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Sedgwick Co. Commissioners Approve Reduced WIC Grant

Sedgwick County Commissioners have approved $1.9 million in grants for the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC). The funding is provided by the federal government and is administered through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
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Two Kansas organizations are hiring staff to increase the number of consumers they can help in the search for health insurance that meets their needs. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has details.

The federal health insurance marketplace opens for 2016 coverage Nov. 1.

The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved and Ascension Health have both received federal grants to help consumers sort through the many options they’ll find. Together, their insurance navigators helped almost 20,000 Kansans find coverage for this year.

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County election officials in Kansas could be nearly done with canceling more than 31,000 incomplete voter registrations when a federal judge has the next hearing in a lawsuit challenging the effort.

New health statistics show that the Kansas' population has nudged up slightly to 2.9 million.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported a 0.3 percent population increase from 2013 to 2014. The report released this week shows that three counties in the Manhattan and Fort Riley area had the largest relative increases in population from 2010 to 2014. Geary County's population increased to 7.4 percent, Pottawatomie County's to 6.5 percent and Riley County's to 5.7 percent.

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Sedgwick County election officials are looking at the names on their suspended voter list. Secretary of State Kris Kobach has ruled that any names that are still listed after 90 days must be removed.

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court listened to arguments over the Carr brothers' sentences, which were previously overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court. The Carr brothers are currently serving life-plus sentences for the what has been referred to as the "Wichita massacre."  

From the AP:  

The Supreme Court seems inclined to rule against the perpetrators of what one justice called "some of the most horrendous murders" he's ever seen from the bench.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is taking some budget options off the table for now in the face of sagging revenue numbers.

Kansas tax collections were more than $60 million short of expectations over the last three months. Brownback told reporters today that he won’t push for tax increases. He also isn’t considering mid-year budget cuts.

“I’m really not looking at allotments. We’ll try to figure a way through it another way, and I think we’ll be able to,” Brownback says.

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The Kansas State Department of Education is moving full speed ahead towards its goal of perhaps drastically changing what is taught in public schools.

The department's top two officials brought their case to Johnson County educators and a few lawmakers Tuesday at the Olathe School District headquarters.

"Can we reinvent ourselves and hold on to what we have always done?" asked Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson, who took over KSDE in July.

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Officials today unveiled a new plaque on the Statehouse grounds commemorating President Dwight Eisenhower.

Tim Rives, with the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, noted a series of the president’s accomplishments, ranging from leading the war effort in Europe to managing the integration of public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.

National WIC Association

Sedgwick County Commissioners have approved $1.9 million in grants for the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC). The funding is provided by the federal government and is administered through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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An aide for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income, but able-bodied adults would be “morally reprehensible.” As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the comments are the latest in a growing war of words over the contentious issue.

Below is the full story from KHI News:  

The Medicaid expansion debate in Kansas is heating up.

Big time.



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One Funeral Dirge At A Time

Frequently in this space I sing little satirical songs about something in the news. Today, I don’t have a song. I can’t find words that rhyme with “carnage” and with “tragedy.” Even if such rhymes did exist, there’s just not a melody somber enough to convey the way I feel about gun violence.
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Sedgwick County To Decide WIC Funding

Sedgwick County Commissioners are set to vote Wednesday on a grant worth more than $2 million for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
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