Derek Schmidt http://kcur.org en E-Cigarette Use Among Kids Doubles In One Year http://kcur.org/post/e-cigarette-use-among-kids-doubles-one-year <p>A <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6235a6.htm?s_cid=mm6235a6_w" target="_blank">nationwide survey of kids in grades six through twelve</a> shows that nearly 1.8 million of them have tried electronic cigarettes, more than double the rate reported the previous year.</p><p>The CDC says nearly seven percent of middle and high school students have tried e-cigarettes, and more than two percent are current users. Erika Sward of the American Lung Association says the rapid growth is due in large part to an aggressive marketing campaign.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:59:00 +0000 Bryan Thompson 43205 at http://kcur.org Lawmakers Recommend Fix For Kansas Hard 50 Law http://kcur.org/post/lawmakers-recommend-fix-kansas-hard-50-law <p>A Kansas legislative committee is recommending a bill to amend the state's so-called Hard 50 sentencing law. The changes would allow juries to decide if convicted murderers deserve 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole.</p><p>Under the old system, judges would decide if a crime warranted the harsher sentence of 50 years without parole. But the U.S. Supreme Court recently said judges can't make those decisions.</p><p>The bill would also apply some changes retroactively to past crimes. Some attorneys told the committee that it would be unconstitutional to do that.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:50:10 +0000 Stephen Koranda 42641 at http://kcur.org Kansas Lawmakers To Work On Hard 50 Fix http://kcur.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-work-hard-50-fix <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">A special legislative committee will convene at the Statehouse Monday to start work on a fix for the so-called Hard 50 sentencing law, which allows judges to give harsher sentences to convicted murderers in certain cases. &nbsp;A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling raised questions about the law.</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:07:42 +0000 Stephen Koranda 42578 at http://kcur.org Brownback Signs Bill Updating Human Trafficking Laws http://kcur.org/post/brownback-signs-bill-updating-human-trafficking-laws <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill to combat human trafficking and exploitation of underage sex workers.</p><p>The governor signed the bill Monday saying it will provide increased criminal penalties and services for victims of sexual exploitation.</p><p>“This will not only strengthen our ability to severely punish traffickers, but it will give us valuable new tools to protect vulnerable young victims so they can have hope of a new life and break the cycle of exploitation,” says Brownback.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:08:09 +0000 Stephen Koranda 35541 at http://kcur.org Kansas City-Area Hospital Sale Finalized http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-area-hospital-sale-finalized <p>Providence Medical Center, in Kansas City, and St. John Hospital, in Leavenworth, are now among the two dozen hospitals owned by Prime Healthcare—a for-profit company based in California.&nbsp; Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:02:13 +0000 Bryan Thompson 34564 at http://kcur.org Kansas City-Area Hospital Sale Finalized Hospital Sale Cause for Hope, Concern http://kcur.org/post/hospital-sale-cause-hope-concern <p>The pending sale of two Kansas City area hospitals to a California-based corporation comes as a relief to those currently in charge of the hospitals.&nbsp; However, some people are worried about what could happen.&nbsp;</p><p>The sale of Providence Medical Center and Leavenworth’s St. John Hospital to Prime Healthcare Services needs the blessing of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to go forward.&nbsp; Close to 100 people showed up for a public hearing conducted by the Schmidt last night.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:50:26 +0000 Bryan Thompson 34217 at http://kcur.org Hospital Sale Cause for Hope, Concern Charges Dropped Against Planned Parenthood http://kcur.org/post/charges-dropped-against-planned-parenthood <p>Prosecutors in Kansas have dropped all remaining criminal charges against Planned Parenthood. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:04:00 +0000 Elana Gordon 23028 at http://kcur.org Charges Dropped Against Planned Parenthood