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Typical Kansas school bus; this one's from Valley Center. (Photo by J. Schafer)
Kansas News Service Friday, March 31st

Despite working late into the night, a Kansas legislative committee didn't come up with a new school funding formula.  However, it appears that committee members are beginning to embrace a dollar amount: $750 million.  That money would be phased in over five years.

 Frank Mason III poses with his parents (Frank Mason II and Sharon Harrison) and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson after the KU player was awarded the Oscar Robertson trophy as the USBWA (U.S Basketball Writers Assn.) Player of the Year.  (Photo by Greg Echlin)
Greg Echlin Friday, March 31st

KU men's basketball guard Frank Mason III continues to collect nearly every individual player award imaginable.

Harvest Public Media is a consortium of public radio and TV stations reporting on agriculture and other issues affecting the rural Midwest.
Harvest Public Media Friday, March 31st

Soybeans are fetching a comparatively higher price right now than corn and wheat.      

The Verruckt water slide in Kansas City. (Photo by Laura Spencer, KCUR)
Stephen Koranda Friday, March 31st

The move comes after the son of a state lawmaker died on the slide.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Friday, March 31st

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by KPR news staffers.  

Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Kansas are mounting an intense lobbying campaign, hoping to gather enough votes to override Governor Sam Brownback’s veto.
Kansas News Service Friday, March 31st

Supporters of or expanding Medicaid, known in Kansas as KanCare, delayed a vote to override the governor’s veto of an expansion bill Thursday night. The vote is now expected to occur sometime next week.  

KU guard Frank Mason III has been named the AP's National Player of the Year.  (Photo by KU Athletics)
Greg Echlin Thursday, March 30th

Mason is the first player from the University of Kansas to ever win the award.

Governor Sam Brownback vetoes the legislation. (Photo from Brownback's office)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 30th

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has vetoed a Medicaid expansion bill that would have provided health insurance to approximately 180,000 low-income Kansans. The Legislature is expected to try and override the veto.

Kansas Statehouse
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 30th

Lawmakers say they're being pressured to sign off on a funding proposal that many think won't be acceptable to the Kansas Supreme Court. 

Harvest Public Media is a consortium of public radio and TV stations reporting on agriculture and other issues affecting the rural Midwest.
Harvest Public Media Thursday, March 30th

Sonny Perdue is now one step closer to becoming the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. 

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Thursday, March 30th

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by KPR news staffers.

 A 10-year-old boy was killed last August on the Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas.
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 30th

A Kansas House committee has approved a bill that would require amusement ride owners to have them inspected annually by a professional engineer.

The Kansas Senate chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 29th

The spending plan is unbalanced, requiring a tax increase or scaling back spending.

The Kansas House chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 29th

The bill says women seeking an abortion in Kansas must receive more information.

Members of the Kansas House meeting last year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 29th

The resolution calls pornography a public health hazard.  

Kansas News Service Wednesday, March 29th

Kansas lawmakers are trying to craft a new funding formula that will satisfy a court order to adequately fund public schools.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press
Associated Press Wednesday, March 29th

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by KPR news staffers.  

Running for Congress (left to right): Republican Ron Estes, Libertarian Chris Rockhold and Democrat James Thompson.
KMUW Radio Wednesday, March 29th

Three candidates for 4th congressional district seat in south-central Kansas appeared at a forum in Wichita Tuesday night. The candidates touched on a number of issues, including immigration.

The annual rankings compare death rates, quality of life, health habits and access to care in Kansas.
Kansas News Service Wednesday, March 29th

The two counties at the bottom of Kansas’ health rankings also share high rates of poverty.  

KPR's talking points about station's $200,000 budget cut. (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Tuesday, March 28th

The University of Kansas is making a permanent $200,000 reduction to KPR's direct university cash support, starting in FY 2018. It is, by far, the largest budget cut in station history, representing about 41 percent of the annual cash funding KPR receives from KU.

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