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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.

A crowd of 150-plus people gather June 24, 2022, outside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka in opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and to protest the proposed Kansas abortion amendment. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Abortion rights advocates share stories at Kansas Statehouse protest after overturn of Roe v. Wade

By: - June 25, 2022

TOPEKA — When Topeka resident Sue McKenna was 19, she became pregnant with a man she was sure she would marry. That was until she met his wife. McKenna, now 77, was unable to legally get an abortion, so she devised a plan to get to the border and walk into Mexico for the procedure. […]

Kansas political leaders, advocacy groups react to Roe v. Wade repeal

By: and - June 24, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers and activists across the political spectrum present emotional and starkly contrasting responses Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ranging from celebration to outrage to calls for action. With a proposed constitutional amendment on the August primary ballot offering a vote on whether to maintain a […]

University of Kansas health System pediatrics are already seeing a high demand for COVID-19 vaccinations now that the FDA has granted emergency use authorization for children as young as six months. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Kansas doctors see early demand for COVID-19 vaccines for young children

By: - June 21, 2022

TOPEKA — COVID-19 vaccinations for kids as young as six months old began Tuesday across the country, and Kansas doctors say demand is already high. Last week, both Moderna and Pfizer received emergency use authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Subsequently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on the vaccination […]

Ton Miras Neira, far left, said community health workers provide culturally competent and financially beneficial care, often ensuring treatments are successful where they otherwise might fall short. (Submitted)

Certification for community health workers opens doors for culturally competent care in Kansas

By: - June 21, 2022

TOPEKA — As a deaf-blind interpreter in Spain, Ton Miras Neira found a need for more health workers focused on empowering and understanding underrepresented communities. So when Neira came to the United States in 2012, he began a career as a community health worker — frontline public health workers who are either trusted community members […]

While Kansas sports wagering regulators have until Jan. 1, 2023 to launch legal betting, Gov. Laura Kelly says during a news conference Monday that the goal is to have the framework up and running during football season. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas sports wagering aims to beat Jan. 1 deadline, begin operations during football season

By: - June 20, 2022

TOPEKA — Sports wagering in Kansas is effective July 1, and the governor said Monday she is optimistic state regulators will have live betting up and running as early as football season. The new law will allow Kansans to bet on their favorite teams through the four state-owned casinos, which may use digital or in-person […]

Joellen Schmidt, second from left on front row, has dedicated much of her life to caring for others. Now, she and her family are struggling to find in-home health care services. (Submitted)

In rural Kansas, limited access to in-home services leaves seniors and families wanting

By: - June 19, 2022

TOPEKA — Joellen Schmidt has spent much of her life dedicated to helping those in need when they need it most. Alongside her husband, Jerald, she raised seven children, welcomed 25 foreign exchange students into her home and helped 50 foster care children in need of a temporary place to stay. She worked as a […]

Members of the Kansas Poor People's Campaign say many labor and health are issues in Kansas are the same ones they see in other states and D.C. The campaign will march in the nation's capital Saturday. (Submitted)

Kansas Poor People’s Campaign focuses on interlocking agenda before D.C. march

By: - June 17, 2022

TOPEKA — In anticipation of a march in Washington, D.C., the Kansas delegation of the Poor People’s Campaign is homing in on an interlocking agenda focused on labor issues and health care access. The Poor People’s Campaign, an effort to gain economic and social justice for the 140 million low-income people in the county, will […]

Kansas universities get $24 million to research disaster response tools

By: - June 15, 2022

TOPEKA — A new research initiative is providing universities and colleges in Kansas with $24 million to research how the state can better support residents before and after disaster emergencies. The Adaptive and Resilient Infrastructures Driven by Social Equity, or ARISE, project is a federally funded program through the National Science Foundation. The five-year initiative […]

ACLU of Kansas argues probation shouldn’t depend on ability to pay fines

By: - June 14, 2022

TOPEKA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas is arguing a state law allowing probation to be extended for the failure to pay fines and fees should be struck down as unconstitutional. A brief the ACLU filed Monday in state appeals court stems from the Johnson County case of Edwanda Garrett, who is appealing […]

Gov. Laura Kelly stopped at Mi Pueblito Meat Market, a Latino-owned grocery store in Topeka, to promote a new law that gradually eliminates the state sales tax on food and how it will benefit the state’s Latino communities. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Reducing food sales tax benefits Latino communities, Kansas governor says

By: - June 13, 2022

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday said the new law gradually eliminating the state sales tax on food will benefit Latino Kansans who are disproportionately affected by food insecurity. In part because of the pandemic, a growing number of people across Kansas rely on food pantries. According to Feeding America, food insecurity rates rose […]

Kansas governor, military leaders back ‘essential’ federal legislation for toxin-exposed veterans

By: - June 10, 2022

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly is calling on the U.S. Senate to approve a bill that would provide health care for veterans exposed to toxins and provide critical training to providers. The Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins (PACT) Act acknowledges that veterans who served in certain locations were exposed to burn pits, and […]

Garden City math teacher becomes first Democrat to file for 1st Congressional District race

By: - June 8, 2022

TOPEKA — Garden City teacher Jimmy Beard, a Democrat, filed paperwork Wednesday entering the August primary for the 1st Congressional District with hopes of defeating incumbent U.S. Rep. Tracey Mann in the general election. Beard, a math teacher at Garden City High School, cited constant attacks on public education as a primary reason he felt […]