J. Schafer

J. Shafer is the news director for Kansas Public Radio

Government
3:19 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Gov Picks Former Chief Counsel for KS High Court

Governor Sam Brownback has chosen Caleb Stegall for a seat on the Kansas Supreme Court. Brownback made the announcement Friday morning at the Statehouse.

Stegall was Brownback's chief counsel before the governor appointed him to the Kansas Court of Appeals, where he's been serving since January. Stegall will replace former Justice Nancy Moritz, who left to join the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Government
10:25 am
Thu August 7, 2014

KS Credit Downgrade Dampens GOP Celebration

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and other Republicans held a short rally in Topeka to celebrate their Tuesday night primary victories. But Wednesday's celebration was clouded by news that yet another agency had downgraded the state's creditworthiness.

Joined by fellow Republicans who also won their primaries, Governor Brownback urged the party faithful to promote what he calls the "Kansas Economic Comeback." 

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Politics
1:56 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

GOP Candidates For Kansas Secretary Of State: In Their Own Words

On Tuesday, Republican primary voters will have to choose between two candidates vying for the office of Kansas Secretary of State.

Incumbent Kris Kobach is seeking a second term, but first, he’ll have to fend-off a challenge from Lawrence attorney Scott Morgan, who has positioned himself as a moderate alternative to the more conservative Kobach.

We'll hear from Kris Kobach in a moment. But first, KPR's J. Schafer brings us more from the challenger, Scott Morgan.

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Politics
9:16 am
Fri August 1, 2014

22% Voter Turnout Predicted For KS Primary

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts 22% of registered voters will cast a ballot in next Tuesday's primary election.

That's similar to the statewide turnout in the 2008 primary, which he says is the one most like this year's contest.

Higher turnout is expected this year in the Wichita area, where former Republican Congressman Todd Tiahrt is trying to take back his old seat from incumbent Congressman Mike Pompeo. Kobach says this could mean 30% of registered voters in the district might show up at the polls.

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Community
1:34 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Anti-Gun Violence Group Files Suit Over KS Gun Law

A new Kansas gun law is being challenged in court. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is based in Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against Kansas because of a new state law that declares guns made and kept in Kansas are exempt from federal gun laws.

The new state law is called the “Second Amendment Protection Act.”

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Geology
7:27 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Video: Western Kansas Sinkhole Continues to Deepen

A massive sinkhole in western Kansas continues to grow. The sinkhole recently developed in Wallace County, near the town of Sharon Springs.

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