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Watson Library at the University of Kansas is the school's largest and oldest library.  (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 12th, 2020

University of Kansas students are on spring break this week, but they won't be attending classes on campus anytime soon. KU isn't closing its Lawrence campus, but it will be moving classes online due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Update: Kansas State University has now announced similar plans for keeping students off campus.

Calves at Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas. (Photo by Corinne Boyer, Kansas News Service)
High Plains Pub... Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

The state of Kansas is leading an effort to create a system for tracing deadly diseases in live cattle.  

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman at a press conference Saturday, confirming the first known case of COVID-19 in Kansas. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

The Kansas response to the novel coronavirus is being led by Dr. Lee Norman, the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Norman says Kansas is ahead of the curve when it comes to preparedness.

Officials with the Univerity of Kansas Hospital say a patient with COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, has been admitted.  (Photo from KU Hospital)
KCUR Radio Monday, March 9th, 2020

The University of Kansas Hospital says it has admitted a patient with COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

A student practices surgery techniques at Washburn Tech in Topeka. (Photo by Chris Neal / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

A new study indicates Kansas is among the five worst states in the nation for how often patients ran into out-of-network providers at their in-network hospitals in 2017. 

LMH Health, formerly Lawrence Memorial Hospital, is a not-for-profit community hospital that's served Lawrence and the surrounding area for nearly a century.  (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Lawrence's not-for-profit community hospital, LMH Health, is eliminating health insurance for some of its employees. By January, about three dozen part-time workers will no longer have access to health insurance through the hospital. In addition, they'll no longer be able to accrue PTO, or paid time off. The hospital is also changing employee retirement benefits. Why? Is the hospital running low on money? CEO Russ Johnson says no. Despite losing money this year, Johnson says LMH Health is on sound financial footing. Listen to KPR's two-part interview to learn more.

Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Kansas, about 50 miles north of Wichita, has kept its doors open through a receivership and bankruptcy. (Photo from Hillsboro Chamber)
Associated Press Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

A Kansas City company that specializes in turning around financially distressed-hospitals is seeking to purchase a rural central Kansas hospital that is in bankruptcy.

A Meals on Wheels volunteer places meals into his car to deliver to senior citizens and homebound members in the community. (Photo provided by Meals on Wheels)
J. Schafer Monday, October 7th, 2019

Meals on Wheels of Eastern Kansas needs more volunteers to help deliver food in Douglas, Shawnee and Jefferson counties. President and CEO Heidi Pickerell says new volunteers are especially needed in Douglas County.

Compass Behavior Health in Garden City offers substance use evaluations, individual therapy and 24-hour crisis services.  (Photo by Corinne Boyer / High Plains Public Radio and the Kansas News Service)
High Plains Pub... Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Two years after closing an office in Garden City, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency announced this week it’s coming back to town. The agency’s new setup comes at a time when methamphetamine seizures are on the rise in southwest Kansas.

In this photo provided by Silvies Valley Ranch, Colby Marshall poses for a picture in Burns, Oregon. Silvies Valley Ranch owns five bulls that were found dead with sex organs and tongues removed. The animal deaths recall mutilations of livestock across the West and Midwest in the 1970s and 80s.  Marshall believes a cult is behind the bull deaths. (Photo by David Zaitz / Silvies Valley Ranch via AP)
Associated Press Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

The recent discovery of mutilated bulls in Oregon recalls a series of similar livestock mutilations in the West and Midwest, including Kansas, during the 1970s and '80s.

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