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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.

Kansas shelters grapple with capacity crisis as pandemic-related pet returns increase

By: - July 30, 2021

TOPEKA — An influx of returned pets adopted during the pandemic is pushing pet shelters across the state beyond capacity. For some shelters, this is business as usual during the summer months, but others are attributing the influx of pets to owners returning animals as they return to work in the office or face financial […]

As Kansas seeks company for unemployment overhaul, questions asked of council’s role in decision

By: - July 27, 2021

TOPEKA — An update on work done by the Kansas council tasked with modernizing the state’s beleaguered unemployment system is raising questions from one legislator of the role that panel should play in the search for a company to oversee the process. The Unemployment Compensation, Modernization and Improvement Council, chaired by Rep. Sean Tarwater, is […]

Kansas racial equity panel calls attention to early childhood, maternal health disparities

By: - July 26, 2021

TOPEKA — A Kansas racial equity panel report has pinpointed maternal and early childhood health, vaccine equity and Medicaid expansion among areas that could improve racial inequities in health care. Among the specific recommendations in the 2021 interim report from Gov. Laura Kelly’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice is an extension of Medicaid coverage […]

Kansas kicks 7K off unemployment benefits for failing to meet new work search requirement

By: - July 22, 2021

TOPEKA — About 7,000 Kansans lost unemployment benefits this week because they did not meet a deadline to sign up for a new state program designed to help people find a job. Legislators inserted the work search requirement into House Bill 2196 earlier this year. Mike Beene, director of workforce development at the Department of […]

Salina native Adrianna Franch competes in Tokyo for U.S. women’s soccer team

By: - July 21, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas’ first-ever women’s soccer Olympian is going for gold this summer in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Adrianna Franch, a Salina native, was named to the 18-player U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team roster last month for the pandemic-delayed Olympics. She will back up starting goalie Alyssa Naeher as Team USA seeks to reclaim […]

Striking Frito-Lay workers contemplate sacrifice in fight for better wages, work conditions

By: - July 19, 2021

TOPEKA — It is more than 90 degrees outside the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, but standing in the picket line feels cool compared to inside the warehouse, where at 7 a.m. most days temperatures are already peaking over 100, said Reyna Corbus. Corbus is one of more than 500 workers on strike at the plant […]

New Kansas law cracks down on sexual extortion, spousal abuse, fleeing police

By: - July 16, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers and legal leaders are praising a new law that creates the crime of sexual extortion and removes a spousal exemption to sexual battery. Senate Bill 60, which went into effect July 1, bundles several criminal justice and law enforcement actions. The law amends when a person can be tried in Kansas, […]

Kansas ACLU’s executive director steps down

By: - July 15, 2021

TOPEKA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas announced Thursday executive director Nadine Johnson has stepped down. Johnson, whose last day was July 2, said her family had an out-of-state opportunity they could not pass up. Before joining the ACLU in June 2019, Johnson worked at Google in Los Angles. She is a former […]

Kansas earmarks $15M in emergency education funds for early literacy

By: - July 15, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas State Department of Education is setting aside $15 million in funding for a literacy initiative intended to address learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will allow Kansas teachers to receive specialized training in the science of reading through the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling program. LETRS […]

Kansas education official reiterates critical race theory was ‘never, ever’ part of school curriculum

By: - July 13, 2021

TOPEKA — As Kansas schools face mounting pressure from parents and lawmakers to ban critical race theory from classrooms, education officials are reiterating that the subject is not part of the state curriculum. Critical race theory is the college-level study of race as a social construct and the ways racism is embedded into various social […]

As Kansas expands paid leave for state employees, advocates look to private sector

By: - July 13, 2021

TOPEKA — As a staunch advocate for proper breastfeeding practices, Brenda Bandy has witnessed the way stressors from a return to work can undercut lactation. Bandy, executive director of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, said returning to work after a leave of absence for a newborn is commonly listed among the biggest barriers to continuing breastfeeding. […]

Kansas labor department pushes new reemployment program

By: - July 12, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Labor is making a push this week to sign unemployment claimants up for the state’s newly buffed reemployment assistance program. The enhanced My Reemployment Plan program, part of House Bill 2196 approved by the Kansas Legislature in May, is intended to help those who are unemployed find new jobs […]