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Area briefs

November 26, 2002

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Child welfare study includes Kansas

Kansas is one of five states featured in a national study on efforts to privatize child welfare services.

Released Monday, the two-year study praises Kansas for collecting reliable data and tying its foster care, adoption and family preservation contracts to outcomes that are realistic and measurable.

The study criticizes Kansas for rushing its transition to a privatized system, providing early bidders with unreliable numbers and leaving judges out of the initial planning processes.

"What happened in Kansas, I think, showed how vital it is to work with the court system," said Madelyn Freundlich, co-author of the study and policy director at Children's Rights, a national advocacy group.

Kansas privatized most of its child welfare services in 1996.

Plans call for the Child Welfare League of America to publish the 296-page study by year's end.

Blood drive planned at Lawrence hospital

Community Blood Center plans a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Jayhawk Auditorium at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.

Donors will receive T-shirts; lunch will be available.

To register, call Chris Knowles at 749-6176.

The blood center supplies blood to 73 hospitals in Kansas and Missouri.

Grant to help improve KBI laboratories

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation recently received $92,227 to improve its four crime laboratories.

KBI will use the grant from the Department of Justice to help pay for a Laboratory Information Management System.

The KBI laboratories handle more than 16,000 cases each year involving more than 125,000 items of evidence.

Tonganoxie restaurant cited for code violations

A Tonganoxie market was cited earlier this month for violations of the Kansas Food Code, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

G & P Country Market, 1204 E. U.S. Highway 24-40, was fined $1,000 after two inspections discovered food below the 140-degree minimum, according to KDHE spokeswoman Sharon Watson.

Horse club elects board

The Kansas Horseman Foundation elected its board of directors for 2003.

They are Clark Coan, Lawrence; Scott Allen, Ed Baker and Mike Mingenback, all of Emporia; Dale Crawford, Olathe; Joe Davis, Don Kossler, John Purvis, Larry Rhodes, and Rachel Winter, all of Topeka; Murray McGee and Dan Pickert, both of Ottawa; and Frank Meyer and Shirley Meyer, both of Herington.

The board then elected Pickert as president, Rhodes as vice president, Crawford as treasurer and Shirley Meyer as secretary.

The foundation is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that is building trails between Herington and Osawatomie and from Lomax to Topeka.

Veterans Affairs creates list server

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making it possible to receive information from them, including news releases, fact sheets and other written documents, by e-mail.

The VA's Office of Public Affairs is setting up a list server, which will send written products from VA to people in the list as soon after they are released in Washington.

"By tapping into the latest technology, VA is providing one more tool to inform veterans about services and programs," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi.

To subscribe to the list server, visit www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/opalist_listserv.cfm, and provide a name and e-mail address. To discontinue the server, go to the same address and click on the appropriate buttons.

School collects coats

The "Bundle Up Bobcats" coat drive at Langston Hughes School wrapped up just before the weather turned cold.

Families of students at the elementary school, 1101 George Williams Way, donated 258 coats and jackets to the campaign to help people in Lawrence without adequate winter clothing.

Scotch Fabric Care Services will dry-clean the donated items and pass them along to the Salvation Army for distribution.

The coat drive, which ran from Oct. 28 to Friday, was sponsored by Kids in the Community, a new committee of the school's parent-teacher organization.

Ottawa holiday parade seeks participants

The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses and organizations from Ottawa and the surrounding community to participate in the city's Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 1.

The parade starts at 1 p.m. at First and Main streets. This year's parade theme is "A Storybook Christmas."

For more information on the parade, call the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce at (785) 242-1000, or parade chairwoman Andrea Bien at (785) 242-1646.

Telemedicine conference planned in Topeka

Healthcare officials will gather Dec. 4 in Topeka for "Telemedicine in Kansas," a workshop organized by the Kansas University School of Nursing.

The conference, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Maner Conference Center, will give hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, mental health professionals and others interested in establishing a telemedicine system.

Advance registration is $50, and walk-in registration is $65.

For more information, contact Chris Tilden at (785) 296-7439 or visit www.taken.org/telemed.

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