Three-vehicle accident reported on I-70

Three vehicles were in the middle lane on eastbound I-70 near 57th Street around 8:18 a.m. Monday, April 30, when an accident happened.

When vehicles slowed for traffic, a Toyota Camry struck a Kia Optima in the rear, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s crash log.

Then the Camry hit a trailer of a Freightliner semi in the rear, according to the trooper’s report.

The driver of the Camry, a 29-year-old Wichita, Kansas, woman, had a possible injury but refused treatment by EMS, according to the trooper’s report.

The driver of the Kia Optima, a 25-year-old Lenexa, Kansas, man, was not injured, according to the report.

The driver of the semi, a 51-year-old man from La Grange, Missouri, was not injured, the report stated.

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Telemedicine OK passes Kansas Legislature with anti-abortion clause

by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service

Kansas lawmakers gave the go-ahead Monday to expand telemedicine services after reaching agreement on abortion language that had threatened to scuttle the move.

The bill cleared the state Senate and House by large margins, but only after eleventh-hour brinksmanship that gave anti-abortion forces the assurances they demanded.

Kansans for Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion organization, fought for weeks to maintain a clause in the legislation designed to discourage a court challenge over its ban on drug-induced abortions.

The “non-severability” clause is essentially a self-destruct mechanism that would automatically wipe the entire telemedicine law off the books if sometime in the future the abortion ban is struck down.

Some lawmakers opposed to the “non-severability” language said it was redundant, that Kansas law already requires women who undergo drug-induced abortions to do so in the physical presence of a prescribing physician.

But Sen. Ty Masterson, a conservative Republican from Andover, said anti-abortion lawmakers wanted it to be abundantly clear that health care providers “couldn’t do chemical abortions via telemedicine.”

“That’s all that was,” he said.

It was more than that, said supporters of the bill. The fight it prompted threatened a year of work on a bill needed to expand the reach of telemedicine.

“The underlying bill is so important, I hate to see us hold it hostage for something that’s already covered in law,” said Rep. Eileen Horn, a Lawrence Democrat serving her first term.

The bill would require insurance companies to pay for telemedicine services if they are the same as those covered in clinics, hospitals and doctor’s offices. Expanded access to long-distance services is particularly important in rural areas.

Sen. Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka Republican and chair of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, reluctantly agreed to reinstate the non-severability clause after the House rejected a version of the bill that didn’t include it.

“This bill is just too important,” Schmidt said, to risk losing over a fight about abortion language.

With the non-severability language restored, the bill easily passed both the House and Senate Monday. The Senate passed it 31-8. Less than an hour later, the House voted 107-13 to send it on to Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Jim McLean is managing director of the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, KMUW and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. You can reach him on Twitter @jmcleanks. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original post.

See more at http://kcur.org/post/telemedicine-ok-passes-kansas-legislature-anti-abortion-clause.

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Thunderstorms in today’s weather forecast

Thunderstorms were moving through the region this morning, and are expected to continue tonight and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Lightning and thunder were in Wyandotte County around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, accompanied by rain showers.

Strong to severe storms are expected to develop Tuesday afternoon and evening from north central Kansas into western Iowa, with storms moving northeast through tonight, the weather service said.

The main threats could be large hail, damaging winds and flash flood, according to the weather service. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

More widespread strong to severe storm development is then possible again Wednesday afternoon and evening, only this time developing across central Kansas, with storms moving northeast Wednesday night, the weather service said.

Today, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning. Today’s high will be near 80 with a south wind of 10 to 17 mph gusting as high as 30 mph, the weather service said.

Tonight, there is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m., according to the weather service, with a low of 67. A south wind of 16 mph may gust as high as 32 mph, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., with a high of 84 and a south southwest wind of 14 to 16 mph, gusting as high as 31 mph, the weather service said.

Wednesday night, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and storms, with a low of 67 and a south wind of 9 to 13 mph, gusting as high as 22 mph, according to the weather service.

Thursday, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mostly after 1 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 81 with a south wind of 11 to 16 mph, gusting as high as 30 mph.

Thursday night, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m., with a low of 56, according to the weather service.

For more weather information, visit www.weather.gov or https://www.weather.gov/eax/.

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