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Regional Headlines for Sunday, September 16, 2012


Lawmakers Claim Unfamiliarity with Open Meetings Law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Transcripts of interviews with a prosecutor's office show that Kansas legislators didn't know the state's Open Meetings Act when they were questioned about private dinners with Governor Sam Brownback at his official residence. The transcripts show that hardly any of the legislators had read the law, Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Most reported receiving no formal training on how to avoid violating it.


Food Bank Launches Program for Elderly Kansans

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Food Bank plans a new statewide program that aims to feed poor elderly Kansans. At an announcement Friday the Food Bank credited Kansas political icon Bob Dole for making it possible. Dole — former U.S. Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee — grew up in poverty himself.


Fourth Hays Patient Tests Positive for Hepatitis C

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials say a fourth former patient at Hays Medical Center has tested positive for a strain of hepatitis C linked to a cluster of New Hampshire cases traced to a traveling hospital technician.  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced the latest positive test Friday. The other three positive tests were reported last month.  The KDHE says 474 people were potentially exposed to hepatitis C when David Kwiatkowksi worked at the Hays hospital's cardiac catheterization lab from May 24th to September 22nd, 2010.The Hays Daily News reports that some specimens still are being processed.

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