You Oughta Know

Child death records viewable on state site

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

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The record: Information about child deaths in Kansas.

Why you'd want them: To learn more about how children die -- whether from violence or illness, for example. The Kansas State Child Death Review Board's annual reports include information about deaths due tohomicide, motor vehicle accidents, home accidents and other causes of death.

Where you get the records: From the Kansas State Child Death Review Board's Web site, www.child deathreview.org/spotlightKS.htm. Click on the link for the report year in which you are interested. Reports are available from 1997 to 2006.

How much it will cost: The information is free.

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