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Community
12:43 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

KU Task Force Seeks To Clarify Sexual Assault Policy

A sexual assault task force at the University of Kansas wants to make it clear that students can be disciplined for sexual misconduct no matter how far from campus it occurred.

KU's Sexual Assault Task Force finished its proposed changes to the student code on Friday.

The main intent of the proposal is to specify that its policies apply to students who commit sexual wrongdoing in places like off-campus apartments and Greek houses.

Task force co-chairwoman Angela Murphy says it also would cover students "on the beach on spring break or even farther away."

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Economy
12:33 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Gov. Brownback Working On Closing State Budget Shortfalls

Governor Sam Brownback isn't publicly ruling out any ideas for helping to close state budget shortfalls.

State officials and lawmakers are speculating about the proposals he's expected to roll out before the Legislature convenes next month.

Governor Brownback's administration is working on a plan to close combined shortfalls of more than $700 million dollars in the current and next state budgets.

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Crime and Courts
12:53 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Judge Temporarily Blocks KU From Releasing Info On Possible Koch Brothers Ties

A judge has temporarily blocked the University of Kansas from releasing emails and other documents to a student group that is looking for ties between a research center and Charles and David Koch.

Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild issued an order Thursday after Art Hall sued the university.

Hall is the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Economics at KU.

Hall wants block the release of emails and other documents to the group Students for a Sustainable Future. The group is concerned about a relationship between Hall, the center, and the Kochs.

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Economy
2:09 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Economist: Kansas Private Sector Jobs Back At Pre-Recession Numbers

A state economist told a group of Governor Brownback's advisors on Wednesday that Kansas has regained the private-sector jobs it lost during the most recent recession.

However, the state is shifting from employment in manufacturing to services.

Tyler Tenbrink with the Kansas Department of Labor says wages have been rising this year, but haven't fully rebounded from the 2007-09 recession when adjusted for inflation.

Tenbrink says the state should continue to see growth in the number of private-sector, non-farm jobs over the next six to 12 months.

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Government
1:58 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Kansas Joins 17-State Coalition Lawsuit Against Obama's Immigration Policy

Kansas is part of a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama's recently announced executive actions on immigration.

The states argue in the lawsuit that the move "tramples" key portions of the U.S. Constitution.

Many Republicans are criticizing President Obama's move, which was designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation.

But Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott took it a step further. He filed a formal legal challenge in federal court in the Southern District of Texas.

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Health
1:50 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

More State Employees To Become Eligible For Health Benefits

More than 2,000 employees will become eligible for full-time health benefits starting Jan. 1st.

Director Mike Michael of the Kansas State Employee Health Plan says the expansion is the result of the federal Affordable Care Act, which requires large employers to provide the benefits to employees who work at least 30 hours a week.

The state health plan previously required people to work at least 36 hours a week to be eligible for full-time benefits.

Community
1:21 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

10th Circuit Rejects Request For A Full Court Hearing Over Kansas' Same-Sex Ban

On Tuesday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the state of Kansas' request to convene the full court to hear its appeal of U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree's order that the state allow same-sex marriages.

The latest procedural development from the federal appeals court in the case has little practical effect because the U.S. Supreme Court has already refused an emergency request to block Crabtree's order. It means that a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit will hear arguments over the preliminary injunction issued in the Kansas case.

Health
3:08 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Abortion Referrals Case Back Before Kansas Board

A Kansas board is considering whether to continue barring a physician from practicing medicine after scrutinizing her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions and finding that she kept inadequate records.

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Education
1:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

KU Adds New Biotechnology Degree Program To Edward Campus

The University of Kansas will soon offer a bachelor's degree in applied science in biotechnology.

Classes for the new degree will begin in the spring semester at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. It will be the university's first bachelor of applied science degree.

The university said in a news that the new degree program will prepare students for careers in life-sciences by bridging the gap between biology, biochemistry and clinical laboratory sciences.

Education
1:47 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Federal Judge: Kansas Science Standards Does Not Violate Religious Freedoms

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleges science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism and violate the religious freedom of students and parents.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled yesterday that Citizens for Objective Public Education and other people challenging the standards did not claim specific enough injuries to allow the case to go forward.

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