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Kansas News Service Thursday, April 20th

Pretty Prairie, in south-central Kansas, has a water problem.  Most residents aren’t bothered by the high nitrate levels in the town’s water, but being in violation of environmental regulations is hurting property values.  The question now is whether the town will be helped or harmed by new leadership at the EPA.

The state health department says the number of abortions in Kansas declined in 2016, compared with the previous year.
KMUW Radio Thursday, April 20th

State officials report there were 6810 abortions reported last year which is 164 fewer than in 2015.

Associated Press Tuesday, April 18th

The company issued a statement about the future of the hospital today (TUE). 

Anti-hunger activists questioned whether Congressman Marshall had changed his position on food assistance for the poor.
Kansas News Service Monday, April 17th

Congressman Roger Marshall told constituents at a town hall meeting that he would work to protect federal food programs.

Leaders of the organization say their doors remain open and women's health services are still available for now
Kansas News Service Monday, April 17th

Planned Parenthood says the new law will hamper future attempts to seek restoration of family planning funds in Kansas. 

The annual rankings compare death rates, quality of life, health habits and access to care in Kansas.
Kansas News Service Wednesday, March 29th

The two counties at the bottom of Kansas’ health rankings also share high rates of poverty.  

Sister Loretta Jasper cut the ribbon on the Neighbor to Neighbor drop-in center on Cedar Street in Abilene, Kansas in February. (Photo credit: Bryan Thompson)
Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 28th

Loneliness and isolation aren't just social problems. They can also cause serious physical and mental health issues. That's why the Neighbor to Neighbor drop-in center is offering a place to meet and connect.   

The bill would expand KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program, to cover about 180,000 additional, low-income Kansans.
Kansas News Service Tuesday, March 28th

The bill passed 25-13 in a first-round Senate vote Monday. A final vote is expected later today (TUE).  

The USDA says the public health risk from avian influenza is low.
Harvest Public Media Monday, March 27th

The USDA says it has not found the disease among birds in the U.S. but is possible that wild birds could bring the deadly virus over from China.   

Last summer, Governor Brownback cut $56 million from the state’s privatized Medicaid program.
Kansas News Service Friday, March 17th

The KanCare program serves more than 400,000 low-income, disabled and elderly Kansans.

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