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The Kansas Board of Regents says the state's higher education system would lose $48 million from potential spending cuts if legislators do not increase taxes to close a budget shortfall.

Regents spokeswoman Breeze Richardson said Tuesday that the board and universities face difficult conversations about priorities if the cuts occur.

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Kansas legislators may resume negotiations over raising taxes to close a budget shortfall amid warnings about potential spending cuts from a top adviser to Gov. Sam Brownback.

Three senators and three House members scheduled a Tuesday meeting but didn't commit to talks.

The Senate has approved a bill increasing sales and cigarette taxes to help raise $423 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. But many House members think it would fail in their chamber.

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An Augusta, Kansas, woman has admitted her role in the theft of more than $1.2 million from a company which owns assisted living centers in Kansas and Missouri.

Lori Shryock pleaded guilty to mail fraud Monday in federal court. Sentencing is Aug. 24.

In exchange for her plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence at the low end of the guideline.

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Health officials in Reno County are trying to bring an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, under control. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has details.

The outbreak began in mid-May with three cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease. Now there are 23 reported cases, according to the Reno County Health Department, in Hutchinson. As of June 2, 134 cases of pertussis had been reported in Kansas this year.

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A Wichita man accused in 2013 of trying to drive a bomb onto the tarmac at the former Mid-Continent Airport today changed his plea to guilty. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...  

A former avionics technician admitted Monday to plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport. Terry L. Loewen pleaded guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, after striking a deal with prosecutors for a proposed 20-year sentence.

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Kansas House members could balance the next state budget by approving a bill to increase sales and cigarette taxes. The Senate's vote Sunday night was 21-17 to approve the measure.

The House could vote on the tax plan today; it's the 109th day of the legislative session, now the longest in state history.

Each extra day of the session has cost the state more than $40,000. Lawmakers traditionally schedule their sessions to last 90 days.

Passage by the House would send the measure to Governor Sam Brownback.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign bills to change the timing of many local elections and to give the secretary of state the power to prosecute election fraud cases.

Brownback was having a signing ceremony Monday at the Statehouse.

One bill moves city and local school board elections from the spring to the fall of odd-numbered years. Supporters contend the change will boost turnout.

Critics say the change will be disruptive and that there are other ways to increase voter participation, including voting by mail.

The Kansas Senate has approved a new plan for raising sales and cigarette taxes to close a projected budget shortfall.

The 21-17 vote Sunday represented the first time this year that the chamber has approved a plan for raising enough new revenues to balance the budget. The action came on the 108th day of an annual legislative session that is now the longest in state history.

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A federal judge rejected a challenge Friday to a Kansas law that makes it a felony for U.S. government workers to regulate guns and ammunition made, sold and kept only in the state, ruling that the gun control group that filed the suit failed to prove its members are directly harmed by the law.

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Archaeologists from across the U.S. are in south-central Kansas this week searching for artifacts that would confirm a five-mile stretch once was home to a Native American tribe of 20,000 people.

KAKE-TV reports volunteers have found small pieces of tools and pottery in a dusty Arkansas City field that are believed to be from a settlement discovered by Spanish explorer Juan De Onate in 1601.

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