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The director of a nonprofit that monitors nursing home safety says a recent spike in serious violations and fines doesn’t mean that inspectors are being too tough.

The governor says the state needs to increase public school funding by $600 million in order to satisfy an order from the Kansas Supreme Court. But he's not proposing a tax increase. Neither is the Kansas Legislature, at least not yet. Is there another way? Commentator John Richard Schrock says yes. It's called school consolidation.

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

Extremely cold weather has created ice buildup on parts of the Mississippi, Ohio and Illinois rivers.

Lobbyist Cindy Luxem tells a Kansas House committee that the nursing home industry is on the brink of financial collapse. (Photo credit: Peter Hancock, Lawrence Journal World)

Lobbyists for the nursing home industry in Kansas say federal regulations are hurting them financially and compromising patient care.

Area news headlines from the Associated Press

Here's a summary of area news headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by the KPR News Department.

Governor Sam Brownback speaking in 2017 as Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer looks on. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Brownback is again waiting for a confirmation vote in the full U.S. Senate.

Westar Energy and KCP&L have pledged to give 100 percent of their savings from corporate tax cuts back to customers. The Kansas Corporation Commission will be keeping an eye on whether that ends up happening. 

The move averts a showdown...at least temporarily...between the federal public defender and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas.

The Crosscheck program has had security problems, and some states want fixes made before they submit any more records.

The prison in Lansing. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

This is the second time this month a decision on the proposal was delayed.

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