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State's rejection of Medicaid expansion putting hospitals at risk
Kansas
Several factors, including the state’s rejection of Medicaid expansion, are conspiring to put some Kansas hospitals at risk. Two southeast Kansas hospitals — one in Independence, the other in Fort Scott — are among several that might have to close their doors.
April 05 2015
Independence man convicted in shooting death
Independence, Kansas
A Jackson County Circuit Court jury has convicted an Independence man in the death of another Independence man.Finesse I. O’Banion, 37, was found guilty by a jury Monday of voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the May 2013 shooting death of Charles J. “Chuck” Dunnington, 30, of Independence.O’Banion had originally been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action ...
April 05 2015
Independence man charged in 2014 homicide
Kansas
An Independence man has been charged in connection to a fatal shooting in October 2014. The shooting took place in eastern Kansas City, in a neighborhood near the western Independence city limits.Melvin M. McCaslin, 42, of Independence, faces second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm charges in the shooting of Samuel Hewitt.According to witness accounts in ...
March 23 2015
Pair suspected in Independence robbery, shooting appear in court
Kansas
Two men charged in a robbery and shooting that left a teenager dead and a Kansas City Royals super fan with critical injuries faced a judge Monday in Jackson County.
March 23 2015
Women Voters celebrate season at Vivilore
Kansas
The League of Women voters of Kansas City, Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties chose as the venue for its recent 2014 holiday luncheon Vivilore in Independence.  It was a beautiful setting for the event.  Guest speaker Mayor Eileen Weir reflected on her experience as mayor since her election, noting particularly her commitment to listening carefully to the people of Independence to guide her ...
January 05 2015
City's new Health director is Andrew Warlen
Kansas
The city of Independence has promoted from within to find its new director of public health.Assistant Health Director Andrew Warlen will replace Larry Jones, who retires Jan. 5 after 13 years with the city and 45 years in public health. The selection was made by City Manager Robert Heacock.“He’s an excellent person for the job,” Jones said. “He’ll do a good job.”Warlen came to the city in 2001 ...
January 02 2015
KC man convicted in Independence murder
Kansas
A jury convicted a Kansas City man of murder in the shooting death of a man sleeping in his vehicle last year in Independence.The Jackson County jury convicted Chad D. Terry Jr., 20, late Wednesday night on one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in the death of Erik S. Schwartz, 33, of Raytown on Oct. 30, 2013, in the 400 block of North Grand Avenue in ...
December 12 2014
Independence man shot and killed in Kansas City
Kansas
A Kansas City man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Independence man early Friday morning.James N. Rhymer, 31, was arrested after a standoff Friday at a Kansas City apartment and was charged on Saturday with the death of David Mendez. Court documents say Mendez was shot in the back seat of a vehicle in Kansas City.The documents said a woman who lives in the ...
December 02 2014
Help sought for cold murder case
Kansas
Independence police, Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers and the family of a woman are asking the public’s help to solve a nine-year-old unsolved murder case.Crime Stoppers asked for help Tuesday in solving the 2005 murder of Lakota R. Renville, a 22-year-old Native American woman. Information in the case could lead to a monetary reward.Police found her on Oct. 16, 2005, in an open gravel lot off ...
November 26 2014
Execution date nears for Missouri man
Independence, Kansas
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Missouri man scheduled to be executed this week are asking the courts and Gov. Nixon to spare his life, alleging that race played a role in his death sentence.
November 21 2014
KCK man sentenced in Independence triple murder
Kansas
A Kansas City, Kansas, man will spend 27 years in federal prison for his role in a triple murder in Independence in November 2012 that resulted from a drug-trafficking conspiracy.A federal judge formally sentenced Raul Soto, 23, of Kansas City, Kansas, to 27 years in federal prison without parole for his role in the crime that occurred on Pope Avenue just over two years ago this month.Soto had ...
November 19 2014
Missouri man alleging sexual abuse by priest seeks $13 million from diocese
Kansas
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - It has been 30 years, but Kansas City's Catholic diocese still should pay a heavy price for allowing a now-dead priest to repeatedly sexually abuse a former altar boy, a lawyer for the alleged victim said in court Monday, kicking off a US$10 million (S$13 million) lawsuit against the diocese. Jon David Couzens, then age 10, said he was molested 20 times over two years in the ...
October 25 2014
Missouri man alleging sexual abuse by priest seeks $10 million from diocese
Kansas
By Carey Gillam INDEPENDENCE Mo. (Reuters) - It has been 30 years, but Kansas City's Catholic diocese still should pay a heavy price for allowing a now-dead priest to repeatedly sexually abuse a former altar boy, a lawyer for the alleged victim said in court Monday, kicking off a $10 million lawsuit against the diocese. Jon David Couzens, then age 10, said he was molested 20 times over two years ...
October 23 2014
Teen critically injured after police use stun gun on him
Kansas
Family and friends are questioning the use of force by Independence police after a struggle with an officer sent a 17-year-old to the hospital.
October 05 2014
States Experiment With Health Savings Accounts For Medicaid
Arkansas
If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those who don't may have to pay more of the cost of their medical services, and in some cases may be refused services. Supporters say it will help nudge Medicaid beneficiaries toward becoming more cost-conscious health care ...
August 01 2014
Arkansas may become the next state to make Medicare members contribute to HSAs
Arkansas
If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those that don't may have to...
August 01 2014
KCK man pleads guilty in Independence triple murder
Kansas
A Kansas City, Kan., man has pleaded guilty to his role in the triple murder in Independence that resulted from a drug-trafficking conspiracy in November 2012.Raul Soto, 23, of Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of participating in a conspiracy to possess 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and one count of using a firearm during the ...
July 29 2014
On the anniversary of son’s murder, mom still seeking justice for Corey Laykovich
Kansas City, Kansas
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Exactly one year since her son’s murder, an Independence woman is pleading for anyone with information to come forward and help solve the case. The family of 22-year-old Corey Laykovich had a balloon release and candlelight vigil Sunday night in hopes of sparking fresh leads for detectives. Laykovich returned home from a […]
July 28 2014
September execution date set for Kansas City-area killer Leon Taylor
Saint Louis, Missouri
He who murdered a service station attendant in Independence, Mo., in 1994.
July 24 2014
18th Annual Operation Car Care - Pittsburg, KS.
Independence, kansas
Covenant Harvest Church King's Automotive will give around 100 free oil change services to single mothers and widows on July 26th.
July 01 2014
Shared Care clinic closes its doors
Independence, kansas
While those speaking about Medicaid expansion typically have a conversation couched in terms of the conditional “if,” the Shared Care Free Clinic's former medical director Bridget McCandless prefers to speak in a more definite tense.“When Medicaid expansion occurs, a lot of our patients won't be seen here anymore,” she said referring to the stalled Medicaid expansion packaged with the Affordable ...
July 01 2014
United Spinal's 3rd Annual Roll on Capitol Hill: Wheelchair Users and Disability Advocates Lead
Independence, kansas
NEW YORK, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association and advocates from its membership division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), gathered in Washington, D.C. on June 22-25 for Roll on Capitol Hill to shape policies that impact the health, independence and quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D). Roll on Capitol ...
July 01 2014
Private Option Backers Roll Out Next Phase
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Supporters of the private option introduced the planned creation of health savings accounts for medicaid expansion recipients on Tuesday. A healthcare independence account allows recipients to save money monthly to go towards healthcare costs. Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson says anyone making above $5,700 annually will receive a health savings card. "These are folks ...
June 25 2014
Arkansas twister was EF-4, matches '08 storm rating
Independence, Missouri
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Forecasters say a tornado that hit Little Rock's suburbs and killed 15 people had winds approaching 200 mph. Sunday's storm was rated as a "high-end" EF4 on a scale of tornado strength.
May 29 2014
Mental health merger discussed at coffee
Kansas
STROTHER FIELD — A merger between the Cowley County Mental Health and Couseling Center and Four County Mental Health Center, based in Independence, was announced formally Friday morning at a coffee hosted by the Arkansas City and Winfield area chambers of commerce.
May 16 2014
Baltic states lead push to cut Russia gas reliance
Independence, Kansas
(AP Photo/Hoegh LNG). This Jan. 26, 2014 photo provided by Hoegh LNG on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 shows Hoegh's gas vessel 'Independence' during her sea trial.
May 10 2014
CASA volunteer helps girl find new family
Kansas
An Independence family credits a Jackson County CASA volunteer with helping them adopt a young girl who had been in foster care for four years.
May 08 2014
Man charged in death of fan at Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas
A suburban Kansas City man has been charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Kansas City Chiefs fan who was beaten to death in an Arrowhead Stadium parking lot after passing out in the wrong vehicle. Joshua T. Bradley, 23, of Independence, Mo., was arraigned Friday and is being held on $75,000 cash-only bond. He is accused of striking the blow that killed Kyle Van ...
February 22 2014
Senate bill seeks tighter death sentence appeals
Independence, Kansas
State and county prosecutors prepared to testify Tuesday on behalf of a bill crafted to force the Kansas Supreme Court to more quickly process appeals of capital punishment defendants.
January 20 2014
Man charged in deadly wreck had license suspended or revoked 13 times
Independence, Kansas
An Independence man has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal wreck on Monday in east Kansas City.
January 14 2014
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