Bryan Thompson

Bryan Thompson is a reporter for Kansas Public Radio.


11:20 am
Thu July 1, 2010

Kansas Smoking Ban Begins (Mostly)

Kansas City, MO – A statewide ban on smoking in public places goes into effect today, with a few, limited exceptions. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.


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11:38 am
Tue June 29, 2010

St. Luke's Opens Human Milk Bank Depot

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City hospital is now a collection point for donations of human milk. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.


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10:36 am
Fri June 25, 2010

Bad News For Chronic Pain Patients?: Couple Found Guilty in Kansas 'Pill Mill' Case

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.


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11:34 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Widely Used Pesticide Under Scrutiny

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.


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8:54 am
Fri May 21, 2010

Kansas Fares Well In Federal Health Care Overhaul

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.


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Kansas Statehouse
12:02 pm
Tue May 11, 2010

Kansas Lawmakers Finalize Budget And Tax Increase

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.

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8:08 am
Fri April 16, 2010

EPA OKs Relocating Treece, Kansas

The Environmental Protection Agency has cleared the way to relocate residents of the lead-contaminated town of Treece, in the southeastern corner of Kansas.

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10:19 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Tougher Penalties For Selling Drugs To Kids

Kansas lawmakers have sent the governor a bill strengthening the penalties for those who sell drugs to kids, or expose them to the hazards of meth labs.

Kansas Statehouse
10:53 am
Thu March 18, 2010

Moore Backs Health Care Reconciliation, Republicans Oppose

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.

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5:40 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Kan. & Mo. Lawmakers Continue Push To Block Federal Health Care Bill

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.

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11:40 am
Tue March 2, 2010

One In Three Small Town Residents Uninsured By 2019

Lawrence, Kan. – A new report by a rural think tank says rural Americans will be devastated if Congress fails to overhaul the nation's health care system

10:24 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Southeast Kansas Still Lags In Health Rankings

Kansas City, Mo. – The first-ever study ranking the health of counties in every state shows the southeast corner of Kansas remains the state's least-healthy region.

6:31 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

Kansas Debates Statewide Smoking Ban

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.

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3:03 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

Kansas Seeks Answers To Infant Mortality Problem

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.


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9:45 am
Wed January 27, 2010

Kansas Hospitals For The Developmentally Disabled Won't Close

Topeka, Kan. – Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson won't shut down a state hospital for the developmentally disabled in Topeka - for now.

But Parkinson said the state will begin moving patients from the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka and the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center into community programs.

The governor says the lower populations could lead to the closing of either hospital in three or four years.

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4:07 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Working Towards A Better Life For Adults With Autism

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.

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3:14 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Health Officials Urge H1N1 Vaccination

Lawrence, Kan. – Kansas health officials say there's plenty of swine flu vaccine to go around now. they say it's free, and everyone ought to be immunized.

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10:00 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Swine Flu Deaths Continue To Mount

Lawrence, Kan. – Kansas has confirmed its 26th death due to the swine flu pandemic. That is the official toll, but the real number is probably much higher.

6:18 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Kansas Updates Fish Consumption Advisories

Wichita, KS – Kansas authorities are cautioning the public about the possible dangers of eating fish caught in certain rivers around the state.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife issued a warning Tuesday about potentially toxic fish in some waterways.

The warning cites the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in fish, while cadmium and lead have shown up in tests on shellfish.

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11:24 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Budget Forces Service Cuts for Kansas Elderly

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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9:35 am
Wed December 9, 2009

Nicole Lamoureaux Of The National Association Of Free Clinics

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.

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8:05 am
Wed December 9, 2009

Massive Free Health Clinic at Bartle Hall

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.

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10:14 am
Tue December 8, 2009

Silver Lining in Kansas Health Cuts

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.

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8:15 am
Wed December 2, 2009

Underused Pneumonia Vaccine Could Save Lives

Kansas Public Radio – For those not in one of the high risk groups eligible to the swine flu vaccine, another vaccine could save lives.

10:25 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Kansans Urged To Get Tested For HIV

Kansas Public Radio – State health officials are hoping Kansans will observe World AIDS Day by getting tested for exposure to the virus that causes AIDS.

7:46 am
Wed October 21, 2009

Calls For Renewed Effort To Prevent Child Abuse

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.

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7:48 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Uninsured Lack Care For Chronic Illnesses

Kansas City, MO – A new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School says Americans who are uninsured often go without care for chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

8:44 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Institute Confirms Smoking Bans Save Lives

Kansas City, MO – What if you could prevent as many as four out of every ten heart attacks and do it at almost no cost? That's the potential effect of laws that ban smoking in the workplace and public places, according to the Institute of Medicine.

9:27 am
Thu October 15, 2009

Kansan Dies From H1N1

Kansas City, MO – Kansas health officials say a Kansas City-area woman has died from swine flu, bringing the state's total of fatal H1N1 virus cases to seven.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday that the 50-year-old woman's death was reported to the department Tuesday afternoon. Laboratory tests had determined Oct. 5 that she had contracted the virus.

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7:09 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Kansas Gets $20 Million For Climate Research

Kansas City, MO – Kansas researchers have received a $20 million grant for work on renewable energy and climate change issues.

The funding from the National Science Foundation was announced Tuesday by the University of Kansas and Wichita State University, which are involved in the research. Also involved are Kansas State University and Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence.

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