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Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda started his journalism career in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, covering local government and producing an episode of the podcast Show Me The State while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Noah then made a short move to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at KCUR as an intern on the talk show Central Standard and then in the newsroom, reporting on daily news and feature stories.

Kansas long-term care residents air concerns over inadequate living conditions, staffing response

By: - December 7, 2021

TOPEKA — At an Overland Park nursing home, Rita Headley has witnessed many elderly Kansans without access to reliable care and unable to live with dignity. Headley, who worked for 30 years at a nursing home in Fort Scott in a variety of roles, said she knows the treatment residents should receive, and the Overland […]

Bob Dole championed ‘lives of greater dignity’ for Americans with disabilities

By: - December 6, 2021

TOPEKA — In 1969, during his maiden speech on the Senate floor, Bob Dole focused his remarks on the rights and opportunities of individuals with disabilities, a subject with which he was intimately familiar. Dole’s passion for disability rights stemmed from his service as a soldier in World War II, where he was rendered unable […]

Kansas panel prepares recommendation for long-term telehealth modernization committee

By: - December 3, 2021

TOPEKA — A panel focused on issues relating to telehealth is preparing a recommendation to the Legislature requesting the establishment of a committee to further discuss potential avenues for payment parity for the remote services. The telehealth working group, part of the Special Committee on Mental Health Modernization and Reform, decided Thursday against recommending any […]

Kansas hospitals, health officials prepare for omicron variant’s arrival

By: - December 2, 2021

TOPEKA — As confirmed cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 begin to pop up across the country, Kansas health officials and hospitals are preparing for the variant’s arrival in the state. On Wednesday, the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health confirmed a recent COVID-19 case caused by omicron in a resident who […]

Kansas public school superintendents focus on big picture of academic achievement

By: - December 1, 2021

TOPEKA — Superintendents and leaders from an assortment of Kansas school districts are urging legislators to focus on the big picture and long-term goals, rather than one or two data points out of context. In recent legislative committee hearings, including the first day of the Special Committee on Education, legislators have focused on declining state […]

Education officials, lobbyists weigh impact of funding on academic achievement in Kansas

By: - November 30, 2021

TOPEKA — State education officials and lobbyists clashed Tuesday in a debate over whether improved school finance creates positive trends in Kansas student achievement. As a product of the Gannon lawsuit and legislation approved by the Legislature and the governor earlier this year, Kansas is currently fully funding the state’s 286 local public school districts […]

Colleagues, family reflect on the legacy of the late Kansas senator ‘Rip’ Gooch

By: - November 29, 2021

TOPEKA — With memorial services to be held for the late Ulysses Lee “Rip” Gooch later this month, his former colleagues in the Kansas Legislature are recalling the legacy of the retired state senator and Wichita City Council member. Gooch died Wednesday at age 98, according to a post on Jackson Mortuary’s website. Funeral arrangements […]

Kansas Democrats, advocates offer alternate issues for special session focused on COVID-19 mandates

By: - November 29, 2021

TOPEKA — Democratic legislators criticized the Kansas special legislative session last week, calling the measures considered a waste of taxpayer money, and pointing to issues like the food sales tax and the criminal justice system in need of a closer look. Lawmakers gathered at the Capitol building to consider, and ultimately approve, legislation that provides […]

‘Mothers, sisters and daughters’: After years of rehabilitation, four Kansas women seek clemency

By: - November 28, 2021

TOPEKA — While serving time at the Topeka Correctional Facility for a nonviolent property crime, Sarah Jaillite has endeavored to turn her life around and prepare for a transition back into her community. Jaillite is among 108 applicants for clemency working with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas. Beginning May 2020, amid COVID-19, the […]

Kansas governor plans to combat 24/7 facility staffing shortages with pay initiative

By: - November 23, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas state employees at several 24/7 state facilities are the beneficiaries of a new pay initiative aimed at reducing staffing shortages, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday. The effort provides long-term and temporary pay increases for employees at facilities in the Kansas Department of Corrections, state hospitals under the Department for Aging and Disability […]

Anti-vaccination rally questions research on COVID-19, touts bill allowing vaccine exemptions

By: - November 22, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansans attending a rally supporting proposed legislation providing workers an out from federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates repeatedly denied vaccine efficacy research and said any mandate would threaten their way of life. Many in attendance complained they had been personally impacted by vaccine requirements or would be affected by the mandates, including Donna Herman. […]

Kansas tax council bullish about food sales tax cut, considers implications of labor shortage

By: - November 19, 2021

TOPEKA — A tax panel is keeping a watchful eye on state labor shortages, but a rebounding Kansas economy and improved revenue estimates have members confident the state can afford to enact legislation cutting the food sales tax. The latest revenue estimates for Kansas elevated the forecast to $2.89 billion, an increase of $1.3 billion from […]