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Government
3:02 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

State House Approves Measure To Loosens Marijuana Laws

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The Kansas House has approved a measure that would decrease penalties for marijuana possession, allow the limited use of medical marijuana and study the use of industrial hemp.

House members voted 81-36 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate for consideration.

First- and second-time marijuana offenders without serious prior convictions would avoid jail time under the bill. That would decrease the population in the state's overcrowded prisons and save more than $1.7 million over the next two fiscal years, according to state estimates.

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Environment
2:16 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Kansas Senate Advances Bill On State Response To EPA Rule

A bill approved by the Kansas Senate would require legislators to sign off on the state's plan for complying with a federal rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The Senate's vote Tuesday was 34-3. The House passed a version of the bill in March but must consider changes made by senators.

The Senate version would allow the secretary of health and environment to draft a plan for complying with the new rule from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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Health
2:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Maryland Company Partnering With Kansas Doctors To Form ACO

Dr. Jennifer Brull, in her clinic in Plainville, Kansas
Bryan Thompson

A new partnership hopes to reduce the cost of caring for Kansans on Medicare by keeping them healthier—and to share in the savings that result. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson explains.

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Education
1:58 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Five School Districts To Receive $500K In Additional Funding

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Governor Brownback and legislative leaders have agreed to give five school districts roughly half a million dollars in additional funding.

The State Finance Council is comprised of the governor and leaders from each chamber. It voted Monday to give more money to districts that were hit hard by recent policy changes and had unforeseen expenses.

Eight districts requested about $1.1 million dollars from the $4 million extraordinary needs fund. The panel voted to partially fund five of those requests.

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Government
11:50 am
Mon May 4, 2015

KanCare Has Lacked An Inspector General For Almost A Year

The job of inspector general for the state's managed care Medicaid program has been open for nearly a year.

The post has been empty since Phil Hermanson resigned in June 2014, just months after he was hired to lead KanCare, an umbrella program for three private managed health care companies.

The lack of a leader for the $3 billion program has drawn attention from lawmakers.

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Community
11:45 am
Mon May 4, 2015

KU Task Force Offers Recommendations On How To Handle Sexual Assults On Campus

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A task force at the University of Kansas is recommending changes in how the school handles sexual assaults and rape on campus.

The suggested changes include requiring all freshmen, including fraternity members, to live in residence halls.

Other suggestions include: creating an on-campus center for sexual assault prevention and education and clarifying that the university can discipline students for sexual violence that occurs off campus if the victim is also a student.

The task force report was released Friday and includes 27 recommendations.

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Education
11:40 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Topeka Waitress Leaves Gov. Brownback A Tip

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A restaurant waitress says she left a message for Governor Sam Brownback on his receipt..to "start a conversation about education."

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Chloe Hough was working her last shift as an employee Saturday night at Boss Hawg's in Topeka when she waited on the governor.

Hough later posted his receipt on Facebook, showing the line for the tip crossed out and the phrase "Tip the schools" written beside it.

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Government
11:16 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Analysis: Kansas May Revisit Gov. Brownback's Favored Tax Break

Republican lawmakers in Kansas seem more ready to reconsider a business tax break that's been a cherished economic policy for Governor Sam Brownback.

Governor Brownback is clear that he wants to preserve an exemption from personal income taxes for 281,000 business owners and 53,000 farmers.

He calls the policy, enacted in 2012 as part of a larger package of income tax cuts, the "small business accelerator."

But Republican allies who championed the same tax break three years ago say the Legislature will consider narrowing its scope as a budget-balancing move.

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Government
11:46 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Kansas Collects $4.4M Less In Taxes Than Expected In April

Kansas says it collected $4.4 million dollars less in taxes than anticipated this month.

The Department of Revenue said on Thursday that the lower-than-expected collections may be due to how tax returns have been processed since the April 15 filing deadline.

Spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda said the agency can't predict which returns will be processed first.

The state expected to collect nearly $516 million dollars in taxes for the month. Instead, it collected $511.5 million.

Crime and Courts
6:00 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Miller To Plead Guilty In Jewish Site Shootings

A man who is in jail for allegedly killing three people he believed to be Jewish has said he plans to plead guilty. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

A white supremacist accused of killing three people near two Kansas Jewish centers says he's ready to plead guilty to all charges to avoid a lengthy trial.

Frazier Glenn Miller told The Associated Press in a phone call from jail on Monday that he doesn't have long to live and wants to have his day in court.

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