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Mumps case confirmed at KU…and other headlines: January 5, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 5, 2017
Health officials confirm one case of mumps at the University of Kansas and are investigating nine other suspected cases since mid-December. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department announced the findings Wednesday. The department’s director of epidemiology, says it’s not clear where the cases were contracted by some likely spread before the university’s winter break on Dec. 16. The first day for spring classes is Jan. 17. KU isn’t the only school in the region to battle mumps – the University of Missouri had an outbreak in the fall.
A federal appeals court has ruled that the operational interests of a city as a public employer outweigh the free speech rights of a former secretary who provided an affidavit in support of a fired police officer’s lawsuit. The ruling Wednesday from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals involved the city of Hays, Kansas.
A group representing electronic cigarette retailers in Kansas is fighting to prevent the state revenue department from enforcing a new tax on vaping fluid. The Kansas Vapers Association argued during a legislative committee meeting that the bill imposing the new tax on e-cigarettes was drafted poorly. A provision to a bill passed in 2015 imposed a tax on vaping fluid of 20 cents per milliliter of “consumable material.”
A Kansas congressman’s 17-year-old son pulled a dance move resembling a sneeze during a photo shoot with House Speaker Paul Ryan after the House swearing-in ceremony in Washington. Holding the Bible with his father and Ryan at the photo shoot on Tuesday, Cal Marshall raised one arm in the move popularized by sports celebrities known as dabbing. Ryan asked if he was OK.




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