Topeka

August 06, 2019 - 8:29 pm
The Kansas health department says insurance company Aetna is at risk of losing its $1-billion-a-year contract with the state's Medicaid program. The agency gave Aetna 10 days to get its act together. The insurance company joined Kansas' privatized Medicaid program this year. But the newspaper...
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August 06, 2019 - 8:24 pm
A federal employees union says recent comments by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney confirm the Trump administration's "grand strategy" to cut the federal workforce by relocating agency offices out of Washington. Mulvaney said last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture's plan to...
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August 06, 2019 - 8:04 pm
The Kansas attorney general has appointed the state's first Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Tuesday appointed Gina Meier-Hummel to the job, which was created after recommendations from a task force. Meier-Hummel was secretary of the Kansas Department...
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August 05, 2019 - 6:46 pm
Kansas' child welfare agency has drafted guidelines urging foster parents to allow LGBT children in their care to "express themselves as they see themselves." The move comes a little more than a year after the state granted legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that do not place...
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August 05, 2019 - 6:28 pm
Officials with the Topeka Rescue Mission say the organization could close next month if new funding isn't found. Leaders said in a statement Monday that the mission is facing a $180,000 shortfall each month. It will close all its shelters and end all services if new funding isn't found by Sept. 15...
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August 05, 2019 - 6:15 pm
A new report says dozens of complaints about Kansas Medicaid fraud went to a government email account that no one checked. The state attorney general released findings on Monday that show more than 200 emails were left unread. The attorney general's office found 42 of the unread emails contained at...
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August 02, 2019 - 5:57 pm
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed an executive order aimed at ending a long-standing "border war" with Missouri over existing jobs in the Kansas City area. But the order that Kelly issued Friday suggests the truce may be shaky. Kelly's order pledges that Kansas won't use economic development...
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August 01, 2019 - 6:20 pm
Kansas is reporting that its tax collections were slightly higher than expected in July. The Department of Revenue said Thursday that the state collected $496 million in taxes last month when its official revenue forecast predicted $494 million. The $2 million difference was a surplus of 0.4%. It...
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July 29, 2019 - 9:20 pm
The former leader of a national disability rights group has become the first Republican candidate seeking to unseat Congresswoman Sharice Davids, (D-Kansas). Sara Hart Weir kicked off her campaign Monday in the 3rd Congressional District in the Kansas City area. She served more than four years as...
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July 26, 2019 - 6:02 pm
Authorities say a Topeka man who crashed his motorcycle after a birthday celebration at a Topeka bar was found dead in a ditch about 42 hours later with the body of his passenger. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Kenneth Barsch, 59, went off the side of U.S. 75 around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Patrol Lt...
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