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Health
9:33 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kansas Hospital Association Working On Medicaid Expansion Alternative

The Kansas Hospital Association is working on an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.

Hospital Association Vice President Cindy Samuelson says that the association doesn't know what form its proposal will take.

But it has hired a firm headed by former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to help with a plan.

One option is to use additional federal funds promised under the federal health care law to help Kansans buy private coverage.

Arkansas and Iowa are taking that approach.

Crime and Courts
9:30 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Retired Wichita Police Lt. Ken Landwehr Has Died At 59

Retired Wichita police Lt. Ken Landwehr has died at the age of 59.

Landwehr supervised more than 600 homicide investigations during his career.

Police Chief Norman Williams says Landwehr had kidney cancer and died Monday in his home.

Landwehr retired in 2012 after a 35-year career with the Wichita Police Department.

He is credited with breaking the BTK serial killer case.

Government
10:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Dept. Of Revenue To Ease Driver's Education Permit Process With Online Applications

Young Kansans seeking driver's education permits will find the task much easier starting April 1 when the Department of Revenue switches to an online application portal.

Each year the department handles about 50,000 driver's ed applications, which can take several weeks to process, and longer if there is a medical or vision issue. That has meant students who sign up for a driving class at the last minute or don't get around to sending in their application might not have the necessary permit to participate in the driving portion of the class.

Food
9:54 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Kansas Dept. Of Agriculture To Take Over Food Inspections In Sedgwick County

The Kansas Department of Agriculture says it will take over food inspections in Sedgwick County rather than renew its present contract with the City of Wichita as a cost-saving move.

Its present contract with the city expires March 31, and state inspectors will take over the work on April 1.

The Agriculture Department says doing its own food inspections is projected to save $125,000 the first year, and $190,000 the second year and the years beyond that. It plans to hire six state inspectors to handle the work.

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Government
9:47 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer Loaned $500K To Gov. Brownback's Re-election Campaign

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer loaned $500,000 to Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign at the end of 2013.

Financial disclosure reports submitted to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission by the Brownback campaign revealed the last-minute loan from Colyer, Brownback's Republican running-mate. The contribution pushed the governor's total receipts for the year to $1.6 million.

Brownback's Democratic challenger Paul Davis had $1 million in total receipts for the year.

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Government
10:20 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Attorney General Derek Schmidt Seeks Stronger Penalties For Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he will ask Kansas legislators to strengthen the state's penalties for Medicaid fraud.

Schmidt outlined his proposal on Thursday during a stop in Wichita.

He says his office gained 15 criminal convictions and recovered $33.7 million dollars in the latest fiscal year from people guilty of defrauding the program.

Schmidt is proposing higher fines for the crime.

He also wants people convicted of Medicaid fraud to serve prison time instead of the current sentence of probation.

Education
10:12 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Professors Ask Board Of Regents To Temporarily Suspend New Social Media Policy

More than 80 professors in Kansas are asking the Board of Regents to suspend a new social media policy.

The University of Kansas and Kansas State University professors signed a letter to the regents, expressing "continued concern" about the policy. They say the policy prevents faculty and staff at the state's universities from exercising their freedom of speech.

The regents passed the policy in December and are now reviewing it.

The professors want the policy suspended while that review proceeds.

Economy
9:47 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Report: Kansas Could See Slightly Higher Job Growth In 2014

Researchers at Wichita State University predict Kansas will see slightly higher job growth in 2014 than it did last year.

The Center for Economic Development and Business Research predicts employment will increase by 1.4 percent, or about 18,000 jobs.

Professional and business services are expected to see the biggest increase with more than 5,300 new jobs.

A net loss of 700 jobs is forecast for public employment.

2014 Election
5:42 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Davis Raises $1M For Gov. Race

Democrat Paul Davis raised a little more than $1 million in cash contributions in less than five months for his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Sam Brownback in the Kansas governor's race.

Davis' campaign also reported Wednesday that it ended 2013 with almost $771,000 in his campaign treasury. Davis is the Kansas House minority leader and launched his campaign in early August.

His campaign described the fundraising as unprecedented for a challenger.

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Business
9:53 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Agency Asks KCC To Dismiss Westar's Request For New Prepay Program

An agency that represents small utility customers is asking the state to reject Westar Energy's plan to allow some customers to prepay their bills.

The Citizen's Utility Ratepayer Board filed a motion Monday asking the Kansas Corporation Commission to dismiss Westar's application for the program.

Westar applied in October to allow about 1,000 customers to prepay their bills. The utility says it would allow customers to make smaller payments rather than pay a large bill at the end of the month. KCC deferred the application until May.

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