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KPR opened its first full-time Statehouse Bureau in Topeka in January of 1978. Ever since, KPR's Statehouse Bureau, which is often called the KPR-Network, has provided gavel-to-gavel coverage of the legislature, executive and judicial branches of Kansas government and other stories of statewide interest. KPR is the only broadcast outlet in the state that maintains a full-time, year-round bureau at the Capitol.

Looking Back At 2005, When Kansas Came Close to a Constitutional Crisis Over School Funding

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by Dan Skinner)

There could be another stand-off between the Kansas Legislature and the state Supreme Court over school funding this spring. Conservatives were not too pleased in 2005 when the court pressed them for millions more for public education.

A New Leader Takes over at Kansas Department for Children and Families

Gina Meier-Hummel, right, started her job as secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families on December 1. She was introduced by Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, left.  (File photo / Kansas Public Radio)

A new secretary took over the Kansas Department for Children and Families this month. Her first priority: shoring up the overburdened foster care system.  Gina Meier-Hummel, the new administrator of the state’s social welfare agency, is now receiving daily reports about kids who’ve run away from their foster homes and how many are sleeping in offices awaiting a place to stay.  Hear more from the new KDCF secretary in this interview. 


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