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1:45 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Education Report Shows Kansas Public Schools Under-Funded By $650M

A new report shows the amount of money Kansas legislators have authorized for school spending for the next two years that is more than $650 million below what is required by law.

Deputy Commissioner of Education Dale Dennis originally included the report as part of the State Board of Education's June meeting agenda. However, the discussion was omitted when debate on academic standards ran long.

Here's a link to the report

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

OnWords: How Scandals Keep The Irrelevant Relevant

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks. Photo taken on March 20, 2010.
Credit Espen Moe / flickr Creative Commons

Aside from being the name of a long-forgotten New Wave band, scandal has become the primary means for the party out of power to stay relevant on the political scene.

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Government
8:13 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Kobach Says Kansas' Voter ID Law Unaffected By Supreme Court Decision

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters can still be enforced, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a similar law in Arizona.

The Supreme Court said the Arizona law conflicted with federal voting laws.

Kobach says the Kansas law differs enough from Arizona's version that the court's decision Monday doesn't apply to Kansas.

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Education
6:05 am
Tue June 18, 2013

KU Med To Lose 31 Student Slots In Kansas City

The University of Kansas is wrestling with how to cut $13.5 million dollars from its budget over the next two years, but the funding reduction will not prompt the closing of the KU School of Medicine's campus in Salina.

The KU Medical Center, which operates the school, will have to absorb more than $8 million dollars in cuts.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Into It: Olympic Medals For Art?

A lot has changed for the Olympics over the last century, including the focus on an entire discipline. 

The Olympics from 1912 to 1952 weren’t just about sports, but art. Medals were given out for painting, sculpture, literature, music and architecture. The only caveat being that the pieces must be inspired by sport.

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Secretary of State
5:47 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Kobach Seeks Protest Investigation

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked for an investigation into an immigration reform protest held outside his Wyandotte County home.

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2013 Legislative Session
8:39 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Brownback Signs 2-Year Budget

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback on Saturday showed his frustration with part of the state budget passed by the GOP-dominated Kansas Legislature by vetoing the entire Department of Corrections allotment for fiscal year 2015.

Brownback signed the bill containing a budget of more than $14 billion for each of the next two fiscal years, starting in July.

Although the governor used his power to veto multiple line items, most of the decisions made by lawmakers about spending will take effect.

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Community
6:29 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Owe Child Support? State Is Ramping Up Efforts To Collect It

Contracts have been awarded to four vendors, who will take over the duties of child support collection in Kansas next September. State officials say those who avoid paying their obligations can expect a more aggressive approach.

Kansas Department for Children and Families spokeswoman Theresa Freed predicts the four contractors will increase the amount of child support collected in Kansas. She says the department projects an increase of $52 million dollars in collections over the three-year contract period.

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Business
6:22 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Brownback Heads To Paris To Drum Up Aviation Business

Gov. Sam Brownback is leading a trade delegation to the Paris Air Show this week.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Book Review: The Other Typist

Set in New York City in the 1920s, The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is told from the viewpoint of Rose Baker, an unremarkable woman raised in an orphanage by nuns.

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