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The fight over a move by the Legislature to defund the Kansas judiciary's budget has now landed in the federal courts.

A court notice shows Kansas has moved the lawsuit filed by four judges to U.S. District Court in Topeka.

The attorney representing the judges said Monday he is confident that whether it is heard in state or federal court the measure defunding the courts would be found unconstitutional. No decision has been made on whether to oppose the venue change.

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Kansas has plans to reduce the insurance assistance for children of lower-income state workers next year and also allow those children to be enrolled in a federal health program.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports workers who qualify will be able in 2016 to sign their children up for coverage through the federal Children's Health Insurance Program, CHIP. Prior to the federal Affordable Care Act state workers weren't allowed to sign up for CHIP.

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Few people associate hospitals with fine dining--hence the term “hospital food.” But a group of Kansas hospitals is out to change that.

Not only are they working to make the food they serve to patients, staff and visitors better, they’re working to make it healthier. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson traveled to northwest Kansas to visit one of the hospitals involved in the effort. / Wikipedia

A Wichita attorney has announced plans to challenge Congressman Mike Pompeo next year.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Dan Giroux, a Democrat, made his announcement Thursday. Giroux said in a news release that the people of south-central Kansas need a representative who will stand up for them and "not special interests."

The state's new Commissioner of Education says schools need to become more focused on the student, not the system.

While Commissioner Randy Watson says that "sounds simple," he added that it is "extremely hard."

Watson spoke to a gathering Thursday of more than 100 school administrators and board members in Salina as part of a regional meeting of the Kansas Association of School Boards.

Wichita State University

An annual ceremony of remembrance was held at Wichita State University this morning in honor of the 31 WSU football players, administrators and supporters who died in a plane crash in 1970 in the Rocky Mountains.

More than 100 people paid their respects at the ceremony held at the permanent memorial on the university’s campus. Many in attendance wore gold and black, Wichita State University’s colors.

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Kansas is only three months into a new fiscal year and already tax collections have come in below estimates in each of the three months.

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This morning at 9 a.m., Wichita State University will hold a remembrance ceremony to honor the 31 WSU football players, administrators, and school supporters who died in a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains in 1970.

KMUW's Abigail Wilson recently finished a documentary on how friends, family members, and survivors of the crash are faring, all these years later.

Abigail sat down with our Morning Edition host Kate Clause to talk about her project.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on last week’s fatal plane crash in west Wichita.

The report confirms the details of the crash as reported by Wichita fire and police officials, but does not provide any clues on a possible a cause.

The NTSB report says the Cessna 310 was destroyed after the pilot declared an emergency and then hit the ground last Friday afternoon.

Kansas election officials are expected to begin removing the names of more than 31,000 prospective voters from their registration records Friday in line with the state's tough voter identification law, which requires applicants to prove their citizenship before casting a ballot.