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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wichita resident Rhandalee Hinman rode her bike as a kid, but like many people, gave up the habit once she reached adulthood. A little over a year ago, however, she decided to switch up her fitness routine and joined a local bicycling group. She fell down several times on her first ride, but she kept going. Within that first year, Rhandalee rode 100 miles as part of Bike MS.
She says anyone can get into bike riding. Just go slow and keep trying to get better.
KMUW's Larry Bennett is not only a dedicated bicyclist, but he's dedicated to using recumbent bikes. They're a special type of sitting bike, where you lean back in a chair and pedal your feet out in front. Larry says it's a great option for people who find regular bikes too hard on their bodies, and just as safe.
Listen to Larry explain why riding a recumbent bike makes you a defacto bike ambassador.
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.