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This winter we reported that Kansas is one of just four states with the strictest cannabis laws in the country.

But the 2018 legislative session that ended earlier this month shook the state’s legal landscape. So what has changed and what hasn’t?

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Eight measles cases have now been identified in Johnson County, with another two in Linn and Miami counties, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Health departments in the three counties have pinpointed where and when the individuals were infected. Because people can acquire measles anywhere from a week to three weeks after exposure, KDHE said there are concerns that additional cases may be identified.

The agency is urging people who are ill or exhibiting symptoms to remain at home unless they’re seeking medical care.

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CPR training will now be a requirement in high schools across Kansas after a unanimous vote by the Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday.

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Kansas officials seeking to renew KanCare are asking people covered by the privatized Medicaid program to trust them to make it better.

The childhood poverty rate in Kansas has been decreasing since 2014. But a recently released report from the national KidsCount organization shows that decrease isn’t evenly distributed across the state.

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A company that challenged the no-bid contract awarded to Cerner Corp. to update the electronic health records system of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is appealing the dismissal of its lawsuit.

CliniComp International Inc. of San Diego on Monday filed a notice of appeal after the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., last week threw out its lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds.

Because many of the documents in the case are sealed, including the court’s orders, the precise reasons for the case’s dismissal were not made public.

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Twenty-four-year-old Kalee Woody says that when she was growing up in Bronaugh, Missouri, she saw the small town slowly fading. Businesses closed, growth stagnated and residents had to drive to other places to see a doctor.

It is a town that, like many towns in rural areas of Missouri and other Midwest and Great Plains states, is recognized by the federal government as having a shortage of health care providers.

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Construction is underway on a new building to serve patients of Hunter Health Clinic in Wichita.

The new clinic for patient services will be north of Hunter Health’s clinic on East Central.

Hunter is a community-based health center that provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services on a sliding fee scale. Hunter focuses on providing care to people who are uninsured or underinsured.

Hunter Health officials say they’ll be able to serve more patients and expand services once the new building opens in about a year.

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The state of Kansas ranks almost in the middle in a recent list of best and worst states in which to retire.

Kansas is 27th out of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C., according to the ranking from finance website Wallet Hub.

A new report from the non-profit Trust For America’s Health says Kansas is falling short on four of ten indicators of public health preparedness.

Kansas is among 18 states that met six of the ten indicators. Missouri met only five. Kansas is one of only two states that have cut their public health budgets three consecutive years.

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