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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New regulations could end dispute over Kansas coal-fired power plant

Greenhouse gas regulations recently proposed by the EPA could block a proposed facility next to an existing coal-fired unit at Sunflower’s station outside Holcomb.

More formal vetting process to be used in selecting new Medicaid inspector general

KDHE Secretary Dr. Robert Moser said the KBI will conduct a background check of the top candidate before he or she is officially appointed.

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Accuracy of survey showing spike in Kansas uninsured rate questioned

But no dispute that insured rates up in Medicaid expansion states

With enrollment up in Medicaid and private insurance, it appears some sort of methodological or sampling error is the most likely explanation for the Kansas results in the Gallup poll.

Study: Rejection of Medicaid expansion costing Kansas, Missouri hospitals billions

New analysis by nonpartisan Urban Institute says 24 nonexpansion states paying a high price

The analysis says that without Medicaid expansion, Kansas hospitals stand to lose $2.6 billion between 2013 and 2022.

Selzer wins GOP nomination for insurance commissioner

The certified public accountant from Leawood defeated four rivals in a tight race that was among the last to be settled Tuesday night.

Effort to unseat moderate House Republicans comes up short

Legislators targeted for votes on Obamacare and energy bills beat back challenges from conservatives

Despite a flood of negative mail in the final weeks of the campaign, all of the targeted Kansas House members survived their primary challenges.

Obamacare among issues fueling campaign to unseat House GOP moderates

Effort countered by groups attempting to reverse conservative tide in Kansas politics

The Kansas Values Institute and the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority are spending thousands to defend moderate Republican Statehouse incumbents against charges that they failed to support conservative-led efforts to transfer control of federal health care programs to the state, block Medicaid expansion and repeal the state’s renewable energy standards.

Shultz says experience separates him from field

Veteran legislator seeks to win Republican primary without alienating general election voters.

Conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies put Kansas consumers in limbo

If the 2-to-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit stands, consumers in the 36 states – including Kansas and Missouri – that didn’t establish their own online health insurance marketplaces would no longer be eligible for subsidies.

Hub key to sustaining local food movement in northeast Kansas

Consultant says region home to enough producers, sufficient demand to make effort feasible

By the end of the fifth year, hub farmers could be generating up to $2.3 million in additional sales, the report said.

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