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A student practices surgery techniques at Washburn Tech in Topeka. (Photo by Chris Neal / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

A new study indicates Kansas is among the five worst states in the nation for how often patients ran into out-of-network providers at their in-network hospitals in 2017. 

LMH Health, formerly Lawrence Memorial Hospital, is a not-for-profit community hospital that's served Lawrence and the surrounding area for nearly a century.  (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Lawrence's not-for-profit community hospital, LMH Health, is eliminating health insurance for some of its employees. By January, about three dozen part-time workers will no longer have access to health insurance through the hospital. In addition, they'll no longer be able to accrue PTO, or paid time off. The hospital is also changing employee retirement benefits. Why? Is the hospital running low on money? CEO Russ Johnson says no. Despite losing money this year, Johnson says LMH Health is on sound financial footing. Listen to KPR's two-part interview to learn more.

Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Kansas, about 50 miles north of Wichita, has kept its doors open through a receivership and bankruptcy. (Photo from Hillsboro Chamber)
Associated Press Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

A Kansas City company that specializes in turning around financially distressed-hospitals is seeking to purchase a rural central Kansas hospital that is in bankruptcy.

A Meals on Wheels volunteer places meals into his car to deliver to senior citizens and homebound members in the community. (Photo provided by Meals on Wheels)
J. Schafer Monday, October 7th, 2019

Meals on Wheels of Eastern Kansas needs more volunteers to help deliver food in Douglas, Shawnee and Jefferson counties. President and CEO Heidi Pickerell says new volunteers are especially needed in Douglas County.

Compass Behavior Health in Garden City offers substance use evaluations, individual therapy and 24-hour crisis services.  (Photo by Corinne Boyer / High Plains Public Radio and the Kansas News Service)
High Plains Pub... Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Two years after closing an office in Garden City, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency announced this week it’s coming back to town. The agency’s new setup comes at a time when methamphetamine seizures are on the rise in southwest Kansas.

In this photo provided by Silvies Valley Ranch, Colby Marshall poses for a picture in Burns, Oregon. Silvies Valley Ranch owns five bulls that were found dead with sex organs and tongues removed. The animal deaths recall mutilations of livestock across the West and Midwest in the 1970s and 80s.  Marshall believes a cult is behind the bull deaths. (Photo by David Zaitz / Silvies Valley Ranch via AP)
Associated Press Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

The recent discovery of mutilated bulls in Oregon recalls a series of similar livestock mutilations in the West and Midwest, including Kansas, during the 1970s and '80s.

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)
Associated Press Friday, September 27th, 2019

The Olathe school district is preparing to sue a leading e-cigarette maker as the number of deaths from a vaping-related lung disease continues to climb. Meanwhile, health officials at the CDC say there have been 805 confirmed and probable cases reported. That's up 52% from a week ago. At this point, illnesses have occurred in almost every state. The confirmed deaths include two in Kansas and one in Missouri.

(Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Kansas law enforcement officers are always trying to keep drugs off the street but lately, instead of intercepting shipments of heroin, cocaine and pot, state troopers have been confiscating loads of cold, hard cash. Nearly a million dollars in suspected drug money has been recovered by state troopers since June.

Racquel Stucky is a family medicine physician in Finney County who specializes in preventative medicine. (Photo by Corrine Boyer, High Plains Public Radio / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

In 2017, data from the group Kansas Health Matters showed Finney County in southwest Kansas with the second highest rate of STDs in the state behind Wyandotte County. Finney County health officials say increasing drug abuse and sex trafficking are among the root causes behind the spike in gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and HIV cases.

(Image by Crysta Henthorne / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Could Kansas play a role in slowing climate change? Some researchers are studying whether the state could be a handy place to bury the carbon dioxide that’s making Earth’s atmosphere work like a greenhouse. What might it take to make Kansas a bulwark for the environment? Listen to this report from the Kansas News Service.


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