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Case of mumps confirmed in Colby…and other headlines: February 21, 2017

The Colby school district has a confirmed case of Mumps. A statement from the district doesn’t go into specifics. It comes just two days after health officials in Barton County reported a possible case of mumps at the high school in Great Bend, and five more were identified earlier this month in Crawford County. This year marks 50 years since the first vaccine against mumps debuted.
Kansas lawmakers tabled a bill to expand Medicaid, which could mean the bill is dead until next year. The House Health and Human Services Committee delayed a vote until April 3, after the deadline for bills to pass out of their initial chamber. Expansion would have provided health care coverage through KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program, to as many as 200,000 adults.
Kansas legislators are skeptical of projected savings in education spending from Governor Brownback as they do preliminary work on a new formula for distributing state aid to public schools. Lawmakers in both parties question whether the state would see savings quickly from creating a single health insurance plan for the state’s 286 school districts and from centralizing some of their purchasing of supplies and services.
Somali refugees who have settled in Garden City are the cornerstone of an innovative recruiting effort to entice new doctors to rural hospitals. It’s an effort that grew out of the realization that many millennials graduating from medical schools have a passion for international humanitarian work.
A group that takes Kansas war veterans on trips to Washington D.C. is celebrating a new donation. Kansas Honor Flight was expecting a check for $5,000 from Allmetal Recycling. But a big response to fundraising efforts meant the organization received a $15,000 donation on Monday. Kansas Honor Flight takes war veterans to Washington D.C., to visit war memorials.

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