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Government
9:08 am
Fri May 3, 2013

US Attorney General: New Kansas Gun Law Unconstitutional

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder contacted Gov. Sam Brownback earlier this week saying that a Kansas gun law barring federal regulation on Kansas-manufactured firearms is unconstitutional.

The Second Amendment Protection Act criminalizes the enforcement of federal laws on any guns that are made in Kansas and stay there. But, in a letter to the governor, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that this is in direct conflict with federal law.

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KC Currents
3:38 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Kan. Gun Law Puts Pressure On Local Governments

Prairie Village complex
Monica Sandreczki KCUR

In Kansas, you can carry a concealed weapon anywhere, unless there’s a “no handgun” sign posted at eye-level at the entrance.

Currently, it’s up to local governments whether or not to allow concealed carry in their public buildings. If they don’t want handguns in their buildings, like any business, they have to post that “no handgun” sign.

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Government
4:31 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Governor Calls For Continued Medical Center Funding

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (r) speaking with Doug Girod (l) and other KU Medical Center officials Thursday afternoon about the importance of continued state funding to the medical center. The state House's budget proposal would cut about $11 million from the center.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been on an all-out tour of state universities this week, calling on lawmakers to extend a sales tax and maintain funding for higher education in the coming budget.

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Government
9:37 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Governor's Higher Education Tour Stops At KU

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback visited the University of Kansas campus yesterday, where he met with school officials and student leaders as part of a tour promoting higher education in the state.

Brownback called KU a "great innovation institution" and highlighted its role in the Kansas economy.

“We’ve really got some momentum moving forward in job creation off of our universities, providing excellence in education, which is a primary issue for us, and we want to keep that momentum growing,” said Brownback.

Government
10:08 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Brownback Signs Bill Updating Human Trafficking Laws

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill to combat human trafficking and exploitation of underage sex workers.

The governor signed the bill Monday saying it will provide increased criminal penalties and services for victims of sexual exploitation.

“This will not only strengthen our ability to severely punish traffickers, but it will give us valuable new tools to protect vulnerable young victims so they can have hope of a new life and break the cycle of exploitation,” says Brownback.

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Health
4:13 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Governor Signs Bill Establishing KU Med Stem Cell Center

Kansas governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will establish a stem cell research center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Government
9:15 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Brownback To Visit Kansas Universities

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback will start a tour of the state's universities this week to pitch his funding proposal to lawmakers.

Brownback is pushing for mostly level funding for colleges and universities with some targeted increases, but legislators are considering cuts. Brownback says higher education has a connection to economic growth in Kansas. 

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Government
9:33 am
Thu April 11, 2013

$714 Million For NBAF In Obama Budget

NBAF sign on I-70, near Manhattan.
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

President Obama's 2014 budget proposal includes $714 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.  It’s the state-of-the-art biosecurity lab planned for Manhattan, adjacent to Kansas State University. 

In response to the budget announcement, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback immediately pledged to work with lawmakers during the upcoming veto session to approve state bonds to help complete the lab.  The President is asking for an additional $202 million in state support for the project. 

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Government
10:06 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Kansas Governor Brownback Signs Judicial Selection Bill

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill Wednesday that changes the way some judges in Kansas are selected. Under the new system, the governor will select candidates for the state appeals courts. The nominees will then need to be approved by the Senate.

The current system involves a nominating commission that selects candidates. The governor then chooses from those candidates. Brownback says the current system gives too much power to attorneys, who hold five of the nine seats on the commission.

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Government
9:57 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Group Delivers 2,700 Signatures Asking Governor To Expand Medicaid

Supporters of expanding Medicaid sign a poster before delivering it to the governor's office.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Supporters of expanding Medicaid delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's office Wednesday, asking him to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

Anna Lambertson is with a coalition of organizations pushing for Medicaid expansion.  She spoke during a rally at the Statehouse.  She said it was good for workers and businesses.

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Government
9:55 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Kansas Senate Could Cut Governor's Budget

enate President Susan Wagle (R-Wichita).
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Leaders in the Kansas Senate say they'll likely pursue cuts to the budget recommended by Governor Sam Brownback.

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Education
5:47 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Kansas School Funding Boost Put On Hold By State High Court

The Kansas Supreme Court today has put on hold a decision from a district court that ordered Kansas lawmakers to hike spending on public schools.

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Government
5:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Kansas Governor Discourages Travel During Winter Storm

rownback and other state officials during a weather update in Topeka.
Stephen Koranda KPR

Governor Sam Brownback and state officials are urging Kansans to prepare for the storm that’s sweeping across the state. Brownback says the winter weather has already caused one fatality in Kansas.

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Health
2:52 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Resolution In Kansas House Opposes Medicaid Expansion

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Kansas lawmakers are considering a resolution that would underscore the Legislature's opposition to a proposed expansion of Medicaid programs. House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, says he doesn't support making the state's health care program bigger.

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Government
10:31 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Senate Committee Delays Work on Brownback’s Tax Plan

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A Senate Committee has delayed work on Governor Sam Brownback's tax proposal.  A printing mix-up meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar, but the committee's chairman says he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it.

The committee was scheduled to debate the bill and offer amendments. In Statehouse lingo, that’s called “working” the bill. Wichita Republican Les Donovan chairs the Senate Tax Committee. He says they’ll benefit from the extra time to prepare.

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Government
9:11 am
Wed January 23, 2013

More Than 1,000 Gather For Anti-Abortion Rally

More than 1,000 anti-abortion advocates gathered at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in the country.

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Government
9:27 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Some Lawmakers May Pursue More Budget Cuts

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has proposed more income tax cuts in Kansas over the coming years. And to help pay for that, he wants to make permanent part of a temporary sales tax increase that is set to expire later this year. He's also suggested eliminating some tax deductions, like the home mortgage deduction.

There is now a conservative majority in both the House and Senate, and some lawmakers may try to find additional cuts to state spending instead of using the sales tax and tax deductions to help pay for an income tax cut.

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Health
9:10 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Lower Cost & Better Care: Can KanCare Deliver?

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Medicaid is the second-largest program that Kansas operates, next only to education. And costs of the health program for the poor and disabled have been growing at a faster pace than most other programs. A desire to control those costs and improve care is why officials in Governor Sam Brownback’s administration have embarked on a massive plan to overhaul the system.

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Health
5:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Brownback Calls For Preserving, Strengthening Mental Health Safety Net

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (r), Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer (middle) and Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts (l) discuss strengthening the mental health safety net system at Wyandotte Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to continue funding mental health services at the state's current level.

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Government
4:15 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Prairiefire Breaks Ground In Overland Park

A museum will feature traveling exhibitions from the American Museum of Natural History.
Rees Masilionis Turley Architecture LLC

City and state officials were on hand Thursday to lift the shovels during a ceremonial groundbreaking for Prairiefire, a new Overland Park development at 135th Street between Nall and Lamar. The site includes a natural history museum.

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Government
9:26 am
Wed January 2, 2013

More Tax Changes May Be Afoot In Kansas

The Kansas Statehouse.
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A large tax overhaul takes effect in Kansas now that the New Year has begun, but it may not remain as-is for long.

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Kansas Government
4:38 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Brownback Hopeful For Wind Energy Tax Credit Extension

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A wind energy tax credit is set to expire at the end of this year, but Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is still holding out hope that lawmakers in Washington will extend the credit.

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Health
4:12 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Kansas Medicaid Overhaul Begins Next Month

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KanCare is arguably the biggest change in the history of Medicaid in Kansas. The proposal would privatize the entire program.

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Government
9:26 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Governor Wants To Merge Juvenile Justice & Corrections

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to merge the state's Juvenile Justice Authority with the Department of Corrections.

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Government
7:42 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Kansas Faces Fiscal Cliff

The University of Campus Kansas in Lawrence seen at sunset. KU would suffer tens of millions of dollars cuts in federal grants if no deal is reached between Congress and President Obama.
KU flickr

Budget negotiations between President Obama and Congressional leaders continue, but if those talks fail, Kansas will see a series of funding cuts that will affect the future of higher education, research, and military bases in the state.

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Health
3:29 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Feds Approve Kansas Medicaid Overhaul

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Governor Sam Brownback's administration has been working on a plan to make sweeping changes to Medicaid in Kansas.

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Health
1:48 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

New Report Projects Costs, Enrollment Under Kansas Medicaid Expansion

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An optional Medicaid expansion in Kansas would result in about 75,000 previously uninsured residents gaining health coverage and cost the state about half a billion dollars in the first seven years.

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Government
10:21 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Brownback Believes US Will Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback

If lawmakers in Washington don't reach a budget agreement soon, a series of automatic spending cuts and tax increases will take effect. 

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Government
9:54 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Feds Recognize Kansas Office For Excellence

A Kansas office that handles Social Security applications is being recognized by the federal government.

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Government
9:52 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Kansas Christmas Ornament Features Washburn

The official state ornament on the Christmas tree at Cedar Crest.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

The official state Christmas tree ornament for Kansas this year recognizes the 150th anniversary of the founding of Washburn University, which is coming up in 2015.

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