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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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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."

Headlines
8:28 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, April 27, 2012

A Kansas Senate committee has introduced a gaming bill that could help reopen some dog and horse racing tracks.
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The Kansas City Council approved a pension deal for MAST employees.  A Kansas Senate committee introduced a bill that could help some dog and horse race tracks reopen.  That and more news from KCUR.

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Health
8:23 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Brownback Offers To Postpone Kancare For DD Waiver Services

Shortly after hundreds of Kansans converged on the Statehouse to oppose one aspect of Gov. Sam Brownback’s Medicaid reform plan, the governor has acceded to their demands—at least partially.

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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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Headlines
8:07 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, April 23, 2012

A small group gets the discussion rolling at the Big Rural Brainstorm in Newton, Kan.
WenDee Rowe LaPlant Kansas Sampler Foundation

A group seeks solutions to the rural population crisis by brainstorming with people who already live there.  The Kan. House & Senate disagree on pay raises for some state workers.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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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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Headlines
7:38 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, April 2, 2012

A mild winter and early spring has brought out some insects sooner than usual & a state budget proposal has unraveled in the final moments before it was slated to pass the Kansas legislature. It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Headlines
8:25 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Long Legislative Session Expected In Kansas, House Committee Approves Congressional District That Splits Topeka, Public School Bill On Hold In Missouri House, and more news from KCUR.

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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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Headlines
8:19 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, February 27, 2012

Harold Huff, a research scientist at the University of Missouri, shows off the artificial meat product he makes in his lab.
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A daily digest of headlines from KCUR:
Food Industry Courts Flexitarians, What’s Next in The Border War & more top headlines.

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Headlines
7:36 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, February 24, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR:
State Resumes Advising Kansas City School District, KC Parks Board Warns Of Fallout From Budget Cuts & more top headlines from KCUR.

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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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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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KC Currents
5:16 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Kansas Cuts Food Benefits For Some Immigrants' Families

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services recently cut off hundreds – possibly thousands – of immigrant families from receiving food stamps.

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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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Kansas Statehouse
2:53 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

More Than 1,000 Gather For Anti-Abortion Rally

More than 1,000 anti-abortion activists gathered at the Kansas Statehouse today. The annual rally coincides with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion.

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Kansas Statehouse
3:54 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

House Member Accused Of Secretly Recording Fellow Lawmaker

A member of the Kansas House is accused of trying to secretly record a conversation with another legislator.

Senator Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka Republican, was in her office meeting with Representative TerriLois Gregory, a Republican from Baldwin City. The two were discussing Medicaid policy. Schmidt says she noticed the recording device in Gregory’s purse.

Schmidt says she was shocked by the incident.

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KCUR News
6:31 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Kobach Wins GOP Primary For Kansas Secretary Of State

A law professor who helped draft Arizona's new immigration statute won the Republican primary for Kansas secretary of state.

Kris Kobach defeated two other GOP candidates Tuesday- Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley of Topeka and former chief executive officer of the National Association of Government Contractors J.R. Claeys of Salina.

Kobach had linked illegal immigration to voter fraud. Because of his immigration work critics question whether he will be a full-time secretary of state.

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KCUR News
6:27 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Moran Squeezes Past Tiahrt, Looks Forward To Johnston

With most of the votes counted, Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran had just shy of 50 percent to overcome Representative Todd Tiahrt's 45 percent. Two minor candidates split the rest.

"I'm honored by your enthusiasm," said Moran. "Let's take this enthusiasm and take it to November and restore America."

Only a few thousand votes separated the candidates at the end. Moran goes into November facing Democratic primary winner Lisa Johnston who is a dean at Baker University. Kansas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932.

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