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Stephen Koranda

Supporters of solar energy and the electricity utility Westar Energy are sparring over a proposal that would increase costs for customers with solar panels. Kansas regulators held a hearing on the plan last night in Topeka.

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The city of Wichita is confirming its commitment to Project Access, one day after Sedgwick County recommended eliminating its funding for the nonprofit.

City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved $175,000 in funding for Project Access for next year. It’s the amount the group requested and the same level of funding it received from the city this year.

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TOPEKA, Kan.--Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's campaign approached a Westar Energy official for a campaign debt donation while the utility is in the process of seeking a rate increase, a newspaper reported.

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Kansas faces a court-imposed deadline to make its arguments as a judge considers whether to explicitly strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

Stephen Koranda

The galleries in the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas are closed for renovation, but that doesn't mean the end of art programs. Some of it has been pushed out on to the streets of Lawrence. As KPR's Stephen Koranda reports, the Spencer Museum may be closed, but it's still keeping art in the public eye.

The Spencer's renovation is not just a couple coats of paint or new carpet. KU's art museum is getting a major overhaul. On this day, cranes are setting up scaffolding. They’ll be cutting holes in the exterior wall to install massive windows.

Large Drop In Farm Income Predicted This Year

Jul 21, 2015
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Corn and soybean farmers in the Midwest are likely to earn far less money this year than they did last year, with some economists predicting that incomes could be less than one tenth of what they were in 2014.

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Kansans will have a chance to weigh in today on a proposed electricity rate increase from Westar Energy. The Kansas Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities, will hold a public hearing in Topeka.

The plan would raise electricity rates and the monthly fixed fees paid by customers. The hearing is a chance for members of the public to ask questions and share their opinions on the proposal.

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Sedgwick County has released its proposed budget for 2016, and it includes drastic cuts to many county services.

 

Numerous county agencies and county-supported organizations were aware that funding cuts were coming, but didn’t know how severe they’d be.

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This piece originally aired July 20, 2015, during All Things Considered.

A former Wichita police chief and a long-time pastor will receive special awards tonight as part of the Real Men, Real Heroes annual recognition banquet.

Real Men, Real Heroes is an organization that provides positive role models for African-American boys. More than half of black children in America live without a father in the home.

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A mathematician at Wichita State University who wanted to check the accuracy of some Kansas voting machines after finding odd patterns in election returns is finding out how difficult it can be to get government officials to turn over public documents.

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