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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking all Kansas Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from a lawsuit involving the court system's budget.

Schmidt announced Tuesday that the state filed a motion seeking the recusal because the justices have publicly opposed the law in question.

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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.

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Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is recommending against granting emergency state aid to most Kansas school districts that plan on seeking funds at an upcoming meeting with lawmakers.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports superintendents were sent a message from the Kansas State Department of Education on behalf of the Division of Budget. The message says giving certain districts extra aid would not benefit them until next year because school budgets for this fiscal year have already been set.

A new report says Medicaid and other services will cost Kansas about $47 million more than expected during the next two budget years.

The new estimates Thursday complicate the budget picture for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-dominated Legislature. The report was issued by legislative researchers and Brownback's budget staff.

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Media outlets have sued Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and others in his administration seeking public disclosure of agency records related to the appointment of a magistrate judge in Reno County.

The Associated Press, The Hutchinson News and the Kansas Press Association filed the open records lawsuit late Wednesday in Shawnee County District Court. The Kansas Press Association represents more than 230 member newspapers throughout the state.

The governor's spokeswoman, Eileen Hawley, declined to comment on the pending litigation.

Governor Sam Brownback has named the CEO of an international business consulting firm as the next Kansas commerce secretary.

Antonio Soave of Overland Park has been named to the economic development job. Soave's appointment is subject to confirmation by the Kansas Senate.

Soave is chairman and CEO of Capistrano Global Advisory Services. The company helps businesses with mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and expanding their foreign markets.

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Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday placed a hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for the secretary of the Army to prevent the White House from taking executive action to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer detainees to the United States.

Roberts and the five other Republican lawmakers who make up the congressional delegation from Kansas issued a joint statement, condemning what they said was the Obama administration's refusal to rule out taking executive action to close the prison in Cuba.


Pittsburg State University says former President Bill Clinton will be speaking at the university later this month.

Pittsburg State President Steve Scott said Tuesday that Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak Nov. 23 at the university as part of a speaker series. The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that tickets for the event will go on sale Monday.

Clinton, who served as president from 1993 to 2001, is also scheduled to speak at the University of Kansas the same day when he receives the 2015 Dole Leadership Prize.

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Child support payments for separated or divorced parents in Kansas are expected to increase up to 3.5 percent next year under new guidelines adopted by the state Supreme Court.

The court announced Monday that it adopted updates recommended by a 14-member committee that spent a year reviewing child support guidelines that took effect in 2012. The new guidelines take effect in January and will be used by district court judges to set parents' payments.

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A budget deficit is all but certain to emerge in Kansas with new, more pessimistic revenue projections expected in the coming week.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback already has ruled out further tax increases after sales and cigarette taxes went up in July. And legislators aren't much interested anyway after the bitter, record-long annual session.

State officials learn Monday whether tax collections in October met expectations after falling short in recent months.