It's arguably the biggest change in the history of the Medicaid program in Kansas. KanCare, the privatization of Medicaid, now has the go-ahead from federal officials, and will launch January 1 2013.
The announcement came from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, Friday afternoon. Lieutenant-Governor Jeff Colyer, the Brownback administration’s point man on KanCare, participated in the announcement by speaker phone.
Governor Sam Brownback says Kansas could benefit from an Environmental Protection Agency decision that says grain sorghum ethanol qualifies as a renewable fuel under federal standards.
Kansas grows more of the grain than any other state. Brownback noted in a news release 60 percent of Kansas-produced ethanol comes from sorghum. The Renewable Fuels Standard program requires the U.S. to produce 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel by 2022, with an increasing requirement for renewable fuels from non-corn sources.
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says it may not be easy to get a Kansan back on the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp lost his seat on the committee last week.
Jenkins says the three remaining members of the Kansas House delegation already serve on high-profile committees, like Appropriations or Ways and Means. House rules say if you serve on one of those powerful committees, you can't serve on a second.
She says it would take a waiver for one of them to be allowed to take Huelskamp's place.
KMUW’s Frank Dudgeon retires Friday after more than 40 years as a member of the professional radio community. Jedd Beaudoin recently sat down with Dudgeon to talk about his career. And they started at the beginning.
“I was actually born in Arkansas,” he says, “that was because my dad was a country singer and he was on the road. This is back when country music sounded like folk, it was all acoustic. And my mother was with him at the time and I always feel that if you’re born you should be near your mother."
Tom Hayden, internationally known human rights and peace activist, former California state legislator, and Freedom Rider will speak Friday at the Peace & Social Justice Center's 20th anniversary dinner.
Hayden will share his long-time experience in peace, justice and environment movements. He spent years on the forefront of the anti-Vietnam War movement and is against the war in Afghanistan. He says in the '60s, President Lyndon Johnson said that the United States could afford guns and butter, meaning the Vietnam War and domestic programs.
We still send out Christmas cards the old-fashioned, analog, low-tech, snail-mail way at my house. And we have an old, well-worn address book that gets hauled out each year for the chore of addressing the envelopes. Sometimes we talk about going to a computerized list of friends and relatives – one that would enable us to print out mailing labels. But I just can’t do it.
On November 30 two men were gunned down at the Dollar General Store near 13th and Oliver in Wichita. The alleged 19-year-old shooter is in custody but the motive for murders has yet to be determined.
It's a situation all too familiar to educator and pastor Riccardo Harris whose own 19-year-old son was killed by another Wichita teen. Harris talked about his new book "From Misery to Motivation: A Father’s Story About the Death of His Son."