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Here Are Some Things Kansas Lawmakers Have Done While Avoiding School Spending Drama

Kansas lawmakers head into the next stretch of this year’s legislative session after advancing bills offering tax breaks to some smaller businesses, compensation to people thrown in prison unjustly and a welcome mat to industrial chicken growers. The bigger, harder questions before them remain unanswered. Since gaveling out on Thursday, they're taking off a few days.

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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say Kansans wrongly convicted of crimes deserve to be compensated by the state. The panel amended and advanced a bill Monday that would do that using more than just cash.

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A Kansas Senate committee has endorsed a bill that would expand the state's Medicaid program to provide health coverage for 150,000 additional poor adults.

The bill approved Monday by the Public Health and Welfare Committee would expand Medicaid as encouraged by the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act championed by former President Barack Obama. The Medicaid program covers more than 370,000 poor, disabled and elderly Kansas residents.

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A Kansas House committee has rejected a bill that was designed to prevent earthquakes that experts say are caused by oil and gas production wastewater disposal methods.

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Since its inception over a decade ago, the Department of Homeland Security has had authority over the $1.3 billion National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, under construction on the campus of Kansas State University.

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A crowded race for the Republican nomination for Kansas' next governor has candidates looking for ways to stand out.

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The Kansas Water Office has received more than $2.5 million from the federal government to help fight harmful algae blooms in the state's largest lake. 

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When the Republican candidates for governor take to the debate stage Saturday in Wichita, there won’t be a place for Jim Barnett.

The former state senator was barred from participating because he refused to sign debate rules drafted by the party.

State GOP officials say the rules are needed to ensure a civil discussion. But Barnett says the party is protecting Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach from tough questions.

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As agriculture intensified in the 20th century, summers in the Midwest became wetter and cooler.

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A bill backed by Republican lawmakers intends to send a message to college campuses in Kansas: No restricting free speech, no matter the perspective.

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Kansas legislators see plenty of needs for spending across state government and are starting to complain that a court mandate puts schools first in line.

Prison staffing, state mental hospitals and highway projects are among the items lawmakers would like to fund. But an October state Supreme Court ruling that the $4 billion-plus the state spends on schools each year isn't adequate means that most conversations about money at the Statehouse revolve around schools.

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Cooking With Fire: Crab Cakes

Crab cakes have become a staple in restaurants across the U.S., but it wasn’t that long ago that crab was seen as a difficult and dangerous crustacean that wasn’t worth the time and effort it took to catch them.

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Season 4 of Invisibilia kicks off on KMUW on March 11, 2018. To whet the appetite, we'll be airing Season 3 in the weeks prior as a count-down of sorts beginning February 18.

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Blues, roots-rock and that hard-to-find element that says “southern”…..Paul Thorn at the Old Settlers Inn. Paul is gritty and graceful and a consummate storyteller.

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Sunday on Soulsations, inspirational sounds from contemporary gospel artist Jermaine Dolly. For years Dolly has been a back up vocalist for gospel great, Tye Tribett. The Philadelphia native is pursing a solo career with his 2017 debut release, The Dolly Express. 

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For nearly 35 years, the members of Take 6 have been captivating audiences around the world with their vocal talent.

The group is one of the most celebrated vocal groups in history with 10 Grammy wins, 10 Dove Gospel Music Awards, a Soul Train Award, Jazz Honors and more. The sextet has collaborated with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Ella Fitzgerald, The Manhattan Transfer and KD Lang.

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Portland, Oregon's Fruition has just released its fifth album, Watching It All Fall Apart, a record that ushers in what promises to be a busy year for the band. Currently on a run of headlining dates, the band will take to the road with singer-songwriter Jack Johnson late this spring. According to Kellen Asebroek, Fruition is eager to reach a new group of fans, something you can hear on the expansive new recording, which was produced by the esteemed Tucker Martine (Bill Frisell, Mudhoney, The Decemberists).

The band performs at Barleycorn's Thursday, Feb. 22.

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Amber Ikeman surprised her friends and family when she quit her day job at a Florida non-profit and moved to Montana. There, she honed her skills as a singer-songwriter and embraced the open, rural landscape.

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Kansas Students Plan Walkout In Reaction To Recent Shootings

Alayna Nelson, a sophomore at Wichita Northwest High School, grew up hearing stories of repeated mass shootings on the news. “Every single time this happened I always wanted to do something about it,” Nelson said. Now, Nelson and other students in her generation are taking action against gun violence.

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