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KPR Web Operations Thursday, February 24th

The final person indicted in the University of Kansas ticket scandal pleaded guilty this (THUR) morning at a federal district court in Wichita. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 24th

Dozens of union members gathered at the Statehouse today (THUR) to oppose a bill that would eliminate an option for them to make political donations. Under current law, union members can voluntarily have money taken out of their paychecks and donated to political action committees. The bill would bar that practice. Union members gathered in the chamber when the House voted on the bill.Supporters of the bill say union members can still make donations, they just won’t be automatically deducted from paychecks. Opponents of the bill say it limits free speech. Stan Chapman is a union member from...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, February 24th

Dozens of union members gathered at the Statehouse to oppose a bill that would eliminate an option for them to make political donations. Under current law, union members can voluntarily have money taken out of their paychecks and donated to political action committees. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, the bill would bar that practice.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 23rd

Was Dwight D Eisenhower one of the four most important presidents of the 20th century? That was the argument made last night (WED) at the University of Kansas Dole Institute of Politics. KPR's Kaye McIntyre files this report:

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 23rd

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to bills that would place more restrictions on abortion in the state. The heated debate lasted nearly two hours yesterday (WED). KPR’s Stephen Koranda was there and has this report.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 23rd

The Kansas House today (WED) gave first-round approval to sweeping abortion legislation. One bill would require parental consent for a girl under 18 to get an abortion. Current law only requires parents be notified. In many cases, the bill would require the consent of both parents. Representative Geraldine Flaharty, a Wichita Democrat, opposed that provision. She says getting the consent of both parents might be impossible in an abusive household.The legislation would also require doctors to give a specific medical reason for a late-term abortion. House members also passed legislation that...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 23rd

The Kansas House has given first round approval to two, anti-abortion bills. One measure would require parental CONSENT for someone under the age of 18 to get an abortion. Current law only requires parental notification. The legislation would also require doctors to give a specific medical reason for providing a late-term abortion. Lance Kinzer, an Olathe Republican, is one of the bill’s sponsors.That legislation includes provisions passed in recent years, but vetoed by Democratic governors. House members also advanced legislation that would ban all abortions after the 22nd week of...

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, February 23rd

State-supported funding for the arts is under attack in several states, including Texas, Michigan and... here in Kansas. Republican Governor Sam Brownback has already signed an executive order to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission and replace that state agency with a private, non-profit arts foundation. Lawmakers could intervene -- and members of the Kansas Senate may just do that. Public radio's Kurt Anderson, of "Studio 360" -- a program produced by WNYC radio -- recently interviewed one state Senator who's hoping to save the Arts Commission. Republican Roger Reitz, of Manhattan, says...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, February 23rd

Currently, union members in Kansas can voluntarily have part of their paychecks deducted and automatically donated to political action committees. Today (WED), the Kansas House advanced a bill that would end that practice. Opponents of the bill say this change is a form of retribution against unions that is being carried out by Republicans and business leaders. Judith Loganbill, a Wichita Democrat, opposed the legislation on the House floor.Supporters say the bill protects union members who disagree with the political stances taken by their unions. Those supporters also argue that union...

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, February 23rd

The health reform debate goes well beyond the individual mandate and new insurance regulations. It extends to one of the biggest programs operated by state governments – Medicaid. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, like many states headed by new Republican governors, Kansas is looking for ways to sharply reduce its Medicaid spending.

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