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Stephen Koranda Monday, April 18th

Kansas is now taking part in a multi-state online system aimed at better tracking medication used to make methamphetamine. Attorney General Derek Schmidt and members of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy announced the new controls today (MON). Pharmacies will now link to an online system to see if buyers have purchased the legal limit of pseudoephedrine (sue-doh-eh-FEHD-rin), a key ingredient in meth. Kansas already limits the sale of the medication, but Schmidt says this will strengthen the law.If the customer has already purchased the maximum amount allowed, the system will tell the pharmacy not...

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 15th

Everyone knows April 15th is tax day…unless it’s not. A government holiday pushed the tax filing deadline back to today (MON). As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the Kansas Department of Revenue is encouraging last-minute filers to do their taxes electronically.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, April 14th

In two weeks, lawmakers will be considering a state budget that cuts education and other state spending in an effort to eliminate a budget deficit. The proposals would cut around 230 dollars per student in state funding for education. Joan Wagnon chairs the Kansas Democratic Party. She's concerned over the level of cuts to education.Lawmakers have also been considering tax cuts as a way to bolster the state's economy. Wagnon hopes lawmakers won't focus on reducing taxes. She believes that would hurt state revenues as the economy rebounds, meaning fewer dollars the state can put back into...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, April 14th

Governor Sam Brownback helped kick-off the 2011 KU Energy Conference this (THUR) morning by delivering a keynote address. KPR news intern Luke Brummer has more.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, April 14th

In two weeks, lawmakers will be considering a state budget that cuts education and other state spending in an effort to eliminate a budget deficit. The proposals would cut around 230 dollars per student in state funding for education. Lawmakers have also been considering tax cuts as a way to bolster the state's economy. Joan Wagnon is the Chair of the Kansas Democratic Party. She hopes lawmakers won't focus on tax cuts. Wagnon believes that would hurt state revenues as the economy rebounds, meaning fewer dollars the state can put back into schools.One tax proposal would lower the income and...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, April 14th

Governor Sam Brownback appearing on Kansas Public Radio's 2011 Campaign for Excellence.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, April 13th

Controversy is continuing over the Kansas Bioscience Authority. The organization uses tax dollars to provide grants aimed at growing the bioscience industry in Kansas, but some lawmakers have raised concerns over the agency’s spending. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, April 13th

A bill signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback will bar abortions after 21 weeks of development, but that could change. The legislation bans abortions after that time, saying that is when a fetus can feel pain. Brownback says in the future, the 21-week limit could be lowered by lawmakers.The abortion ban does contain an exception for the health of the mother. Opponents of the fetal pain law have said there is not any scientific consensus on whether a fetus can feel pain at 22 weeks of development. The new law will take effect July 1st.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, April 12th

Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill requiring both parents to consent to an abortion for a girl under 18. The bill would only require one parent in some cases, such as divorced parents. Current law only requires that parents be notified. Last week Brownback signed legislation barring abortions after 21 weeks of development, stating that is when a fetus can feel pain. That bill does contain an exception for cases where the mother’s health is in danger. Brownback has called on lawmakers to send him legislation creating what he calls a culture of life. Opponents of the bills...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, April 12th

Governor Sam Brownback today (TUE) signed a bill requiring both parents to consent to an abortion for a girl under 18. The bill would only require one parent in some cases, such as divorced parents. Current law only requires that parents be notified. Last week Brownback signed into law legislation barring abortions at 22 weeks of development, stating that is when a fetus can feel pain. That bill does contain an exception for cases where the mother’s health is in danger. At the start of the legislative session, Brownback called on lawmakers to send him bills creating what he calls a culture...

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