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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 medical experts warn against rising self-use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19

By: - August 25, 2021

TOPEKA — More people are calling a Kansas poison control hotline after self-medicating for COVID-19 with a drug intended to fight parasitic infections in animals. Ivermectin can cause severe health problems in humans, and medical experts warn against using the drug to treat or prevent COVID-19. Interest in the drug is being driven by disinformation […]

Criminal justice panel explores racial dynamics of traffic stops, gang lists in Kansas

By: - August 23, 2021

TOPEKA — A Kansas criminal justice reform panel is highlighting the dynamic between communities of color and law enforcement during traffic stops as an area in need of immediate attention from lawmakers. Several members of the Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission subcommittee on race and the criminal justice system said last week that while traffic […]

Laura Howard, secretary for the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, settled with a coalition of civil rights organizations to improve opportunity for people in specialized nursing homes for the mentally ill to reside and receive improved services in community-based housing. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Judge orders Kansas to pay nearly $2.3 million in legal fees and expenses in child welfare lawsuit

By: - August 20, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas must pay nearly $2.3 million in attorney fees and expenses to the groups that filed a lawsuit regarding problems with the state’s foster care system, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Parties involved in the lawsuit reached a settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in January but continued to fight over […]

Kansas hospitals hesitate to require COVID-19 vaccine for staff before FDA approval

By: - August 12, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas health care providers aren’t ready to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees, despite rising COVID-19 case numbers and a desire to promote the efficacy of vaccines. Several hospitals say they will consider a mandate once the free, safe and effective vaccines receive formal FDA approval. So far, the FDA only has authorized the […]

Kansas housing advocates warn of looming eviction crisis beyond CDC reprieve

By: - August 6, 2021

TOPEKA — A new eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should cover most Kansas renters, but stakeholders and advocates agree it is only a temporary solution demanding further action. The moratorium, issued Tuesday, replaces a prior federal ban on evictions that expired Saturday. The new ban will last until Oct.3 […]

Kansas pilot program provides $500K in child care funding for job-seekers

By: - August 4, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas parents seeking employment and scrambling to find child care will now have access to a state pilot program intended to connect these families with needed resources. In total, $500,000 in funds from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act are available to eligible Kansans searching for a job and accessing services through […]

Kansas AG pushes state Supreme Court to maintain limit on COVID-19 powers

By: - August 3, 2021

TOPEKA — Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking the state’s highest court to intervene and clarify what he called an unnecessary and confusing ruling on new legislation concerning the Kansas Emergency Management Act. Schmidt announced Tuesday he had requested the Kansas Supreme Court put a hold on a recent lower court ruling and maintain […]

Kelly recommends mask policies, COVID testing and community partnerships for Kansas schools

By: - July 30, 2021

TOPEKA — New guidance Friday from Gov. Laura Kelly ahead of the start of classes recommends schools actively plan vaccination clinics, implement universal masking policies and create a robust testing plan for faculty and students. The updated guidance also requests that students in classrooms and school other settings maintain 3 feet of physical distance, but […]

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 […]