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A journalism watchdog group is giving Kansas state government a failing grade for transparency.

The nonprofit Center for Public Integrity says the deaths of several children in the foster care system should have prompted an audit of the state agency that oversees the system. But Republicans on the Legislative Post Audit committee blocked an investigation.

Adrian and Pankratz Attorneys at Law

Gov. Sam Brownback today appointed the first female judge to the 9th District Court covering McPherson and Harvey counties in Kansas.

Stephen Koranda

A panel of Kansas lawmakers has been reviewing school spending and student performance. Some test scores have been flat or have dropped in recent years.

Republican Rep. Jerry Lunn says, at the same time, total education funding has increased.

“Does it make sense to then say ‘Well, we just need more money'? Because I think that’s the narrative that’s going to come out of this is, ‘We just need to spend more money.’ It’s not how much you spend, it’s how you spend it,” Lunn says.

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Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas has "a good shot" at making its new revenue projections and avoiding a deficit in its current budget.

Brownback told reporters Monday that he's hoping a new fiscal forecast will hold and, "We'll be in fine shape."

University economists, legislative researchers and officials in Brownback's administration issued the new forecast Friday. It slashed $354 million from projections for state revenues from now through June 2017.


Boeing has secured an order with India's Jet Airways for 75 737 Max aircrafts. The deal announced Monday at the Dubai Airshow could be worth more than $8 billion. Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita builds the fuselages and other parts for the 737s, which are assembled near Seattle.

Spirit spokesperson Jarrod Bartlett says this is business as usual for the aircraft parts manufacturer.

Bartlett says anytime that Boeing is announcing sales of the 737, it’s good news for Wichita.

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Veterans Day isn’t until Wednesday, but about 2,000 local JROTC and Leadership Corps Cadets joined together Monday to honor local veterans.

Nineteen middle and high schools representing three branches of the military were involved in the event at Century II. World War II, Vietnam and other veterans were in the audience as military leaders, politicians and students recognized their service through music and drills.

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The Kansas Department of Transportation has added new technology to help clear highways of snow this winter.

Sean Sandefur

A panel of state officials has approved more than $4 million in emergency aid for 25 Kansas school districts that requested the additional funding. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the money was mostly provided to districts with enrollment growth or falling property values.

Jeffery Skemp

A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the most discussed novels of 2014 and 2015. Its author has recently received his share of acclaim for the work, but says that there was a time, some years ago, where he almost gave up on becoming an established writer.

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Updated Tuesday, 12:39 p.m.: The Wichita City Council voted unanimously to approve a 16-month contract with consulting firm CH2M Hill to analyze the city's water and sewer systems.

The Wichita City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal that involves a utility partnership with a private company to evaluate the city’s water system. A group called the Wichita Water Coalition is concerned that there has not been enough public involvement.