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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.

constitutionality of the 2022 Legislature's maps recasting district boundaries for congressional and legislative seats. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

New state House, Senate maps receive Kansas Supreme Court approval

By: - May 18, 2022

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed the validity Wednesday of the newly drawn boundaries for state House and Senate districts. The decision comes two days after justices heard oral arguments in response to a petition filed April 25 by Attorney General Derek Schmidt requesting the court review the maps contained in Senate Bill 563. The […]

Consulting company sets 26-month timeline for Kansas unemployment insurance modernization

By: - May 18, 2022

TOPEKA — The company brought in to direct modernization of the beleaguered Kansas unemployment insurance system is plotting an ambitious course with a timeline of 26 months. Tata Consultancy Services, an information technology consulting company, was brought on to address a mainframe relied upon by the Department of Labor since the 1980s. A flood of […]

Kelly signs education budget and policy bundle, asks Legislature to fully fund special education

By: - May 16, 2022

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly signed Monday a bill providing more than $6 billion for K-12 education and making several policy changes, including a controversial provision allowing students to openly transfer to districts around Kansas. House Bill 2567 fully funds public education, according to the Gannon school finance settlement, Kelly noted in signing the bill. […]

Arguments pit process vs result in Kansas Supreme Court debate over legislative maps

By: - May 16, 2022

TOPEKA — Attorney General Derek Schmidt began proceedings Monday asserting to the Kansas Supreme Court that new boundaries for Kansas House and Senate districts violated no law. He urged them to look at the product, not the process, when determining the validity of the map. On the other side, opposition to the map focuses on […]

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed three bills on Friday, including measures on public health response to infectious disease, creation of a no-bid Medicaid contract and a measure limiting the executive branch's ability to enforce election law. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly uses veto authority to reject infectious disease, Medicaid and election bills

By: and - May 13, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed three bills passed by the GOP-led Legislature on response to infectious disease, no-bid Medicaid contracts and election law.

Kansas COVID-19 case numbers trending up as hospital leaders see potential surge

By: - May 13, 2022

TOPEKA — Leading infection control and prevention experts at a Kansas hospital say COVID-19 numbers are trending up slowly but have yet to reach the surging levels seen in other countries. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Friday 2,847 new COVID-19 cases and 29 new deaths since the previous week. The rolling seven-day […]

Kansas governor signs law legalizing sports betting

By: - May 12, 2022

TOPEKA — After years of waiting, Kansans will soon be able to legally wager on sporting events under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Laura Kelly. Senate Bill 84 allows for the four state-owned casinos to use digital or in-person avenues to engage in the business of sports betting. The casinos, established under the control […]

Newly signed Kansas law transfers $1 billion to cover KPERS outstanding debt

By: - May 12, 2022

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly signed Thursday legislation transferring more than $1 billion from state coffers to cover historical underfunding of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Of the $1.125 billion drawn from the state general fund under Senate Bill 421, nearly $254 million will go toward paying off outstanding money owed for KPERS school employer […]

Board of Education focuses on zero-tolerance policies, alternative education in equity report

By: - May 11, 2022

TOPEKA — The State Board of Education is focusing on recommendations from a state commission report on racial equity issues, particularly ways to update or address zero-tolerance policies in Kansas schools. The second annual report from the Kansas Commission on Racial Equity and Justice focused on the social determinants of health, which include access to […]

Kansas effort to improve computer science education signed into law

By: - May 10, 2022

TOPEKA — A new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Laura Kelly seeks to promote computer science education in Kansas schools. The measure enacts the Promoting Advancement in Computing Knowledge Act, which requires each secondary school to offer at least one computer science course beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Alternatively, those schools operating under a […]

Olathe Rep. Megan Lynn to step away from Legislature after term

By: - May 10, 2022

TOPEKA — Rep. Megan Lynn announced Tuesday she is not seeking reelection to represent Kansas’ 49th House District. Lynn, an Olathe Republican, was elected to represent the district in 2018 and won reelection in 2020. In a statement, she said her post-Legislature plans include working for Kansas attorney general Derek Schmidt’s gubernatorial campaign. Lynn also […]

Group of Kansas moms asks governor to veto bill they say neglects children with disabilities

By: - May 9, 2022

TOPEKA — A group of Kansas mothers focused on the needs of children with complex medical needs and disabilities is calling on Gov. Laura Kelly to veto an education bill packaging more than a dozen policy and funding provisions. The concerns of Little Lobbyists are twofold. Of primary concern is money allocated for special education […]