The University of Kansas is dropping a request for the authority to build upscale apartments that would house basketball players and other students.
University spokesman Tim Caboni says the decision to withdraw the bonding proposal came after a Kansas House committee rejected it last week.
The university was seeking bonding authority for $17.5 million to help build apartments near Allen Fieldhouse that would house 66 students. Thirty-two of the apartments would be for men's and women's basketball players.
Wichita is full of amazing public art that gives our city character. It belongs to all of us. And when it is vandalized, it hurts. It hurts emotionally, financially and it hurts the culture of our city.
A bill that supporters say will preserve religious freedom now faces an uncertain future in the Kansas legislature.
Bill Proponents say it will protect individuals, businesses and religious groups from being involved in same-sex marriage ceremonies for religious reasons. Opponents say it's so broadly written that it offers legal protection for discrimination. The bill passed the Kansas House last week.
House Speaker Ray Merrick says that he would not put the bill up for a vote again if he could do it over. Merrick says the House will work with the Senate to amend the bill.
The Kansas State Board of Education is thinking about changing how teachers are licensed.
Board members have wanted to review the licensing process for years, and the increased scarcity of technical and career education teachers sped up the process.
The Kansas Department of Education is proposing board members change the regulations to allow for the issuance of a three-year, renewable part-time teaching permit for people with industry-recognized certification or other experience in specialized industries.