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Senate committee considers bill to remove teacher protection
February 5, 2015
Opponents of legislation that would allow Kansas teachers to be criminally charged for exposing children to harmful material say the proposal is overly broad and could land educators in hot water merely for discussing such literature as “Huckleberry Finn.”
Natural gas company must pay $7.3M to Kansas landowners
February 5, 2015
A federal judge agreed Wednesday with a court-appointed panel’s recommendation that a natural gas company should pay $7.3 million for storage rights and natural gas under nearly 9,200 acres of land spanning three southern Kansas counties, far below the more than $100 million that the property owners wanted.
Kansas governor announces cuts to public schools, higher ed
February 5, 2015
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s going to cut nearly $45 million in funding for public schools and higher education in March.
Kansas Senate to confirm Board of Regents appointees
February 4, 2015
The Kansas Senate is expected to confirm appointees for several state posts, including the three members of the Kansas Board of Regents.
Proposed indoor skydiving center in Kansas draws skepticism
February 4, 2015
A proposal to bring indoor skydiving to a Kansas City suburb hit an obstacle when city council members questioned the wisdom of placing an oddly shaped building in a prominent place in the city, particularly if the business closes in the future.
Kansas House approves measure to close budget gap
February 4, 2015
A stop-gap plan for closing Kansas’ current budget deficit and ensuring bills are paid on time won state House approval Wednesday, despite bipartisan criticism of the measure.
Kansas abortion bill could have broad impact, advocates say
February 3, 2015
A bill in the Kansas Legislature that calls for banning a specific abortion procedure could end up establishing broader restrictions, abortion rights activists said Monday.
Kansas high school’s piano purchase hits sour note
February 3, 2015
A Kansas City high school’s purchase of an estimated $47,000 grand piano is striking some sour notes among critics.
Airbrushed illustration from 1860s removed from Capitol
February 3, 2015
The Kansas Historical Society has removed an 1860s illustration depicting an election in the state’s territorial period after receiving complaints that the image had been airbrushed to remove references to voter fraud.
Kansas tribes, governor’s office talking about compact
February 2, 2015
Officials with northeast Kansas American Indian tribes have had preliminary discussions with Gov. Sam Brownback on gaining more control over revenue and spending on their lands.
Bill would let home-school students in public school groups
February 2, 2015
A Kansas Senate education committee will hear testimony on a proposal to allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports and activities, the committee’s chairman said.
Kansas House panel approves measure to balance state budget
February 2, 2015
Kansas would eliminate a deficit in its current budget mostly by shifting money around to patch holes in the funding for general government programs under a bill approved Monday by a state House committee.
Brownback proposes linking school funding to performance
February 1, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has said he wants to tie school funding to student performance, an idea that immediately raised questions amid a court fight over how much the state spends on public education.
Kansas City opens center for science, engineering students
February 1, 2015
A new center that hopes to eventually provide resources for science and engineering students throughout the Kansas City region is now open.
Kansas City Connection: Nelson-Atkins exhibits take sobering look at war
February 1, 2015
Two new exhibits at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art confront viewers with the realities of war, albeit in dramatically different ways.
Kansas considers reduced penalties for marijuana possession
January 28, 2015
Penalties for marijuana possession may be softened in Kansas as legislators seek to lower prison populations and reduce costs.
Kansas lawmakers move to block local gun regulations
January 28, 2015
Local officials who already are barred from imposing restrictions on gun owners also would be prohibited from imposing special taxes on gun sales under a bill considered Wednesday by Kansas legislators.
Kansas House moves to stop wee-hours sessions, bill bundling
January 27, 2015
Kansas House members are moving to ban post-midnight sessions of their chamber and make it harder for their leaders to bundle multiple bills into a single piece of legislation.
Wichita council puts marijuana issue on April ballot
January 27, 2015
Wichita voters will get the opportunity to vote on easing marijuana penalties for first-time offenders.
Kansas measure would boost penalties for burglaries
January 27, 2015
Kansas would increase penalties for home burglaries under a bill being considered in the state Senate.