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Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is taking steps to deal with the state’s budget deficit. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th

Governor Sam Brownback is cutting 56-million dollars from the state’s current fiscal year budget. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th

Civil rights groups are opposing a plan to change the Kansas Human Rights Commission. The organization investigates claims of discrimination in areas such as housing and employment. Governor Sam Brownback has proposed moving the commission into the attorney general’s office. Reverend Ben Scott is president of the Topeka NAACP. He has concerns about moving the commission, because attorney general's office is a partisan office run by an elected official.Brownback says the move will save the state around 200 thousand dollars. Brownback’s office has said the commission will be more effective...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 10th

A group of lawmakers is calling for an end to ethics hearings focused on a former Kansas attorney general. Phill Kline is accused of misleading judges and mishandling evidence during his investigations of abortion providers. KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Korand has more.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 10th

A group of lawmakers is calling for an end to ethics hearings focused on a former Kansas attorney general. Phill Kline is accused of misleading judges and mishandling evidence during his investigations of abortion providers. Kline, a Republican, was attorney general from 2003 to 2007. He then served as Johnson County district attorney. Around 25 lawmakers today (THUR) said the hearings should end. Representative Steve Brunk is a Republican from Wichita.The top Democrat in the Kansas House, Paul Davis of Lawrence, says lawmakers should not interfere with the ethics hearings. He believes...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 10th

Budget writing committees in the Kansas Legislature are working on compromises to maintain funding for the Early Head Start program. More from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 9th

The state court system in Kansas is starting a comprehensive study to look for ways to save money. Last year, the court system had to close its doors for several days due to a budget crunch. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, court officials hope to avoid problems like that in the future.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 9th

The state court system in Kansas today (WED) kicked off a comprehensive study to look for ways to save money. Last year, the court system had to shut its doors for several days due to a budget crunch. A commission appointed by the court will try to find ways to cut costs in the judicial branch. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss says it’s difficult to find a balance between saving dollars and keeping the court system accessible to Kansans.The state court system includes the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and district courts. The recommendations are expected to be ready at the beginning of next...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 9th

Kansas lawmakers are considering a resolution that seeks to reduce the number of school superintendents. Republican House Speaker Mike O'Neal of Hutchinson is supporting a measure that directs the State Board of Education to craft a plan in which superintendents each serve at least ten thousand students. O'Neal says there's not enough money to maintain existing administrative staff levels.While the plan would not force school consolidation, it would require districts to share superintendents. Opponents say that the plan could lead to superintendents having to oversee students spread out...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 8th

A House committee may urge the Board of Education to look at reorganizing school districts. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the House Education Committee is considering legislation that is aimed at reducing school administrative costs.

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