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KPR Web Operations Friday, March 23rd

Sgt. Robert Bales is being housed in a special, pre-trial holding facility at Ft. Leavenworth. (Photo by J. Schafer) UPDATE: Sgt. Robert Bales has now been charged with 17 counts of murder. FT. LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A U.S. official says Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers.  The official says charges against Bales also include six counts of attempted murder and six counts of aggravated assault and other violations of military law. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the...

KPR Web Operations Friday, March 23rd

Cedar Crest, the official residence of the governor, in Topeka TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An email from the manager of the Kansas governor's residence said the purpose of private dinner meetings with Republican legislators was, in part, to discuss business.  The Shawnee County District Attorney is investigating seven Republican-only dinners at the governor's mansion for violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act, which prohibits a majority of a legislative body from gathering behind closed doors to discuss business.  The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that among hundreds of emailed RSVPs obtained...

KPR Web Operations Friday, March 23rd

    Email: Business Discussed at KS Governor's Meetings at Cedar Crest TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An email from the manager of the Kansas governor's residence said the purpose of private dinner meetings with Republican legislators was, in part, to discuss business.  The Shawnee County District Attorney is investigating seven Republican-only dinners at the governor's mansion for violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act, which prohibits a majority of a legislative body from gathering behind closed doors to discuss business.  The Topeka...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 22nd

Kanopolis Reservoir, state park and wildlife area WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will hold open houses at state parks at the end of this month.  The free events are scheduled March 31 from 10am to 6pm at all state parks. The agency says the open houses will offer visitors a chance to see facilities and recreation opportunities.  Staff will also be demonstrating the department's new system for streamlining park reservations throughout the state. The Outdoor Reservation Management System goes online on April 17. Learn more about Kansas State Parks...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 22nd

  ================================Kansas DA'S Probe of Private Legislative Meetings Likely to Stretch into April TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A spokesman says a northeast Kansas prosecutor's investigation into private meetings of Republican legislators with Governor Sam Brownback is likely to continue into next month. Lee McGowan, chief of staff to Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, said Thursday that Taylor's staff is still interviewing some of the 90-plus lawmakers invited to seven meetings in January at the governor's...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 21st

KU's Bunny Williams (5) pressures a Delaware player during the second half of an NCAA tournament women's basketball game in Little Rock, Arkansas Tuesday night. The Jayhawks defeated Delaware 70-64 to make it to the Sweet 16 for the third time in school history. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) For the first time since the 1998 season, the Kansas University women's basketball team has advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.  Last (TUE) night, the KU women pulled-off a major upset by defeating 3rd-seeded Delaware 70-to-64.  The victory is especially sweet, considering that the Jayhawks were...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 21st

BAZAAR, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has been gearing up for the 81st anniversary of the Kansas plane crash that killed Notre Dame football legend Knute Rockne and seven other people. The Wichita Eagle reports that the events next weekend will include the unveiling of the 1932 Rockne Family Studebaker at the Chase County Historical Museum. They also will include live music and tours of the Chase County Courthouse and the Rockne crash site. Rockne's death, at age 43, came at the height of his career. He had led the Fighting Irish to consecutive undefeated seasons his final two seasons and his...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 21st

Kansas Senate Passes Proposed $14.2B Budget TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate has given final approval to a proposed $14.2 billion state budget that's slightly more generous than one proposed by Governor Sam Brownback. Senators voted 39-1 Wednesday to send the measure to the House after it was amended to include language from a House committee restricting abortion training at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The bill cuts overall spending by almost 4 percent, or $572 million, during the fiscal year that begins July 1. But it...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 21st

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Fischer) Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt For three days next week, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will witness history being made. He will be in the gallery of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments for and against the Affordable Care Act. Kansas and 25 other states are challenging the constitutionality of the health reform law on two fronts: the requirement that virtually everyone purchase health insurance... and the law’s expansion of Medicaid, the health care program for the poor and disabled. In a survey...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 20th

  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas ranks among the top 10 states in a study of government transparency, accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms. The state is one of 19 to receive an average grade of "C" in the State Integrity Investigation, conducted by the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity. The study found that states are doing a poor job delivering accountability and transparency to their residents.  No state received an A from the months-long probe that looked at 330 ``Corruption Risk Indicators'' across 14 categories of...

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