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The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking a 2% decrease in the renewable fuel use mandate for 2018. 

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Thursday, July 6th

Republican Senator Jerry Moran held a town hall meeting about health care in the small western Kansas community of Palco today. It was Moran's first public event since he said he opposed the Republican Senate bill overhauling "Obamacare". 

People on all sides of the health care debate are eager to hear more from Moran at the town-hall meeting in Palco, a tiny town just north of Hays.
Kansas News Service Thursday, July 6th

As one of a handful of Republican senators publicly opposed his party’s Obamacare replacement bill, Moran has put himself in the middle of the national health care debate.

The Kansas voter registration form. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, July 5th

The letter requests data about voters removed from the voting rolls.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Wednesday, July 5th

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach asked a judge to reconsider the $1000 fine levied against him for making misleading representations in a lawsuit...plus, the wheat harvest is nearly finished in parts of the state. Click here for more regional news headlines.   

Congress is working on an “Obamacare” replacement bill that could affect Medicaid funding for Kansas school districts.(Photo of Northwest Middle School by KCUR Radio)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, July 5th

Kansas schools receive around $46 million total to pay for services provided to students with disabilities.

Doniphan County, in extreme northeastern Kansas, is celebrating the total solar eclipse with events and activities on Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21 (day of eclipse).
J. Schafer Wednesday, July 5th

It will be a "Total Eclipse of the Heartland" in Troy, Kansas next month.  It's been nearly 100 years since a total solar eclipse from sea to shining sea was visible from Kansas.  But on Monday, August 21, a little after 1pm, the town of Troy will experience two minutes and 38 seconds of total solar darkness.  That's just two seconds shy of maximum totality in the path of this eclipse.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Tuesday, July 4th

Kansas school districts suing the state over education funding argue that the increase approved by the Legislature is at least $1.5 billion dollars short of what's needed for the next school year. 

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, July 3rd

The state ended the fiscal year with $70 million more than anticipated.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Monday, July 3rd

Several new laws took effect on Saturday, July 1st. Among them, the new law allowing concealed guns on state university and college campuses. The new law allows people 21 or older to carry concealed weapons on campus and into buildings that don't have adequate security such as metal detectors and armed guards.  

Attorneys on both sides of the Kansas school finance lawsuit have until Friday to submit written arguments to the court.
Kansas News Service Monday, July 3rd

Kansas lawmakers increased school funding by nearly $300 million during this year's session but school districts say the state is still under-funding schools by at least $600 million. Oral arguments are scheduled for July 18.

Associated Press Saturday, July 1st

Here's a summary of Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press, compiled by KPR staff.

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Friday, June 30th

The changes will increase income tax rates and reinstate income taxes on thousands of business owners.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Friday, June 30th

The Kansas Department of Corrections says that an incident at the maximum-security El Dorado Correctional Facility has been resolved and all inmates are back in their cells. Thursday's prisoner protest ended about 5 p.m. with inmates being returned to their cells with no use of force. The El Dorado prison is experiencing a severe shortage of qualified workers and is temporarily requiring 12-hour shifts because of the staff shortage.  

The El Dorado Correctional Facility. (Photo from the Kansas Department of Corrections)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 29th

Thursday morning, some inmates refused to return to their cells.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Thursday, June 29th

The trial continues in the Northeast Kansas town of Holton for a man facing a series of sexual assault charges. The suspect, 22-year-old Jacob Ewing, is from a prominent family in the town of about 3,000 and the case has divided the town with many residents showing up in court to support the suspect and others to show support for the alleged victims.   

Mike Oxford, director of the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, speaks to disability advocates in Topeka after returning from Washington, D.C., where he was arrested during a protest of the new Senate health bill. (Photo: Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, June 29th

Medicaid pays for the support services that allow tens of thousands of Kansans with physical and intellectual disabilities to live and work in their communities. Now, they fear that, under the new health care proposal, those benefits could disappear.

Several Kansas City-area activist groups organized a demonstration outside Senator Moran's district office in Olathe to protest the Republican health care bill.
Kansas News Service Thursday, June 29th

Several Kansas City area groups organized the demonstration to thank Moran for opposing the Senate bill and to encourage him to continue his opposition to the health care proposal.

The judicial center, which houses the Kansas Supreme Court. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, June 28th

Lawmakers are waiting for the latest court decision on school funding.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Wednesday, June 28th

The two Kansas Republican U.S. senators are split over a GOP plan for overhauling health care. Senator Jerry Moran says the bill "missed the mark for Kansans" and did not have his support. Senator Pat Roberts said he's open to further improvements but said Congress must pass legislation as soon as possible. 

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