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Kansas will see a much higher increase in health insurance than U.S. average…and other headlines: October 28, 2016

andy lambertOctober 28, 2016
An analysis shows folks in Kansas next year will see their premiums jump by 46 percent in health insurance markets created by the Affordable Care Act. That’s much higher than the average 25 percent jump across the 39 states served by the federally run online market. But the analysis also shows Kansas will continue to have two participating insurers in all 105 of its counties, as it has since the Affordable Care Act was rolled out in 2014.
Nearly twice as many voters in Kansas are now casting ballots at early voting locations as compared to the last presidential election. The latest figures from the Kansas secretary of state’s office show 67,211 people voted in person as of yesterday morning, and that’s almost double the 33,832 who did so at that point in 2012. Mail-in ballots are going out at roughly the same pace with 173,893 mail-in ballots sent out since the 19th.
We now know it was an inadvertent mixture of sulfuric acid and bleach at a plant that caused the plume over Atchison a week ago. That combination creates chlorine gas, and sparked evacuations. A statement from the company running the plant says a routine chemical delivery led to the incident.
An 18-year-old man is in custody in Lawrence after being accused of rape and sexual battery at a KU dorm. University police arrested him at Oliver Hall. He was booked into the Douglas County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
The state’s biggest utility asks for permission from the state to raise its rates by a total of $17.4 million, upping the average residential bill in Kansas by about $1.54 per month. Westar Energy filed the request this week with the Kansas Corporation Commission to recover costs that weren’t available when last year’s full price review was conducted. Most of money is for upgrades to meet federal environmental requirements.

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