Stephen Koranda

Stephen is the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Government
8:16 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Call For Special Legislative Session Draws Support And Questions

Gov. Brownback during a ceremony announcing the special session.
Credit Stephen Koranda

In 2005, 17-year-old Robert Haberlein and two other people entered a Dollar General store in Bonner Springs. It was late in the day and only one person, 44-year-old Robin Bell, was working in the store. The three overpowered Bell and took her into the back of the store, forcing her to open the safe. They beat her before shooting and killing her.

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Legislature
4:17 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Brownback Officially Calls Special Session

Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday signed a proclamation officially calling a special session of the Kansas Legislature in September.

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Government
8:54 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Brownback Won't Set Date To Unveil Judicial Nominee

Gov. Sam Brownback
Credit Stephen Koranda / File Photo

Gov. Sam Brownback won't set a date for nominating a candidate for an open seat in the state's appeals court system.

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Historic Places
4:35 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

State Finance Council Approves Sale Of Dillon House

Credit Stephen Koranda

The State Finance Council Monday approved the sale of a historic building across the street from the Kansas Statehouse.

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Government
7:02 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Moran Sponsors Bill Extending Tax Breaks for Food Donations

A committee in the U.S. Senate will consider legislation co-sponsored by Senator Jerry Moran and aimed at using tax credits to increase donations to food banks. The legislation would expand tax credits for businesses that donate food.

The credit is only allowed for certain businesses, but has been temporarily expanded to other businesses until the end of this year. The bill would make that expansion permanent, and make farmers eligible to use the credit.

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Voting Laws
4:44 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Kobach Considering Rule to Create Two Classes of Voters

Voter registration applications for more than 12,000 people in Kansas are on hold because of missing documents that could prove U.S. citizenship. A law that took effect this year requires people who register to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he's considering a rule that could allow those voters to cast ballots in certain elections.

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Death Penalty
3:42 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Lawmaker Proposes Audit of Death Penalty Costs

The Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit will not be analyzing the costs of the state death penalty, at least for now.

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State Regulations
3:28 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Committee Criticizes Tattoo, Body Piercing Rule Changes

A Kansas legislative committee Monday criticized proposed changes to state regulations on tattooing and piercing.

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NBAF
4:46 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

NBAF Funding Advances To Full Senate

Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts say funding for a federal lab to be built in Manhattan has passed an important hurdle.

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Voting Laws
4:42 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Board Rejects Change To Voter Registration Citizenship Rules

A state board Tuesday rejected a proposed change to a law requiring Kansans to present proof of citizenship when registering to vote for the first time.

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