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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Three defendants in the University of Kansas ticket scandal have been sentenced in federal court so far. A fourth is scheduled today (THUR). Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has the latest.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The Kansas House has advanced a bill that would put new regulations on abortion clinics. Similar bills have passed in previous years, but were vetoed by past governors. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more on how the debate played out on the House floor.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

A former manager in the University of Kansas athletics ticket office will do some prison time for her role in the department's ticket scandal. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

A report out today (WED) ranks Riley County as the healthiest county in Kansas. Cherokee County in the southeast corner of the state is the least healthy. But Wyandotte (WY-AN-DOT) County is not far behind, ranking 96th out of the 98 counties studied. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, Wyandotte County officials have launched a new effort to improve its ranking.

KPR Web Operations Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Kansas Jayhawks basketball coach Bill Self dreads his trip this weekend to Houston for the coaches convention. It's held in conjunction with the Final Four. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Self says it will be tough after KU's season-ending loss on Sunday.Meanwhile in the National Invitation Tournament, Wichita State advanced to the title game tomorrow (THUR) night in New York against Alabama. The Shockers defeated Washington State, 75-44, last (TUE) night.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Kansas senators have approved their proposal for the state budget. It took nearly four hours of debate yesterday (TUE) for the upper chamber to agree on a funding plan for the fiscal year starting July 1st. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, senators made some deep cuts to bring the budget into balance.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The Kansas Senate has approved their version of a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. Yesterday’s (TUE) 36 to 3 vote sends the bill to the House, which will debate its own version of the 2012 budget later in the week. The Senate measure would reduce aid to schools by around 230 dollars per student. Carolyn McGinn, a Republican from Sedgwick, chairs the Senate Ways and Means Committee. She said senators did what they had to do to balance the state budget.Senators voted to cut the pay of lawmakers and other state officials to help eliminate a 500 million dollar deficit. For...

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

This year’s report comparing the health of nearly all of the counties in Kansas looks very much like last year’s report. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the southeast part of the state is decidedly less healthy than the rest of Kansas. Jim McLean, of the KHI News Service, will be along at 6:30 and 8:30 with a related feature on how Wyandotte County is trying to improve its health status, so stay tuned for that.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

A state senator is trying to revive a bill that would repeal a Kansas law allowing some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports.The full Senate is scheduled to debate the motion tomorrow (WED).

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

New gifts totaling four-million dollars have brought the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s fundraising since 2009 to the fifty-million dollar mark. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the goal is to win designation as a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center.

KPR Web Operations Monday, March 28th, 2011

The Kansas Jayhawks aren't the only basketball team feeling the sting of a loss to Virginia Commonwealth. Wichita State, which plays in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament tonight (TUE) in New York, also lost to V-C-U. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, the outcome likely played a role in the Shockers post-season destination.

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 28th, 2011

Lawmakers are considering two very different proposals to tackle a funding problem in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS (kay-pers). The system faces a projected 7.7 billion dollar deficit over the coming 30 years. The House bill would shift new workers to a 401(k)-style investment plan. The Senate version would keep employees in a traditional pension, but study if a 401(k) plan is a good idea. Governor Sam Brownback charged the Senate with looking into the issue, but he hasn’t said which proposal he favors.Both versions would have the state and employees putting more...

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 28th, 2011

The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS (KAY-pers), faces a huge challenge in the coming years. The system is projected to go 7.7 billion dollars into the red over the next 30 years. That means there won’t be enough money to pay state retirees the benefits they've been promised. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, lawmakers have been working on legislation to solve that problem.

Stephen Koranda Monday, March 28th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback is urging lawmakers to complete work on an economic development bill he proposed. It would increase tax breaks for businesses that invest in Kansas. Brownback hopes lawmakers will negotiate differences between two versions of the bill before a deadline this week.Another bill Brownback proposed would give tax breaks to people moving to rural areas of Kansas. The legislation, which Brownback pitched during his campaign for governor, creates Rural Opportunity Zones.That bill has passed both chambers and is awaiting Brownback’s signature.

KPR Web Operations Sunday, March 27th, 2011

It was a crushing blow to the Kansas Jayhawks, a season-ending loss in the NCAA tournament to Virginia Commonwealth University. The V-C-U Rams became only the third team since the seeding system began in 1979 to advance to the Final Four as a number-11 seed. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, the Jayhawks will find the loss tough to swallow despite a 35-3 record this season.

Bryan Thompson Sunday, March 27th, 2011

One part of the federal health reform law that went into effect one year ago requires companies to spend most of the premium dollars they collect on health care for their customers. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, some companies may struggle to meet that requirement. Bryan will have more on the controversy over medical loss ratio requirements at 6:30 and 8:30 this morning.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 25th, 2011

Lawmakers in both chambers will be debating their budget proposals this week. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has this look at some of the differences between what the House and Senate will be considering.

Stephen Koranda Friday, March 25th, 2011

Senate leaders believe a nominee to head the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will be confirmed, despite some controversy. An email made public this week referred to remarks supposedly made by acting SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki (SIDE-leck-ee) in front of a group of mental health center administrators. The email alleged Siedlecki said he would not follow legislative guidelines when spending state dollars. Siedlecki said he never made those comments. Senate Vice President John Vratil, a Leawood Republican, asked Siedlecki about the email during a Ways and Means Committee...


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