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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, May 2nd

New Kansas Figures Show Bigger Deficit from Tax Cuts TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New figures from the Kansas Legislature's staff project that a compromise plan for cutting taxes will leave the state with a budget shortfall exceeding $700 million by mid-2018. The new figures from the Legislative Research Department circulated Wednesday, two days after the same agency projected that the tax plan would create a budget shortfall of $161 million by July 2018. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the projections from a legislative source. Lawmakers in both parties say they need...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, May 1st

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved a plan for redrawing its 40 districts, but revisions aimed at appeasing conservative Republicans may not be enough to get it through the House. The Senate passed the measure Tuesday on a vote of 21-19, sending it to the House. Senate Republicans have been bitterly divided over redistricting. Critics argued the Senate map was designed to keep the chamber's moderate GOP leaders in power. But those leaders backed successful amendments placing two conservatives in the districts of moderate Republicans they want to challenge in the party primary...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, May 1st

Cadets at St. John's Military School in Salina. (Photo from SJMS website) WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Lawyers for former cadets who sued a Salina military school over alleged abuse now say the school recently ordered all students to surrender their phones for a review of photos and videos.  Documents filed yesterday (MON) in federal court claim officials at St. John's Military School deleted hundreds of videos and photos related to the school from cellphones.  The court filing says one of the videos showed a staff member abusing a student, while some others showed abuse of former cadets who have...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, May 1st

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the number of clandestine meth labs in the state increased dramatically between 2010 and 2011. The KBI says the number of meth lab reports increased from 143 in 2010 to 204 last year. Kansas law enforcement reported 24 meth lab incidents in the first three months of this year. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Cherokee and Montgomery counties lead the state in reports this year with six and five incidents, respectively. Experts say the number of methamphetamine labs has risen across the nation. They attribute the increase to...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, May 1st

  UPDATE: Kansas Senate Approves Remap Plan Amid Acrimony TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has approved a plan for redrawing its 40 districts, but revisions aimed at appeasing conservative Republicans may not be enough to get it through the House. The Senate passed the measure Tuesday on a vote of 21-19, sending it to the House. Senate Republicans have been bitterly divided over redistricting. Critics argued the Senate map was designed to keep...

KPR Web Operations Monday, April 30th

Neosho County farmer John Diediker, reshocking wheat after the 1951 flood washed the shocks to the other end of the field.PARSONS, Kan. (AP) — Stories of southeast Kansas farm life during the Great Depression have been captured through an oral history project.  The Joplin Globe reports that researcher Pam Cress of the Southeast Kansas Farm History Center has spent two years collecting stories of 45 farm families. Interviews focused on farm practices, the social lives of farmers, and the impact that New Deal programs had on rural families. Today, the histories are available to anyone with an...

KPR Web Operations Monday, April 30th

A Kansas tornado (Photo Credit NOAA) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When deadly twisters chewed through the South and Midwest last year, thousands of people in the killers' paths had nowhere to hide. Now many of those families are taking an unusual extra step to be ready next time: adding tornado shelters to their homes.  Sales of small residential storm shelters known as safe rooms are surging across much of the nation, especially in cities such as Montgomery and Tuscaloosa in Alabama and in Joplin, Missouri, where the storms laid waste to entire neighborhoods.  Manufacturers can barely keep up...

KPR Web Operations Monday, April 30th

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas officials say a campaign to raise $1.2 billion for the school is more than halfway toward its goal. The campaign, called "Far Above," has brought in $612 million from private donors in the last four years. It was publicly launched at an event Saturday in Lawrence. The effort is scheduled to end in June 2016. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says the university will look for ways to use the money beyond traditional efforts such as scholarships and renovating buildings. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that those efforts might include expanding...

KPR Web Operations Monday, April 30th

  UPDATE: Budget Negotiations Stall in House Committee TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas House committee will try again Tuesday to finish work on a proposed $14 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts in July. The House Appropriations Committee met twice Monday but was unable to complete the budget. The full House can't debate a proposed budget until the committee produces a plan. The committee reaffirmed its earlier rejection of Governor Sam Brownback's proposal to increase funding for schools using the state's general revenues....

KPR Web Operations Sunday, April 29th

  Women's Rally at Kansas Capitol Draws More Than 200 TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- More than 200 advocates for abortion rights and other causes have rallied at the Kansas Statehouse for what they describe as a women's rights protest. The "We are Women" event Saturday was one of multiple rallies around the country. The Kansas rally came as state legislators are considering a bill giving greater legal protection to health care providers who refuse to participate in abortions or dispense abortion-inducing drugs. Critics believe the legislation...

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