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(photo credit: Kansas County Treasurer's Association) A grass-roots drive to oust Shawnee County Treasurer Larry Wilson has come up short. The group collecting petition signatures did not gather the number required to hold a recall election. We learn the details from Steve Olinghouse of the Kansas Information Network.      

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 12th

  Overall, Kansas Republican Party officials are pleased with the turnout of 30,000 people who cast votes over the weekend in the state's GOP caucuses. Executive Director Clay Barker says the vote was also an exercise in party organization at the county level. That candidate of choice among the majority of caucus-goers this past weekend was Rick Santorum, with Mitt Romney placing a distant second.  

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 12th

UPDATE - Republican leaders in the Kansas House have delayed debate on a big tax-reduction bill until tomorrow (TUE) morning. That debate had been scheduled for today (MON). The bill would reduce income tax rates and put a lid on how much the state could increase spending each year. The proposed 2 percent spending lid is controversial. But House Speaker Mike O’Neal says an attempt will be made to raise that cap -- slightly -- to gain more votes.  Conservative Republicans say the combination of tax cuts and spending limits will spur economic growth. Democrats and many moderate Republicans...

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 12th

In the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the Kansas Jayhawks will travel to Omaha for a Friday night game against the University of Detroit. The start time is estimated to be close to 9 p.m. Kansas State plays in Pittsburgh Thursday morning against Southern Mississippi, beginning around 11:40. And Wichita State travels west to Portland to face Virginia Commonwealth Thursday night at 6:15. As KPR's Greg Echlin reports, the fact that all three Division I schools from Kansas are in the Big Dance is a rare occurence.              

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 12th

A bill that would lower income taxes and limit state spending will be debated in the Kansas House today (MON).  As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the proposal is similar to one backed by Republican Governor Sam Brownback.  

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 12th

  ================================ Governor Sam Brownback Seeking Additional $3.4 Million for KS Medicaid Overhaul TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Governor Sam Brownback is asking Kansas legislators to add $3.4 million to the state budget to help with an overhaul of the Medicaid program. Brownback submitted his request for the funds Monday. His administration is planning to issue contracts this summer to three companies to manage the $2.9 billion-a-year Medicaid program, which provides health coverage for the poor, the disabled and elderly. The changes are designed to...

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KPR Web Operations Friday, March 9th

  (graphic credit: Kansas Agri-Women) WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Newly released figures show Kansas agricultural exports grew by 35 percent last year to set a record high. The U.S. Agriculture Department's Foreign Agricultural Service reports more than $3.68 billion in farm exports from Kansas in 2011. The Kansas Department of Agriculture says the previous state record of $3.06 billion was set in 2008. Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman says in a news release Thursday that the numbers show just how important agriculture is to the state. Total exports in Kansas grew 17 percent to $11.68...

KPR Web Operations Friday, March 9th

  (photo credit: RonPaul2012.com) (photo credit: RonPaul2012.com)   TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The president of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue has endorsed Texas Congressman Ron Paul for the Republican presidential nomination. Troy Newman's endorsement was released yesterday (THU) by Paul's campaign. The Kansas GOP presidential caucuses will take place tomorrow (SAT). Operation Rescue has its headquarters in Wichita. Many abortion opponents, including leaders of the anti-abortion group Kansans for Life, are supporting former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum in the presidential...

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