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Stephen Koranda Thursday, April 21st, 2011

A bill in the Kansas Legislature would mean a bigger engineering school at the University of Kansas. The legislation is aimed at increasing the number of engineers graduating from Kansas universities by 60 percent. But KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says they don’t have room for any more students, so the funding would be used to expand the engineering program.The bill would provide 4 million dollars the first year to Kansas universities, and 7 million dollars per year after that. The schools would have to raise matching dollars to get the state funding. The bill has passed the Senate...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

A double fatal crash on K-10 last weekend was the last straw for Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson. He has now written Governor Sam Brownback, demanding that the state install wire cable median barriers along what Hopson calls a dangerous four-lane highway from Lawrence to Interstate 435 in Kansas City. That stretch of road has seen an increased number of so-called "crossover crashes" in recent years. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that state transportation officials evaluated K-10 three years ago, and determined the highway did not qualify for cable median barriers, based on the number of...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is warning Kansas restaurant owners to be aware of a new type of scam phone call. Ag Department spokesperson Chelsea Good says the scam begins when a someone calls a restaurant, claiming to be a restaurant inspector. Good says that no matter what, personal information should never be given out over the phone. The Ag Department says that if a restaurant owner receives a call like this, it should be reported to local law enforcement.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says he is optimistic that Wichita Mid-Continent Airport's so-called Fair Fares subsidy will pass the state legislature, despite some opposition. Fair Fares uses several million dollars in state and local money to subsidize low-fare airlines, with the idea of keeping all fares at Mid-Continent Airport lower.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The rising cost of gasoline is affecting crime-fighting efforts in Topeka to some extent, according to Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller. Miller says the police department had budgeted for gasoline this fiscal year at the rate of 2 dollars and 95 cents per gallon. Miller says that figure is obviously not sufficient to pay for gas at current prices: Miller has recently released first-quarter crime statistics for this year. They indicate that police response times have slipped, according to a public survey. 85 percent of the sample polled said that officers responded to their calls in a timely...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Departments of transportation all across the nation say they are losing revenue due to the increasing number of electric and alternative-fuel vehicles on the roads. Since those cars use less or no gasoline, their owners aren't paying their fair share of taxes to maintain the roadways. Kansas Secretary of Transportation Deb Miller says one option could be a vehicle miles-travelled tax. GPS technology would track the number of miles travelled by a given vehicle. That same technology could also be used to track where and when a person travels. Miller says the "Big Brother" question has...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The increasing number of electric and alternative-fuel vehicles on the roads means that overall fuel consumption is dropping. It also means that some states are starting to see a reduction in their fuel tax revenues. That's why state departments of transportation are now looking at different ways to pay for road maintenance and highway projects. Kansas Secretary of Transportation Deb Miller says that one of the most-talked-about options could also be a controversial one: That's raising privacy concerns, since the technology could allow the tracking of not only how much a person drives, but...

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

A group of lawmakers have wrapped up the first round of negotiations on a budget bill for next fiscal year. The conference committee met this week to work on smoothing out differences between House and Senate proposals. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports on the budget talks.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

A conference committee has wrapped up the first round of negotiations on a budget bill for next fiscal year. Members of the House and Senate met this week to try to smooth out differences between budget plans passed by the two chambers. Carolyn McGinn, a Sedgwick Republican, is the lead Senate negotiator. She believes the talks so far have gone very well.McGinn says the sticking points between the chambers could boil down to education funding and funding for the Department of Health and Environment. Those areas are cut more in the House proposal than the Senate bill. The full House and...

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Kansas lawmakers have started negotiations aimed at finding a compromise between House and Senate budget Proposals. The two plans includes cuts to education and state services, but the House plan cuts deeper. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on the process.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

A group of lawmakers today (TUE) started negotiations to resolve the differences between Kansas House and Senate budget proposals. Both chambers' plans include cuts to education and other services. But the House plan makes deeper cuts, with the goal of leaving the state with a larger ending balance at the end of next fiscal year. House Appropriations Committee Chair Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, says there could be some tough work ahead.Negotiators will be working with the goal of producing a compromise by next week. That’s when the full House and Senate return to the Statehouse, to...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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Stephen Koranda Monday, April 18th, 2011

Kansans will have to show a photo ID at the polls starting next year. Governor Sam Brownback signed voter ID legislation into law yesterday (MON). KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on the legislation, which has been controversial since it was introduced.

Stephen Koranda Monday, April 18th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback today (MON) signed into law a bill requiring voters to show ID at the polls. Supporters of the law have said it will help prevent voter fraud. Opponents believe it will suppress voter turnout, by making it difficult to register and vote. Governor Brownback said he believes showing ID at the polls makes sense.The photo ID provision takes effect January 1st, 2012. The law will also require proof of citizenship when registering to vote for the first time in Kansas. That rule takes effect in 2013.

Stephen Koranda Monday, April 18th, 2011

When the Kansas Legislature returns to Topeka for its wrap-up session next week, lawmakers will be on the lookout for even more budget cuts. Experts decreased the state's revenue projections by 30 million dollars. That leaves a 10 million-dollar shortfall for this year, and a 20-million dollar gap for next year. Still, Senator Jean Schodorf of Wichita says that she was surprised that the estimates came in as high as they did:The legislative wrap-up session begins in Topeka on April 27th.

Stephen Koranda Monday, April 18th, 2011

Further state budget cuts are likely to be on the agenda when the Kansas Legislature returns for its wrap-up session next week. Senator Jean Schodorf of Wichita says that state revenue projections are about 30 million dollars lower than expected, according to the group of experts that makes the estimates:Lawmakers will be returning to Topeka for the wrap-up session on April 27th.

Stephen Koranda Monday, April 18th, 2011

When the Kansas Legislature returns for its wrap-up session next week, lawmakers will need to consider even more budget cuts. Senator Jean Schodorf of Wichita says that state revenue projections have come in lower than expected. That means 10 million dollars more in cuts for this year, and 20 million for next year. Despite the bad state of this current revenue picture, Schodorf says she was actually expecting something worse. She thought projections would show the state needed to reduce its expenditures by around 50 million dollars for the next two budget cycles.

Stephen Koranda Monday, April 18th, 2011

Kansas is now taking part in a multi-state online system aimed at better tracking medication used to make methamphetamine. Attorney General Derek Schmidt and members of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy announced the new controls today (MON). Pharmacies will now link to an online system to see if buyers have purchased the legal limit of pseudoephedrine (sue-doh-eh-FEHD-rin), a key ingredient in meth. Kansas already limits the sale of the medication, but Schmidt says this will strengthen the law.If the customer has already purchased the maximum amount allowed, the system will tell the pharmacy not...

Stephen Koranda Friday, April 15th, 2011

Everyone knows April 15th is tax day…unless it’s not. A government holiday pushed the tax filing deadline back to today (MON). As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the Kansas Department of Revenue is encouraging last-minute filers to do their taxes electronically.

KPR Web Operations Friday, April 15th, 2011

The embattled president of the Kansas Bioscience Authority has stepped down amid legislative and legal probes into the state-financed economic development agency. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, Tom Thornton’s resignation comes the day after Congress approved a long-awaited 40-million dollar appropriation for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, in Manhattan.

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