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Stephen Koranda Wednesday, November 16th

SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki supports testing Kansas welfare recipients for drug use. Testifying before a legislative committee this week, Siedlecki pointed out that the state of Missouri already has a similar law on the books, requiring drug testing for people who receive state assistance. He says drug testing could help people who receive public assistance.Opponents of the idea say it unfairly singles-out one class of people for testing. In recent years, bills to require drug testing have made progress in the Kansas House but failed in the Senate.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, November 15th

The National Weather Service has named today (WED) Winter Weather Awareness Day for the state of Kansas. The onset of snow, ice and cold weather can often catch people by surprise...and people who have not made adequate preparations for the home and the car could end up in trouble. Kris Craven is a meteorologist with the Topeka office of the National Weather Service. She says that in the last few years, 24-hour winter weather forecasts have been greatly improved...but that predicting the overall severity of this coming winter has been a challenge.Craven urges Kansans to get their winter...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, November 15th

It's Winter Weather Awareness Day in Kansas. While some Kansans may think that tornadoes are the main weather hazard in this part of the country, statistics show that on the average, there are more fatalities due to ice on roadways than there are due to tornadoes. Kris Craven is a meteorologist with the Topeka office of the National Weather Service, and explains that the kinds of advisories issued during the winter are a bit different than those issued the rest of the year. The National Weather Service is urging people to get their cars and homes ready for winter, to prepare and carry a...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, November 15th

Today (WED) has been designated Winter Weather Awareness Day by the National Weather Service. It's designed to help remind everyone of the risks associated with winter weather, especially when driving. Kris Craven is a meteorologist with the NWS in Topeka, and says that some of the greatest hazards at ANY time of year come from driving on snow or ice-covered roadways.You can see the official winter weather forecast online at NOAA.gov...just type "winter outlook" in the search bar.

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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, November 15th

Governor Sam Brownback kicked off a series of meetings across the state on childhood poverty yesterday (MON) promising to take a bipartisan approach. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, that pledge is already being called into question.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, November 15th

True to his campaign promise, Governor Sam Brownback is attempting to convene a statewide conversation on reducing childhood poverty. The Republican governor hosted the first of three meetings yesterday (MON) in Kansas City, Kansas, one of the poorest and most Democratic communities in the state. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, some critics are charging there’s little common ground between the governor’s rhetoric and his policies. The second meeting on childhood poverty is scheduled for 1:30 tomorrow (WED) in Wichita. The final meeting will take place in Garden City on...

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, November 15th

The Legislative Budget Committee isn’t sure yet what—if anything—to do about the recent drop in referrals to inpatient psychiatric facilities for troubled children. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the panel heard more than six hours of testimony on the controversy yesterday (MON).

Stephen Koranda Monday, November 14th

Lawmakers will likely tackle the state tax code when the Legislature reconvenes in January. The group Kansans for No Income Tax is pushing for eliminating that levy as a way to spur job growth and attract people to the state. Ashley McMillan is the group’s president.Former Secretary of Revenue Joan Wagnon heads the Kansas Democratic Party. She says eliminating the income tax would either require increases in property and sales taxes, or big cuts to spending on things like education.Tune in later this hour when we’ll have a full report on the debate over the income tax in Kansas.

Stephen Koranda Monday, November 14th

When the Legislature reconvenes in January, one of the biggest issues they’ll tackle will be revamping the state’s tax code. The governor and some lawmakers have been pushing for lowering tax rates. One group is even pushing for completely eliminating state income taxes to help boost the economy. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has this report on the proposal.

KPR Web Operations Monday, November 14th

It's said that "home is where the heart is." But at Arrowhead Stadium...the home of the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City... hasn't been too hospitable lately. That’s except for a heartfelt welcome in the first quarter of the Chiefs' game against Denver. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

Bryan Thompson Sunday, November 13th

The Medicaid reform plan announced last week by Governor Sam Brownback and his team would privatize the health care program for low-income and disabled Kansans, and steer nearly all of them into managed care. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, it’s an ambitious effort—some think it may be too ambitious optional tag: Bryan will have more on the changes to Medicaid a little bit later on Morning Edition.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, November 13th

A series of town hall meetings this week are aimed at finding ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas. The first will be held this afternoon (MON) in Kansas City. Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Robert Siedlecki will host the public meetings. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Bryan Thompson Friday, November 11th

Governor Sam Brownback says the state must spend less on Medicaid despite improvements in the economy. The governor made the comments in response to questions about his new plan to overhaul the $2.8 billion healthcare program for low-income and disabled Kansans. We learn more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, November 10th

The federal government will delay construction of a pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to Texas. TransCanada’s project will be put on hold to study another route for the Keystone XL pipeline, because of environmental concerns. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, November 10th

Military deployment can be a complex and stressful process for soldiers and their families. But for members of the National Guard and Reserve, the process is complicated even further by the nature of how they're used by the military. These volunteer military members often have to take time away from their jobs to serve. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency that helps ease their transitions into and out of their service by working as a liaison with employers. The ESGR annually recognizes businesses making the deployment and re-entry process...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, November 10th

The federal government will delay construction of a pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to Texas. TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline will be put on hold to study a new route for the project. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, November 10th

The Kansas Board of Education is considering a plan that would develop two separate tracks for high school students. One would prepare students for college, while another would ready them for technical training or careers. Board Member Walt Chappell supports the idea.But some board members are concerned that the technical track wouldn’t prepare students for university coursework if they later decide to pursue college.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, November 10th

A new report from a mental health advocacy group says Kansas is one of the states with the deepest cuts in mental health spending. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, only seven states and the District of Columbia had sharper reductions over the past four years.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, November 9th

Advocacy organizations for education and social services are holding a series of meetings to spread the word on how state budget cuts have affected Kansans. Budget deficits in recent years have meant cuts to education and social programs. KPR's Stephen Koranda attended a meeting in Lawrence and has this report.Other meetings are scheduled for today (THUR) in Pittsburg and later this month in Wichita.

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