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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.

While no litigation pending, KPERS to search for legal counsel

By: - December 23, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas Public Employee Retirement System is preparing to obtain legal counsel on a contingent basis if it wants to join any potential lawsuit against companies it invests in. While KPERS executive director Alan Conroy said there is no legal action ongoing or any planned, the system must be prepared as shareholders should […]

Kansas lawmakers question short-term payments in strongly backed 24/7 state facility pay initiative

By: - December 22, 2021

TOPEKA — While state hospital and corrections leaders are touting a new pay initiative aimed at a growing staffing crisis in facilities across the state, some lawmakers are questioning its the viability of temporary pay increases. Under Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan, state employees at 24/7 facilities in the Kansas Department of Corrections, state hospitals under […]

After six years, Osawatomie State Hospital to lift voluntary admissions moratorium

By: - December 21, 2021

TOPEKA — While the focus will remain on court-ordered admissions and community referrals, a Kansas state hospital will begin accepting voluntary admissions early next year for the first time in more than six years. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services announced late last week it would lift a moratorium on voluntary admissions at […]

Kansas nursing home closures highlight growing workforce crisis

By: - December 20, 2021

TOPEKA — Difficulty fully staffing long-term care facilities is resulting in poor outcomes for residents, strenuous working conditions and in severe cases, site closure. According to the state long-term care ombudsman, a higher-than-average 13 nursing homes have closed since the beginning of the year. Before the pandemic, there was at least one assisted living facility […]

Surging COVID-19 case numbers have some Kansas hospitals sapped of bed space, resources

By: - December 17, 2021

TOPEKA — Amid concerns COVID-19 will worsen as the temperature drops, Kansas hospital leaders are warning Friday of rapidly rising case numbers leading to poor outcomes and limiting bed space. Hospital administrators from across Kansas, and some from Missouri, all reported close to triple the number of infected patients requiring standard care and those in […]

Extreme winds, wildfires and earthquakes reported across Kansas

By: - December 15, 2021

TOPEKA — High winds Wednesday in Kansas reduced visibility, leading to road closures and power outages across the state. Alerts from the National Weather Service indicated some areas of the state would experience wind gusts of up to 80 mph. A 100 mph gust was reported in Russell. Wind gusts and resulting dust storms led […]

Extending postpartum Medicaid coverage to 12 months could save lives, Kansas advocates say

By: - December 14, 2021

TOPEKA — A group of 29 health care organizations are calling on Kansas legislators to permanently extend postpartum Medicaid coverage for eligible women to 12 months, a move they say could save lives and money. During the pandemic, Kansas mothers’ coverage has been extended from the usual 60 days to 12 months. The health care […]

Federal conservation plan raises questions, confusion among Kansas stakeholders

By: - December 13, 2021

TOPEKA — A lack of specifics on a federal plan to conserve and protect lands and waters across the country has led to confusion in Kansas among the public, state legislators, wildlife officials and advocacy groups. In January, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on the 30×30 plan intended to protect 30% of U.S. […]

Kansas plans to use $57.1M in federal funds to boost pay for senior care

By: - December 10, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas health care entities hope a series of programs and funding opportunities will help home and community-based services rebound from a serious workforce shortage exacerbated by the pandemic. A survey conducted monthly by the National Healthcare Safety Network showed shortages among nurses and aides in 25 to 30% of the responding long-term care […]

State Finance Council approves $14.9 million in additional funds for Kansas COVID-19 testing

By: - December 9, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas legislative leaders and the governor Thursday approved $14.9 million to extend state testing programs through the end of the year. With COVID-19 cases rising in Kansas and the omicron variant looming, the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas Executive Committee requested the funds last month to maintain testing capacity across the state. The […]

Kansas classroom safety panel grows increasingly concerned as students’ mental health issues rise

By: - December 9, 2021

TOPEKA — A rise in youth suicide rates, accompanied by increased reports of anxiety and depression among school-age children, has a Kansas panel focused on pandemic safety in the classroom concerned as the pandemic drags on. Kelli Netson, a neuropsychologist, kicked off a panel discussion on pandemic-related mental health issues in Kansas by noting statistics […]

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 […]