Dave Ranney

Senior Writer/Editor

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Dave Ranney, Senior Writer/Editor, is a journalist who has covered state government for the Harris News Service, the Wichita Eagle and, most recently, the Lawrence Journal-World. He has a special interest in social services. Ranney received the Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award in 2000. The award recognizes outstanding reporting by a Kansas newspaper. Ranney, who holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, worked with adults with developmental disabilities for eight years before becoming a reporter.

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DCF hires foster care ombudsman

The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.

KDHE responds to CMS enrollment concerns

Officials say agency's computer system will be fully compatible by Aug. 15

CMS officials last month directed officials in six states, including Kansas, to submit plans for correcting delays in determining eligibility in their respective Medicaid programs.

TV, radio talk show host Smiley to speak at poverty conference

Tavis Smiley will speak during the Kansas Conference on Poverty, a two-and-a-half-day event that starts Wednesday in Topeka.

WIC program stresses benefits of breastfeeding

Nearly half of the babies born in Kansas are eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Wesley Medical Center seeks 'Baby-Friendly' designation

The Wichita hospital is the only one in the state pursuing designation as a “Baby-Friendly Facility” through an international program that requires 10 policies to encourage breastfeeding.

Advocates, hospitals unite to raise Kansas breastfeeding rate

Five facilities have earned 'High 5 for Mom and Baby' designation

Three years ago, breastfeeding coalitions throughout the state joined the Kansas Hospital Association and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund in launching High 5 for Mom and Baby, an ongoing campaign aimed at helping hospitals adopt five principles that have been found to increase breastfeeding rates.

Feds ask Kansas for plans to fix Medicaid delay issues

KDHE says concerns focus on computer system that processes applications

A KDHE spokesperson says the CMS concerns have more to do with the state and federal government computer systems not sharing information with each other.

KU Hospital ranks among 50 top-grossing nonprofit facilities

Billings for public, private patients totaled $3.96 billion in 2013

A KU Hospital spokesperson says the billings are a sign of growth and should not be confused with profits.

CDC report: Alcohol accounts for one in 10 deaths of working-age adults

The percentage of alcohol-caused adult deaths in Kansas was the 22nd highest in the nation. New Jersey’s was the lowest, at 7.8 percent.

Web-based tool helps match foster children, families

Topeka charity partners with KU to market adoption software

The tool, developed about two years ago by TFI Family Services, a Topeka-based charity, is being marketed by Foster Care Technologies, a for-profit partnership between TFI and the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas.

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