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Stephen Koranda Monday, January 10th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback took office today (MON). Brownback was sworn in during a ceremony at the Statehouse. He takes over the job of governor at a challenging time. The state’s unemployment rate hovers at more than 6 percent, and Kansas faces a budget shortfall of more than 500 million dollars. In his inauguration speech, Brownback highlighted the difficult times ahead, but sent a message of optimism.That’s Governor Sam Brownback, speaking today (MON) at the inauguration ceremony in Topeka. Brownback will lay out his legislative priorities Wednesday, during the State of the State Address....

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Lawmakers return to the Statehouse next week, facing a big budget shortfall. Education is the single biggest item in the budget. Some legislators have been looking at the reserves Kansas school districts keep in the bank as a way to help reduce state education costs. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

About half of the state's scheduled aid payments to public schools have been delayed because of concerns about a short-term cash crunch. Deputy State Budget Director Elaine Frisbie said today (TUE) that 98 million dollars in payments - which would normally have reached Kansas school districts yesterday (MON) - won't get to them until the end of this week. Blake west is president of the Kansas branch of the National Education Association. He says school districts often rely on reserves to pay bills when state payments are delayed, but those reserves are dwindling.It's the first time since...

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Governor-elect Sam Brownback is laying out some of his priorities for health and human services in his new administration. Brownback talked about the goals yesterday (MON) at a Statehouse news conference. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Governor-elect Sam Brownback today (MON) named his choices to head two health and human services agencies. Rob Siedlecki (side-LECK-ee) will head the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Siedlecki currently works in the Florida Department of Health. There, he has worked with efforts that partner government with faith-based organizations.Brownback named Dr. Robert Moser (mo-SURE) to head the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Moser currently works at the University of Kansas School of Medicine’s Wichita branch. Before that, he worked with Greeley County Health Services...

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Governor-elect Sam Brownback today (MON) named his choices to head two health and human services agencies. Dr. Robert Moser (mo-SURE) will head the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Moser currently works at the University of Kansas School of Medicine’s Wichita branch. Before that he worked with Greeley County Health Services. Moser says one of his priorities will be focusing on preventative medicine.Brownback named Rob Siedlecki (side-LECK-ee) to head the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Siedlecki currently works in the Florida Department of Health. Both...

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