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On this week's Statehouse Blend, we ask former Kansas legislators to compare and contrast the Kansas legislature then and now.

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  • Kelly Kultala, Former Senator, 5th District
  • John Vratil, Former Senator, 11th District
  • Tim Owens, Former Senator, 8th District
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A Kansas City Council Committee has determined that it should no longer be illegal to keep Vietnamese potbellied pigs as pets.

An amendment to a 1995 ordinance going before the full city council would allow for up to four potbellied pigs to be kept in residentially zoned areas as long as they are neutered and remain under 95 pounds.

Residents who want to keep potbellied pigs will have to keep them leashed or fenced when outside. 

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Republican Kansas Rep. Marvin Kleeb from Overland Park provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session. 

You can listen to the full episode of Statehouse Blend here.

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Do you clean your plate? Should you keep a chicken that's been in your freezer for 10 years? We visit farms, a meat processing plant, a compost heap, grocery stores and Kansas Citians' kitchens to explore the issue of food waste.

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Republican Kansas Rep. Marvin Kleeb from Overland Park provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session. 

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On this week's Statehouse Blend, we ask citizens from Kansas to share their thoughts on the 2015 Kansas Legislative session.

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  • Scott Morgan, Citizen, Lawrence
  • Erin Rivers, Citizen, Mission
  • Will Averill, Citizen, Lawrence

State and local leaders joined with activists at the launch of a campaign to change payday laws in Missouri and nationwide. The event was hosted by Communities Creating Opportunities (CCO).

 

Payday loans sap roughly $26 million dollars a year from the Kansas City economy according to a figure from the Center for Responsible Lending. Mayor Sly James says this needs to change.

 

“There are more payday loan shops in Missouri than Walmarts, McDonalds, and Starbucks combined,” says Mayor Sly James.

 

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Democrat Kansas Rep. John Wilson from Lawrence provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

This is an excerpt from Statehouse Blend. You can listen to the full episode here.

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Democrat Kansas Rep. John Wilson from Lawrence provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Republican Kansas Rep. Melissa Rooker from Fairway returns to Statehouse Blend to provide an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

This is an excerpt from Statehouse Blend. You can listen to the full episode here.

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Republican Kansas Rep. Melissa Rooker from Fairway returns to Statehouse Blend to provide an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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On this week's Statehouse Blend, reporters from the Kansas Statehouse dissect what we've seen so far and what we can expect as the session heads into overtime. 

This is an excerpt from Statehouse Blend. You can listen to the full episode here.

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On this week's Statehouse Blend, reporters from the Kansas Statehouse dissect what we've seen so far and what we can expect as the session heads into overtime. 

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Republican Kansas Sen. Kay Wolf from Prairie Village, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Republican Kansas Rep. John Rubin from Shawnee, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

This is an excerpt from Statehouse Blend. You can listen to the full episode here.

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Republican Kansas Rep. John Rubin from Shawnee, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Democrat Kansas Rep. Nancy Lusk from Overland Park, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Six years ago, Teola Powell asked Kansas City, Missouri, City Manager Troy Schulte to take a tour of the grocery stores — or lack thereof — in her neighborhood around 31st and Prospect.

“It's important to me that we have a neighborhood that we can be proud of, and a supermarket that we can go to and feel good about shopping there," Powell said. "I shouldn't have to go to Westport or Walmart. I should be able to do it right here in my neighborhood.”

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Democrat Kansas Rep. Nancy Lusk from Overland Park, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Democrat Kansas Rep. Jim Ward from Witchita, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Democrat Kansas Rep. Jim Ward from Wichita, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Kansas City Council has approved a $15 million agreement with San Francisco based Cisco Systems Inc., to turn a two mile stretch of the streetcar line into a "Smart City" network. 

The project calls for the creation of interactive digital kiosks that share information about events and city services with pedestrians.

Data about infrastructure and traffic will be detected by sensors and sent back to the city in real time.

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Republican Kansas Rep. Stephanie Clayton from Overland Park, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Republican Kansas Rep. Stephanie Clayton from Overland Park, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Democrat Kansas Rep. Jarrod Ousley from Merriam, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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Democrat Kansas Rep. Jarrod Ousley from Merriam, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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The Kansas City Council voted Thursday in favor of a ride-hiring ordinance that Uber says will force them to suspend operations in Kansas City. The adopted legislation marks the end of Kansas City's long regulatory debate with ride-hiring companies. 

Spokespeople for Uber have re-titled the legislation an "anti-technology ordinance" and Uber's general manager for Kansas City, Andy Hung, says it creates a model that won't work for drivers.

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On this week's Statehouse Blend, what we've seen so far in the Kansas Legislative session, and what we can expect when we return from spring break. 

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The Kansas City council committee for transportation and infrastructure unanimously passed a controversial ride-hiring ordinance Thursday.

Ride-hiring company Uber has said if the ordinance is adopted it will force them to suspend services in Kansas City.

Revisions to the ordinance decreased the vehicle permit cost for TNC (transportation network company) drivers from the already lowered $150 fee to $100 as long as the company pays a $40,000 base fee. TNC drivers will also have to pass a physical, complete exams, and acquire a business license and a chauffeur's license at their own expense.

Democrat Kansas Rep. Dennis "Boog" Highberger from Lawrence, provides an insider perspective on the historic 2015 legislative session underway in Topeka. 

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