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Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 2nd

The House Appropriations Committee today (TUE) voted to eliminate state funding for public broadcasting. Anthony Brown, a Eudora Republican, supported the cut, saying the state needs to look at its priorities.The bill will now go before the full House. The state funding is used to help support public television and radio stations in Kansas, including Kansas Public Radio. Much of the funding goes to stations serving rural areas.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 1st

A report from a proponent of health care reform says out-of-pocket spending caps in the Affordable Care Act will protect families from financial ruin due to medical expenses. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, an estimated 150-thousand Kansans will need the protection of those caps, which take effect in 2014.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 1st

The "Geographer of the United States" -- Dr. Lee Schwartz -- will speak tonight (TUE) at the University of Kansas. Schwartz is giving a lecture about the importance of geography at the Dole Institute of Politics. Dr. Schwartz delivers his remarks at 7:30 tonight (TUE) at the Dole Institute.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 1st

The "Geographer of the United States" is coming to the University of Kansas. Dr. Lee Schwartz, who holds that position at the U-S State Department, is speaking at the Dole Institute of Politics later tonight (TUE). He'll be talking about geography in general and about his job specifically. Dr. Schwartz will deliver his lecture at 7:30 tonight (TUE) at the Dole Institute of Politics. The event is free and open to the public.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 1st

The "Geographer of the United States" is a little-known position at the U-S State Department -- and the man who holds that position is speaking tonight (TUE) at the University of Kansas. Dr. Lee Schwartz will deliver an address at 7:30 tonight (TUE) at the Dole Institute of Politics. KPR's J. Schafer reached him earlier today (TUE) at Reagan National Airport. That's Dr. Lee Schwartz, Geographer of the United States. He was speaking with KPR's J. Schafer. Dr. Schwartz speaks tonight (TUE) at 7:30 at the Dole Institute of Politics. The event is free and open to the public.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 1st

An effort to repeal a law that gives illegal immigrants a tuition break has passed the House, but may face a challenge in the Senate. The bill would repeal a 2004 Kansas law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at Kansas colleges and universities. Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, a Lindsborg Republican, says it hasn’t been the top issue for many senators.Emler says a projected budget deficit has been his top issue. For more on the debate over the immigrant tuition law, tune in later this hour.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 1st

Some lawmakers want to repeal a law that gives in-state tuition to certain illegal immigrants. The law originally passed in 2004. The House voted last week to repeal it. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on the debate.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 1st

A group of Kansas electric, oil and gas companies are calling on state lawmakers to vote in favor of a measure criticizing the federal Environmental Protection Agency. A House committee is considering a resolution that targets proposed federal regulation of greenhouse gasses. Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association President Ed Cross says the rules will hurt the Kansas economy.Westar Energy and KCPL are also on board with the effort, as is an electric co-op group. The resolution is calling for a federal cost-benefit analysis of greenhouse gas rules. The measure is non-binding.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 1st

Kansas lawmakers are considering a resolution that would admonish the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Republican Representative Forrest Knox of Altoona is backing a measure opposing the EPA's - quote - "regulatory train wreck."The non-binding resolution is primarily directed at efforts to regulate greenhouse gases, which the EPA was effectively ordered to regulate, following a U-S Supreme Court decision. Many Republicans have called on Congress to pass laws that would reverse that ruling.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 1st

Today (TUE) is primary day for local elections. Voters in Kansas are choosing candidates for school boards, city councils and other local offices. Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley predicts a 13 percent turnout in the county. She says that’s slightly below normal.The polls are open until 7 pm, but in some areas voting locations will be closed because no races are on the ballot. Voters who have questions about the election can contact their county election office for more information. The general election for local offices will be Tuesday, April 5th.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 1st

Governor Sam Brownback says that President Obama’s support for legislation that would allow states a more flexibility in implementing health reform is a step in the right direction, but not enough to cause him to drop his opposition to the reform law. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Stephen Koranda Monday, February 28th

A school district in central Kansas has been given a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports on what the McPherson Unified School District will be doing differently.

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 28th

Kansas Republican House Speaker Mike O'Neal of Hutchinson is defending the Legislature's speedy action on bills addressing social issues such as abortion, as opposed to its actions on the state's economy. Democrats say GOP lawmakers are breaking campaign pledges to address jobs...but O'Neal says longstanding legislative rules force social issues to the beginning of the session.Last Friday was the first of many major deadlines facing this session of the Legislature. It saw movement on a number of issues important to many Republicans, including abortion restrictions, election isses, and the...

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 28th

One of the best known voices in this part of the country was silenced over the weekend. Legendary broadcaster Bill Grigsby died at the age of 89. His longest association with one team was with the Chiefs, but Grigsby also broadcast the 1957 NCAA championship game between North Carolina and the University of Kansas. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Stephen Koranda Friday, February 25th

A legislative deadline last week had lawmakers scrambling to pass bills. Most bills had to pass one chamber by the end of last week, or they would be lost for the session. Lawmakers passed dozens of bills to make the cutoff. One high-profile bill that didn’t meet the deadline would have toughened drunken-driving penalties. The potential costs of providing more prison beds hurt the bill in a tough budget year. Senate Vice President John Vratil (Vratil rhythms with rattle), an Overland Park Republican, said the potential cost could have been tens of millions of dollars.For more on the bills...

Stephen Koranda Friday, February 25th

A legislative deadline last week had Kansas lawmakers scrambling. It meant a busy week with many bills moving forward. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, most of the controversial action took place in the House.

Stephen Koranda Friday, February 25th

The House and Senate have yet to reach a compromise on a bill that would trim spending for the current fiscal year. A proposal that passed the Senate includes around 25 million dollars for special education that wasn’t included in the House version. If the state doesn’t put up the money, Kansas could lose around 25 million dollars per year in federal funding that helps pay for special education. A House proposal would transfer money from K through 12 school funding to cover the special education deficit. But Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton Republican, opposes that plan, saying...

Bryan Thompson Thursday, February 24th

The budget bill passed by the U-S House of Representatives would do away with more than 90 per cent of the federal funding that supports the nation’s poison control centers. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, a cut of that magnitude could threaten the very existence of the nationwide poison control hotline.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 24th

The Kansas House has moved forward a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls. It would also require people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship. Supporters of the legislation say it’s needed to help prevent voter fraud. State Representative John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican, brought the bill to the House floor. He believes the goals of the bill are simple.Opponents of the bill say that voter fraud is not a problem in Kansas. Topeka Democrat, Representative Ann Mah (“maw”), opposed the bill. She believes the requirement to show a...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, February 24th

The Pentagon has awarded one of the biggest contracts in military history to Boeing. We get more from reporter Fletcher Powell of KMUW in Wichita.

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