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Associated Press Friday, March 24th

Salaries for Kansas judicial employees may be getting a boost.  A committee in the Kansas Legislature is expected to vote Monday on a plan to increase pay for judges and other court system workers by as much as 22 percent.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by Dan Skinner)
Kansas News Service Friday, March 24th

Kansas lawmakers took one step closer to expanding Medicaid this week when a Senate committee advanced an expansion bill to the full chamber. But will it matter, since the governor is still against the idea?

The University of Kansas campus. (Photo by J Schafer)
Stephen Koranda Friday, March 24th

The plan would restore some, but not all, of the higher education cuts made last year.

Hemp plants growing in a field. (Flickr photo by Lesley L.)
Stephen Koranda Friday, March 24th

The bill would open the door to industrial hemp production in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services says it would cost more than $10 million a year to ​buy metal detectors and hire armed guards.
Kansas News Service Friday, March 24th

A Senate committee is considering a proposal to exempt state hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health facilities from having to allow guns in their buildings.

A Kansas Senate committee on Thursday advanced a Medicaid expansion bill, sending it to the full Senate for a vote next week.  Members of the committee include, from left, Barbara Bollier, Vicki Schmidt and Laura Kelly.  (Photo by Jim McLean)
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 23rd

The Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee has advanced an expansion bill to the full Senate for a vote that supporters say will take place Monday.

The Verruckt water slide in Kansas City. (Photo by Laura Spencer, KCUR)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 23rd

The bill  sets tighter standards for insurance, ride inspections and reporting injuries.

Education experts estimate it would take $500 million to $800 million to adequately fund the state’s schools.
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 23rd

Kansas House leaders have proposed an additional $75 million a year for public schools. Educators question whether that's enough to satisfy the state Supreme Court.

A vote on the bill in a Kansas Senate committee is expected late today (THUR).
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 23rd

Supporters say efforts in Washington to stop Medicaid expansion will not affect proposals in Kansas.

Photo from the Reno County Fire District #6
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 22nd

The new law exempts replacement fence materials from sales taxes.


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