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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 sports wagering plan hits snag after leadership-backed amendment fails twice

By: - March 29, 2022

TOPEKA — The future of a plan to legalize sports wagering in Kansas is up in the air after a House committee abruptly adjourned Tuesday when an amendment proposed on behalf of legislative leadership failed twice. House Bill 2740 has widespread support from gaming interests that have for years debated who gets to control the wagering […]

Newly sworn-in health secretary Janet Stanek describes holistic approach to future of KDHE

By: - March 29, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas health secretary Janet Stanek officially was sworn in Monday to her role, promising to continue working with stakeholders to corral what she described as a superagency. Stanek, who has served as interim head of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for four months, was appointed to the role shortly after former […]

As BA.2 variant prevalence increases in northeast U.S., Kansas hospitals already altering response

By: - March 28, 2022

TOPEKA — While publicly available data may lag, medical experts at a Kansas hospital system say the prevalence of the BA.2 variant of COVID-19 is slowly rising and is already affecting pandemic response. The variant has yet to become the most prevalent strain in Kansas, but as cases become more common in some areas of […]

Kansas Senate gives major shakeup of ballot drop box, mail voting law green light

By: - March 27, 2022

TOPEKA — Busy with the violin, working two jobs, club and community events, and pursuing a major in political science and sociology, Donnavan Dillon said access to ballot drop boxes and by-mail voting played a critical role for college students like him being able to vote. A bill approved last week by the Kansas Senate would […]

Bill banning city prohibitions on plastics throws home rule, environment out, representatives say

By: - March 25, 2022

TOPEKA — Some Kansas representatives say a prohibition recently approved by the Legislature on municipalities restricting plastic items tramples on local control and will cause issues for ecosystems across the state. Senate Bill 493 would prohibit restrictions and taxes on bags, cups, containers, as well as any other packaging made of plastic, cardboard, glass and […]

Kobach, Kansas AG and Legislature to blame for voting law legal costs, representatives say

By: - March 24, 2022

TOPEKA — With Kansas on the hook for $1.9 million in legal fees stemming from a costly battle over a controversial voting law touted by former Secretary of State Kris Kobach, state representatives cast blame Wednesday on the attorney general and themselves for allowing the situation to reach this point. Kobach persuaded lawmakers in 2013 […]

Kansas House takes brief hiatus after approving more than two dozen bills

By: - March 23, 2022

TOPEKA — The Kansas House concluded business before a short break in the session Wednesday by passing more than two dozen bills, including proposals to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, final approval of an education mega bill and passage of both legislative maps. Representatives will break until Monday but made sure to first […]

Representatives move to ban Kansas sanctuary cities in response to Wyandotte County act

By: - March 23, 2022

TOPEKA — The Kansas House is approving a measure that would prohibit “sanctuary cities,” areas where the municipal governments have rules blocking cooperation with federal authorities investigating undocumented immigrants. The initiative, initiated by Attorney General Derek Schmidt, is a response to action taken by the Unified Government of Kansas City/Wyandotte County to authorize municipal photo identification […]

After change of heart, Kansas representatives reverse amendment for more special education funding

By: - March 23, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas representatives went back and forth on an amendment Tuesday, ultimately rejecting an opportunity to fund state special education at the long-desired 92% mark. Public schools in Kansas cover the costs of special education out of their operational budgets and apply for reimbursement from the amount the Legislature appropriates for that year. State […]

Inclusion, fairness central to Kansas Senate debate over ban on transgender athletes in sports

By: - March 22, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas senators renewed a debate Monday over legislation to ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports, advancing the bill to a final vote despite pushback over what some considered discriminatory policy. Senate Bill 484 would apply to any Kansas children in sports, theoretically applying to elementary or middle school students in addition to […]

Kansas COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations slowing as weather warms up

By: - March 21, 2022

TOPEKA — For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, some Kansas hospitals are seeing low to no COVID-19 patients in critical care units as case numbers statewide appear to be in a lull. Case numbers across the state continue to decrease from the spike in omicron variant cases in mid-January, easing the […]

Kansas Legislature’s resolutions resonate with Ukrainians here and back home

By: - March 19, 2022

TOPEKA — Ukrainian college student Mikola Hordiichuk said a pair of resolutions in the Kansas House and Senate acknowledging Ukrainian efforts and condemning Russian tactics are lifting spirits in treacherous times among his friends and family back home. Hordiichuk, a finance major at the University of Kansas, is from the city of Uman in central […]