversees the Statehouse grounds voted this week to seek legislation next year to authorize a statue of the 34th president at the capitol complex.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the statue would be a replica of the Eisenhower statue currently standing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The statue depicts Eisenhower speaking to troops before the Normandy invasion on D-Day in World War II.

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The cost of protesting at the Kansas Capitol in Topeka is increasing sometimes substantially.

Currently, Kansas charges $20 for any event at the Capitol. But beginning Jan. 1, it will charge based on the size of the event and other factors. The lowest price will be $50 for events that require no setup or cleanup.

The Kansas City Star reports factors increasing the price will include if groups require a podium, access to the public address system or tables and chairs.

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Kansas legislative leaders have directed their staff to work with the Kansas City-based Women’s Foundation to update the Legislature’s sexual harassment policy.

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The Kansas Legislature should have independent attorneys investigate sexual harassment claims against its members, a Democratic leader proposed Thursday, promising he will be willing to strip committee assignments from lawmakers in his party who engage in misconduct.

Minority Leader Jim Ward also said that fellow House Democrats will undergo sexual harassment training during a December retreat.

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