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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.

The Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion Friday overturning a Kansas Court of Appeals decision in businessman Gene Bicknell's legendary tax case. The Supreme Court said Bicknell was a resident of Florida, which has no state income tax, during the period in which Kansas officials claimed he owned millions of dollars in state income taxes on sale of a company comprised of Pizza Hut franchises. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Veterans Treatment Courts provide structure for military men and women in criminal justice system

By: - November 30, 2020

TOPEKA — Like many veterans, Chris Carter left the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with his fair share of mental health issues. Plagued by PTSD, survivor’s guilt and a failing marriage, he fell into a pattern of alcohol abuse and was charged on three occasions in a single year for driving under the […]

Kansas mother makes plea for Medicaid expansion after donations spare her from death

By: - November 29, 2020

TOPEKA — For months after being diagnosed with an advanced stage of uterine cancer, Shelby Fehrenbacher resigned herself to death. Fehrenbacher, a 29-year old mother of four living in Topeka, was diagnosed with the deadly disease last year. Doctors told her she needed surgery to survive, but she could not afford the $4,000 cost. During […]

Moran: Personal responsibility, contract staffing among solutions to COVID-19 strain on hospitals

By: - November 24, 2020

TOPEKA — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran emphasized Tuesday the need for Kansans to take personal responsibility to help curb rising COVID-19 numbers and growing staffing shortages at health care facilities across the state. Moran, a Republican, presented options under consideration for staffing during a visit to Stormont Vail Hospital and Trauma Center in Topeka, a […]

Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran released a statement to constituents saying President Donald Trump has the right to wage a legal fight for a fair counting of votes in the presidential election, but should offer presumed Democrat Joe Biden the national security briefings and other support common to transition to a new president. (Submitted)

U.S. Sen. Moran says review of voting affirms President-elect Biden winner of 2020 race

By: and - November 24, 2020

Kansas U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says Joe Biden should receive briefings typical of an incoming president despite Donald Trump's legal challenges.

Kansans caravan in mourning for COVID-19, demand legislators reject ‘politics of austerity’

By: - November 23, 2020

TOPEKA — A caravan of cars circled the state Capitol building in mourning Monday for more than 1,400 Kansans who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and to demand state legislators act to curb the growing number of people who are facing utility shutoffs. A line of six cars adorned with signs and messages of […]

Kansas schools seek balance between best practices for education, safety

By: - November 22, 2020

TOPEKA — As Thanksgiving approaches and COVID-19 case numbers rise, Kansas school officials are contemplating how to best alter plans to protect students and faculty. School boards and districts across the state are instituting new safety precautions as concerns grow over how long schools can remain open for face-to-face learning. Teacher staffing in Kansas is […]

Gov. Laura Kelly pitches flexibility, necessity of mask mandate to Kansas health officials

By: - November 20, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday promoted the flexibility of her new statewide mask mandate in allowing county officials to best address the needs of their constituents as they work to curb the spread of COVID-19. There is growing concern among health experts that rapidly rising case numbers in tandem with Thanksgiving travel could […]

Latino Kansans work to fill Spanish-speaking news media and information gap

By: - November 15, 2020

TOPEKA — While living in Wichita, Claudia Amaro has twice jumped in to remedy the striking lack of critical information getting out to the local Latino community, launching first a Spanish-language newspaper and later a radio program. Research indicates a gap between growing Latino populations and the number of Spanish-language or bilingual media sources available […]

Kansas legislators seek quicker fix to labor department’s woes amid rise in fraudulent claims

By: - November 12, 2020

TOPEKA — State legislators expressed displeasure Thursday with timeliness of the response from the Kansas Department of Labor to a record number of fraudulent unemployment claims surfacing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment fraud has spiked in recent months across the nation, and Kansas has been no exception. This year, KDOL experienced upward of 125,000 of […]

Candidates in close Kansas House, Senate races await Johnson County canvass results

By: - November 11, 2020

TOPEKA — Election officials in Johnson County will soon add more than 10,000 ballots to current vote totals, which has the potential to flip several close state House and Senate races. The Johnson County Board of Canvassers voted Wednesday to count 9,764 provisional ballots during the county canvass. An additional 1,267 ballots will be partially […]

Women are skipping breast exams, fighting cancer complicated by COVID-19

By: - November 10, 2020

TOPEKA — Amid a battle with breast cancer, Kari Rawley found herself combating a second potentially fatal condition — COVID-19. The Kansas City, Missouri, woman thought she had done everything right to help herself in her immunocompromised state. Her family wore masks and practiced social distancing, but after a small going away party for her […]

Panels on criminal justice reform, pretrial justice hone in on diversion tactics

By: - November 10, 2020

TOPEKA — Members of the Kansas Criminal Justice Reform Commission have finalized recommendations on mental health and substance abuse reform to reduce prison population, recidivism and corrections costs in the state. The commission approved recommendations to benefit state diversion programs and provide increased funding and access to local mental health facilities. Members also discussed recommending […]