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(Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Kansas law enforcement officers are always trying to keep drugs off the street but lately, instead of intercepting shipments of heroin, cocaine and pot, state troopers have been confiscating loads of cold, hard cash. Nearly a million dollars in suspected drug money has been recovered by state troopers since June.

Racquel Stucky is a family medicine physician in Finney County who specializes in preventative medicine. (Photo by Corrine Boyer, High Plains Public Radio / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

In 2017, data from the group Kansas Health Matters showed Finney County in southwest Kansas with the second highest rate of STDs in the state behind Wyandotte County. Finney County health officials say increasing drug abuse and sex trafficking are among the root causes behind the spike in gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and HIV cases.

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Kansas News Service Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Could Kansas play a role in slowing climate change? Some researchers are studying whether the state could be a handy place to bury the carbon dioxide that’s making Earth’s atmosphere work like a greenhouse. What might it take to make Kansas a bulwark for the environment? Listen to this report from the Kansas News Service.

 Students at Broken Arrow Elementary in the Shawnee Mission School District develop reading skills using iPads. Every student in the district receives an iPad or Macbook.  (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service)
KMUW Radio Friday, August 30th, 2019

Smartboards have been replacing chalkboards in Kansas for more than a decade. Yet districts are still trying to figure out tech’s place in the classroom.

Kansas Medicaid insurer Aetna has come under fire for delayed payments to doctors and others. (Photo by Chris Neal, for the Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Persistent complaints against Aetna Better Health's operations in Kansas have put the company at risk of losing its Medicaid services contract.  

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Associated Press Monday, August 19th, 2019

It can be hard to keep smiles healthy in rural areas, where dentists are few and far between and residents often are poor and lack dental coverage. Efforts to remedy the problem have produced varying degrees of success. The biggest obstacle? Dentists.

(Photo by Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says insurance company Aetna is still not living up to the terms of its $1 billion contract with KanCare, the state's Medicaid program.

Peer support specialist Sheri Hall (left) gives advice to Susan Haynes. Hall doesn't have a degree in social work or psychology, but she and Haynes bond over their Christian faith, love of writing and shared history of anxiety.  (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

For some people with mental illnesses, getting advice from a peer can be more helpful than getting counseling from a licensed therapist or a doctor. Peer support specialists in Kansas don’t have a professional license. What they do have is personal experience with mental illness, which they can use to help others, as we hear in this report from the Kansas News Service.

Campanile on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence (Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Sunday, August 4th, 2019

A recent University of Kansas study found that many treatment centers for addiction in the Kansas City area will not accept - or have restrictions on accepting - patients who have been prescribed medications to fight their addiction.

Harvest Public Media Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Before landing on your plate, fish and seafood ate a high-protein diet. And farmers in the Midwest grow a lot of protein... like corn and soybeans. But entrepreneurs who are trying to raise fish and shrimp in the central U.S. aren’t using those local soybeans. Find out why in this report from Harvest Public Media.

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