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OPINION: Low-Income Kansans Rely on 340B Drug Pricing Program

Salina Family Healthcare CenterOctober 19, 2020

The safety net of community health centers across the state, which includes Salina Family Healthcare Center, provide whole-body care to Kansans, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. These 19 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and one look-alike health center provided medical, dental, mental health, and substance use disorder services to almost 275,000 individuals in 2019 alone...

COVID-19 Clusters at More Colleges

Todd PittengerAugust 28, 2020

Officials at a couple of more Kansas colleges are dealing with COVID-19 clusters. Officials at Tabor College say several students are either isolated or in quarantine after they tested positive for COVID-19.According to the school, on Wednesday of this week a student experienced symptoms and contacted a medical professional. On the advice of the medical professional, the student was tested at t...

20% of Renters Face Eviction by September; One Salinan’s Experience

Karen ShadeJuly 20, 2020

According to The Washington Post, over 10 million Americans live in rental housing and 20% of them are "at risk of eviction by September 30th".  These figures were compiled by the Covid 19 Eviction Defense Project, headquartered in Colorado. Painfully, I've been evicted here in Salina, two weeks ago, for non-payment of rent.  It is one of the most shameful experiences of my life, and I'm abou...

OPINION: Professors Call For Cancellation of Student Ban

Kansas College ProfessorsJuly 13, 2020

Dear Sen. Roberts, Sen. Moran, Rep. Marshall, Rep. Watkins, Rep. Davids and Rep. Estes, We oppose the Student and Exchange Visitor Program's student ban, and we ask that you — our representatives in Washington — push for its immediate cancellation. The decision not to "issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall" has no rational basis, serv...

OPINION: Jail Flubdubs and Fryers

Karen ShadeJune 29, 2020

Saline County’s 2021 budget will be discussed during the County Commission’s Tuesday June 30th meeting.  The budget includes a $20,000 “equipment” purchase for the “Sheriff’s Office/Jail” for a fryer. Back in 2015, I saw a deep fat fryer in the jail’s kitchen.  Through an “open records” request, I saw menus that included “hamburgers/French fries” and “super nachos”...

Kansas COVID-19 Update: 4-6

Jeremy BohnApril 6, 2020

There are now 25 deaths statewide due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. That's according to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, who as of 11 a.m. Monday, says that there are also 845 positive tests of COVID-19 in Kansas. Of those cases, there have been 198 people statewide who have been hospitalized due to the virus. The virus has also spread across 53 of Kansas' 105 counties. M...

Friends of the Library to Have Fall Book Sale

KSAL StaffOctober 19, 2019

The Friends of the Salina Public Library will have its Fall Book Sale on Oct. 26 and 27 in the library’s Prescott Room. The Saturday sale will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and the Sunday sale will be from 1-3 p.m. They will also mark Friends of the Library Week Oct. 20-26 with a membership drive from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The sale will feature a variety of books that have been donated or...

Update: Suspected Shooter Arrested

KSAL STaffApril 19, 2019

Salina Police have a arrested a man in connection with a Thursday night shooting. Police say 20-year-old Zachary Matthew Degraw was arrested Friday afternoon. They credit help from the public and the Wichita Police Department with the arrest. Degraw allegedly shot Dalton Reinbold of Salina at the Hillcrest apartment complex located at 2140 E. Crawford. Police say an altercation between the t...

SO—HOW WAS YOUR 2016?

KSAL StaffJanuary 4, 2017

2016 has come and gone and like all years there were some very positive things that happened and some really negative things.   Personally, it was a tough year because of the death of my younger sister back in February.  Lisa was my only sibling and as hard as it was for me I know it was so much harder on my Mom.  Children are supposed to bury parents and it is really difficult when that ...

‘Tis The Season

KSAL StaffDecember 12, 2016

Christmas time is wonderful.  The spirit, the giving, the merriment and cheer. All that's fine but I'm in it for the movies. From the old stuff, Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life. The classics, A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation. The new stuff, Elf and Bad Santa.  I love it all and I'll watch em all. Which one is your favorite? ...


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