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Kansas Medicaid officials are working to clear a massive application backlog. But as Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean reports, new complaints are surfacing about problems facing low-income, disabled and elderly Kansans seeking to enroll in the health care program.

A Lawrence lawyer and others who help people enroll in KanCare, the state's privatized Medicaid program, say the number who are being mistakenly denied is on the rise. 

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“John Carpenter’s 'Halloween' is my favorite horror film,” says Gina Wohlsdorf as she explains the germ of her new novel, the acclaimed 'Security.' “I wondered why it didn’t exist in book form. I’ve read really widely in horror, it’s a great genre but I’ve never seen a slasher novel. So I tried to write one and thought, ‘Well, that’s why you don’t see slasher novels. This is terrible.’”

Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, candidate for Governor of California in 2010, and a major contributor to Republican candidates, likened Donald Trump to Fascist leaders Mussolini and Hitler at Mitt Romney’s annual retreat in Utah for political campaign donors this past week. How has Trump’s behavior provoked such concerns?

I got tired of tripping over our old dining chairs, stored in our basement. We replaced them months ago, but I tend to hang onto things too long. This past Saturday, we put all seven out by the curb with a sign saying “free.”

Throughout the day, I’d glance out the window, expecting them to be gone. But, no. There they sat, as cars impertinently flew by.

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Thousands of people in Kansas have incomplete voter registrations, which means they haven’t been able to vote. They were caught up in the state’s requirement that some people provide citizenship documents when registering. Now, a federal appeals court says many of those people should be allowed to vote in federal elections.

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Election officials in Kansas are starting the process of registering thousands of suspended voters after a federal court ruled the state is violating the National Voter Registration Act. Approximately 18,000 people have been unable to vote in local or national elections because they failed to provide proof of citizenship while registering at a DMV.

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The Kansas State Board of Education has approved a motion that says federal transgender guidelines for schools remove local control.

The statement doesn’t say schools should defy the rules or ignore the needs of transgender students. Instead, it says Kansas schools have already been accommodating transgender students, and decisions on how to do that should be made by local districts, not the federal government.

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Via Christi Health in Wichita will be sending out notices over the next two weeks informing staff about the elimination of 70 non-patient care positions. That’s in addition to another 80 positions that have been vacant over the last three months that will not be filled. However, as KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the company will be adding bedside nurses to their patient care unit.

According to a release from Todd Conklin, interim CEO for Via Christi Health, the company is looking to hire roughly 80 people for bedside care positions, such as nurses and therapists.

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A quiet vigil to remember the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando will take place downtown on Wednesday.

The Wichita Coalition Against Gun Violence will host a vigil to reflect on the 49 victims who lost their lives, as well as for those who were injured. The shootings occurred early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Police killed the gunman.

Rev. Michael Poage, the vigil's organizer, says that the local community can come together after the tragic event.

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Kansas has “reconsidered” its decision to terminate the participation of 11 Planned Parenthood physicians and other medical providers in the state’s Medicaid program, although it’s still trying to cut off Planned Parenthood itself.

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