Kansas Officials: Combining Medicaid Waivers Not About Money

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By ANDY MARSO Cabinet officials say Kansas’ quest to combine Medicaid waivers for people with seven categories of disabilities is intended to provide better care and outcomes, not cost savings. But costs will go down if care improves as intended, they say. Officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department […]

Kansas court says lawsuit over 2009 budget move will proceed

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is allowing businesses and trade groups to go forward with a lawsuit challenging a financial maneuver used by the state in 2009 to help balance its budget. The court issued its ruling Friday. The case received widespread attention after it was filed in 2010 because one of […]

Learning Quest contest to award $10,000 in prizes

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Kansas State Treasurer TOPEKA–Seventh and eighth grade students across Kansas can showcase their creativity and win an education savings account in the 14th annual Learning Quest Make Your Mark Contest. The Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program is Kansas’ state-sponsored 529 plan, designed to help families invest for their child’s continued education after high school. […]

2 Kan. men hospitalized after Mustang goes airborne, hits pole

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ST. JOHN- Two Kansas men were injured in an accident just before 2a.m. on Saturday in Stafford County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2000 Ford Mustang driven by Callum D. Borthwick, 20, Stafford, was eastbound on NE 20th three miles southeast of St. John when it left the roadway. The driver overcorrected and the […]

Friday storm produces funnel cloud near Newton

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HARVEY COUNTY- Storm clouds over south central Kansas produced a funnel cloud south of Newton. The funnel was reported near SE 36th and Interstate135 just before 7 p.m. No damage or injuries reported from the storm, according to Harvey County officials.

1 arrested after throwing items off overpass, I-70 chase

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GEARY COUNTY- Law enforcement authorities in Geary County are investigating a man seen throwing things off an interstate overpass on Friday. Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf reported Sheriff’s deputies observed someone throwing items from Kansas 18 bypass over Interstate 70 Friday afternoon. When deputies went to check, the suspect jumped into a vehicle and took […]

States looking for more effective ways to encourage vaccinations

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By Michelle Andrews, KAISER HEALTH NEWS When kids start school this fall, it’s a sure bet that some won’t have had their recommended vaccines because their parents have claimed exemptions from school requirements for medical, religious or philosophical reasons. Following the much-publicized outbreak of measles that started in December at Disneyland in California, these exemptions have […]

1 hospitalized after BMW hits barbed wire fence, tree stump

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GIRARD- A woman was injured in an accident just before 1a.m. on Saturday in Crawford County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2003 BMW driven by Michelle R. Looney, 45, Wagoner, OK., was southbound on 140th Road one mile south of Girard. The vehicle left the roadway, entered the west ditch, continued through a barbed […]

Kansas teen hospitalized after rollover accident

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WINCHESTER- A Kansas teen was injured in an accident just after 9 p.m. on Friday in Atchison County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2007 Honda Civic driven by Ashton Rene Brown, 17, Nortonville, was northbound on Monney Creek Road four miles northeast of Winchester. The driver lost control on the gravel and the vehicle […]

Prosecutors seeks death penalty for man in 5 Kansas City deaths

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities will seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing five people in a quiet south Kansas City neighborhood. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the decision in a news release Friday. Brandon Howell is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the September 2014 killings. […]

Kan. community begins bike sharing program

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By Michael Pagels, Little Apple Post MANHATTAN -A new bike sharing program has started in downtown Manhattan, and it looks like a hit!  There are bright green bike stations in several areas right now; including in front of Civic Plus, at the Bluemont Hotel, next to Varney’s and at the intersection of 4th and Leavenworth at McCullough Development. […]