Associated Press

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10:58 am
Mon February 16, 2015

K-State’s Response To Open Records Request Shows Difficulty

First Amendment expert Mike Merriam says K-State's heavily redacted 11-page response to a newspaper's open records request highlights shortcomings in the state's open records law.

The Topeka Capital-Journal filed a request seeking more information on the process that went into crafting Governor Sam Brownback's budget proposal. The newspaper asked for all emails between K-State's Institute for Commercialization President Kent Glasscock and state budget director Shawn Sullivan from November through late January.

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Issues
7:09 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Kansas Senate Panel Approves Bill To Ban Abortion Method

A bill to ban a certain type of abortion passed a committee in the Kansas Senate on Thursday. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

A proposed ban on a procedure used in about 8 percent of the abortions in Kansas cleared its first major state legislative hurdle Thursday, and abortion providers already are contemplating potential lawsuits.

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Government
2:11 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Gov. Brownback Proposes Possible Policy Changes For State Workers

Governor Sam Brownback's administration is proposing to revise hiring, layoff and termination policies for Kansas government workers and to possibly eliminate longevity bonuses for 17,500 employees.

The state Department of Administration described the initiatives to revise state policies yesterday.

One proposal would give state agencies broader authority to hire employees into non-civil service positions rather than keep those jobs in the civil service system. It requires the Legislature's approval.

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Government
2:03 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Kansas Lawyers Speak Out Against Proposed Supreme Court Reform

Kansas lawmakers are considering changing the way state Supreme Court justices are selected, but lawyers say the move would politicize the court.

The House Judicial Committee conducted a hearing Wednesday on two measures that would amend the Kansas Constitution. One change would select Supreme Court justices in partisan elections, while the other would allow the governor to appoint them.

Representatives of three lawyers' associations told panel that either change would weaken the independence of the judiciary.

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Crime and Courts
1:08 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Mexican Cartel Suspected Of Laundering $2M Through Kansas Bank

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A federal Drug Enforcement Agency affidavit obtained by the Associated Press says a Mexican cartel is suspected of laundering $2 million dollars in drug proceeds through Plains State Bank in Kansas, to avoid tighter restrictions on U.S. currency in its home country.

A search warrant filed Tuesday in federal court lays out the investigation into alleged money laundering between 2011 and 2014 by a cartel known as the Mexican Mennonites and others.

The warrant was executed against a former banking official.

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Environment
12:41 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Study: Groundwater Depletion Slowing In Western Kansas

The Kansas Geological Survey says average groundwater levels are still declining in western Kansas, but at a slower rate.

The agency released preliminary data yesterday from the measurements of some 1,400 water wells taken earlier this year.

Most of the wells draw from the High Plains aquifer, which includes the Equus Beds and Great Bend Prairie aquifer in south-central Kansas and the Ogallala aquifer in western Kansas.

Water levels declined an average of 0.87 feet in 2014, a slower rate than the drop in 2013.

Military
11:36 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Politician and Residents Speak Out Against Troop Reductions At Ft. Riley

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More than 2,000 Kansas residents attended a town hall meeting on Monday to show support for Fort Riley.

The Army is planning to cut personnel there from a war-time high of 570,000 to 450,000 at the end of 2017, then to 420,000 by the year 2020.

Fort Riley employs more than 25,000 military and civilian workers, and fort officials say as many as 16,000 could be dismissed or redeployed.

Manhattan salon owner Terry Deweese estimated that about half of his customers are military and many of his employees are military spouses.

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Gender
11:21 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Kansas Attorney General Spends $1.2M On Anti-Abortion Defense

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt
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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office says it has paid outside attorneys nearly $1.2 million dollars to defend anti-abortion laws that have been enacted since January 2011.

The attorney general's office reported Monday that it has paid almost $770,000 to the Lawrence firm of Thompson, Ramsdell & Qualseth for fees and expenses in handling multiple federal and state lawsuits.

Abortion providers sued the state over special regulations adopted in 2011, and over a 2013 law requiring them to post certain material on their websites for women seeking abortions.

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Health
11:16 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Kansas House Committee Drafts Plan To Expand Medicaid

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A Kansas House committee has drafted a plan for expanding the state's Medicaid program for poor and disabled Kansans, in line with the Affordable Care Act.

The Vision 2020 Committee introduced the bill in the House on Monday.

The bill would impose a special tax on hospitals and other health care providers to raise any state matching funds required to tap extra federal dollars.

It also would allow the state to require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work.

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Environment
12:05 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

KU Develops Equipment To Help Create Comprehensive Greenland Ice Sheet Map

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Data and equipment developed by University of Kansas researchers helped scientists create the first comprehensive map of the Greenland ice sheet.

The foundation's director Prasad Gogineni says the map is important because Greenland's ice sheet has been losing mass in the last two decades and the losses are expected to continue.

Gogineni is a Kansas engineering professor and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets.

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