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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.

Lesley Ann Isherwood assures kindness, integrity on Kansas Court of Appeals

By: - April 30, 2021

TOPEKA — As she was sworn in Friday, Lesley Ann Isherwood assured Kansans she would put forth the greatest effort to exemplify the qualities of kindness, excellence and integrity in her new role as a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Isherwood, previously the senior assistant district attorney for Sedgwick County, could not promise […]

Kansas education council uneasy with Legislature’s approach to K-12, postsecondary policy

By: - April 29, 2021

TOPEKA — A meeting of the Governor’s Council on Education brought forth voices of concern regarding certain attempts within the Republican-led Kansas Legislature to pass measures they viewed as regressive and destructive to Kansas public education. Council members viewed several pieces of legislation passed or debated thus far in the 2021 legislative session as counter […]

Task force seeks to increase vaccination rates in Kansas’ marginalized communities

By: - April 28, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Taskforce, or COVET, began discussion Wednesday on communication best practices to encourage and connect with more Kansans who have hesitancy surrounding the new “medical technology.” About 38.1% of all Kansans have received at least one dose of a vaccine to date, but COVET members hope to increase those […]

Animal facility inspection budget amendment sparks criticism from Republican lawmakers over proper vetting

By: - April 28, 2021

TOPEKA — House and Senate panels rejected an amendment Tuesday to the Governor’s proposed budget for 2022 reinforcing an animal facility inspection program with improved funding and staffing opportunities due to a lack of committee review. The Animal Facilities Inspection Program currently requires all animal facilities, including dog and cat breeders, pet shops and boarding […]

Kansas governments, educational institutions to receive $4.9 billion in federal relief funds

By: - April 26, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas is expected to receive nearly $5 billion in federal funds to assist state and local government, those in need of housing and education institutions weather the ongoing effects of COVID-19. The American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Joe Biden in March provides $1.9 trillion in federal assistance for recovery […]

Kansas governor recognizes ‘little lady in sneakers’ advocating for national Juneteenth holiday

By: - April 25, 2021

TOPEKA — Each year since 2016, when she was 89, Opal Lee has walked from her home in Fort Worth across the country, stopping everywhere from Washington, D.C. to North Carolina to Kansas, in an effort to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Each day of her “Juneteenth Road to Unity” tour, Lee walks two and […]

New report estimates Medicaid expansion could save Kansas employers up to $80.6M

By: - April 24, 2021

TOPEKA — A new report indicates employers in some of Kansas’ most critical industries could save tens of millions of dollars a year if the state were to expand Medicaid. The Kansas Health Institute report indicates private-sector employers would save between $39.6 million and $80.6 million if Kansas opted into Medicaid expansion. Kansas businesses currently […]

After George Floyd’s murder, a racial equity panel proposed changes. The Kansas Legislature ignored them.

By: - April 22, 2021

TOPEKA — Speaking on the Senate floor earlier this month, Sen. Oletha Faust Goudeau talked about the inequities she has experienced daily at the Legislature — from being denied boxed lunches because she didn’t “look” like a senator to seeing her bills go nowhere. Many efforts she initiated that would help level the playing field […]

Governor signs bill expediting Kansas occupational licenses for military spouses

By: - April 21, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers and military officials alike praised a bill signed into law Wednesday that expedites the process to grant an occupational license to service members and spouses for encouraging more folks to move to the state. House Bill 2066 would shorten the period in which regulatory agencies must issue occupational licenses to those […]

Immigrant suffering from mental illness deported after six-month breakdown in Kansas jail

By: - April 21, 2021

TOPEKA — A mentally ill man who spent six months in a Kansas jail after being pulled over for speeding in Texas and arrested on a decade-old dropped charge has been deported to Mexico. Kansas Reflector last month reported on efforts to free Felipe Olvera Argueta from Seward County Jail in Liberal, where he suffered […]

New law pushes Kansas school districts to reconsider health protocols

By: - April 18, 2021

TOPEKA — In removing a mask mandate for students and faculty in the district, Russell County Schools board members questioned the science behind masks and whether they prevent the spread of COVID-19 in school. The board voted 7-0 on Monday to leave the decision of whether to wear a mask up to the individual effective […]

Wichita police unfairly target minorities with gang list, ACLU and Kansas Appleseed allege in lawsuit

By: - April 15, 2021

TOPEKA — A lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice alleges the Wichita Police Department use of a gang list has disproportionately harmed communities of color. According to the lawsuit, criteria to be added to the list are “vague and broad and encompass […]