Stephen Koranda

Statehouse Reporter

Stephen Koranda reports on the Kansas Legislature, state government and everything else for Kansas Public Radio. He previously worked in Mississippi and Iowa, where he covered stories ranging from hurricanes to state executions. 

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Kansas lawmakers studying economic development policies say the Legislature should consider changes to a major incentives program next year. A special committee is recommending further study of the STAR bonds program, and members of both parties want more oversight.

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Christmas trees are in short supply across the country, but growers in Kansas say they’ve mostly recovered from recent droughts.

Celia Goering, president of the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association, says a few years ago Kansas tree growers were struggling.

"This situation is looking wonderful now because we’ve had good rains in the last couple years, and that makes all the difference," she says. "The trees are growing. They’re beautiful."

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Gov. Sam Brownback revealed Tuesday that he’s leaving the major preparations for the upcoming legislative session to Lt Gov. Jeff Colyer. President Trump has nominated Brownback to be ambassador for international religious freedom. Brownback is planning to step down as governor once he's confirmed.

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Kansas saw a jump in voter turnout in many areas this year as local elections were moved from the spring to the fall, but there could be an even larger long-term impact.

Shawnee County saw voter turnout jump from 14 percent four years ago, to more than 19 percent this year. That’s still low compared to the presidential election last year, but County Election Commissioner Andrew Howell believes this election won’t show the full effect of the change. He suspects more voters may cast ballots in future years as they get in the habit of voting every fall.

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Tyson Foods has announced it will build a chicken processing plant in Tennessee similar to one that had been planned for northeast Kansas. State officials say Kansas is still in the running for another facility.

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The 2017 Kansas election is in the books as counties finished most of the work finalizing their results Thursday.

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The tax bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday had the support of all four Kansas representatives.

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Governing Magazine is including two Kansas lawmakers in its list of Public Officials of the Year for 2017.

Governing is honoring nine public officials nationwide, including Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a Republican, and House Democratic Leader Jim Ward.

The publication – which is widely read in Statehouses across the country – cites their bipartisan work this year on the budget. That culminated in the state raising taxes by reversing many of Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2012 tax cuts.

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A panel of Kansas lawmakers says the Legislature should follow through on promised funding for water projects across the state.

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The Republican candidates for Kansas governor will square off for their first debate in February. There are currently around a dozen GOP candidates running for the job.

Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold said in a statement that the Feb. 17 event in Wichita will be the first of several meetings for the candidates.

“Our debate schedule will visit all four congressional districts to make sure Republican voters all-across Kansas have the opportunity to hear from the candidates for governor," Arnold said.

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