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Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 18th

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach today (TUE) unveiled a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls and prove their citizenship when registering to vote. Kobach, a Republican, says more than 30 lawmakers have signed on to co-sponsor the legislation.Opponents of more voting regulations say voter fraud is not a significant problem and adding more rules will make it harder for Kansans to register and vote. Kobach is also pushing for increasing penalties for some voting crimes the giving the secretary of state's office more power to prosecute voter fraud.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, January 18th

Knology, Incorporated -- a Georgia-based cable TV company -- held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Lawrence today (TUE) to celebrate its entry into the local media marketplace. Knology acquired Lawrence-based Sunflower Broadband last October. Knology CEO Rodger Johnson says other than the name change, customers won't see many changes. Knology paid about $165 million to acquire Sunflower Broadband. The sale included Sunflower's cable and phone service as well as Channel Six News and Free State production facilities.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, January 18th

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Stephen Koranda Monday, January 17th

The Kansas Neurological Institute serves some 150 profoundly disabled adults. If the Kansas Legislature approves, the facility would be closed gradually. The entire process could take as long as three years, according to Bill Miskell (MISS-kl), who's with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Miskell says the facility's closure would occur as all the people it serves are transitioned into equal or better care offered by other organizations. If the closure takes place, some private groups may be called upon to step in with services. Miskell says the incoming...

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 17th

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has begun accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP (LEEP). The program helps low income people with their winter heating bills. It particularly targets persons with disabilities, the elderly and families with children. Michelle Ponce (PAWN-say) is a spokesperson for S-R-S. Anyone already receiving any kind of help from S-R-S should be receiving an application for the LIEAP (LEEP) program in the mail. Others who think they might qualify should contact an SRS office.

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 17th

The cold weather has many people and families in Kansas looking for help with their heating bills through a program called the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP (LEEP). Michelle Ponce (PAWN-say) is a spokesperson for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. SRS began accepting applications for LIEAP last week. Anyone already receiving SRS benefits should automatically receive and application packet in the mail. Anyone else that might qualify for the program should contact the nearest SRS office. The program is geared toward helping persons with disabilities, the...

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.

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