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Area news headlines from the Associated Press

Here's a summary of the latest Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by the KPR news team.

Members of both parties want to expand disclosure requirements for legislative lobbyists.

Harvest Public Media is a consortium of public media outlets reporting on agriculture and other issues affecting the rural Midwest.

The proposals would require meatpacking plants to test for pathogens at two different points in the slaughter process.

Tipriano Gutierrez supervises milking operations at the McCarty Family Farms dairy near Scott City, Kansas. Like most big dairies, it relies heavily on immigrant labor. (Frank Morris / Harvest Public Media)

Midwestern businesses, from dairy farms to high-tech startups, are starving for workers.  With few Americans willing or able to take on many of the open jobs, business owners say they would like to hire more immigrants.  President Trump doesn’t appear to be easing the labor shortage, despite running on a business-friendly platform.
 

The Kansas energy equation, which includes wind turbines, could change if the Kansas Corporation Commission approves a large utility merger. (Photo credit: Brian Grimmett)

Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy want to create a new company worth about $15 billion. It would serve more than 1.5 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. 

Representative Dan Hawkins, chair of House health committee says KanCare is likely to be trimmed back.(File photo: Kansas News Service)

The proposal would require some non-disabled KanCare recipients to work or participate in job training and impose a lifetime cap on their benefits.

The U.S. Department of Education has signed off on a plan from Kansas designed to close student achievement gaps. 

House Speaker Ron Ryckman (left) and House Majority Leader Don Hineman at the Statehouse Monday. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The change requires committees to record the author of a bill.

A recent report from the Kansas Board of Regents suggests professors at Kansas State University and other colleges in the state make less than their peers elsewhere.  (File photo / Kansas State University)

According to a new report, professors in Kansas make a lot less money than professors at comparable colleges in other states.

David Kensinger, Governor Brownback’s former chief of staff, is now working as a lobbyist for prison contractor CoreCivic.

Kansas lawmakers are calling for a bill that would require people lobbying for state contracts to register like they have to do when they’re lobbying for legislation.

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