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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.

Bills would raise legislators’ salaries, increase school employees’ contributions to KPERS

By: - January 15, 2021

TOPEKA — State Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, has seen several younger legislators leave Kansas for better-paying pastures since he was elected to the Legislature. Highland said a lack of competitive pay is sapping the state of talented lawmakers who simply cannot afford to serve in the Legislature. To compensate for the salaries, lawmakers are offered […]

Kansas nursing homes working to address staffing and safety problems, agency official says

By: - January 14, 2021

TOPEKA — A Kansas senator says federal pandemic aid has not been enough to alleviate ongoing issues with staffing and funding at Kansas nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state. Sen. Pat Pettey, a Kansas City Democrat serving on the Senate Public Health Committee, said Thursday that issues like low wages and high […]

Republican frustrated after Kansas health department opts out of hearings

By: - January 14, 2021

TOPEKA — A Republican legislator voiced frustration with the state health department for ditching a planned presentation to the Senate health committee amid distrust with the governor’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy. A representative for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment was set to speak before the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Tuesday morning, but […]

State employees, advocates hopeful proposed 2.5% pay boost sticks in budget

By: - January 13, 2021

TOPEKA — State employees, who their advocates say are stretched thin and putting their health and safety on the line for work, could soon receive a salary boost. As part of her proposed budget, Gov. Laura Kelly allocated funds toward a 2.5% pay increase for state employees. The raise would pull $14.3 million from the […]

State of the State 2021: Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s full speech transcript

By: - January 12, 2021

The following is the complete transcript of Governor Laura Kelly’s 2021 State of the State Address. Good evening. Typically, I would deliver the State of the State address to the legislature and the public from the House Chamber in the Capitol building. And I would begin by looking out over all the familiar faces, constitutional […]

Kansas lawmakers rush to resume debate on property tax restrictions

By: - January 12, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas senators on Tuesday took up a measure requiring local governments to provide public notice and a hearing when attempting to raise property taxes, but a lobbyist from the Sierra Club argued the public was not provided appropriate time to prepare comment. After legislators gaveled in Monday, Senate President Ty Masterson, an Andover […]

Governor renews effort to consolidate Kansas social welfare programs into one agency

By: - January 11, 2021

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly announced plans Monday to renew an effort toward forming a single agency that would absorb social welfare programs from two state agencies. The governor said she plans to file a reorganization order creating the Kansas Department of Human Services. The new agency would include current services at the Department for […]

Marijuana advocates hope collaborative bill is key to legalizing medicinal use in Kansas

By: - January 9, 2021

TOPEKA — After a shortened session dashed hopes for medicinal cannabis legalization in 2020, proponents of the plant are taking a fresh approach for the upcoming legislative session. Last year, two separate bills were filed pushing for medicinal use, but both died in committee, despite a push to consider cannabis legislation in June when lawmakers […]

Norman: Kansas share of COVID-19 vaccines is going into arms, not storage

By: and - January 7, 2021

TOPEKA — Lee Norman, the state’s top health officer, said Thursday the actual number of Kansans who have received the COVID-19 vaccine is probably twice the figure reflected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online tracker. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has pushed all the available doses of Pfizer and Moderna […]

Kansas legislators set to re-initiate battle over anti-abortion constitutional amendment

By: - January 7, 2021

TOPEKA — Proponents of an anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution are prepared to resume efforts to pass the legislation after suffering a setback during the 2020 legislative session. The “We Value Them Both” amendment — a reference to women and fetuses — fell four votes short of the two-thirds majority needed in the House […]

Trump supporters rally at Kansas Statehouse to protest election certification

By: - January 6, 2021

TOPEKA — Supporters of President Donald Trump rallied Wednesday at the Kansas Statehouse in opposition of election results being certified during a peaceful and planned demonstration — a contrast to the chaos unfolding at the same time at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. More than 100 people gathered outside on the steps of the […]

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 […]