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Stephen Koranda Monday, June 6th

As the summer heats up, so too will the debate in Washington over raising the debt ceiling. That’s the legal limit the federal government can borrow. Second District Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins voted against raising the limit last week. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on what will need to happen for Jenkins to support a debt increase.

Stephen Koranda Monday, June 6th

Beloit Police Chief Ryan Stocker died at his home on Saturday at the age of 35. Beloit City Administrator Glenn Rodden addressed the news of Stocker's death, calling it "absolutely shocking."Stocker, a former deputy with the Washington County Sheriff's Department, had been the Beloit Chief of Police since August of 2009. Funeral services will be held tomorrow (WED) at the First United Methodist Church in Beloit.

Stephen Koranda Monday, June 6th

A rash of Kansas attorneys have found themselves on the wrong side of the law in the past few weeks. Ron Keefover is with the Office of Judicial Administration and says those who practice law are required to abide by the law.Last week, a Baldwin City lawyer had his license suspended for failure to pay child support, while a Topeka attorney was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in the death of a man he struck while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Last month, an Overland Park attorney was sentenced to at least ten years in prison for attempting to entice a minor into...

Stephen Koranda Friday, June 3rd

Kansas lawmakers are kicking off one of the most controversial issues the Legislature takes on – redistricting. They’ll redraw the election districts for Congress and state offices. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, how the lines are drawn for the state's 4 Congressional districts will likely be the top the issue of contention.

Stephen Koranda Friday, June 3rd

Supporters of a soldier accused of leaking classified federal documents will be rallying in Leavenworth tomorrow (SAT). Bradley Manning is being held at Fort Leavenworth. He's accused of providing hundreds of thousands of documents to the group Wikileaks. They include diplomatic cables and video of an airstrike in Iraq that killed two journalists. Jeff Paterson is with the Bradley Manning Support Network. He says Manning should be protected as a whistleblower, and likens him to Daniel Ellsberg, who released classified documents on the Vietnam War.Paterson hopes the rally will urge officials...

Stephen Koranda Friday, June 3rd

Supporters of a soldier accused of leaking classified federal documents plan to rally tomorrow (SAT) in Leavenworth. Bradley Manning is being held at Fort Leavenworth. He's accused of giving documents to the group Wikileaks. They include diplomatic cables and videos of an airstrike in Iraq that killed two journalists. Jeff Paterson is with the Bradley Manning Support Network. He says Manning should be protected as a whistleblower.Paterson hopes the rally will urge officials to drop all charges against Manning. The military transferred Manning to the prison at Fort Leavenworth earlier this...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 2nd

The 2011 Kansas legislative session officially ended this week. It was marked by a huge budget deficit and a larger Republican majority flexing its muscles in the Statehouse. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has this look back at some of the memorable points in the session.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 2nd

Many lawmakers left the Statehouse this week with mixed emotions. House and Senate leaders struggled to come to a budget agreement in the face of a half-billion dollar deficit. After weeks of negotiations they settled on a budget that had significant cuts to state services and education, but will leave the state with a 50 million dollar reserve. Senate President Steve Morris is a Republican from Hugoton. He’s one of the legislators that hopes to reverse cuts to education in coming years.Lawmakers officially ended the session this week. Tune in later this hour, when we'll have a recap of some...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 2nd

Some residents of Manhattan had to be evacuated this (THUR) morning due to flash flooding. Matt Brown was one of them. His apartment complex was flooded. Brown lives on the 3rd floor, so his possessions were unaffected -- with the exception of his car, which was almost completely submerged by rising water.Red Cross officials in Riley County say about 50 displaced residents took shelter at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, June 1st

Kansas Lawmakers have officially wrapped up the 2011 session. A group of legislators used the final day to make a last-ditch effort to save funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, Governor Sam Brownback has been pushing to eliminate state funding for the arts.

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