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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 distilleries thankful to avoid ‘burdensome’ FDA fee for producing hand sanitizer

By: - January 6, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas distilleries are toasting a decision by the federal government to waive a fee for producing hand sanitizer amid the pandemic — although the potential for a surprise bill has left some business owners uneasy. The Food and Drug Administration said last week it would levy a $14,060 fee after determining a provision […]

Racial equity commission calls on Kansas lawmakers to ban ‘no-knock’ warrants

By: - December 29, 2020

TOPEKA — A commission tasked with examining race-related issues in Kansas is urging lawmakers to consider changes to police officer training, a ban on no-knock warrants and increased data collection by law enforcement. The governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice first report included 60 recommendations requiring action from different levels of government. The report […]

Mark Pringle and his wife, Mary Jane Shanklin, say the pandemic has exacerbated issues that already existed in farming communities (Submitted)

Kansas nurse sees promise in Poor People’s Campaign meeting with Biden team

By: - December 27, 2020

TOPEKA — Poverty in Kansas might look different from how it appears in other states, according to Mary Jane Shanklin, a member of National Nurses United who advocates for the needs of rural Kansans. Shanklin said poor people in rural Kansas are often ignored because they might not look like the mainstream definition of poverty. “There’s […]

but vetoed a $500,000 earmark for stem-cell research on COVID-19 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly: Spread of COVID-19 under control in Kansas for the first time since May

By: - December 22, 2020

TOPEKA — Implementation of the state’s unified strategy has led to control over the spread of COVID-19 for the first time since the stay-at-home order was lifted in May, Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday. This piece of positive news comes as a result of the virus’ effective reproductive rate dropping below one point. With a […]

Monarch butterflies qualify for endangered list, but officials may not take action until 2024

By: - December 19, 2020

TOPEKA — Federal officials have declared the monarch butterfly “a candidate” for endangered status but punted on taking any action for several years, despite the winged insect’s rapidly declining population, to focus on other species awaiting designation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan calls for an annual review of the monarch’s status to determine […]

New supersonic corridor allows for faster-than-sound flight across Kansas

By: - December 17, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas and the Federal Aviation Administration have reached an agreement to establish the Kansas Supersonic Transportation Corridor, allowing testing for non-military aircraft exceeding the speed of sound. The corridor is a 770-nautical-mile — about 886 standard miles — racetrack-shaped corridor, above 39,000 feet and runs the length of the state, starting just north […]

New Kansas data set shows ICE targets thousands annually who committed no crime

By: - December 17, 2020

TOPEKA — Thousands of people who are arrested or removed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have no criminal conviction or just a minor traffic offense, according to records compiled into a new statewide data tool made available by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas. Information sourced from the Syracuse TRAC system details the number […]

Kansas inmates return from Arizona private prison after longer-than-expected stay

By: - December 16, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas inmates housed at a correctional center in Arizona are returning to state prisons after a monthslong delay, the Kansas Department of Corrections announced Wednesday. Lansing Correctional Facility will be the first stop for the 118 individuals, who all cleared COVID-19 testing protocols. They will quarantine in the Lansing facility for 21 days […]

KCC orders utilities to keep waiving fees, offer payment plans for overdue bills

By: - December 15, 2020

TOPEKA — The Kansas Corporation Commission on Tuesday extended a mandate requiring utilities to offer 12-month payment plans and waive late fees for those struggling to pay their bills. The commission, which oversees public utilities in the state, issued the original order in May, and it was set to expire at the end of the […]

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday that she signed a bill unanimously passed by the Legislature to require greater scrutiny by state and law enforcement officials of alleged child abuse. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

High-risk health care workers in Kansas get first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

By: - December 14, 2020

TOPEKA — Administration of COVID-19 vaccinations is underway in Kansas for high-risk health care workers, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. The first shipment to Kansas of the Pfizer vaccine, approved Friday by the Food and Drug Administration, totals 23,750 doses. Health care workers who are around the virus consistently are the first to receive the […]

Melissa Taylor Standridge sworn in to Kansas Supreme Court, promises to promote trust in justice system

By: - December 14, 2020

As she was sworn into the Kansas Supreme Court, Melissa Taylor Standridge dedicated her future work to promoting public trust and confidence in the state’s justice system. Standridge, a Leawood resident appointed by Gov. Laura Kelly last month, took the oath in a virtual ceremony. She fills the opening left by the retirement of Justice […]

‘Adios amigos’: Roberts highlights work on agriculture policy, expresses hope for bipartisanship

By: - December 14, 2020

TOPEKA — In what he dubbed his “adios amigos” speech, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts reflected on his path to politics, time spent as chairman of the agriculture committee in both the House and Senate, and the value of bipartisan efforts in passing meaningful legislation.  After nearly 40 years as a congressman, Roberts announced early last […]