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Topeka North Outreach will distribute Operation Backpack Food Sacks to those in need

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Operation Backpack’s Weekend Food Sacks are helping fill the need for food in the North Topeka and Oakland communities.  These sacks contain a 2-day supply of nutritional, non-perishable, single serving size food ...

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HOW CAN WE HELP? Topeka businesses and residents want to know

Topeka businesses

Towards the end of March, Topeka Metro Voice invited local small business owners to contact us with their stories of how the pandemic is affecting all of us small Topeka businesses. We ...

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Your taxes: Tax Day is now July 15, 2020

taxes

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will now have more time to file and pay your state and federal taxes. Both the IRS and state revenue departments have extended the DUE DATE ...

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Kansas Stay Home Order extended; Topeka attorney answers questions

Stay Home Order

By Joe Patton:  (UPDATE: The governor has now extended the Kansas Stay Home Order to May 3)   If you listen to the news, it’s Armageddon. At Patton and Patton, Personal Injury Lawyers, ...

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Kansas is unmatched at tracking offenders but may ease rules

tracking offenders

Kansas is unmatched in tracking offenders, resulting in more than 21,000 people convicted of sex, drug or violent crimes being registered on a public database. One of them is Marc Schultz, who ...

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Participation in Kansas KidWind Challenge quadruples, then gets cancelled due to COVID-19

Kansas KidWind Challenge

Many Kansas students were happy when school was cancelled, but others were disappointed. Among the latter were the many students across the state that were involved in the Kansas KidWind Challenge. Now, ...

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Many Topeka parks are getting upgrades

parks

Eleven parks in the Topeka area are getting new playgrounds and other upgrades this year. The Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s Master Plan calls for upgrading five to eight parks per year. ...

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Topeka selected as finalist for All-America City Award

All-America City Topeka

In the throes of the coronavirus pandemic that has us all on edge, a little bit of good news is a welcome prescription. The City of Topeka has been selected as a ...

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Kansas small businesses eligible for disaster loans from the Small Business Administration

kansas small businesses

Governor Laura Kelly announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration approved her request to make loans of up to $2 million available to Kansas small businesses disrupted by coronavirus. The disaster ...

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Ways to avoid the new tax increase on retirement accounts

retirement accounts

Last month we discussed the SECURE Act and its projected $15.7 billion tax increase on beneficiaries of tax deferred retirement accounts (like 401(k)s, 403(bs), TSPs, IRAs, etc.). The only ones excluded from ...

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Kansas state parks & lakes remain open; licenses & permits available online

Kansas state parks

During this time of social distancing and isolation, Kansas state parks, fishing lakes and wildlife areas will remain open to the public. But effective March 23, 2020, all Kansas Department of Wildlife, ...

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Topeka small businesses want to help those affected by the coronavirus

small businesses

Now that we are all “social distancing,” it’s obvious from time spent on social media (what else can we do?) that many small businesses in Topeka are hurting. From restaurants and bars ...

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Results posted for point-in-time count of homeless in Topeka

count of homeless

The point-in-time count of homeless persons in Topeka took place on January 29th. This one-day event produces a snapshot of the individuals in the community experiencing homelessness as defined by Housing and ...

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‘Happy Birthday, Kansas!’ Photo Contest winners receive prizes at Kansas State Capitol

photo contest

Winners of the Happy Birthday, Kansas! Student Photo Contest received prizes on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, in celebration of Kansas’ 159th birthday at the Kansas State Capitol. Governor Laura Kelly presented awards ...

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Kansas girl Makayla Brownlee wins over American Idol judges with impressive Dixie Chicks cover

Makayla Brownlee

Makayla Brownlee, a 17-year-old from Wellington who comes from a family of musicians, appeared on “American Idol” March 15 and wowed the judges. “You’ve got this little yodel cry, that’s a real ...

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Special exhibit on Kansas women opening at the Kansas Museum of History

kansas women

The next special exhibit at the Kansas Museum of History commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the courageous women who made it possible. A special ...

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‘Women Where They Belong: In Government and Politics’ is new museum exhibit

women

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is featuring a temporary exhibit, “Women Where They Belong: In Government and Politics,” which features 9 women ...

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Elizabeth Anne Mall releases two Contemporary Christian singles

Elizabeth Anne Mall

Kansas native Elizabeth Anne Mall has released two Contemporary Christian singles with producer and sound engineer James Kocian through Firstcom Music.  Firstcom Music is a division of Universal Publishing Production Music that ...

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C5Alive “POWER” Luncheon to be held at Thornton Place

c5alive

The March C5Alive “POWER” Luncheon will be held March 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Thornton Place.  The featured speaker will be Tabitha Petefish. The meeting will feature information on options ...

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‘Families Ride Free’ on Topeka Metro during Spring Break week

Topeka Metro

The Topeka Metro bus system in Topeka has announced their 8th Annual Spring Fling/Families Ride Free campaign to take place during Spring Break week. Families can ride all fixed routes free of ...

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Kansas Department of Health and Environment announces COVID-19 online resource center and 1st case in Kansas

COVID-19

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has announced the launch of the agency’s online resource center for Kansans to learn more about COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, get answers to commonly ...

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Gage Park mini train, Carousel open for Spring Break week

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Topeka’s Gage Park mini train is back on track. The Gage Park mini train and carousel will be open for Spring Break, the week of March 7-14. After Spring Break, the rides ...

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Kansas gets new personalized license plate design

kansas personalized license plate

A new personalized license plate design will soon be seen on Kansas roads. The plate, featuring wind turbines on a Kansas sunrise, is aptly named “Powering the Future.” It will serve as ...

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Topeka Performing Arts Center receives national award

Topeka Performing Arts Center

The Topeka Performing Arts Center (TPAC) recently received the 2019 Prime Site Award presented by Facilities & Event Management Magazine.  This is the second consecutive year that TPAC has garnered the award. ...

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7th Annual EasterFest returns to North Kansas Avenue and Garfield Park

EasterFest

UPDATE: The 2020 EasterFest celebration has been postponed to a later date, yet to be determined. Stay tuned to Metro Voice for updates. EasterFest, the annual Topeka Easter Parade & Fun Fair, ...

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