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A Kansas Senate committee on Thursday advanced a Medicaid expansion bill, sending it to the full Senate for a vote next week.  Members of the committee include, from left, Barbara Bollier, Vicki Schmidt and Laura Kelly.  (Photo by Jim McLean)

The Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee has advanced an expansion bill to the full Senate for a vote that supporters say will take place Monday.

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is President Trump's pick to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Photo by Evan Vucci / AP)

President Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Agriculture Department had his first confirmation hearing today (THUR) in the U.S. Senate.

The Verruckt water slide in Kansas City. (Photo by Laura Spencer, KCUR)

The bill  sets tighter standards for insurance, ride inspections and reporting injuries.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by KPR news staffers.

Education experts estimate it would take $500 million to $800 million to adequately fund the state’s schools.

Kansas House leaders have proposed an additional $75 million a year for public schools. Educators question whether that's enough to satisfy the state Supreme Court.

A vote on the bill in a Kansas Senate committee is expected late today (THUR).

Supporters say efforts in Washington to stop Medicaid expansion will not affect proposals in Kansas.

Harvest Public Media is a consortium of public radio and TV stations reporting on agriculture and other issues affecting the rural Midwest.

Senate hearings begin Thursday for Sonny Purdue, President Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Photo from the Reno County Fire District #6

The new law exempts replacement fence materials from sales taxes.

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The Senate budget plan would restore some, but not all, of the cuts made to higher education last year.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by KPR news staffers.
 

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