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KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Some say he should have received the honor years ago. But the wait is finally over. Former Kansas State coach Tex Winter is headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Winter is part of this year's class being honored at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. The induction ceremonies will take place this weekend. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

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Bryan Thompson Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Republican Governor Sam Brownback did an about face yesterday (TUE). He decided to return a $31.5 million federal health reform grant less than six months after agreeing to accept it. We get more on the announcement, which took many by surprise, from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service. The KHI News Service is a part of the Kansas Health Institute. The institute’s policy and research arm has a contract with the state to monitor and evaluate efforts to integrate a new Medicaid eligibility system with the insurance purchasing exchange.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback says he’s sending a federal grant of 31-and-a-half million dollars back to Washington. As KPR's Bryan Thompson reports, the so-called Early Innovator grant was awarded in February by the U-S Department of Health and Human Services to pay for the information technology needed to set up a health insurance exchange.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback says the state will give back more than $31 million in federal health reform money. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the grant was supposed to help the state create a new online health insurance marketplace.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Several Kansas businesses know a bit more about how the insurance purchasing exchange required by the nation’s new health reform law will affect them thanks to a meeting yesterday (MON) in Topeka. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service. More information on upcoming exchange meetings in Overland Park, Hays and Wichita is available on the Kansas Insurance Department website at www.ksinsurance.org.

KPR Web Operations Monday, August 8th, 2011

It's time to start thinking about that blue ribbon you might win at this year's Kansas State Fair. Fair officials say that online registration is now available for anyone wanting to enter the dozens of competitive categories offered...from baking to canning to knitting, and just about everything in between. Fair spokesperson Lori Mulch-Hart says there's even a way to get your pet in on the action.Online registration for the competitive events can be completed at kansasstatefair.com. The entry deadline is next Monday, August 15th. This year's fair will run from September 9th through 18th at...

KPR Web Operations Monday, August 8th, 2011

There's been an increase in thefts of commercial and window air conditioning units in Topeka this summer. Police Captain Jerry Stanley says there have been several in the last two weeks. He says the thieves seem to be actually dismantling the large commercial units sitting on office rooftops: In one case, five large units were taken and another was damaged at one office building in the 5900 block of southwest 28th Street. Police say that while thieves may be targeting the valuable copper inside commercial air conditioning units, the thieves aren't passing window units by, either. Stanley...

KPR Web Operations Monday, August 8th, 2011

There has been an increase in rooftop burglaries in Topeka, as thieves are now targeting large commercial air conditioning units. Topeka Police Captain Jerry Stanley says catching the culprits won't be easy: Five large air conditioning units were taken from one office building at 28th and Wanamaker. Stanley says the air conditioning units are being dismantled and their copper likely sold to salvage yards in Lawrence or Kansas City. Stanley says that window air conditioner thefts are ALSO on the rise...he says that those are usually stolen intact and then resold.

Bryan Thompson Sunday, August 7th, 2011

The Kansas Insurance Department wants to know what the state’s business community wants the soon-to-be-created Kansas Insurance Exchange to look like. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson, a series of four public forums gets underway this (MON) afternoon in Topeka.

Stephen Koranda Friday, August 5th, 2011

The lower federal credit rating probably won't impact Kansas's credit score. That's according to Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes. Late last week, credit rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the federal government’s credit score. Speaking before the downgrade, Estes said lowering the federal rating probably won’t have a significant impact on the state’s own credit rating. A lower credit rating makes it more expensive for a government to borrow money. He says the Kansas score focuses more on how the state spends money.But the federal credit downgrade could still have an impact in Kansas....

Bryan Thompson Friday, August 5th, 2011

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking the EPA to withdraw a proposed new regulation that would require electric utilities to use Maximum Achievable Control Technology. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson has more.

KPR Web Operations Friday, August 5th, 2011

No doubt -- it's been HOT in Kansas. But has THIS summer been the hottest on record? Not quite. As KPR's J. Schafer explains, the state has seen worse -- and longer-lasting -- heatwaves in the past.

Stephen Koranda Friday, August 5th, 2011

A decision by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to close nine offices will be questioned by a legislative committee. This week, the State Building Construction Committee requested that top SRS officials appear before lawmakers to explain the plan. KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda has more.

Bryan Thompson Friday, August 5th, 2011

New figures from the Department of Health and Human Services indicate Medicare beneficiaries are receiving better health care, and paying less, as a result of the Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, August 4th, 2011

A state employee union is asking a judge to temporarily block a retirement incentive program. Governor Sam Brownback's administration unveiled to plan this week. The state will offer certain employees cash or health insurance if they agree to retire. The Kansas Organization of State Employees claims the administration violated state law by starting the program before meeting with union officials. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, August 4th, 2011

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Stephen Koranda Thursday, August 4th, 2011

A state employee union is trying to temporarily block a retirement incentives package unveiled earlier this week. The state will offer certain employees cash or health insurance if they agree to retire. Governor Sam Brownback’s administration hopes the program can save money by reducing the number of state employees. The Kansas Organization of State Employees alleges the Brownback administration violated state law. The union says Kansas law requires the administration to meet with the union before starting the program. Director Jane Carter says they aren’t necessarily opposed to the...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Legislation known as the S-A-F-E (“safe”) act will make major changes to Kansas voting rules next year. The law will require voters to show a photo ID at the polls. It will also require people registering to vote to prove their citizenship. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the secretary of state will push for the citizenship requirement to take effect sooner than planned.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

New voter ID requirements in Kansas are on track to take effect next year. A task force met today (WED), to continue designing the rules and regulations for the new law. It will require voters to show a photo ID at the polls. The task force is made up of election officers from more than 15 counties. Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the group recommends standardizing voting forms across the state, to make implementing the new law easier.Kobach believes the task force will meet one or two more times to finalize the rules. He hopes to have the regulations finished by this fall.

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