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Disability News /KLKC

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Set for November 9th

Topeka, Ks - Kansas radio and television stations, along with cable TV systems and satellite TV companies, will participate in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on November 9th.  The test, originating from Washington, D.C., will begin at approximately 1:00 pm Central and last for about 3-1/2 minutes.  During the test, the public will hear a message indicating that "This is a test."  Kent Cornish, President of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters said the National EAS Test is similar to statewide and local EAS tests that are conducted frequently.  He added “As the federal government and the media prepare to test their alerting capabilities, this event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and an emergency plan for themselves.”   The national-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies.  The system has never been used for that purpose; its primary use is to warn of state and local emergency situations, such as severe weather events. 

Response to Misdemeanor Conflict in Topeka

Topeka, Ks -  The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence issued a statement this week noting the organization is pleased that Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor agreed to restart his prosecution of domestic violence misdemeanors occurring in the Topeka city Limits. Taylor announced his decision Wednesday after the Topeka City Council voted Tuesday night to remove misdemeanors, including domestic battery, prostitution and animal cruelty, from the city code. On September 8, Taylor cited budget cuts in telling city officials that, effective immediately, he would stop prosecuting misdemeanors that happened within Topeka city limits and those cases would fall under the authority of Topeka Municipal Court.  For almost five weeks in the city of Topeka, there were no criminal consequences for committing the crime of domestic battery.  KCSDV noted it will remain vigilant since Taylor warns the community about “consequences” of these recent events.  The organization urges all citizens, in Topeka, across the country and around the world, to learn more about your own community’s response to domestic violence, noting officials must be hald accountable for the components of a complete response to domestic violence that includes fully funded victim services, trained and competent professionals, with quick and appropriate consequences for criminal behavior.  To learn more about these services, to on line at www.kcsdv.org or www.nnedv.org. 

2012 Medicare Enrollment

Washington, DC – Enrollment for 2012 Medicare Coverage officially gets underway Saturday and will continue for a full seven weeks, ending December 7th.  Plan costs and coverage change each year, so all people with Medicare should check to make sure their plan still meets their health needs and budget.  A Medicare Plan Finder is available on line at www.medicare.gov to compare the cost ranges for plans available locally and to identify drugs that may or may not be covered.  People who are eligible to enroll, need to do so at their first opportunity to avoid late-enrollment penalties.  Individuals needing assistance, may call 1-800-MEDICARE or contact the SKIL Resource Center, based in Parsons, which is a Medicare Community Partner, by calling 620-421-5502.  To find out about Federal assistance with premiums for income eligible Medicare recipients, contact Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas or SHICK by calling 800-860-5260.

Rapid Refill Salutes U.S. Military by Recycling

Pittsburg, Ks - Rapid Refill in Pittsburg is combining two special days into one worthy community recycling effort through a partnership with Operation Paperback as a way to recognize both Veteran's Day - November 11th - and America Recycles Day on November 15th.   Starting this past Friday, the Meadowbrook Mall Rapid Refill and other Rapid Refill locations nationwide will collect gently used books for redeployment to troops overseas. Troops look forward to fresh reading materials, and donations of hardbound books as well as magazines will be accepted along with paperbacks. Donations will be accepted until November 12th  and will then be shipped to troops around the world. For additional information, call Rapid Refill Ink at 620-232-3311.