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Seg. 1: Transparency Efforts Slowing In Topeka. Seg 2: Life On The Waitlist For Organ Donation.

Susie Fagan
Heartland Health Monitor
Even after a Kansas City Star deep-dive into the darkness of Kansas government, the move to greater transparency at the state capitol is incrementally slow.

Segment 1: Examination of the secrecy shrouding Kansas government ignites momentum for openness, but it's dwindling. 

Kansas is considered to be one of the "darkest" state governments in the nation. We asked why this problem persists and how lawmakers have responded to calls for more transparency in Topeka. 

Segment 2, beginning at 25:24: Annual Donate Life Month encourages people to register as organ donors.

There were more organ transplants in 2017 than any other year, but the list of people waiting for new hearts, lungs, kidneys, livers and bone marrow continues to grow. April is Donate Life Month and our guests explained what it's like to wait for, and receive, a vitally needed organ.

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