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Crime and Courts
9:53 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Gov. Brownback Would Cooperate With FBI If There Were An Investigation

Governor Sam Brownback says that he will talk with the FBI if contacted about an investigation into allegations about the way contracts to operate Kansas’ Medicaid program were awarded.

Governor Brownback says he’s directed state employees to cooperate fully if they are contacted by the FBI.

Several news outlets have reported the existence of an FBI probe into the activities of Brownback confidante David Kensinger and his Topeka firm, Parallel Strategies, which he and two former Brownback staffers formed last year.

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Environment
12:19 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Mid-Continent Fractionation And Storage Agrees To Spend $2M To Reduce Air Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency says officials at natural gas liquids storage facility in central Kansas have agreed to spend $2 million dollars to reduce air pollution.

The EPA said yesterday the settlement with Mid-Continent Fractionation and Storage in Conway resulted from an inspection in 2012.

The company has agreed to install and operate a new vapor collection system that reduces emissions of volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere.

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Community
12:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Organizations Receive $25,000 To Help Tornado Victims In The Baxter Springs Area

Two organizations are getting $25,000 each from the Kansas Health Foundation to help residents in the Baxter Springs area recover from the EF-2 tornado that damaged 100 homes and 12 businesses last month.

The American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter and the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas will use the money to help the community bounce back from the April 27th tornado.

The groups will provide food, shelter, clothing and emotional support for people affected by the storm.

Crime and Courts
11:46 am
Tue May 6, 2014

U.S. Senate Confirms Kansas Justice Nancy Moritz For Federal Appeals Court

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the appointment of Kansas Supreme Court justice Nancy Moritz to the federal appeals court that handles cases from six western and Plains states.

The Senate voted 90-3 yesterday to confirm Moritz to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

The only votes against Moritz came from Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Crapo and James Risch of Idaho.

Moritz grew up in Tipton, Kansas, and earned her law degree from Washburn University in 1985.

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Economy
2:52 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Lawrence Is The Most Expensive Place To Live In Kansas

New figures from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis show that Lawrence is the most expensive metro area in Kansas.

The bureau’s report shows that although the city’s cost of living is lower than the national average, it’s higher than in any other metro area in Kansas.

Lawrence residents also earn less than residents in other Kansas communities.

The new figures are part of a project by the Bureau of Economic Analysis designed to give people a better idea of how much it costs to live in various metro areas.

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Energy
2:42 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Lawmakers Preserve Kansas's Renewable Energy Standards

Kansas lawmakers have preserved a requirement that utilities rely on wind and other renewable resources to generate some of their electricity.

The conservative groups that lobbied for its repeal are promising to return to the Statehouse next year to renew their campaign.

They’re protesting a law that mandates utilities generate at least 20 percent of their peak energy needs by the year 2020.

Critics of the mandate could get a bill repealing it through the Senate this year but not the House.

Science
11:55 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Final Kansas Budget Could Delay Funding For KU's New Bioscience Research Facility

A tentative deal on a final Kansas budget does not include $2 million dollars to help fund a new bioscience research and development center at the University of Kansas.

Governor Sam Brownback has urged legislators to include funding for the proposed Kansas Institute of Translational Chemical Biology, but he didn’t include the proposal in his budget amendment.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Gene Suellentrop of Wichita says budget negotiators felt the proposal needed further study.

Community
11:43 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Preserve Funding For Public Broadcasting

House and Senate negotiators also preserved a state grant of $600,000 for Kansas public TV and radio stations.

The money is the same amount allotted in the current year, but down from the $3.8 million dollars the state provided as recently as 2008.

The funding bill for the upcoming fiscal year now goes to the full House and Senate.

The state provides about 1 percent of funding for public broadcasting stations in Kansas City and Lawrence.

KMUW receives a small portion of its budget from the state, about $35,000.

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Government
11:36 am
Fri May 2, 2014

State Workers Could Receive Bonus Under New Budget Deal

State lawmakers have drafted a budget deal that includes a bonus for state workers.

Three senators and three House members agreed Thursday on budget legislation. They shook a gloomy state revenue report and ignored that the state’s bond rating has been downgraded by Moody’s Investor Services.

The proposal now includes $11 million dollars to give the state’s nearly 38,000 state employees a one-time, $250 bonus.

The budget agreement also preserves guaranteed longevity bonuses for employees with at least 10 years in state government.

Agriculture
11:16 am
Thu May 1, 2014

State Legislature Takes Steps To Challenge Federal Government Over Lesser Prairie Chicken Protection

Kansas legislative negotiators are considering a proposal to challenge the federal government listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.

Three senators and three House members are meeting today to draft a compromise on a bill; it declares the federal government has no authority to regulate prairie chickens in Kansas.

The Senate wants to make it a felony for a federal employee to regulate the lesser prairie chicken or the larger and darker greater prairie chicken.

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