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Government
11:58 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Uber Urges Brownback To Veto Bill Increasing Regulation

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The Ride-hailing company Uber says it will be forced to pull out of Kansas if the governor signs a bill increasing regulations on its drivers.

Both chambers passed the bill Thursday.

The Legislature's email server was rendered temporarily inoperable Tuesday by a deluge of protest emails from the company's users, who want Uber to stay in Kansas.

The bill would require some drivers for Uber and other ride-hailing companies to have broader insurance.

It would also require the drivers to undergo background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

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Government
2:58 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Kansas Senate Advances Tighter Rules For Social Services

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The Kansas Senate has advanced tighter rules for the state's social services that include a $25-a-day limit on withdrawals with a cash-assistance card from ATMs.

Senators gave first-round approval on a voice vote on Wednesday to a bill that enshrines existing policies from Governor Sam Brownback's administration into law, so they'll be harder to undo.

The policies include a requirement for able-bodied recipients of cash assistance and food stamps to work or seek jobs.

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Crime and Courts
2:44 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

WSU Statistician Files Lawsuit Seeking Voting Machine Paper Tapes

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A Wichita State University mathematician has filed an open records lawsuit seeking the paper tapes from electronic voting machines in Kansas.  

She hopes they will explain statistical anomalies in election returns.

Beth Clarkson is chief statistician for the National Institute for Aviation Research and holds a Ph.D. in statistics.

She sued Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Tabitha Lehman yesterday, and is seeking a court order allowing her to audit the machines.

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Business
5:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Kansas Senate Panel To Consider Expanding Liquor Licenses

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Kansas counties would be allowed to expand liquor licenses under a bill being discussed by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee is holding a hearing today to discuss the issue.

The bill would allow supermarkets and other retailers to sell liquor, wine and full-strength beer in counties that approve the measure through a local election.

Supporters say it would be more convenient for consumers, but opponents say it would hurt the state's roughly 750 individually owned liquor stores.

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Crime and Courts
5:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Man Who Took Ring From Dying Wichita Woman Gets 11 Years

A Wichita man has been sentenced to prison for stealing a wedding ring from a woman who was dying in her car at a drive-through restaurant.

Twenty-one-year-old Daquantrius Johnson was sentenced yesterday to 11 years and four months for the theft in at a Taco Bell in 2013.

Prosecutors say he and two other men took the wedding ring, a purse and other items from Danielle Zimmerman as she lay unconscious while having a brain aneurism in the drive-thru lane. Zimmerman died the next day.

Crime and Courts
3:36 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Kansas Appeal In Carr Brothers Case

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The United States Supreme Court will hear a Kansas appeal to reinstate the death sentences of the Carr brothers, who committed gruesome murders in Wichita. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

The nation's highest court agreed Monday to hear Kansas' appeal seeking to reinstate death sentences for two brothers convicted of robbing and forcing four people engage in sex acts before being shot to death naked in a Wichita soccer field in 2000.

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Government
11:59 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Working On Plan To Issue Pension Bonds

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Kansas legislators are working Monday on the final version of a bill that would allow state to issue $1 billion dollars or more in bonds to the state pension system.

Lawmakers say the bonds will shore up the short-term financial health of the state pension system for teachers and government workers.

Governor Sam Brownback has proposed issuing $1.5 billion dollars in bonds.

Supporters say the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System will get an immediate infusion of funds and believe the earnings from investing the money will more than cover bond payments.

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Business
11:50 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Garden City's Palmer Manufacturing And Tank Laying Off 80 Workers Due To Low Oil Prices

A pressurized tank manufacturing company in Garden City is laying off 80 workers because of lower oil prices.

The layoffs at Palmer Manufacturing and Tank are part of 245 jobs the company is eliminating in three states.

Spokeswoman Cathy Lyttle says customer orders have dropped because of low oil prices and fewer new wells starting in the country.

Government
11:45 am
Mon March 30, 2015

ACLU Opposing Kansas Bill To Protect Campus Religious Groups

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas will testify before a state legislative committee on Monday--against a bill designed to protect religious groups on public college campuses.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee is having a hearing on Senate Bill 175 on Monday. 

The bill would keep state universities, community colleges and technical colleges from refusing to recognize or from denying campus resources to groups that won't let non-believers join their ranks.

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Government
11:37 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Lawmakers Nearing Their Annual Spring Break

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Kansas lawmakers are in the final stretch before a spring break. As Stephen Koranda reports, they’ll be busy this week before they leave for nearly a month.

The Kansas Senate has passed its version of a two-year budget and the House could take up a budget this week. Conference committees will also be working to hammer out differences between bills that passed the House and Senate in different forms.

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