Kansas News Service

Heartland Health Monitor is a reporting collaboration focused on health issues and their impact in Kansas and Missouri. The partners —— KMUW, KCUR, KCPT Public Television, KHI News Service and Kansas Public Radio —— strive to bring listeners and readers timely, accurate and comprehensive coverage of a topic that leaves no one untouched.

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Shawnee Mission Health has become the 17th member nationwide of the MD Anderson Cancer Network, joining forces with one of the top cancer centers in the United States.

The affiliation follows a year-long certification process by MD Anderson and is a big leap forward for Shawnee Mission Health’s cancer center, which opened not quite four years ago.

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The top education official in Kansas on Tuesday proposed allowing more schools to hire educators who don’t qualify for teaching licenses under the state’s current system — and signaled he would support changes to state regulations if needed.

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Officials with the Kansas Department for Children and Families responded Tuesday to concerns about destroyed evidence in child abuse cases during a legislative task force meeting.

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The American Civil Liberties Union wants to know why a student athlete at Garden City Community College was kicked off the basketball team after he continued shooting baskets during the playing of the national anthem.

Rasool Samir, a Muslim, was sent home to Philadelphia two days later and has not returned to the school since.

Sam Zeff / Kansas News Service

In the ongoing struggle on college campuses for LGBT equality and acceptance, Kansas State University is an unexpected leader.

Stephen Koranda / Kansas News Service

A panel of Kansas lawmakers says the Legislature should follow through on promised funding for water projects across the state.

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A new report in the Kansas City Star is once again raising concerns about a lack of transparency in Kansas state government.

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

Saltwater injection. Fracking. Enhanced oil recovery.

News of protests in recent months against oil- and gas-related activity in the Flint Hills has drawn fresh attention to these and other terms — as well as some confusion.

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Progressives deride supporters of President Donald Trump as willfully ignorant reactionaries, even racists.

Fans of the president respond in kind, dismissing liberals as snowflakes and worse.

The escalating war of words is a clear and present danger to American democracy, said Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, in a presentation sponsored by the Topeka-based Sunflower Foundation’s Advocacy in Health speaker series.

Stephen Koranda

The Republican candidates for Kansas governor will square off for their first debate in February. There are currently around a dozen GOP candidates running for the job.

Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold said in a statement that the Feb. 17 event in Wichita will be the first of several meetings for the candidates.

“Our debate schedule will visit all four congressional districts to make sure Republican voters all-across Kansas have the opportunity to hear from the candidates for governor," Arnold said.

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