Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick has named Wade Hapgood as his new chief of staff.
Hapgood replaces Christie Kriegshauser, who is leaving to join the Kansas Chamber of Commerce as vice president for political affairs.
Hapgood has been Merrick's legislative director since January. He was previously an aide to Merrick when the Stilwell Republican was House majority leader from 2007 through 2010. Merrick says he'll name a new legislative director soon.
Doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital expect a three-week-old girl to make a full recovery after they closed an aneurysm in her brain…using super glue.
Jared and Gina Julian knew there was something wrong with their three-week-old daughter, Ashlyn, when she suddenly began screaming.
Her mother says "She was very stiff, and then very rag-doll limp. And then... not super responsive." Later that night after Ashlyn threw up a second time, her parents went to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
Legislators passed a budget with more than $60 million in cuts over two years for the state's universities last week. Gov. Sam Brownback told reporters on Friday that his office had received the budget, and they were going through it line by line.
He may have been focusing on the lines where universities faces across-the board cuts, and cuts to funding for salaries, which Gov. Brownback said, "I'm not pleased with. I thought it should have been stable funding. So we're going to be looking at what all options are."
The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is asking for proposals for using $2 million in state funding for rural moderate-income housing.
The program is open to communities across Kansas with populations of less than 60,000 residents. The grants and loans are for building multi-family or single-family housing, to rehabilitate housing and to build utility extensions to support new developments.