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Insurance coverage to be provided for families of children with autism

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Some Kansas parents who have children with autism will soon receive insurance coverage for their kids, thanks to a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Kansas becomes the 34th state in the nation to require that insurance companies provide coverage for autism. The new law is expected to affect 250 children next year. And another 750 kids in 2016.

Jill Robinson, of Lenexa, says the law means help is on the way for her four-year-old son, Oliver, who was diagnosed with autism more than two years ago.

Without the coverage, Robinson says therapies for her child cost more than $60,000 a year. She says that’s not affordable, even for upper middle class households like hers.

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Joe’s Weather Blog: 80s To Snow Again?

It’s been a crazy day with a morning news…then a day out in Lawrence for the Douglas County Severe Weather Symposium and now jamming some maps together for the late news due to NASCAR. To top it off the SPC has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch  until 2AM for areas west and north of KC. More in the discussion…


Tonight: We’ll stay dry from downtown KC southwards I think for most of the night. North of I-70 there may be some storms around before 12AM. Parts of NW MO and NE KS will fight some t/storm activity. Temperatures will stay warm with a south wind blowing. Lows 60-65°

Don “Red Dog” Gardner rewarded for community service

LAWRENCE, Kan. — He’s in his 70′s, but young at heart, and now his thousands of hours of volunteering to help others stay young at heart are being recognized.

Don “Red Dog” Gardner is a Lawrence fixture and an inspiration too.

“That one I was proud of, and to be truthful, I even voted one time for myself,” said 75-year-old Gardner, who is the Kansas winner of the Home Instead Senior Care service award. “I’m just overwhelmed!”

Gardner is being recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work with Red Dog’s Dog Days, a free community fitness program for Lawrence residents.

“It helped kids get in better shape,” said Gardner. “What I used to always tell the kids, if I told them to do it, I could do it. Not anymore!”

TJ Everett, who has been participating in Dog Days since he was seven, admires Gardner.

Head for the Cure donates $65,000 to KU Cancer Center

In a special presentation, the University of Kansas Cancer Center received $65,000 from the Head for the Cure Foundation on Friday.

That’s 20 per cent of its KC 5K Run proceeds, which had a record turnout last year with more than 5,100 participants.

Most proceeds from the Head for the Cure 5K go to the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative, but last year the Head for the Cure board of directors committed to granting the 20 per cent to KU Cancer Center to demonstrate Head for the Cure’s support. In 2013, Head for the Cure granted a total of $375,000 to the BTTC.

The KU Cancer Center is now one of 23 ‘high-profile’ hospitals that are part of the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative research network.

Joe’s Weather Blog: A Little Rain Then A Lot?

Good morning:

Thought I’d start today’s blog (after a weekend off) with a nice letter I received last week….it concerns our approach to the way we handle and cover severe weather situations in the KC area…

Lawrence police seek bank robbery suspect

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Police are investigating after a man robbed a credit union in Lawrence.

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Robbery suspect

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to the report of a bank robbery said to have taken place at the Trinity Credit Union in the 3400 block of W. 6th Street in Lawrence.

Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe Weather Recap

Well yesterday pretty much played out the way we thought it would…we always felt KC was going to be on the edge of a severe weather risk on Thursday and we were. The storms (luckily for the metro) fired up off towards the east/southeast of KC. Pictures of the large hail coming up but first the forecast through the weekend.

Rest of Today: Blustery and chilly this morning. Wind chills as expected are in the upper 20s this morning. Clouds are also not helping the cause. We should start to see some breaks in the clouds and hopefully partly sunny conditions changing to mostly sunny skies later this afternoon. The winds will slowly drop off but still be busy through mid afternoon. Temperatures should eventually get to near 50° (give or take a couple).

Tonight: Chilly with mostly clear skies…lows drop to near 30°