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Government
11:05 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Nancy Pelosi And Other Democratic Lawmakers Urge Federal Court To Overturn Voter Citizenship Law

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers are urging a federal appeals court to overturn a decision by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren. They say it will limit the authority of Congress to regulate federal elections.

They made a friend-of-the-court filing last week at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...in a lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona to force federal elections officials to let those states impose their proof-of-citizenship requirements on federal voter registration forms used by residents of their states.

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Government
11:48 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Sen. Jerry Moran Introduces New Bill That Would Help Veterans Pay For Emergency Care

A bill recently introduced in Congress will offer relief to veterans who’ve had to pay for emergency health services.

Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas both introduced the bill on Thursday.

It would eliminate a rule that prevents veterans from being reimbursed for emergency care if they haven’t been seen in a VA center for 24 months.

It comes after another bill Wednesday that makes it easier for veterans delayed in getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors instead.

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Education
11:21 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Kansas Judges: New Education Law Meets State Supreme Court Mandate

A panel of Kansas judges ruled yesterday that a new education funding law complies with a state Supreme Court mandate to increase aid to poor public schools.

The panel in Shawnee County District Court declined the state’s request to dismiss all the claims from a 2010 lawsuit that questioned the fairness of the state’s school funding formula, however.

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Education
11:43 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Panel Of Judges To Decide If New Education Law Meets State Supreme Court Mandate To Fund Schools

A panel of three state-court judges in Shawnee County District Court is reviewing a new education funding law to decide if it meets a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor school districts.

The Supreme Court ruled in March that past cuts in state aid for poor schools created unconstitutional gaps in funding between them and wealthier districts.

In April, lawmakers increased aid to poor districts by $129 million dollars for the next school year. The panel will consider whether that action is sufficient to meet the mandate.

Health
11:26 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Saline County Commission Stands By Decision To Reject IUD Birth Control Grant

The Saline County Commission has refused to reconsider a vote rejecting a federal grant to provide a type of birth control to county residents.

Two weeks ago, the commission rejected a $6,064 grant through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for intrauterine devices--or IUDs--, after one commissioner said the devices are equal to murder.

After being strongly criticized, the commission said it would reconsider that vote.

Yesterday, commissioners heard from citizens and doctors who offered differing views on whether IUDs caused abortions.

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Business
11:18 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Bombardier To Lay Off 200 Workers

Aircraft maker Bombardier says it will lay off about 200 workers in Wichita.

The company says this will affect about 70 contract and temporary workers, 100 permanent employees, and about 40 who will be reassigned.

The Learjet 85 made its first flight in early April.

The company had hoped to put it into service this year.

Education
10:49 am
Tue June 10, 2014

KNEA Promises To File Lawsuit Against Law Eliminating Teacher Tenure

On Monday, the Kansas National Education Association--or KNEA--promised to file a state-court lawsuit against a new law that eliminates teacher tenure in public schools.

The KNEA represents 23,000 educators in Kansas.

The measure was attached to a school funding bill that takes effect in July.

The law increases state aid by 129 million dollars for poorer school districts, in order to comply with a Kansas Supreme court ruling that found Kansas was not adequately funding its schools.

The union strongly objects to the tenure provision of the bill.

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Crime and Courts
12:08 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Amid Controversy, New KanCare Inspector General Awaits Confirmation From State Senate

The state’s new inspector general for KanCare can’t conduct oversight work until he is confirmed by the Kansas Senate, which isn’t in session.

Phil Hermanson began work in April as inspector general. His job is to identify fraud in the state’s new privately-run Medicaid system known as KanCare.

The former Kansas House member has no investigatory or auditing expertise, a DUI conviction and business bankruptcy, and personal finance and campaign ethics problems.

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Environment
11:28 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Thanks In Part To Fracking, Kansas Oil Production Rose 7 Percent In 2013

The Kansas Geological Survey says that Horizontal drilling helped boost oil production numbers slightly in Kansas last year, but natural gas continued its downward spiral.

Kansas oil production rose 7 percent to 46.8 million barrels last year, with most of that increase coming from the Mississippian limestone formation underneath southern and western Kansas. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, put new oil deposits in those areas within reach.

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Education
12:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Kansas BOE: Schools Can Now Hire Teachers Without Education Degrees

The State Board of Education has agreed to allow schools to hire teachers for certain subjects who have expertise but no education degree.

The regulations the board approved Tuesday require teachers to meet one of three criteria:

1) They would need an out-of-state license and to pass the licensure tests.

2) At least a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of related work experience in science, technology, engineering or math.

3) An industry-recognized certificate in a technical profession and at least five years of related work experience.

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