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Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

A group of dentists in Kansas is hoping the Legislature will take steps that could keep dentists in the state. The group hopes having more dentists in Kansas could help make dental services available where they’re currently lacking. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

A group of Kansas dentists is hoping the Legislature will take steps to keep more dentists in the state. Kansas and Missouri have an agreement, in which some students who are Kansas residents can attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City dental school and pay in-state tuition. Brett Roufs (roofs) is a dentist from Newton and the past president of the Kansas Dental Association. He says Kansas can send around 20 students per year to UMKC through the program. He hopes the legislature will require some of those students to come back and work in the state.Roufs says they’d also like to see...

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 31st, 2011

A House Committee is considering a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls. The legislation would also require people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the House Elections Committee is working on the legislation.

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 31st, 2011

Supporters of a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls lined up today (MON) before the House Elections Committee. The legislation would also require first-time voters to prove their citizenship when they register to vote. Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the bill’s author, has been pushing the legislation as a way to prevent voter fraud. Kobach says around 220 incidents of possible voter fraud have been reported since 1997. He told lawmakers that because voter fraud is so hard to track, he believes the actual number is higher.Opponents of the bill believe...

Stephen Koranda Sunday, January 30th, 2011

If you could build a Mount Rushmore for the 20th century, which four presidents would you choose to commemorate? Historian Richard Norton Smith gave the first of a four-part series at the University of Kansas Dole Institute of Politics yesterday (SUN). He says Ronald Reagan deserves a spot in history as a leader who transformed the presidency:Richard Norton Smith was the first director of the Dole Institute of Politics and served as director of the Reagan Presidential Library. You can hear Smith's talk in its entirety on KPR Presents, this Sunday evening, at 8:00 p.m. Sunday would mark...

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 28th, 2011

Lawmakers are butting heads over a proposal that could cut state employee wages. The legislation is headed for the House floor after passing out of a committee last week. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the salary cut could equal 7.5 percent.In the interest of full disclosure, salary cuts at the University of Kansas would affect the staff of Kansas Public Radio.

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 28th, 2011

More than a hundred Kansans gathered for a ceremony at the Statehouse today (FRI) to recognize the 150th birthday of the state. In January, 1861, Kansas joined the Union. Governor Sam Brownback told the crowd that Kansans should look to their ancestors when facing today’s challenges. The ceremony kicks off a weekend of events to recognize the sesquicentennial of the state. The Kansas Museum of History in Topeka has opened a new exhibit called “150 Things I Love About Kansas,” and will have a day of free events tomorrow(SAT).

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 27th, 2011

U-S Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has become the third U-S Supreme Court justice to speak at Kansas State University. Speaking to an overflow crowd at the Kansas State Student Union yesterday (THURS), Sotomayor said that being a judge and interpreting laws is a lot like playing baseball:

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 27th, 2011

U-S Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor decscribed a career and life filled with humor and passion when she spoke at Kansas State University. KPR's Kaye McIntyre was in Manhattan yesterday (THURS) and files this report:

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 27th, 2011

A bill in the Kansas Legislature would target employers who hire illegal immigrants as a way to combat illegal immigration in Kansas. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the bill would require employers to verify workers are legal and are legally able to work in the country.

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