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Stephen Koranda Friday, January 14th

As lawmakers battle over the budget this session, school finance will be one of the most contentious issues. K through 12 education is the single biggest item in the budget. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, part of this debate could be about what constitutes a suitable education.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 14th

Two environmental groups have asked the Kansas Court of Appeals to invalidate the air quality permit issued by the state for the expansion of a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. As KPR's Bryan Thompson reports, the petition was filed today (Fri) by the Sierra Club and Earthjustice.

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 14th

Democratic leaders at the Statehouse are calling on legislators and Governor Sam Brownback to look for new revenue to prevent education funding cuts. The governor’s budget proposal would not replace federal dollars that are helping pay for education in Kansas. That federal money will soon run out, meaning a loss of around 200 million dollars for schools. Senate Minority Leader, Topeka Democrat Anthony Hensley, believes lawmakers should look at the state tax code.Lawmakers have considered repealing some sales tax exemptions as a way to raise revenue, but haven’t taken the action. Governor Sam...

Bryan Thompson Friday, January 14th

Governor Sam Brownback wants to eliminate the Kansas Health Policy Authority, and merge its operations into the Department of Health and Environment. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the goal is to cut administrative expenses, and let the governor control the Medicaid program providing health care for poor and disabled Kansans.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, January 13th

The former head of the KU ticket office became the third person to enter a guilty plea in the ticket scandal. And another guilty plea doesn't appear to be far behind. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, January 13th

Less than five years after it was created, the Kansas Health Policy Authority is on the chopping block. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, Governor Sam Brownback wants to abolish the agency, and merge its programs into the Department of Health and Environment.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 13th

Governor Sam Brownback has proposed eliminating all state funding for public broadcasting. The governor's policy director, Landon Fulmer, says the money spent on public radio and television stations is equivalent to about 81 teacher salaries.State funding for public broadcasters amounted to $1.67 million dollars last year.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, January 13th

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking that Kansas be allowed to join a lawsuit to do away with the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance, starting in 2014. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains what might happen if the mandate is eliminated.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 13th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback proposed big cuts to state government during his State of the State address last night (WED). He’s proposing cutting 2,000 unfilled state jobs, and eliminating entire state agencies.Brownback hasn’t said which state agencies he’ll remove. The efforts are part of Brownback’s proposal to eliminate a state budget shortfall projected at more than 500 million dollars. He’s also pushing for tax cuts to help grow business investments in the state and a focus on growing jobs in the aviation and animal health fields.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 13th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback laid-out some ambitious goals during his State of the State address last (WED) night. With the state facing a projected budget deficit of more than 500 million dollars, Brownback said he hopes to close that gap by growing the economy and cutting thousands of state government jobs. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, January 12th

Miss KPR's live coverage of Governor Sam Brownback's 2011 State of the State speech? Hear it here now, by clicking on one of the buttons below.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, January 12th

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Bryan Thompson Wednesday, January 12th

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is seeking permission for Kansas to join a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, January 12th

In just a few hours, Governor Sam Brownback will deliver his first State of the State Address. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on what Kansans can expect to hear.KPR will have live coverage of the State of the State Address starting at 6:30 tonight.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, January 12th

Doctor Jason Eberhart-Phillips has been relieved of his position as state health officer by the new administration of Governor Sam Brownback. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has more.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 11th

Lawmakers are kicking off this legislative session with bigger Republican majorities in the Kansas House and Senate, and a Republican in the governor’s office. Some lawmakers believe some bills on social issues like abortion –which have failed in recent years- will get new life this session. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 11th

A bill filed in the Kansas House would remove an exemption from the state’s ban on late-term abortions. Although late-term abortions are restricted, an exemption allows the procedure to take place if having the baby would damage or impair the mental health of the mother. Representative Steve Huebert, a Valley Center Republican, believes that exemption is being overused. Huebert authored the legislation. He says the bill passed the house last year, but wasn’t taken up in the Senate.Huebert is hoping the bill will get more traction this session, with a Republican governor in office. He...

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 10th

Lawmakers will start the real business of legislating today (TUE), after their swearing in yesterday (MON). Kansas Public Radio’s Stephen Koranda has more on the kickoff of the 2011 legislative session.

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 10th

Additional snowfall -- and the blowing and drifting of snow -- can be expected across eastern Kansas into the night (MON). That's according to Matt Wolters (Walters), with the National Weather Service in Topeka. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the entire state. And while no major highways are closed, most roads are at least partially snowpacked or covered with ice.

Stephen Koranda Monday, January 10th

Governor Sam Brownback was sworn in to office today (MON), during a ceremony at the Statehouse. Brownback is taking the job during a time when the state faces a budget shortfall of more than 500 million dollars and a high unemployment rate. In his speech, Brownback highlighted the difficulties ahead, but sent a message of hope.Brownback will lay out his legislative agenda Wednesday, during the State of the State Address. You'll be able to hear that address live, Wednesday night at 6:30, here on Kansas Public Radio.

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