48 Hours in A Kansas Abortion Clinic: Longer Wait Times, Growing Fears

Recent abortion bans in Texas and Oklahoma are forcing many patients in the region to travel to Kansas.

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States Turn to Tax Cuts as Inflation Stays Hot

Tax reductions and rebates that are being proposed to help people cope could have the unintended effect of pushing prices higher.

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Andover Tornado Tears Through Kansas near Wichita

No fatalities were reported in the city of Andover, near Wichita, but up to 1,000 structures may have been affected, officials said.

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State Court Rejects Kansas Congressional Map as a Gerrymander

The Republican-drawn map intentionally split strongholds of Democratic and Black voters, a judge ruled. The State Supreme Court will review the decision.

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Flamingo Spotted in Texas After Escaping a Kansas Zoo in 2005

A fisherman’s sighting in March confirmed that a flamingo that fled a Kansas zoo in 2005 has defied the odds to live a Pixar-worthy life in the wilds of Texas.

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U.S. Accuses 4 Russians of Hacking Infrastructure, Including Nuclear Plant

The announcement covered hackings from 2012 to 2018, but served as yet another warning from the Biden administration of Russia’s ability to conduct such operations.

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The Real Reason America Doesn’t Have Enough Truck Drivers

A 1,000-mile journey through the middle of America reveals the fundamental reason for truck driver shortages: It is a job full of stress, physical deprivation and loneliness.

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Kansas lawmakers attack medical board for probing ivermectin cases

A jar of medicine sits next to the box it came in.

Enlarge / Ivermectin tablets arranged in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. The US Food and Drug Administration warned Americans against taking ivermectin, a drug usually used on animals, as a treatment or prevention for COVID-19. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

The Kansas medical board is facing attacks from state lawmakers for investigating doctors who have prescribed the antiparasitic drug ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. The drug, which is most often used in animals as a dewormer, is both unproven and unrecommended for use against COVID-19 in people.

Nevertheless, state lawmakers proposed a budget amendment that would strip the state medical board of funds to conduct such investigations. For now, the budget committee has settled on language that the medical board should “proceed with caution” in any such investigations—language intended to have a chilling effect. But the committee has signaled that it could revisit the plan to defund investigations, depending on the fate of a separate Senate bill.

That Senate bill is SB 381, which would specifically authorize doctors to prescribe off-label and unproven COVID-19 treatments—namely hydroxychloroquine sulfate and ivermectin. And it would force pharmacists to dispense the drugs, even if doing so is against their professional judgement. Additionally, the proposed legislation would bar medical and pharmacy boards from investigating doctors and pharmacists for the practice and require the boards to review any prior disciplinary actions that are related.

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#covid-19, #hydroxychloroquine, #ivermectin, #kansas, #medical-board, #misinformation, #off-label, #prescribing, #science

New York Deer Infected With Omicron, Study Finds

White-tailed deer on Staten Island have become the first wild animals with documented Omicron infections. The coronavirus has now been found in deer in 15 states.

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Citing Stand-Your-Ground Law, D.A. Won’t File Charges in Kansas Teen’s Death

Cedric Lofton, 17, was handcuffed and placed face down at a detention center in Wichita, Kan., last year. The district attorney says the employees were acting in self-defense.

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Bridget Everett Shows Off Her Softer Side in ‘Somebody Somewhere’

“Somebody Somewhere,” a bittersweet comedy on HBO, will likely surprise viewers who know Everett as a self-proclaimed “cabaret wildebeest.”

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In Bob Dole’s Hometown, Kansans Grieve for the Man and His Political Style

Residents of Russell, the town in Kansas where Mr. Dole grew up, spoke longingly of a bygone era of bipartisanship.

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Severe Weather Sweeps Across Southern Plains, Producing at Least Two Tornadoes

Fast-moving storms damaged parts of a town and at least one school in northeastern Oklahoma, while severe weather in Texas forced the state fair to close early.

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6 U.S. Destinations for a Remote-Working Vacation

As workers prepare to return to the office in coming months, here are six towns and cities to consider squeezing in a working vacation or two.

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New Autopsy Report Reveals Black Man’s 2004 Death Was Homicide

The cold case of Alonzo Brooks, 23, was featured in an episode of the Netflix reboot of “Unsolved Mysteries.”

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Alvin Sykes, 64, Self-Taught Legal Defender of Civil Rights, Dies

After dropping out of high school, he studied law at the public library, then used his knowledge to reopen cold cases, including Emmett Till’s murder.

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Bob Dole Has Advanced Lung Cancer, He Says in Statement

Mr. Dole, 97, represented Kansas in the Senate for more than 25 years, including 11 years as the chamber’s Republican leader.

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Before Kamala Harris, This Vice President Broke a Racial Barrier

Charles Curtis, who served as vice president from 1929 to 1933, grew up in part on Kanza land and spoke proudly of his Native American ancestry.

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Kansas Democrat Who Admitted to Revenge Porn Wins State House Seat

Now, state party leaders are looking to replace the representative-elect, Aaron Coleman.

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‘It Has Hit Us With a Vengeance’: Coronavirus Surges Again Across the United States

Unlike earlier outbreaks concentrated in the Northeast and South, the virus is simmering at a worrisome level in most regions.

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U.S. Schedules First Execution of a Woman in Nearly 70 Years

Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, was convicted of killing a pregnant woman and attempting to pass the baby off as her own.

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Kansas Candidate Who Admitted to Revenge Porn Is Back in the Race

Aaron Coleman, 19, had said he was dropping out of the race after winning the Democratic primary election for a Kansas House seat by 14 votes. Now he wants back in.

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Kansas Democrat, 19, Who Admitted to Revenge Porn, Ekes Out Primary Win

Aaron Coleman defeated a seven-term incumbent for a state House seat by 14 votes, alarming Democrats who worry he will hurt other candidates in the general election.

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Kris Kobach Loses Kansas Senate Primary, Easing Republican Worries

Mr. Kobach, a polarizing figure in Kansas politics and an ally of President Trump’s, was defeated by Roger Marshall, the preferred choice of many Washington Republicans.

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Primary Election Voters Start a Virus-Era Wait for Results

In states including Michigan, Missouri and Kansas, mail voting was put to the test as some of both parties’ fiercest advocates for their bases competed for the House and Senate.

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Today’s Primary Elections: What to Watch For

Kris Kobach is competing in a Senate primary in Kansas that has Republicans nervous, and Rashida Tlaib is hoping to hang on against a Democratic challenger in a Michigan House race.

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Why the Working Class Votes Against Its Economic Interests

Two new books, Robert B. Reich’s “The System” and Zephyr Teachout’s “Break ’Em Up,” examine the impact of economic inequality in America.

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States Issue Warnings About Seed Packets From China

Agriculture officials in Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia and Washington State are urging residents not to plant the seeds, which were mailed in pouches featuring Chinese characters.

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Representative Steve Watkins of Kansas Is Charged With Voter Fraud

Three felony charges were filed against Steve Watkins, a Republican, shortly before he appeared in a televised debate ahead of the state’s primary election.

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Thinking of Traveling in the U.S.? These States Have Travel Restrictions

A third of states have strict measures in place for visitors, from mandatory testing to quarantine requirements.

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Kansas Governor Criticizes G.O.P. Official’s Cartoon Comparing Mask Order to Holocaust

The cartoon, which shows Gov. Laura Kelly wearing a Star of David mask as people are loaded into a cattle car, was posted Friday on the Facebook page of a newspaper owned by a Republican county chairman.

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Bagged Salads Recalled After Hundreds Are Sickened in the Midwest

The C.D.C. urged consumers in eight states to avoid four different salad kits produced by Fresh Express.

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Kris Kobach Is Back, and a Kansas Senate Seat May Be Up for Grabs

Mr. Kobach’s polarizing presence in a race in a reliably Republican stronghold has party leaders worried that Kansas will become a high-stakes battleground for control of the Senate.

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Susan Pompeo Draws Scrutiny in Inquiry Over Dry Cleaning and Dog Walking

The wife of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is at the center of an investigation into whether a State Department employee was assigned to do household tasks.

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On the Front Lines, Testing Shortages Cloud Decisions on the Economy

In both red and blue states, governors, health departments and hospitals are finding innovative ways to cope, but still lack what experts say they need to track and contain outbreaks.

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