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Kansas Statehouse rotunda (Photo from KPR archives)
KPR Staff Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

If you haven't visited in a long while, you should consider touring the Kansas Statehouse. Tours are free and the Capital building is less busy now that lawmakers have adjourned for the year. Touring the Kansas Statehouse should be on every Kansan's summertime bucket list! When it comes to seeing beautiful architecture and learning about the state's rich history, you can't beat the beauty or the price of touring the Kansas Statehouse. Enjoy!

Districts in cities and rural areas have the most teacher vacancies. Filling positions in high demand subjects such as science, math and English can be particularly tough. (Photo by Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, June 13th, 2019

School officials are taking a two-pronged approach to reducing the teacher shortage.

Rocky Nichols with the new report from the Disability Rights Center. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The report says some people feel stuck in the mental health facilities.

This cafe in Kinsley, in southwest Kansas, sits in one of the parts of the state that is getting lonelier. Governor Laura Kelly says she wants to find solutions for struggling rural areas.  (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, June 7th, 2019

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has dispatched her lieutenant governor, Lynn Rogers, to a dozen small cities across the state in hopes of crafting a plan to aid rural areas. Kelly created the Office of Rural Prosperity and named Rogers to lead it soon after they both took office in January. Rogers will travel to 12 rural communities this summer to “listen to Kansans” and develop plans to address problems in rural parts of the state.

Kansas News Service Monday, June 3rd, 2019

In this year's final installment of Statehouse Blend Kansas, Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service spoke with the majority leader of the Kansas Senate.

State Emergency Management Director, Major General Lee Tafanelli and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly speak to reporters after taking an aerial tour of Tuesday's tornado damage in northeast Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Friday, May 31st, 2019

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Major General Lee Tafanelli took an aerial tour of northeast Kansas to survey damage from Tuesday's tornado. Afterwards, they spoke with reporters. KPR was there and provides these highlights from their news conference.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Kansas Republican legislators reversed actions by the Democratic governor to reshape the state budget to her liking, but they couldn't save a GOP tax relief plan and had their work briefly delayed Wednesday by a loud protest in favor of expanding Medicaid.  The GOP-controlled Legislature overrode Democratic Governor Laura Kelly's vetoes of several items in the next state budget.  And the governor's inability to win passage of a plan to expand the state's Medicaid health coverage was her biggest setback since taking office.  

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Monday, May 27th, 2019

Lawmakers are set to convene Wednesday to conclude any final business and adjourn for the year. It will be Republicans' last chance to enact a tax relief bill several budget items that were vetoed by Governor Laura Kelly. 

File photo by Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service
Stephen Koranda Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Regents want universities to rethink their tuition proposals.

Photo by Stephen Koranda
Stephen Koranda Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Senators want a state panel to investigate a judge who sent partisan tweets.

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