Archive for Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Statehouse briefing: A backlog in immigrant English classes

April 11, 2007

Here are today's headlines from Kansas government:

(Harris News Service) Waiting list forms for English classes: Hundreds of immigrant adults remain in line to take English classes in Kansas. But higher education officials say the backlog could be cut significantly with $500,000 in new funding proposed in this year's legislative session. The funding talk was dropped prior to adjournment.

(Kansas Health Institute News Service) Sebelius not giving up on child health care initiative: There has been little legislative discussion of the proposed initiative and House Republicans are still wary of it, but Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said she hasn't given up on her plan to extend health insurance to more Kansas children.

(KC Star) Copper thefts prompts legislation: Last month, someone stripped copper wiring from a Lenexa cell-phone tower. Another cell tower was stripped days later. In Platte City, someone stole wiring from lights in a park.

(AP) Tiller's attorney appointed to sentencing commission: Abortion opponents are upset that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has appointed an attorney who defended Kansas' best-known abortion provider against criminal charges to the state panel reviewing sentencing policies.

(LJW) Wichita misses out on revenue in gambling bill: The city of Wichita won't get about $1 million in revenue-sharing because of a mistake in the new casino and slots bill.

(KTKA) Concealed carry has cities concerned: The concealed carry gun law already went into effect this year, but a follow-up to the concealed carry gun law is on the governor's desk. If it becomes law it could change things at the ball park.

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