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National Weather Service issues tornado watch, other advisories
March 27, 2014
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Kansas House OKs student data privacy bill
March 27, 2014
Restrictions on access to data on Kansas public school students would increase under a bill clearing the House on Wednesday, a move described by legislators as a means toward increased privacy.
Kansas Senate GOP unveils schools plan
March 26, 2014
Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate have outlined a new school funding plan that would give local districts extra authority to increase property taxes to supplement their state funds.
Kansas lawmakers name state’s official fossils
March 25, 2014
Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill designating a winged dinosaur and an ancient sea creature as the state’s official fossils.
Kansas full-day kindergarten plan likely won’t advance, House speaker says
March 25, 2014
House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, on Tuesday said Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to provide state funding for full-day kindergarten probably isn’t advancing during the current legislative session.
Kansas House committee hatches new plan for school funding
March 25, 2014
A Kansas House committee is preparing to take up a proposal from Republican leaders to increase education spending to satisfy a state Supreme Court order.
Kansas: Dogs found in trash bin ready for adoption
March 24, 2014
Two dogs found in a trash bin in Wichita have recovered and are ready to be adopted.
Kansas: Party switching limits in Brownback’s hands
March 24, 2014
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has until March 31 to decide the fate of the Kansas GOP’s plan to make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections.
Kansas residents brace for flood insurance changes
March 24, 2014
Some Kansas officials, real estate agents and homeowners say the changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, which is drowning in debt, don’t match reality in the rarely flooded state.
Kansas: Thieves steal U.S. flags from veterans cemetery
March 23, 2014
Thieves broke into a VFW shed in Dodge City and stole dozens of American flags that fly at a local cemetery to honor veterans.
Kansas House moves ahead autism bill
March 23, 2014
Legislators are making progress on a measure that would mandate that insurance companies provide health coverage and treatment for Kansas children diagnosed with autism.
Kansas City Connection: Irish food any day of the year
March 23, 2014
On March 17 at my downtown Kansas City office, amid the sounds of drunken revelry and bagpipes from the nearby Power & Light District, a colleague explained to me why she never celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. “Why should I?” she asked dismissively. “I’m Irish every day of the year.”
Kansas House speaker seeks new school bill
March 22, 2014
Republican House leaders worked quickly Friday to draft a new school funding proposal that more closely mirrors negotiations between the Senate and governor, jettisoning language a committee offered a day earlier seeking to expand charter schools in Kansas.
Kansas House rejects key change in lawsuit evidence rules
March 22, 2014
A business-backed proposal to change court evidence rules failed Friday in the Kansas House before members gave first-round approval to a bill increasing the damages allowed in personal injury lawsuits.
Kansas: Medicare key issue in health debate
March 22, 2014
Conservative Republicans worked Friday to lessen concerns that seniors would lose some Medicare benefits if Kansas joined a compact of states seeking to exempt themselves from the federal health care overhaul.
Genesis Christian Academy student wins poster contestant, meets governor
March 21, 2014
Mady Trower, a Genesis Christian Academy fifth-grader won first place in the state’s Fire Safety Poster contest.
Kansas, Arizona prevail in voter citizenship suit
March 20, 2014
Federal officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, in a decision that could encourage other Republican-led states to consider similar policies.
Kansas: Brownback calls for full K-12 equalization funding
March 20, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback called on lawmakers Wednesday to approve full equalization funding for two areas of the state’s K-12 education budget, a move that is estimated to cost an additional $129 million per year.
Kansas votes to repeal mortgage registration fees
March 20, 2014
Kansas senators have approved a bill repealing mortgage registration fees, a move that county leaders say will cost them millions of dollars.
Fred Phelps Sr., founder of Westboro Baptist Church, dead at 84
March 20, 2014
The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.