Salina, KS – Fireworks make the 4th of July a favorite holiday for many people. But as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, it's not so popular with pets.
Pets have sensitive hearing. And they don't understand what all the noise is about. Their instinct is to run. If that requires them to jump a fence, dig under it, or push a gate open, that's what they very well may try to do.
Salinas, KS – A Wichita-area doctor and his wife have been convicted of illegally distributing prescription pain killers to patients who overdosed on them. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.
Salina, KS – Atrazine is one of the most widely used weed-killers in the country. But farm fields aren't the only place the chemical is commonly found. It's also the most widely-detected pesticide in drinking water, especially in the Midwest. With some environmental groups calling for a ban on Atrazine, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently re-evaluating its safety. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thomspon reports.
Topkea, Kan. – The number of Kansans without health insurance is expected to drop by 190,000 when the new health care law is fully implemented, starting in 2014. A study released this week shows who will pick up the tab for that expanded coverage. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains.
Topeka, Kan. – Lawmakers have wrapped up the two major unresolved issues this session: the budget, and how to fund it. Both chambers had passed budgets that largely protected funding for education and social services. But in order to balance that budget, lawmakers needed about 300 million dollars in new revenue. Monday, they identified that money. Lawmakers passed a one-cent sales tax increase to fill the deficit.
Topeka, Kan. – Kansas third district Representative Dennis Moore says he plans to vote in favor of the health care reconciliation bill when it comes to the floor of the House.
Moore serves on the House Budget Committee, which is charged with reviewing legislation under the rules of reconciliation. That committee has reported the so called Reconciliation Act of 2010 to the House Rules Committee with instructions. That's the last stop before a vote by the full House.
Topeka, Kan. / Jefferson City, Mo. – A measure pushing back against the federal government passed in the Kansas House Monday by a vote of 109 to 11. The resolution calls on the federal government to stop passing laws that put mandates on the states.
Proponents have argued the federal government is encroaching on states' rights. The non-binding measure has no legal authority, but Republican Representative Joe Patton told fellow lawmakers it still carries weight.
Topeka, Kan. – For more than a decade, clean air advocates in Kansas have been promoting a ban on smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants. Several bills that would enact a statewide smoking ban have been introduced in the legislature this session. The Kansas House is hearing a new one this Wednesday afternoon. But as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, the House and Senate versions are quite different.
Topeka, Kan. – If it's true that infant mortality is a good indicator of a population's health, Kansas isn't doing so well. A blue ribbon panel has been trying to figure out what's to blame and what to do about it, as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports.
Kansas City – Some studies estimate that as many as one in every hundred people has autism. There are a lot of services for school-kids with the disorder, but it's not an option for anyone older than 22. In response, autism experts and advocates recently gathered at the Kauffman Foundation, to come up with ways to make life better for people with autism as they get older. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.
Lawrence, KS – The ongoing budget shortfall in Kansas has prompted the Kansas Department on Aging to suspend some of the services that help frail elders continue to live in their own homes. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports.
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Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's Bartle Hall will become one of the nation's largest free health clinics. An estimated two-thousand uninsured people will receive free health care, including limited dental services and vaccinations against the flu and certain sexually-transmitted diseases.
The free clinic is sponsored by the National Association of Free Clinics. As part of our series, "Kansas Health: A Prescription for Change," Health Reporter Bryan Thompson spoke with the association's director, Nicole Lamoureux.
Kansas City, MO – It's being billed as one of the largest free clinics in the nation.
Kansas City's Bartle Hall is the site Wednesday and Thursday for a free medical clinic for the uninsured. It's one in a series of clinics in different cities put on by the nonprofit National Association of Free Clinics.
The group says the clinics are nonpartisan, but the effort is widely seen as a way to pressure moderate Democrats into supporting their party's efforts to reform health care.
Lawrence, KS – There could be a silver lining in some of the cuts the Kansas Health Policy Authority has approved to help deal with the state's revenue slump. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.
Kansas City, MO – A new report says more than ten-thousand American children died between 2001 and 2007 due to child abuse and neglect and the actual number may be thousands higher. The report calls for an expanded federal role to plan, coordinate, and fund solutions to this scourge.