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Republican Representative Dan Hawkins is one of the legislators negotiating a bill that would require KanCare providers to use a “step therapy” program for prescription drugs. (Photo by Jim McLean)

KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program, is backing the so-called “step therapy” bill requiring health care providers to start Medicaid patients on less expensive drugs and then justify the reasons if they want to step up to more expensive medications.

Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press

Here's a summary of today's news headlines from Associated Press, as compiled by KPR staff.

Heartland Health Monitor is a reporting collaboration focused on the impact of health issues in the Midwest.

A new report finds that one in every seven Kansas residents experiences food insecurity during the year.

The Pawnee Indian Museum's interior in Republic, Kan. (Flickr Photo by Kansas Tourism)

What was it like to live on the plains 300 years ago? A museum in north-central Kansas has the answer. If you'd really like to "get away" on your next road trip, this is just the place. It's remote, unusual and interesting -- and chances are, you've never been there. Commentator Rex Buchanan has the low-down on this unique Kansas attraction.

The documentary, Town Teams: Bigger than Baseball, premiers Thursday night in Shawnee. Other showings are scheduled in Topeka, El Dorado and Wichita.

A new documentary about town team baseball in Kansas premieres tonight (THUR) in Shawnee. The film examines the way small Kansas communities, their hometown teams and the futures of both were so intertwined at the turn of the 20th century.

Senator Jeff King speaking to the Senate Tax Committee. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Lawmakers held a hearing on a bill that would partially roll-back a tax exemption for business income.

Franklin Graham speaking in Topeka

Christian evangelist Franklin Graham spoke to a crowd of thousands at the Kansas Statehouse Thursday, urging them to vote and even run for office.

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (Photo credit: 580 WIBW/Kansas Ag Network)

Senator Pat Roberts is holding up the confirmation process in exchange for a promise that no Guantanamo Bay detainees will be brought to Fort Leavenworth. 

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Heavy rain from Monday night through Wednesday morning led to some infrastructure malfunctions in Shawnee County and the city of Topeka. 

(Photo credit: Associated Press)

The forecast was largely correct, but some meteorologists are concerned that the warnings were overblown prior to Tuesday's storms. 

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