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5:41 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Christina Calhoun

Bike commuter Christina Calhoun
Hugo Phan KMUW

25-year-old Christina Calhoun says she became a bike commuter by accident--by car accident, actually. Two years ago, a car accident left her with a broken car she couldn't afford to repair. She biked to work that day, and she's been biking everywhere she needs to go for about two years now.

Christina doesn't miss having a car; in fact, she says living life at bike pace has helped her focus her limited energy and time on the things most important to her.

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6:52 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Amy Delamaide

Amy attempts--and achieves!--a bike selfie on her way to work.
Credit Amy Delamaide

Wichita resident Amy Delamaide started riding her bike as a kid. She and her dad would take quick trips down the street to Dairy Queen for ice cream at first. Years later, she and her family had worked up to participating in Biking Across Kansas, an annual recreational trek across the state from west to east.

While Amy loves taking longer bike rides and using the bike trails around Wichita, she also makes time to take short trips to work or to the store. She likes tooling around town on her yellow 1970s Huffy bike.

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6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Kathryn Parsons Buck

Kathryn poses with her bike in the Riverside neighborhood of Wichita.
Credit Larry Bennett / KMUW

Derby resident and KMUW Super Volunteer Kathryn Parsons Buck loves bike riding because it's fun. She says it's one of the few kinds of exercise that doesn't feel like exercise, and it's surprising how far you can go. She also loves how a good bike ride can clear her mind and make her feel relaxed and uplifted. You can find Kathryn biking around Wichita with the Radio Flyers and tackling small shopping trips by bike. 

Hear her talk about why she loves bicycling below. 

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10:32 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Journalist Sarah Kliff Comes To Wichita To Discuss The Affordable Care Act

A journalist who has covered the health reform debate for several national publications will be in Wichita next Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act and the issue surrounding it.

Sarah Kliff worked for Politico and the Washington Post before recently moving to the new media venture Vox.com

Jim McClean talked with Kliff recently and has this preview...

Kliff will be speaking next Wednesday afternoon at Wichita’s Old Town Hotel.

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12:24 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

KU School of Medicine-Wichita Seeks Study Subjects

The KU School of Medicine in Wichita is looking for people to take part in a study of poor leg circulation.

The study is focused on Peripheral Arterial Disease, a condition that typically clogs the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. It often causes pain or discomfort in the legs when walking. 

People with poor leg circulation have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and amputation.

African Americans are twice as likely as the rest of the population to suffer from Peripheral Arterial Disease.

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5:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Dangerous Chemical Invades West Wichita Drinking Water

A small portion of a map provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It illustrates the plume of tetrachloroethylene that sits underneath many homes in west Wichita.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Residents of a West Wichita neighborhood learned in March that their private water wells had been contaminated with a chemical likely to cause major health defects. They’ve also learned that the contamination could be decades old.

Ron Barnhart owns a well groomed, one story home in west Wichita.

“We came here in ’64,” he says. “This was my parent’s house. I would always ask my dad through those years, you know, ‘Dad, what’s filtering that water coming from the ground?’ He had a filter down, but it wasn’t sufficient to put up with this.”

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10:48 am
Wed April 30, 2014

COMCARE Establishes New Home In Downtown Wichita

COMCARE moved into a newly renovated space located at 350 S. Broadway.
Credit Carla Eckels

COMCARE’s children’s mental health programs are moving from the east side to a new location in downtown Wichita on May 2. Hear Carla Eckels’ full story below.

The staff is moving into a newly renovated space in the former Rainbows United building located at 350 S. Broadway. 

COMECARE of Sedgwick County serves more than a thousand children a year. Executive Director, Marilyn Cook says the move will allow them to be at a more centralized location.

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10:23 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Kansas Medicaid Contractors Losing Money

The three private companies contracted to manage Medicaid services through KanCare lost money in the program's first year. That's according to a report released this week.

The total losses between the companies come to more than $100 million. Representative Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, is concerned that could lead to cost increases, service reductions or the companies eventually pulling out of the program altogether.

"Will they leave?" Ward asks. "And if they do leave, what impact will that have on the people who depend on Medicaid for services?"

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10:23 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Washington Post Rates Huelskamp's ACA Claim A 'Whopper'

Kansas 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp speaks at a town hall meeting in Salina on April 14th, 2014
Credit Bryan Thompson

A Washington Post blog called “The Fact Checker” gives a “Four Pinocchios” rating to recent claims by Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act

The rating is based on statements Huelskamp made during recent town hall meetings in Hays and Salina, when he was asked about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

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10:57 am
Fri April 25, 2014

FDA Taking Comments on E-Cigarettes, Cigars

    

  Drug Administration is taking public comments on a proposed rule that would extend the agency’s reach to tobacco products that are not currently regulated by the agency-including e-cigarettes. The proposal comes at a time when nicotine poisoning is on the rise.

Poison Control Centers all across the country have been seeing a growing number of poisonings from exposure to the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes.

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