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Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The Kansas House has given first approval to a bill that would cut 35 million dollars out of the current budget. Supporters of the bill say that’s needed to help with a projected budget deficit for the coming fiscal year. The legislation would also mean around 20 million dollars less for K through 12 education in Kansas. Representative Ed Trimmer, a Winfield Democrat, said that move would mean school districts would have to cut staff.The 20 million dollars taken from education would be put into special education funding. The move would stop Kansas from losing federal matching dollars that...

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

KPR's long-time radio host, Jim Seaver, has died. The retired University of Kansas professor hosted "Opera Is My Hobby" -- one of the longest-running radio shows in history. As KPR's J. Schafer reports, Dr. Seaver led a long and interesting life.

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 14th, 2011

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Stephen Koranda Monday, March 14th, 2011

Metals like aluminum and copper can be attractive items for thieves. Water pipes and air conditions are just two things thieves can steal, then turn in the metal for cash. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, a Kansas Senate committee is considering new regulations aimed at combating metal thefts.

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 14th, 2011

Kansas House leaders have cut short debate on a bill that would trim spending out of the current state budget. Lawmakers sent the measure back to the Appropriations Committee for more discussion. Representative Eber (EE-burr) Phelps, a Hays Democrat, supported the move. The measure started as a two page bill, but more than 30 pages of amendments were added. Phelps believes lawmakers didn’t have enough time to study all the changes.Last week, Governor Sam Brownback cut 56 million dollars to balance the budget that ends June 30th. Lawmakers are looking to slice about 35 million dollars more in...

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 14th, 2011

Kansas lawmakers are considering new regulations aimed at combating metal theft. High prices for scrap metal have led to an increase in metal thefts in some areas. The bill would require all metal recycling facilities to get a permit to operate. Bud Burke is a lobbyist working on behalf of Advantage Metals Recycling, based in Kansas City. He says some companies might not want to come to Kansas, over fears that they would not be able to get permits to operate in the future.A law passed in 2007 requires metal dealers to keep records of people turning in scrap metal. Supporters of the bill say...

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 14th, 2011

Both Kansas teams in the Big 12 Conference now know their destination and opponents in the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. And Wichita State will be in the post-season, too. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.In NCAA Division II play, the Washburn men's and women's teams were both eliminated over the weekend in the South Central regional.

Stephen Koranda Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Negotiations on a bill to cut spending in the current fiscal year won’t be continuing this week. After members of the House and Senate couldn’t come to an agreement, Governor Sam Brownback took actions into his own hands. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th, 2011

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is taking steps to deal with the state’s budget deficit. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback is cutting 56-million dollars from the state’s current fiscal year budget. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 11th, 2011

Civil rights groups are opposing a plan to change the Kansas Human Rights Commission. The organization investigates claims of discrimination in areas such as housing and employment. Governor Sam Brownback has proposed moving the commission into the attorney general’s office. Reverend Ben Scott is president of the Topeka NAACP. He has concerns about moving the commission, because attorney general's office is a partisan office run by an elected official.Brownback says the move will save the state around 200 thousand dollars. Brownback’s office has said the commission will be more effective...

KPR Web Operations Friday, March 11th, 2011

Time is running out for the largest food bank in Lawrence. The food program and pantry -- known as "Just Food" -- is on the brink of closing, unless it can raise a lot of money -- and soon. Supporters of "Just Food" are working to raise $100,000 in less than 60 days. KPR news intern Justine Greve (GREEVE) reports.Officials with Just Food said earlier today (THUR) that they've now reached 39-percent -- or $39,000 -- of their fundraising goal.

Bryan Thompson Friday, March 11th, 2011

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is asking the federal government to relax rules prohibiting the state from cutting its Medicaid program. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, Brownback made the request in a letter to Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 10th, 2011

A group of lawmakers is calling for an end to ethics hearings focused on a former Kansas attorney general. Phill Kline is accused of misleading judges and mishandling evidence during his investigations of abortion providers. KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Korand has more.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, March 10th, 2011

For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the University of Kansas basketball team reached the 30-victory mark. In the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament this (THUR) afternoon, the Jayhawks squeaked by Oklahoma State, 63 to 62. Jayhawk fans held their breath in the final seconds when Oklahoma State had the ball. Even Bill Self admitted he felt a little anxiety.Oklahoma State's last shot was off-target, so KU advances to play the Colorado Buffaloes in the tournament semifinals. Colorado defeated the K-State Wildcats this (THUR) afternoon by a score of 87 to 75.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 10th, 2011

A group of lawmakers is calling for an end to ethics hearings focused on a former Kansas attorney general. Phill Kline is accused of misleading judges and mishandling evidence during his investigations of abortion providers. Kline, a Republican, was attorney general from 2003 to 2007. He then served as Johnson County district attorney. Around 25 lawmakers today (THUR) said the hearings should end. Representative Steve Brunk is a Republican from Wichita.The top Democrat in the Kansas House, Paul Davis of Lawrence, says lawmakers should not interfere with the ethics hearings. He believes...

Stephen Koranda Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Budget writing committees in the Kansas Legislature are working on compromises to maintain funding for the Early Head Start program. More from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The state court system in Kansas is starting a comprehensive study to look for ways to save money. Last year, the court system had to close its doors for several days due to a budget crunch. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, court officials hope to avoid problems like that in the future.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The state court system in Kansas today (WED) kicked off a comprehensive study to look for ways to save money. Last year, the court system had to shut its doors for several days due to a budget crunch. A commission appointed by the court will try to find ways to cut costs in the judicial branch. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss says it’s difficult to find a balance between saving dollars and keeping the court system accessible to Kansans.The state court system includes the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and district courts. The recommendations are expected to be ready at the beginning of next...

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