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Government
8:44 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Kansas Citians Tell Cleaver To Reject Striking Syria

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver hosted a forum to hear constituents views on Syria.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

At a town hall meeting, most Kansas Citians urged Congressman Emanuel Cleaver to vote 'no' on a military intervention in Syria. Cleaver and much of the local Missouri Congressional delegation has not taken a position on Syria, but in Kansas most will be voting against authorizing military strikes.

Most tell Cleaver to vote 'no'

More than 200 people crowded into a room at Metropolitan Community College and nearly all stayed on topic about Syria.

Steven Platt was worried the United States cannot afford more military action.

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Government
8:01 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Stegall Headed For Seat On Kan. Court Of Appeals

Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee for a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals is headed for the job. The state Senate confirmed Caleb Stegall Wednesday in a party-line 32-8 vote.

Brownback chose Stegall, his administration's top attorney, for the job on the state's second-highest court. It's the first selection under a new process where the governor chooses nominees for the Court of Appeals, who then must be confirmed by the Senate.

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Government
8:06 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Kan. House Unanimously Passes Hard 50 Bill

The Kansas House has unanimously passed a proposed fix for the state's Hard 50 sentencing law. The law allows judges to sentence certain convicted murderers to at least 50 years in prison before the possibility for parole.

The House's proposed revision would change the process so that juries also play a part in doling out Hard 50 sentences. Rep. Lance Kinzer, a Republican from Olathe, said the fix will help preserve the intent of legislators who originally passed the bill.

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Government
8:09 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Hearing on Kan. Court Of Appeals Nominee To Begin

Kansas Senate hearings begin Tuesday on Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee for the state Court of Appeals.

Brownback chose his office's top attorney, Caleb Stegall, to fill the seat on the second-highest court in Kansas. This is a the first appointment under a new system in which the governor chooses nominees for the Kansas Court of Appeals, who then must be confirmed by the state Senate.

Republican Jeff King of Independence, Kan. chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said last month that the proceedings will begin with a quick refresher on the new selection process.

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Up to Date
11:04 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Kansas Legislature Finishes In Overtime

The Kansas Legislature passed its budget and tax plan Sunday morning.
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The Kansas Legislature finished its overrunning session in the early hours of June 2, passing its budget and tax plans.

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Kansas Legislature
7:59 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Kansas Legislature Passes Budget in Final Hours of Session

Legislators debate the budget in the Kansas House.
Credit Stephen Koranda / Kansas Public Radio

Kansas Lawmakers wrapped up the 2013 session in the early hours of Sunday morning, narrowly passing a budget that reduces spending through major cuts, particularly to higher education.

The biggest responsibility lawmakers have every year is to pass a state budget. It was questionable whether this proposal could pass the House. The chamber’s leadership was putting pressure on Republicans to pass the budget, saying if they didn’t pass one over the weekend the state could miss payments, like a payment for state worker health insurance.

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Headlines
6:46 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 3, 2013

Kansas Legislature passes budget; KU unsure what state budget cuts will mean for the university; Smithsonian to create exhibit around farm themes.

Kansas Legislature Passes Budget In Final Hours Of Session

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Agriculture
4:10 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

NBAF Not Get Built? Brownback Says It Could Happen Without State Support

The NBAF is scheduled for completion in 5-7 years.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says if Kansas lawmakers won't approve additional funds for the National Bio And Agro-Defense Facility, there's a chance it won't get built.  And that's a risk he's not willing to take,  he said over the weekend on a stop in Kansas City, Kansas. 

President Obama's FY2014 budget requested $714 million for the top security animal disease lab proposed for Manhattan, Kansas.  As part of that request, the state was asked to contribute  $202 million. That's in addition to almost $150 million Kansas has already committed.

Some Republicans in Topeka suggest Governor Brownback’s request for an additional $202 million in bonds for the proposed animal disease lab represents a “moving target,” and want to be reassured the state isn’t going to be responsible for more than it can afford for a federal facility.

Governor Sam Brownback and Republican lawmakers weigh in on NBAF

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Government
9:15 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Kansas Conference Committees Negotiate Budget, Tax Bills

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The Kansas House and Senate have passed their versions of both budget and tax plans, but there's still plenty of work ahead. The two chambers will now try to smooth out differences between the plans.

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Government
7:15 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Plan To File School Funding Motion

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his new public school funding proposal Wednesday.
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The top Democrats in the Legislature say lawmakers should have a hand in mediation in a case over school funding. They say they'll file a motion making that argument this week.

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Up to Date
11:08 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Kansas 11th District Senate Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka, KS.
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Word came Tuesday that the Kansas Chamber of Commerce's political action committee spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on statehouse races this year supporting conservative Republicans running for state office.

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Kansas Senate 8th District: Incumbent Faces Conservative Challenger

The Kansas Capitol building in Topeka
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Kansas voters will also head to the ballot box next Tuesday, August 7, to pick nominees for a number of races, including Kansas Senate and House of Representatives.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:46 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Brownback Touts State's Fiscal Health

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback touted the state's fiscal health Wednesday during a press briefing at the statehouse.

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KC Currents
11:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Happy Hour Is Back In Kansas

The liquor shelf at La Esquina in Lawrence, Kansas
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

It’s a toast to the happy hour, so raise your glasses Kansans!  As of this Sunday, Kansans will legally be able to partake in the after-work and late-night tradition of happy hour drink specials. 

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Profile
12:06 am
Thu June 21, 2012

God, Politics And Sam Brownback's Kansas

Senior Sam Brownback was a leader in his Parker, Kansas high school
Laura Ziegler

Governor Sam Brownback is reconfiguring the size and scope of state government in Kansas with the help of an overwhelmingly conservative Republican legislature.

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Kansas Redistricting
10:52 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Kansas Redistricting Maps Spark Huge Political Shake-Up

The new map for Kansas' Congressional districts.
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  • Above: Listen to Frank Morris interview Steve Kraske of Up To Date & The Kansas City Star about Kansas' redistricting shake-up.

A three-judge panel set new electoral maps for Kansas' congressional, state House, state Senate and Board of Education districts in a ruling last night, according to the Kansas City Star / AP.  

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KC Currents
4:19 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Everything You Need To Know About Kansas Redistricting

Current electoral map for the Kansas State Board of Education.

Last week, the Kansas legislature adjourned after a tumultuous year.  Lawmakers passed Gov. Sam Brownback's dramatic tax cut plan, which could reduce the state budget by more than $2 billion over the next five years. 

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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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Headlines
8:18 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, May 21, 2012

Lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas wrap up their legislative sessions.  A study finds compared to 50 years ago more severe weather is hitting the Midwest.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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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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Headlines
8:20 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, May 17, 2012

Redistricting maps in Kansas could be decided in the federal courts.  The Missouri Senate passes a tax credit Bill.  It’s a daily digest of headlines form KCUR.

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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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Headlines
8:03 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Despite a tax bill headed to the governor’s desk, tax negotiations continue in Kansas.  Rush Limbaugh is inducted to the Hall of Famous Missourians.  Report critics floor management on the Missouri River.  That and more news from KCUR.

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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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Headlines
8:20 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, May 14, 2012

Missouri and Kansas lawmakers wrap up their legislative sessions.  Corn farmers are expecting record breaking crop.  Missouri agriculture officials work to create a buzz about bees.  It’s a roundup of daily headlines from KCUR.

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Headlines
9:43 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, May 11, 2012

A printmaker returns to his Missouri roots, and the Kansas House passes a redisctricting plan for the Senate.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Headlines
9:18 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

State Senator shuts down debate on veterans’ homes.  Action is needed soon to pass a tax plan in Kansas this year. It’s a daily wrap up of headlines from KCUR.

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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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Headlines
8:12 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Storm chasers cause problems for emergency crews.  Budget negotiations continue in the Missouri Statehouse.  Kansas legislators look at budget changes to avoid deficits.  It's a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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