Jim McLean

Executive Editor, KHI News Service

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Jim McLean, Executive Editor of KHI News Service, oversees the KHI News Service. From 2005 until 2013, McLean coordinated all communications activities at KHI as Vice President for Public Affairs. The position he now occupies was created as part of a strategic initiative to solidify the editorial and operational independence of the KHI News Service. Prior to coming to KHI, McLean had a distinguished career as a journalist, serving as the news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal. During his more than 20 years in Kansas journalism, McLean won numerous awards for journalistic excellence from the Kansas Press Association, regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. In 1997, McLean and two Capital-Journal colleagues received the Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Award from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism for a series of stories on the state’s business climate. McLean holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University.

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Campaign announced to exempt food from Kansas sales tax

Organizers see both challenges and opportunity in state’s budget crisis

Kansas is one of only 14 states that levies a sales tax on food. And its 6.15 percent per dollar is the second highest in the nation, trailing only Mississippi’s 7 percent rate.

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‘Healthy campus’ in downtown KCK another step closer to reality

Holland hopes transformative project will be ‘a national model for healthy living’

The Unified Government Board of Commissioners approved a new master development plan that includes a state-of-the-art community center, more green space in which to exercise and access to healthy foods at a 30,000- to 35,000-square-foot urban grocery store.

UG commission debate on animal control ordinance draws big crowd

Several changes approved, but commission votes to keep pit bull ban on the books

The commission voted Thursday night to allow Kansas City and other Wyandotte County residents to legally own three dogs, up from a previous limit of two.

Merrick re-elected speaker, vows to cut spending

Democrats elect Burroughs to ‘build bridges’ to GOP majority

Rep. Tom Burroughs of Kansas City, the newly elected leader of the 28-member Democratic minority in the House, said the state’s budget problems will be “the challenge” of the upcoming session.

Kansas hospitals continue campaign for Medicaid expansion

New report says state losing billions of federal dollars, missing chance to extend coverage to more than 100,000 low-income Kansans

A report released by the Kansas Hospital Association says the state stands to lose more than $2.2 billion in federal matching funds between 2016 and 2020.

GOP lawmakers reject request for KanCare investigative committee

Rep. Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat and member of the KanCare Oversight Committee, urged members to recommend the formation of an investigative committee. But six Republicans on the committee opposed his request.

Rising KanCare costs adding to state’s budget problems

While the state already faces a projected $280 million revenue this budget year, an additional $40 million is needed to meet rising KanCare costs.

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Kansas consumers have more ACA enrollment options

Officials say better rates available to Kansans who shop due to increased choices

With the start of new ACA open enrollment period, Kansans like Sherry Calderwood of Topeka are comparing costs of health insurance plans in the online marketplace.

Moser stepping down from KDHE post

KanCare architect says it’s the right time to ‘look at other opportunities’

As KDHE secretary, Moser helped to oversee the dismantling of the Kansas Health Policy Authority and privatization of the Medicaid program.

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Kansas hospitals pressing ahead with Medicaid expansion proposal

Election results cloud Statehouse prospects but could help give state more negotiating clout with feds

Now that the election is over, Kansas hospital officials say the Brownback administration and some legislative leaders may be more open to discussing expansion.

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