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Quinter’s Michael Machen named 2018 Kansas Family Physician of the Year

Sacha SanguinettiJuly 16, 2018

(Story credit: Greg Peters with KU Medical Center) Michael Machen laughs easily when he talks about what all it means to be a doctor in a small rural town in Northwest Kansas. For more than three decades he's been one of the primary health care providers for the 900 or so people in the farming community of Quinter and many others living in adjoining counties on the High Plains, where trees are ...

Three Hospitalized In Thomas County Accident – and more in the Today In Kansas Report

Karen EmerickJuly 16, 2018

Three people are in the hospital after an accident on I-70 in Thomas County. A driver had pulled his SUV over onto the shoulder yesterday during heavy rain when the wind caught a passing tractor-trailer, knocking it on its side and landing on that SUV. Everybody in the vehicles were taken for treatment. One person is dead, two others hospitalized in a pair of shootings in Garden City. The first...

State Issues Emergency Suspension of Day Care in Colby

Sacha SanguinettiJuly 13, 2018

The following press release was issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on July 13, 2018: TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued an Emergency Order of Suspension to Mighty Mites and Little Tikes, a licensed day care home located 480 N. Riddle, in Colby. State law allows the Secretary of KDHE to issue such an order when, in the opinion o...

Gubernatorial Candidate Continues Complaint Against Art Exhibit – and more in the Today In Kan...

Karen EmerickJuly 13, 2018

Kansas Secretary of State and candidate for governor Kris Kobach is telling the University of Kansas to remove from the Spencer Museum of Art an art display featuring an altered American flag. The display, which had flown on a flag pole on the Lawrence campus, was taken down Wednesday and moved to the museum after Kobach, Gov. Jeff Colyer and other Republican political candidates complained that i...

KS Democrats Wrangle Over Abortion – and more in the Today In Kansas Report

Karen EmerickJuly 12, 2018

A leading Democratic candidate for Kansas governor suggests one of her main rivals is misleading voters about his stance on abortion. State Sen. Laura Kelly made the comment about former Kansas Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty during a televised forum. Svaty said he would support the right of women to make their own health care decisions despite having an anti-abortion voting record as a legisla...

KU is one of several universities showcasing controversial American flag

Sacha SanguinettiJuly 11, 2018

The University of Kansas is one of several colleges across the country that is allowing a black-paint splattered U.S. flag to fly as apart of an art project to highlight the "current political climate" in America. The art display project is called "Pledges of Allegiance" and is sponsored by Creative Time, a New York based organization. The art project is features 16 designers and one of the art...

KDHE reports 133 fireworks-related injuries week of July 1-7

Sacha SanguinettiJuly 10, 2018

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reports that at least 133 fireworks-related injuries occurred in the state over the Independence Day holiday week (July 1– 7). The injuries, varying in severity, were reported by emergency departments throughout the state to the Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program (KSSP). “These, mostly preventable, injuries show how greate...

Despite recent rains, drought conditions persist throughout the state

Sacha SanguinettiJuly 9, 2018

Topeka – While there have been some recent rains, drought conditions for many areas of Kansas continue to worsen.  TodayGovernor Jeff Colyer updated the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with Executive Order 18-16 (attached).  The update includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status. This order places nearly half of Kansas counties in an emergency drought stat...

4th of July tribute: Meet Happy Harold Ward, WW2 Veteran

Sacha SanguinettiJuly 3, 2018

I have been thinking about writing this for quite some time, but have struggled with when exactly to do it. Veteran's Day? Memorial Day? On his birthday? On the anniversary of his passing? I finally settled on Independence Day. The reasoning: the 4th of July is a patriotic holiday that carries undertones of celebration and happiness. I can't think of a better day to pay tribute to the man affec...

“Taste of Kansas” event to be held in Wakeeney August 4th

Sacha SanguinettiJuly 3, 2018

From the Land of Kansas brings to you its first-ever agriculture experience dinner: “The Taste of Kansas.” The dinner will allow guests to experience the diverse tastes of food grown, raised, or produced in Kansas; meet Kansas agriculture producers and business owners; and enjoy a relaxing evening as they celebrate and appreciate Kansas. The event will take place on Saturday, August 4, at S...

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