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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.

(Photo by via Flickr)
Associated Press Friday, September 27th, 2019

The Olathe school district is preparing to sue a leading e-cigarette maker as the number of deaths from a vaping-related lung disease continues to climb. Meanwhile, health officials at the CDC say there have been 805 confirmed and probable cases reported. That's up 52% from a week ago. At this point, illnesses have occurred in almost every state. The confirmed deaths include two in Kansas and one in Missouri.

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.

(Image by Crysta Henthorne / Kansas News Service)
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.  

(Photo by J. Schafer)
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.


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