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9:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Kansas Health Care Exchange Now Online, But Not Without Problems

Kansas' health care exchange is online now at Healthcare.gov.

However, some proponents of the federal health care law that created the marketplace think consumers should wait until any glitches have been fixed before they buy coverage.

Sheldon Weisgrau of the Health Reform Resource Project says people can start buying coverage through the exchange today, but they don't have to. They have until December 15 if they want their coverage to start in January.

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Health
8:35 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Most Hispanic Women In Kansas Uninsured

According to a new report, more than 145,000 women in Kansas were uninsured last year. That’s a little less than 17 percent. But a majority of Hispanic women in Kansas—53.4 percent—have no health insurance. That’s one of the highest rates in the country.

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Taxes
5:39 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

State Tax Revenues Short Of Expectations

A new report says Kansas collected slightly less in taxes than expected in the first quarter of the fiscal year, but officials believe the shortfall may actually be a positive economic sign.

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Commentary
3:49 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

At Play: Moliere and Menopause

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents The Learned Ladies, October 10-12. Moliere’s comedy, which takes a look at academic pretention, focuses on the lives of a group of “learned ladies” and their insatiable obsession for learning and high-brow culture of the conceited kind. Mix in a love triangle, a weak-minded husband, and a grammatically incorrect housemaid and you have one of Moliere’s most-beloved comedy of manners. This production is directed by Dr. Bret Jones.

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Environment
7:57 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Drilling In Cheyenne Bottoms Faces Opposition From Wildlife Agency

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Cheyenne Bottoms is not fully functioning and the site could be threatened by oil drilling.

Heather Whitlaw with the Fish and Wildlife Service in Manhattan says her agency opposes a recent request by a Kansas company to drill for oil there.

The group also has concerns about nearby oil production outside the Bottoms; the site is on the state's list of impaired waters because of siltation and oxygen depletion.

Education
7:34 am
Mon September 30, 2013

State Officials Back New Science Standards Despite Lawsuit

Kansas education officials are committed to using new science standards in public schools, despite a federal lawsuit attempting to block them.

The State Board of Education and the State Department of Education are defending the multistate standards, which the board adopted in June after two years of consideration.

Parents and a non-profit group filed a lawsuit last week, criticizing the way the standards treat evolution.

The guidelines say that evolution is a well-established scientific theory.

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Health
7:27 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kansas Hospitals Getting Better At Preventing Infections

The first-ever statewide report on infections occurring in Kansas hospitals shows progress against two specific types of infections.

Hand-washing is one of the most important precautions to keep from spreading germs to susceptible patients. Hospitals are also trying to use urinary catheters only when there’s no other option. They’re also reducing the use of central lines—IV ports that go into a large blood vessel.

The results from 2011 show that Kansas is well below national averages for usage of those devices, and for the infections that result.

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Economy
7:18 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kansas' Economy Not Growing As Quickly As Nation's

Researchers at The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University say the Kansas economy is growing at a slower rate than the nation as a whole.

Their report says the number of jobs in the state has grown one percent so far this year and isn't keeping up with the growth of the labor force. The jobless rate in Kansas rose to 5.9 percent in August.

The largest growth forecast for 2014 is expected to be in the service sectors. Education and health services are expected to add more than 4,200 jobs.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Richard Crowson: Under The Spell Of Poetry In Autumn

Credit francolaria / Wikimedia Commons

Something about September has brought poetry back into my consciousness.

It might be the way the amber, diffused light knocks the sharp edges off of summer’s harsh palette. It could be the rhythmic pulsations of the crickets that seem to serenade just outside every window. Possibly it has to do with the mild temperatures previewing just the slightest hint of the chill that will soon set fireplaces aglow.

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Education Standards
4:49 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Lawsuit Says New Science Standards Violate Religious Freedom

An anti-evolution group has filed a federal lawsuit to block Kansas from using new, multistate science standards in its public schools.

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