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KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 5th

  A just released study estimates the cost of untreated mental illness in Kansas at nearly $1.2 billion. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the study was commissioned by a Kansas City-based foundation.              

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 5th

  (Image Credit: KETV-7 Omaha, via KETV.com) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some beef processors are planning to label beef that contains the meat product commonly called "pink slime." The USDA says it has received applications for such labeling for the first time and plans on granting approval after it checks labels for accuracy. The USDA says the labeling is a voluntary initiative by companies who want to inform consumers. Some processors who provide the ammonia treated trimmings plan to identify ground beef containing the product with a label that says: "Contains Lean Finely Textured Beef" or a...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 5th

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ The University of Kansas Medical Center has eliminated about 80 of its 3,900 jobs. The cuts came after a university-wide analysis of staffing needs. The medical center cuts affected only administrative positions, not teaching staff. No employees at the University of Kansas Hospital were involved. Barbara Atkinson, University of Kansas executive vice chancellor and dean of the medical school, wrote in a recent newsletter to employees that the job cuts were designed in part to free money for raises to employees, who have not received a pay increase for four years.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 5th

  UPDATE: Civil Rights Complaint over Abortion Records Disposal Filed with HHS    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal agency has received a civil rights complaint about a former Kansas abortion provider's disposal of hundreds of patients' files in a recycling bin near his Kansas City-area home. Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, confirmed Thursday the office received a complaint March 26 about Krishna...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 4th

khi.org TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss says furloughs for judicial branch employees will begin April 13. Nuss said Wednesday that furloughs would take place every other Friday after that in order to close a shortfall in court operating funds. Legislators failed to appropriate additional money last week after an agreement between the House and Senate on a proposed $14.1 billion state budget unraveled. Lawmakers began their annual spring break last week without passing a spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. They won't reconvene until April 25...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 4th

(Image Credit: Florence Crittenton Services of Topeka) TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 111-year-old agency in Topeka that provides residential and outpatient care for at-risk girls is fighting back after losing almost one-third of its budget in the last two years. Florence Crittenton lost Medicaid funding as the number of clients it helped declined. And United Way of Greater Topeka stopped funding the organization. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the agency has responded by adding four new programs it hopes will bring in more revenue, while also improving community service. Crittenton was once...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 4th

Are you entitled to a tax refund for attending college years ago? A spokesman for the IRS in Kansas, Michael Devine, says: "No."  Devine is warning Kansans about some of the newest scams making the rounds this year. One involves unfamiliar tax preparation services telling clients they can claim the bogus college tax credit, even if they haven't been on campus in years -- or never attended in the first place. Devine says the best course of action is to make sure you're dealing with a reputable tax preparer. If you have questions about particular tax credits, you can contact the IRS toll-free...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, April 4th

  UPDATE: Kansas Chief Justice Announces Employee Furloughs TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss says furloughs for judicial branch employees will begin April 13. Nuss said Wednesday that furloughs would take place every other Friday after that in order to close a shortfall in court operating funds. Legislators failed to appropriate additional money last week after a House and Senate agreement on a proposed $14.1 billion state budget unraveled. Lawmakers began their annual spring break last week without passing a spending plan for the fiscal...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 3rd

A problem with a computer server has shut down the system for issuing Kansas driver's licenses and state of Kansas identification cards. The Kansas Department of Revenue says a replacement part for the problem server has been ordered, and it's hoped the system will be back online this (TUE) afternoon. In the meantime, the outage is affecting driver's license examination stations run by the state and those in various county treasurers' offices. Kansans hoping to get a new driver's license or renew an old one will have to wait until the system is back online. The system used for processing...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 3rd

  Review of Kansas Governor's Dinner Meetings Continuing TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A spokesman says a northeast Kansas prosecutor's investigation into private meetings of Republican legislators with Governor Sam Brownback won't be finished until the end of the month. Lee McGowan, chief of staff to Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, said Tuesday that staff still must interview a few lawmakers and members of the governor's staff. McGowan said interviews won't be completed until the Legislature returns from a break April 25. Brownback, a...

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