Stephen Koranda

Stephen Koranda is the Statehouse Bureau Chief for Kansas Public Radio.

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Health
3:35 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Kansas Increases Staff to Investigate Suspected Elder Abuse

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has launched a new campaign to stop elder abuse.  SRS is also beefing-up efforts to identify cases of abuse among disabled adults.

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Arts & Life
3:55 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Kansas Arts Budget Restoration Builds Goodwill

Children rehearse for a production of The Wizard of Oz at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kan.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 6:41 pm

Last year, Kansas became the first state in the nation to completely eliminate arts funding. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has always said he supports the arts, but when the state was facing a tight budget, he said Kansas needed to cut back.

"As we look to grow Kansas' economy and focus state government resources to ensure the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars, we must do all we can to protect the core functions of state government," he said.

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Tracking NBAF
4:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

NBAF Supporters Plan To Keep Fighting

Supporters of a planned federal disease lab in Kansas say they'll continue fighting for the project, despite some budget setbacks.

The National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility, or NBAF, is slated to be built near Manhattan. A steering committee appointed by Governor Sam Brownback met today for the first time to review the project.

The committee includes Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. She's confident construction of the lab will take place.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:53 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Brownback Urges Lawmakers To Pass Tax Compromise

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Gov. Sam Brownback is pushing lawmakers to pass a tax-cutting compromise. It's an alternative to a massive tax-cutting bill that's already sitting on the governor's desk, awaiting his signature.

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Kansas Statehouse
2:52 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Redistricting Could Be Headed To Federal Court

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Kansas lawmakers have failed to make much progress this session on drawing new legislative and congressional district maps.

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Kansas Statehouse
4:04 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Senate Committee Introduces Plan To Overhaul Redistricting Process

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A committee in the Kansas Senate is proposing a constitutional amendment that would change the redistricting process. The amendment would create a commission that would draw redistricting maps.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:28 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Tax Cut Negotiations Continue

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Kansas lawmakers are still trying to negotiate a compromise on cutting taxes. The Legislature has already approved a large tax-cutting plan and sent it to Gov. Sam Brownback.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:39 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Lawmakers Advance Bill Creating New State Arts Organization

Kansas lawmakers have approved legislation that would create a new state arts organization, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries commission.

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Kansas Statehouse
8:09 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Kansas Lawmakers Plan To Tweak Budget To Avoid Deficits

Kansas lawmakers working on a tax-cutting plan say they’ll tweak the proposal to avoid long-term budget deficits.

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Kansas Statehouse
2:47 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Lawmakers Reviewing Impact Of Tax Proposal

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Kansas lawmakers are reviewing how a tax proposal would affect the state budget. House and Senate negotiators have already reached an initial agreement on a plan to cut income, business and property taxes.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:50 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Brownback Endorses Tax Compromise

Negotiators from the House and Senate have worked out a deal on a tax-cutting bill. It would cut income tax rates, eliminate some business taxes and reduce property taxes.

Gov. Sam Brownback says he's on board with the agreement.

"I think it's a thoughtful blend, and then it's got the key pro-growth features that I think are important," he said. "Gets the tax office, small business and lowers the overall rates."

Health Care
1:23 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Hundreds Rally Over Kansas Gov.'s Medicaid Overhaul

Hundreds of developmentally disabled Kansas residents and advocates for them have rallied at the Statehouse against part of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:51 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Legislators Likely To Pursue Changes To Medicaid Overhaul Plan

Some lawmakers believe the Kansas Legislature will try to amend a plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.

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Jailbreak
2:36 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Three Of Four Escaped Inmates Captured

Eric James has not yet been apprehended. People with information can call the ECF at 785-472-5501, the Kan. Bureau of Investigation at 800-572-7463 or their local law enforcement.

Police have now picked up three of the four inmates who escaped from the Ottawa County jail. Convicted double murderer Santos Carrera-Morales was apprehended in Russell late last night.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:17 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Lottery Win Means More State Tax Collections

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A Kansas lottery ticket winner is helping the state's bottom line. The still-anonymous resident won a nearly $160 million jackpot in a lottery drawing last month.

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Health
4:19 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Deadline Passes For Lawmakers To Reject Medicaid Reorganization Plan

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says his plan to overhaul Medicaid is underway, since a deadline for lawmakers to reject the order has passed.

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The Beef
3:24 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Brownback Tours Plant Making Finely Textured Beef, Defends Product

Lean finely textured beef, or what critics call "pink slime."
Courtesy of Beef Products International

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says a controversy over a processed beef product is being blown out of proportion.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:46 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Kansas House Debates KPERS Overhaul Bill

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Updated 4:15 p.m.: House members passed a bill on a voice vote that would overhaul the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS.

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Kansas Statehouse
8:39 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Kansas Senate Committee Amends & Approves Governor's Tax Plan

A Kansas Senate committee has approved Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to cut income tax rates.  But the committee chose to preserve four tax credits the governor wanted to eliminate, including a credit for people who invest in Kansas companies. Senator Les Donovan, a Republican from Wichita, chairs the tax committee.

“People think that they are actually worthy to keep because they end up putting more money back into the economy than they cost the state,” says Donovan.

Kansas Statehouse
8:36 am
Thu March 15, 2012

House Panel Approves Map With Wyandotte County In Rural 1st District

The map approved by the House committee.

A House committee has approved a congressional map that puts part of Wyandotte County in the 1st District, which covers western Kansas.

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Presidential Race
7:00 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Santorum Wins Kansas Caucus

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won Kansas' Republican caucuses Saturday. Neither Mitt Romney nor Newt Gingrich spent any time campaigning in the state. Kansas Public Radio's Stephen Koranda reports.

Election 2012
3:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Kansas Is Up Next With GOP Nominating Contest

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Kansas holds its Republican presidential caucuses tomorrow. Rick Santorum has been the most active candidate in that state. He's trying to stop Mitt Romney's momentum again. Kansas Public Radio's Stephen Koranda has more.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Chanting) Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick...

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Storms
3:40 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Emergency Responders On The Ground In Harveyville

Emergency responders say that is was probably a tornado that ripped through the tiny town of Harveyville, Kansas last night.

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Health
3:50 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Lawmakers Could Take Action To Slow Brownback’s Medicaid Plan

Gov. Brownback's Medicaid plan would create privatized managed-care programs with the goal of improving patient outcomes and cutting costs.
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Legislators could soon take action aimed at slowing Governor Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul Medicaid in Kansas.

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Kansas Statehouse
2:17 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

House Votes To Move Up Voters' Citizenship Requirement

The Kansas House has endorsed a plan that would require some potential voters to prove their U.S. citizenship before the November election.

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Tracking NBAF
3:51 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Brownback Says Obama Still Committed To NBAF

Governor Sam Brownback says members of the president's administration continue to support the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which is slated to be built in Manhattan.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:27 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Dueling Rallies For Supporters, Opponents Of Governor's Tax Plan

Governor Sam Brownback speaks at a rally in favor of his tax plan.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's plan to cut income and business taxes is getting both praise and criticism in Topeka. Supporters and opponents of the plan sounded off today at a pair of Statehouse rallies.

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Government
7:22 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Brownback Could Be Called As A Witness

Kan. Gov. Brownback speaks to reporters.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback could be called as a witness in an investigation into legislative dinners held at the governor's residence.

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Fracking
10:42 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Bill Would Give State Option To Write New Regulations For Fracking

A drilling rig tests for the possibility of extracting shale gas by the hydraulic fracturing technique, more commonly known as fracking.
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A committee in the Kansas House is considering legislation that would allow the state to write new rules regulating hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. The process is used in oil and gas drilling.

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Kansas Statehouse
2:46 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Senate Committee Approves Redistricting Map

The map approved by the Senate committee moves Manhattan from the 2nd District to the 1st and moves Lawrence entirely into the 2nd.

A Kansas Senate committee has approved a map that reconfigures the state's congressional districts.

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