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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.

The new school funding plan in Kansas is similar to the formula that lawmakers discarded two years ago in favor of a block grant system.

The proposal would set a funding amount for each student then add extra resources for students with special needs.

​Supporters of Medicaid expansion testified Monday in support of the bill to allow more than 150,000 low-income Kansans to access health care.

Opponents of Medicaid expansion in Kansas pushed back Tuesday against a bill that would expand KanCare, the state’s Medicaid program.

The University of Kansas campus. (Photo by J Schafer)

With a tight state budget, it looks unlikely lawmakers will reverse cuts to higher education.

The Kansas Department of Children and Families administers the state's foster care system.

Testimony has indicated that people are struggling to get the foster care information they need from the Department for Children and Families. 

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

The last three secretaries of agriculture came from the Midwest. Now, some fear a greater focus on southern crops might push Midwest agriculture aside.

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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