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Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This is National Consumer Protection Week. Jeff Wagaman, the spokesperson for the Kansas Attorney General's office, says one of the activities being held in conjunction with the event is geared toward high school students.The writers of the top 3 entries from around the state will each win 400 dollars. All entries are due next Monday, March 14th. More information can be found online at the Kansas Attorney General's website, www.ksag.org. National Consumer Protection Week is being observed with various activities in all fifty states.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill outlawing lap dances at strip clubs and placing restrictions on other sexually oriented businesses. The bill would require strip club dancers to stay at least 6 feet away from customers. The bill also restricts when adult businesses can be open and where they can be located. Opponents of the measure argued that it isn’t in line with calls for smaller government. Supporters say the businesses bring a host of problems to communities. Forrest Knox, an Altoona Republican, brought the bill to the House floor.The House could give final...

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 7th, 2011

State government in Kansas is starting a comprehensive study of how tax dollars are spent. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the goal of the program is to find the exact costs for government services.

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 7th, 2011

Two former employees of the University of Kansas athletics department were sentenced today (MON) for their roles in the KU ticket scandal. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 7th, 2011

State government in Kansas is undergoing a comprehensive study to see how tax dollars are spent. That’s what Kansas Budget Director Steve Anderson told the House Appropriations Committee today (MON). The goal of the program is to find the exact costs for government services to determine where money can be saved. Anderson gave the example of a boiler inspection performed by the Department of Labor.The program is starting with the Department of Labor and Department of Agriculture. Anderson says they’re hoping to have more state agencies studying their costs by this summer.

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 7th, 2011

There will be a new national champion in NCAA Division II women's basketball. Emporia State...last year's champion...was left out of the 64-team tournament bracket. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

KPR Web Operations Friday, March 4th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Friday, March 4th, 2011

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Stephen Koranda Friday, March 4th, 2011

The full house could debate tax policy changes this week. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, some lawmakers want to significantly revamp the state’s tax system, including repealing part of the state sales tax.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 4th, 2011

Kansas legislative leaders visited Washington DC this week to lobby for funding to build an animal disease lab in Manhattan. President Obama's budget proposal includes 150 million dollars to start construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF (enn-baff). Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, was part of the group. He says Republicans and Democrats are working together to secure the funding.The lab will study animal diseases which could be used in a terrorist attack against the country. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

This weekend marks the first weekend of basketball's March Madness with games that have NCAA tournament implications. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the story.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

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Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee has recommended rejecting Governor Sam Brownback’s plan to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission. Brownback has signed an executive order to replace the Arts Commission with a private, non-profit group. Governor Brownback says his plan will save the state around 600 thousand dollars during a tough budget crunch. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee today (THUR) recommended rejecting Governor Sam Brownback’s plan to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission. Brownback has signed an executive order to replace the Arts Commission with a private, non-profit group. Senator David Haley, a Kansas City Democrat, says he is not convinced private money will be available to replace the lost state dollars.The committee’s resolution to reject the governor’s plan will now go before the full Senate.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Mental Health advocates say cuts proposed for mental health services in Kansas will endanger lives and burden emergency rooms, mental hospitals, and jails statewide. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, hundreds of advocates will converge on Topeka today(THUR) to declare that the mental health system in Kansas is at its breaking point.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The Supreme Court has sided with Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church in a free speech case. The church is known for protesting at military funerals. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, church members argued that their protests were protected under the Firt Amendment.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The House Appropriations Committee today (TUE) voted to eliminate state funding for public broadcasting. Anthony Brown, a Eudora Republican, supported the cut, saying the state needs to look at its priorities.The bill will now go before the full House. The state funding is used to help support public television and radio stations in Kansas, including Kansas Public Radio. Much of the funding goes to stations serving rural areas.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

A report from a proponent of health care reform says out-of-pocket spending caps in the Affordable Care Act will protect families from financial ruin due to medical expenses. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, an estimated 150-thousand Kansans will need the protection of those caps, which take effect in 2014.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The "Geographer of the United States" -- Dr. Lee Schwartz -- will speak tonight (TUE) at the University of Kansas. Schwartz is giving a lecture about the importance of geography at the Dole Institute of Politics. Dr. Schwartz delivers his remarks at 7:30 tonight (TUE) at the Dole Institute.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The "Geographer of the United States" is coming to the University of Kansas. Dr. Lee Schwartz, who holds that position at the U-S State Department, is speaking at the Dole Institute of Politics later tonight (TUE). He'll be talking about geography in general and about his job specifically. Dr. Schwartz will deliver his lecture at 7:30 tonight (TUE) at the Dole Institute of Politics. The event is free and open to the public.

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