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Brownback’s Kansas Budget Plan Relies On Federal Health Insurance Funds

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has made $63 million in adjustments to the Kansas budget. The changes will boost the state savings account to help avoid a deficit next year. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the largest change is in SCHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
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Wichita Police Searching For Missing Infant

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Kansas Tax Collections Narrowly Miss The Mark In July

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Kansas is wrapping up the first month of the new fiscal year on a sour note. The state’s tax receipts in July came in just shy of expectations. Over the month, total tax collections in Kansas were short by just about 1 percent, or nearly $4 million.

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The Wichita Police Department is asking for help from the public to locate missing child.

Captain Jeff Weible said in a press conference Friday that four-month-old Vincent Moore was last seen with his 24-year-old father in Wichita. The infant's mother dropped Vincent off with his father in early June for visitation. Police did not identify the father but said he has been booked into jail on separate warrants.

According to police, the infant was last seen July 11 in the area of 31st and Hydraulic with his father near a home where they were staying.

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A spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families says it will not prevent single adults from serving as foster parents for abused and neglected children. Questions have arisen about the department's plans because it is reviewing foster care policies.

Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has made $63 million in adjustments to the Kansas budget. The changes will boost the state savings account to help avoid a deficit next year. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the largest change is in SCHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration is unveiling $50 million in adjustments to the Kansas budget. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, few details are being offered in advance of this afternoon's news conference.

Governor Brownback’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, will explain the budget changes in a news conference at the Kansas Statehouse. The plan is likely to include some spending cuts, other savings and shifting money around within the budget. The governor himself won't be on hand, as he's scheduled to be in Wichita.

A solar advocacy group has raised concerns about the decision of Kansas regulators to limit the group's input over a large utility's plan to boost rates and change its billing structure.

The Kansas Corporation Commission issued a revised order allowing the Alliance for Solar Choice, which represents solar businesses, to be given partial access to proceedings over Topeka-based Westar Energy's plan to raise rates by $152 million.

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Kansas City’s fastest growing company is poised for even more explosive growth.

Cerner Corporation on Wednesday won what may be the biggest health IT bid ever awarded: a 10-year contract worth $4.3 billion to upgrade the Defense Department’s health records at the DoD’s 55 hospitals and more than 600 clinics worldwide.

The contract covers about 9.5 million Defense Department beneficiaries and more than 205,000 providers, according to the DoD. The system will have to be capable of interacting with the Department of Veteran Affairs’ separate health records system.

The Sedgwick County Commission held a public hearing Wednesday to discuss potential funding cuts to many county-backed organizations.

Stephen Koranda

Republican legislators blocked a state audit of Kansas' foster care system even though several acknowledged that they have ongoing concerns about how well it protects abused and neglected children.

GOP members of the committee that oversees the work of state auditors were skeptical that the review would provide useful information.

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Joey Kneiser

John Moreland Brings Tulsa Heat To Wichita

Listening to the thoughtful, meditative lyrics and music on John Moreland’s latest album, High On Tulsa Heat, it might be hard to imagine that the Oklahoma-raised songwriter cut his teeth in the state’s hardcore and metalcore scenes.
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