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A political fight over abortion restrictions could prevent passage of a proposed bill in Kansas that could improve telemedicine access for rural areas.

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says a website created to find and shame people who owe child support is getting heavy use and has already found one person.

Colyer said Thursday the website had nearly 45,000 visits in the first 24 hours after it became operational. He says one of the 10 people identified on the site has already been found. The governor says the man owes more than $56,000 in child support and the state was able to get an order garnishing his wages.

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Kansas officials want to put the brakes on out-of-state gubernatorial candidates after 10 people living outside the state's borders took initial steps to run.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that he's filed a lawsuit as part of an effort to keep non-residents out of the race, The Kansas City Star reports. He said in a statement that it appears lawmakers always intended candidates for Kansas governor to reside in the state and is asking the court to interpret Kansas law, which makes no express statement about candidates' age or residency.

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Kansas could soon join a growing number of states nationwide in providing free college admission testing to high school students.

A provision in the new school finance bill passed Sunday would set aside $2.8 million for one ACT test and three WorkKeys vocational assessments, per student statewide.

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Kansas officials have discovered an error in a public school funding bill lawmakers approved that lowers the size of its spending increase by at least $80 million, potentially complicating the state's efforts to satisfy a court mandate.

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Kansas legislators worked late hours through the weekend to pass a new school finance bill, but the effort may not be enough to please the state Supreme Court.

The bill, which passed 21-19 in the Senate early Sunday, calls for an increase of $534 million in school funding to be phased in over a period of five years.

It's too little, too slow, critics say.

Alan Rupe, lead attorney for the school districts that sued the state over funding, said the bill doesn't meet the criteria laid out by the Supreme Court and that more funding is still needed.

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Kansas legislators have approved a pilot program to team up schools and community mental health centers to treat some of the state's most at-risk children.

The plan was proposed in the House and was folded into a bill that legislators approved early Sunday to increase spending on public schools.

It calls for setting aside $10 million to treat and track two pre-selected groups of children in six districts across the state.

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A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer says he would sign a public school funding plan approved by the Kansas House if lawmakers sent it to him.

Spokeswoman Kara Fullmer made the comment Wednesday after Colyer praised the House proposal to phase in a roughly $520 million increase in education funding over five years.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that the state's current education funding of more than $4 billion a year is not sufficient under the state constitution.

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Kansas says it collected $39.5 million more in taxes than it expected in March to make it the 10th consecutive month revenues were greater than anticipated.

The Department of Revenue reported Monday that tax collections last month were almost $490 million when the state's official fiscal forecast predicted $450 million. The surplus was 8.8 percent.

Since the start of its current budget year July 1, the state's tax collections have exceeded expectations by about 7 percent.

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An independent reviewer is backing the validity of a study that found improving Kansas' public schools could cost an additional $2 billion a year.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Legislature hired Jesse Levin, of the American Institutes for Research, to conduct a peer review of the recent cost study. He told lawmakers Thursday that the study was "fairly cutting-edge and done very, very well."

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