News Briefs: Feb. 10


Medicaid expansion might not happen after all in Kansas following controversy regarding anti-abortion legislation. Not only did the debate on the pro-life amendment hold up state legislature proceedings for five hours, Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate are saying Medicaid expansion won’t happen as long as Kansas remains a pro-choice state. The Kansas City Star reported all of the legislation that would have allowed Medicaid expansion to be voted on was sent back to committee indefinitely, and could stay there as long as pro-life Senate President Susan Wagle pleases.

Riley County Police responded to reports of shots fired near Aggieville over the weekend. An RCPD press release said at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, officers were dispatched following “multiple 911 calls.” When officers arrived in the 1100 block of Laramie St., they found an abandoned vehicle with damage from gun fire on it. No suspects have been identified.

The new strain of coronavirus resulted in the deaths of 97 individuals in one day, China’s National Health Commission said. The new count brings the overall death toll in China to more than 900, passing the death toll recorded in the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s. The New York Times reported most of the 40,000 confirmed cases of the virus are in the Hubei Province, where the city of Wuhan resides. There are, however, cases in at least 24 countries outside of China.

“Parasite” became the first non-English language film to win best picture at the Oscars, upsetting star-studded films like “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Marriage Story.” According to the Washington Post, Bong Joon-ho, the South Korean director behind the comedy-thriller, is known for creating other cult-classics like “Memories of Murder” and “The Host” in the 2000s.

Reports out of small Flint Hills community show internet connection so slow, local individuals are driving to larger towns in Kansas to download software updates on their computers, according to the Wichita Eagle. It’s not just binge-worthy streaming content their missing out on. The slowness of the service is setting up barriers to business and overall progress in towns like Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. Per a report from the Kansas Office of Broadband Development, internet connection in Chase County might just be the worst on this side of the United States at only 13 percent of households having a connection.

My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the ex-managing editor and audience engagement manager of the Collegian. Previously, I've been the editor-in-chief and the news editor. In the past, I have also contributed to the Royal Purple Yearbook and KKSU-TV. Off-campus, you can find my bylines in the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT News. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a senior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third-generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage.