Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Energy
5:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Kansas Water Vision Team To Hold Meeting In Wichita

The Kansas Water Vision team will be in Wichita on Monday to get feedback on the first draft of the vision. KMUWs Abigail Wilson has more…

The Kansas Water Vision team will hold a 90-minute meeting Monday at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center in west Wichita. The meeting will focus on Governor Sam Brownback’s Call to Action for a 50-Year Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas.

Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, says the team hopes to create dialogue and receive input on the first draft of Vision.

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Health
11:28 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Health Officials Delay Start Date Of Health Home Service

Kansas health officials delayed a new Medicaid service a day before it was scheduled to begin because it did not have enough contractors to cover the entire state.

The “health home” service was to provide case management for people with chronic medical conditions and those with severe mental illness.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment notified service providers Monday that the part of the program for the chronically ill would be delayed. It was to begin enrolling patients on Tuesday.

The service for the mentally ill will continue.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Second Source Found In West Wichita Chemical Contamination

A small portion of a map provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It illustrates a new source of Tetrachloroethylene contamination in west Wichita.
Credit Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has identified an additional source for chemical contamination in West Wichita. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, a second dry cleaner has been found to be a contributor to the chemical plume.

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Health
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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Health
7:15 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Flu Season Has Arrived In Wichita

Flu season has come early to Kansas this year; state health officials have confirmed two cases of influenza.

KDHE spokeswoman Miranda Steele says one case was identified through a system of clinics that monitor patients with flu-like symptoms. The other was identified by the Sedgwick County Health Department.

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Health
7:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Officials: Do Not Swim In These 5 Kansas Lakes

Kansas health officials say five Kansas lakes have dangerous levels of toxic algae.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Thursday high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected at the following lakes:

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Health
7:12 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Puts WIC Checks For Mothers In Jeopardy

If the shutdown of the federal government continues longer than two more weeks, 70,000 young mothers, babies and preschoolers in Kansas stand to lose access to some of the food they rely on.

KDHE has ordered local WIC offices to withhold checks for November and December until federal funding is assured. WIC checks are normally issued for three months at a time.

Dave Thomason, who heads the federally-funded Women Infants and Children supplemental food program in Kansas, says withholding checks dated later than October is a precautionary response to the federal shutdown.

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Energy
7:49 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Court Reverses Permit For New Kansas Coal Plant

The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed a state agency's decision to issue a permit to construct a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas.

Friday's unanimous decision by the justices is a setback for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation in its plans to build a second plant near Holcomb.

The justices ruled that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment failed to account for new emission standards from the federal Environmental Protection Agency that were in place at the time the permit was issued.

Health
8:03 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Infant Mortality In Kansas Up Slightly Last Year

A new research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a slight increase in the infant mortality rate last year.

Infant mortality refers to babies who die before their first birthday.

Although the trend has been downward, Kansas has exceeded the national infant mortality rate every year since 2003.

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Health
7:01 am
Mon August 12, 2013

West Nile Back In Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says an adult from Atchison County has the state's first case of West Nile virus this year.

KDHE says on its website that a mosquito sample in Sedgwick County has also tested positive for West Nile, a virus that can be spread to people through bites from infected mosquitoes, but is not contagious from person to person. Symptoms include headaches and low-grade fever to swelling of the brain.

West Nile virus cases are most common in the late summer and early fall months.

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