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Regional Headlines for Saturday, September 29, 2012


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Revenue says the state's tax collections in September topped expectations by $28 million. State officials released the figures yesterday, calling the unanticipated bulge in revenues a positive signal about the Kansas economy.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Democratic leaders of the Kansas House and Senate are renewing concerns about the effects of new cuts in state income taxes. Republican Governor Sam Brownback's administration has asked agencies to cut 10 percent of their spending in their budget requests for the fiscal year that starts next July. Brownback's spokeswoman, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, says agencies are being asked to prepare for several contingencies, including reduced federal spending.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Governor Sam Brownback has created a task force charged with finding ways for schools to put more of their state funding directly into classrooms. Brownback announced formation of the Governor's School Efficiency Task Force yesterday, to be chaired by State Board of Education member Ken Willard of Hutchinson. Several accountants and the governor's budget director are also on the panel.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Public Schools officials will add more security to a campus where fire alarms were set off and pepper spray was used to break up a fight. The district says no students were seriously injured in yesterday's fighting at the African-Centered College Preparatory Academy's high school. But at least three students were taken to hospitals to be treated for exposure to pepper spray.

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