Bryan Thompson

Bryan is the health reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Military
11:07 am
Tue June 17, 2014

VA Rural Health Care Pilot in Kansas Under the Gun

  Kansas Senator Jerry Moran says a VA pilot program offering timely, quality health care to rural veterans is being allowed to expire in a few months, even though VA officials tell members of Congress no decision has been made.

As Bryan Thompson explains, Moran and four of his colleagues have sent a letter to the VA Secretary, asking for answers.

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Health
12:54 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Linda Sheppard To Join Kansas Health Institute

One of the top officials of the Kansas Insurance Department has accepted a new position at a Topeka-based health policy think-tank.

The Kansas Health Institute has named Linda Sheppard as Senior Analyst and Strategy Team Leader for KHI's work surrounding health reform, effective the end of this month.

She'll provide analysis of state and federal health reform initiatives, including the Affordable Care Act, and their impact on Kansas.

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Health
11:29 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Wichita Initiative Seeks to Make Surgery Safer

A partnership between hospitals in Wichita has a lofty goal: to make Wichita the safest place in the nation to undergo surgery. As Bryan Thompson explains, the key is a standardized pre-op checklist, no matter where the surgery is being performed, or by whom.

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Environment
11:45 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Kansas Reaction To CO2 Controls At Power Plants Varies

The EPA has announced a plan to reduce the amount of carbon emitted by existing power plants. As Bryan Thompson explains, they’re proposing reduction targets, and leaving it up to the states how to meet those goals.

By the year 2030, the EPA wants Kansas to reduce emissions 23 percent below 2012 levels.

Gina Penzig is a spokeswoman for Westar Energy, the largest utility company in Kansas.

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Energy
12:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Southwest Kansas Power Plant Permit Okayed

Holcomb Station
Credit coutesy of SunflowerElectric

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has approved a revised permit for expansion of a coal-fired power plant in Southwest Kansas.

The permit is for expansion of Sunflower Electric’s hotly-contested plant near Holcomb.

The Kansas Supreme Court last year mandated tighter controls on air pollution from the proposed expansion, requiring it to meet hourly limits.

The original permit called for three-hour averaging of emissions.

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Community
10:56 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Coffeyville Trail Project Gets Boost From EPA Grant

A federal program designed to revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods is going to help people in the southeast Kansas community of Coffeyville get more physical activity.

The EPA has listed Coffeyville among 171 communities nationwide receiving $67-million this year through its Brownfields grant program.

Brownfields are abandoned industrial and commercial properties in need of environmental cleanup to spur redevelopment.

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Health
11:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Cases Of Seven Kansans Sickened By E.coli May Be Related

State health officials say four of the seven reported Kansas cases of kidney failure caused by toxin-producing bacteria may be related. Four of the patients attended the same private gathering.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow said she can’t release any details about what kind of event the four patients attended, where it was, or when it took place. However, the two patients from Sedgwick County and two from Harvey County all were there.

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Education
9:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks To Topeka High School Graduates

Credit Wikimedia Commons

  First lady Michelle Obama says young people who've grown up with diversity must lead a national fight against prejudice and discrimination.

Speaking to Topeka high school graduates Friday, the first lady said the historic Brown versus Board of Education ruling against school segregation is "still being decided every single day."

Mrs. Obama said it will take all of today's young people to help solve the nation's problems.

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Health
11:32 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Investigators Say Staff At Andover Nursing Home Physically And Verbally Abused Residents

Victoria Falls nursing home in Andover is facing a heavy fine from The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services for abuse and neglect of residents. State investigators say they substantiated allegations that staff at Victoria Falls were both physically and verbally abusive to residents.

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Health
1:25 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Kansan Bob Dole Still Fighting For Disability Rights

Salina resident Ken Jennison shows former Senator Bob Dole a photo of the two of them together in the 1960’s.
Credit Bryan Thompson

For Americans who have disabilities, passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 remains a milestone.

Kansas Republican Senator Bob Dole led critical negotiations to ensure passage of the act.

As Dole continues his tour of Kansas, thanking people for the support over the years, Bryan Thompson asks the now 90-year-old statesman to rank the ADA among his accomplishments in the Senate.

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