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KU students will finish the fall semester before Thanksgiving this year. They’ll start the spring semester later and go straight through without a spring break. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KCUR Radio Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The University of Kansas plans to shorten its fall and spring semesters and will also stagger dates when students can move back to school in August, all efforts designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus

(Photo by Scott Canon, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Experts recommend taking a close look at medical charges. Sometimes a bill that looks too high is too high. If you have a medical bill that seems too high, your first step is to ask if there’s been a mistake. Next step? Fight back.  

Kansas News Service Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

States have tried for years to tackle the skyrocketing price of air ambulances, but courts have previously ruled that federal law blocks them from doing that.  

Alvin Letner was injured, drugged and confused when he signed papers assuming financial responsibility for what later turned out to be a nearly $50,000 medical bill. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

A major air ambulance company that commonly charges tens of thousands of dollars now says it never intended to make a Pittsburg family pay so much.

The coronavirus pandemic shut down non-essential businesses in Kansas for more than a month. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Researchers at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita surveyed local health departments in mid to late April. Many county health departments said they needed more protective gear, testing kits and other critical supplies.

KPR Staff Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Blood supplies are running dangerously low in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, according to the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City. Residents of both states are urged to donate blood so area hospitals have a steady supply.

Finney County, as of Monday, ranked second behind Ford County for the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas.  (Photo by Angie Haflich, High Plains Public Radio)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Finney County residents are now able to get a haircut and work-out in a gym, despite a rapidly accelerating increase in the rate of COVID-19 cases. The Finney County Commission, acting as the county’s board of public health, decided to follow the state’s reopening plan, which allows hair and nail salons, barber shops and tattoo parlors to open for pre-scheduled appointments. Gyms and fitness centers are also allowed to reopen, but without access to locker rooms or group classes.

(A barber shop in downtown Wichita was closed May 14, as it was not part of Governor Laura Kelly's first wave of businesses that could reopen. It'll be allowed to resume haircuts on Monday, May 18. (Photo by Stephan Bisaha, KMUW)
Kansas News Service Friday, May 15th, 2020

Kansans won’t have to wait long to return to the gym or the barber shop, but your neighborhood bar and local movie theater will stay closed until further notice.  On Thursday, Governor Laura Kelly modified her reopening plan, citing a still-rising number of coronavirus cases.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says she will ease stay-at-home orders using evidence-based data, but COVID-19 data used by the state omits many cases. (Photo from Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images and Kaiser Health News)
KCUR Radio Friday, May 15th, 2020

In a reversal of policy, Kansas leaders will now include asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in their assessments of virus trends as they evaluate when to take further steps to ease stay-at-home orders and other social distancing measures. The state had been omitting these cases from its data, painting an overly optimistic picture of the outbreak in Kansas.

A first-grader practices spelling at Broken Arrow Elementary in Lawrence during a small-group phonics lesson in 2018. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Students will have spent five months out of the classroom because of the pandemic when they return in August. Researchers say some students may return to class in the fall with roughly 70 percent of the learning gains they would have received during a full school year.

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