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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.

Washburn University President Jerry Farley to retire in September after 25 years

By: - April 18, 2022

TOPEKA — After 25 years at the helm of Washburn University, Jerry Farley says he will retire effective Sept. 30. Farley, the longest-tenured Washburn University president, has led the school since 1997. He said Monday he will transition to the role of president emeritus with a focus on fundraising and international student recruitment following his […]

Property, sales and income tax mega-bundle approved by Kansas governor

By: - April 14, 2022

TOPEKA — A Kansas bill signed into law Thursday spans the gamut of tax policy, packaging more than two dozen measures amending property, sales and income tax laws. The massive House Bill 2239, backed by the Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly, included provisions from 29 different bills cutting taxes and will hack nearly $91 million […]

Armored car company stopped for hauling legal weed funds across Kansas settles federal suit

By: - April 14, 2022

TOPEKA — The U.S. Department of Justice agreed Wednesday to return all cash seized from an armored car company used by legal marijuana dispensaries during several traffic stops in California last year. The California seizures occurred based on what authorities learned in Kansas during a May traffic stop of an Empyreal Logistics car. Conversations between […]

Sandhill plum officially named Kansas state fruit

By: - April 12, 2022

TOPEKA — The Sandhill plum is the official state fruit of Kansas after Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill Tuesday. The effort was the product of a multi-school effort to learn about the political process and pick a state fruit. More than 400 fourth- and fifth-grade students from 24 different schools participated by writing essays […]

Eureka, Newton, Topeka and Valley Center join Kansas downtown revitalization program

By: - April 12, 2022

TOPEKA — Eureka, Newton, Topeka and Valley Center are joining a state-run program focused on the revitalization and preservation of downtown districts across Kansas. Initially launched in 1985, the Kansas Mainstreet Program has assisted dozens of communities to maintain predominantly rural downtown areas. Since 2019, the program has added 10 communities, bringing the total to […]

Wyandotte County District Judge Bill Klapper rules a new congressional map drawn by Kansas Republicans violates the Kansas Constitution. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Conflicting sides make final case in Kansas congressional redistricting trial, await judge decision

By: - April 11, 2022

TOPEKA — An attorney representing Kansas voters who feel their votes will be drowned out by new congressional districts wrapped a weeklong trial Monday by urging a district judge to block the map on grounds the GOP-dominated Legislature tore apart communities of interest for political benefit. The proposal splits the Kansas City metro area along […]

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)

Kansas governor signs bill to expedite analysis of sexual assault kits

By: - April 8, 2022

TOPEKA — A new Kansas law will require the review of all sexual assault kits in a timely fashion, ensuring no tests languish on the shelf as they have previously. House Bill 2228, signed into law Friday by Gov. Laura Kelly, requires these tests to be analyzed within 30 days of collecting the evidence and […]

Kansas transit agencies to receive $13.2M for 48 public transportation projects

By: - April 8, 2022

TOPEKA — Communities across Kansas soon will see improvements to their roadways after Gov. Laura Kelly announced $13.2 million in grants for 48 public transportation projects. The funds administered as part of the Access, Innovation and Collaboration Public Transit Program will go to 26 agencies. Projects include constructing bus maintenance facilities, upgrading accessibility to transit […]

Attorneys debate potential for Kansas election law to chill voter registration efforts

By: - April 7, 2022

TOPEKA — Voting rights attorneys battled Thursday in the Kansas Court of Appeals over the merits of a 2021 law that threatens felony prosecution for any activity that could be mistaken as the work of an election official. Nonprofits including the League of Women Voters of Kansas, Kansas Appleseed, Loud Light and others sued the […]

Kansas legislators, university researchers have eyes on the state’s meat and milk production

By: - April 6, 2022

TOPEKA — New research from Kansas State University shows interest in purchasing Kansas-raised beef from farms has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey of 198 consumers and 66 beef producers looks more closely at the dynamics of marketing beef to help farmers capitalize on strong consumer interest in locally produced foods. According to the results, 61% […]

Kansas direct care workers, supervisors to receive $51 million bonus pay

By: - April 6, 2022

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday an infusion of $51 million for approximately 24,000 Medicaid home and community-based service workers across the state. Provider agencies will receive a payment based on the number of direct care workers and immediate supervisors employed. All funds would go directly to the workers and supervisors, up to $2,000 […]

Ed Ellerbeck, chairman of population health at KU Medical Center, said the National Institute of Health Rapid Acceleration and Diagnostics in Underserved Populations program grant has helped them set up over 500 testing events and deliver almost 50,000 tests. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from University of Kansas Health System Facebook video)

Kansans doctors praise federal COVID-19 funding for underserved communities

By: - April 5, 2022

TOPEKA — Doctors at a Kansas hospital say a half-billion-dollar federal grant is helping combat COVID-19 in communities across the state most disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Using funds from the National Institute of Health Rapid Acceleration and Diagnostics in Underserved Populations program grant, the University of Kansas Health System leaders say they have been […]