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3:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

UPDATE: Veteran Cites Additional Reason For Delays At VA

The Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wichita.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Updated on Wednesday, June 4 at 3pm:  

A secret waiting list leading to long wait times for patients at the Wichita VA was found this week. But one veteran says there may be another cause for the delays. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has the story...

A preliminary investigation into the Wichita VA hospital confirmed the existence of a non-sanctioned wait list for veterans in need of medical care. Public Affairs Officer Diane Henderson said in an e-mail that the list was immediately shut down once it was discovered.

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11:33 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Controversy Surrounds Appointment Of Former Legislator To KanCare Job

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Questions are being raised about a former legislator’s credentials for a top job in the Brownback administration. Jim McClean of the KHI News Service has details.

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6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Brett Hogan

Speed cyclist Brett Hogan
Credit Special to KMUW

Wichita cyclist Brett Hogan likes to ride in races, for long distances, and fast. He got into bicycling in high school, when his swim coach told him he could improve his performance by adding cycling to his fitness regime. He hopped on a bike and didn't look back.

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5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Local Groups Team Up To Provide Free Asthma Screenings

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Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children and a leading cause of school absenteeism.

According to a 2012 survey published by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, African-American children double the amount of whites and hispanic youth affected by asthma at 20 percent.

Wichita's Sunflower Community Action and other community partners will host an asthma screening Friday for children in grades 4 through 12. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

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10:54 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better

Gov.  Sam Brownback is making a major push to improve the state’s mental health system. The governor's plan creates a behavioral health sub-cabinet within state government, targets substance abuse for its role in exacerbating mental illness, and increases financial investment in current treatment programs, among other things. 

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6:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Hoyt Hillman

Hoyt Hillman (center) and GreenWay Alliance volunteers install a public dock along the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Hoyt Hillman is the President of the GreenWay Alliance of Wichita, a non-profit group that works for a network of parks, trails and greenways in the south-central Kansas area. Hillman has been working to create green spaces for decades. 

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6:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Wichita Police Sgt. Travis Rakestraw

Wichita Police Sgt. Travis Rakestraw
Kate Clause KMUW

Sgt. Travis Rakestraw works with the Accident Follow-Up Unit and the Robbery Investigation Section of the Wichita Police Department. When it comes to street accidents, he says his unit sees "the worst of the worst." Sgt. Rakestraw says if both bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers pay more attention to each other, his team will have fewer serious or fatal accidents to investigate each year, and more people can get where they want to go safely. 

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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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9:14 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Ruth Holliday

Bicycle Pedaler Ruth Holliday shows off a poster of bicycle benefits and facts that she often takes to school presentations.
Credit Kate Clause / KMUW

Ruth Holliday owns the Bicycle Pedaler in Wichita along with her husband, Bob. The two met when they were RNs and bonded over their love of biking--so much so that they biked for their honeymoon in California. Over the years, Ruth and Bob have biked in New Zealand's two islands and Pacific Highway 1.

She and Bob started Bicycle Pedaler to be a welcoming place for bicyclists, a bicycle store owned by two avid bikers. They're still at it, 34 years later.

Hear Ruth talk about why she rides, what kind of gear new bicyclists need, and her favorite places to go.

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6:19 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Aaron North

Aaron North poses by his personal bike in the repair shop
KMUW

Bike repairman Aaron North says he has his job at Bicycle Pedaler because of a telephone pole.

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