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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.

Rural advocates pinpoint holes in Kansas mental health, multilingual services

By: - August 31, 2021

TOPEKA — Rural health and education advocates say increased access to mental health care and improved cultural or linguistic services would go a long way toward addressing disparities between communities of color and their white counterparts in rural Kansas. Francisca Jimenez, a parenting coach and home visitor for Russell Child Development Center, said a lack […]

Incomplete data renders audit of Kansas mental health and substance abuse programs inconclusive

By: - August 30, 2021

TOPEKA — State legislative auditors say data gaps and broad definitions limited the conclusions and recommendations they could provide in a recent review of Kansas’ most common mental health and substance abuse programs. The audit focused on 23 providers of about 200 total statewide. They receive funding through Medicaid or a criminal justice intervention law, […]

KDHE deploys COVID-19 testing strategies and funding for Kansas schools

By: - August 26, 2021

TOPEKA — Onsite COVID-19 testing is underway at 75 schools across Kansas, and state health officials say more will join them soon. As children resume in-person learning across the state, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is working to ensure school districts have a testing plan to keep schools open and minimize absenteeism. Kansas […]

Kansas governor directs state employees to work from home

By: - August 25, 2021

TOPEKA — Executive branch employees will return to working remotely amid a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the delta variant, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. The governor’s new guidance is a speedy change of direction after state employees began returning to state office buildings in June. Remote work will remain in place through Oct. […]

Kansas medical experts warn against rising self-use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19

By: - August 25, 2021

TOPEKA — More people are calling a Kansas poison control hotline after self-medicating for COVID-19 with a drug intended to fight parasitic infections in animals. Ivermectin can cause severe health problems in humans, and medical experts warn against using the drug to treat or prevent COVID-19. Interest in the drug is being driven by disinformation […]

Criminal justice panel explores racial dynamics of traffic stops, gang lists in Kansas

By: - August 23, 2021

TOPEKA — A Kansas criminal justice reform panel is highlighting the dynamic between communities of color and law enforcement during traffic stops as an area in need of immediate attention from lawmakers. Several members of the Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission subcommittee on race and the criminal justice system said last week that while traffic […]

Laura Howard, secretary for the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, settled with a coalition of civil rights organizations to improve opportunity for people in specialized nursing homes for the mentally ill to reside and receive improved services in community-based housing. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Judge orders Kansas to pay nearly $2.3 million in legal fees and expenses in child welfare lawsuit

By: - August 20, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas must pay nearly $2.3 million in attorney fees and expenses to the groups that filed a lawsuit regarding problems with the state’s foster care system, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Parties involved in the lawsuit reached a settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in January but continued to fight over […]

Kansas hospitals hesitate to require COVID-19 vaccine for staff before FDA approval

By: - August 12, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas health care providers aren’t ready to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees, despite rising COVID-19 case numbers and a desire to promote the efficacy of vaccines. Several hospitals say they will consider a mandate once the free, safe and effective vaccines receive formal FDA approval. So far, the FDA only has authorized the […]

Kansas housing advocates warn of looming eviction crisis beyond CDC reprieve

By: - August 6, 2021

TOPEKA — A new eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should cover most Kansas renters, but stakeholders and advocates agree it is only a temporary solution demanding further action. The moratorium, issued Tuesday, replaces a prior federal ban on evictions that expired Saturday. The new ban will last until Oct.3 […]

Kansas pilot program provides $500K in child care funding for job-seekers

By: - August 4, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas parents seeking employment and scrambling to find child care will now have access to a state pilot program intended to connect these families with needed resources. In total, $500,000 in funds from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act are available to eligible Kansans searching for a job and accessing services through […]

Kansas AG pushes state Supreme Court to maintain limit on COVID-19 powers

By: - August 3, 2021

TOPEKA — Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking the state’s highest court to intervene and clarify what he called an unnecessary and confusing ruling on new legislation concerning the Kansas Emergency Management Act. Schmidt announced Tuesday he had requested the Kansas Supreme Court put a hold on a recent lower court ruling and maintain […]

Kelly recommends mask policies, COVID testing and community partnerships for Kansas schools

By: - July 30, 2021

TOPEKA — New guidance Friday from Gov. Laura Kelly ahead of the start of classes recommends schools actively plan vaccination clinics, implement universal masking policies and create a robust testing plan for faculty and students. The updated guidance also requests that students in classrooms and school other settings maintain 3 feet of physical distance, but […]