Stephen Koranda

Stephen is the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio.


4:40 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Brownback Hosts Closed-Door Education Meeting

Governor Sam Brownback met with education officials and some top Republican lawmakers Monday to talk about school finance.

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9:03 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Wind Energy Tax Credit Divides KS Lawmakers

Wind energy tax credits help make wind power more affordable, and have boosted the industry in states like Kansas. But those credits are set to expire at the end of the year, and lawmakers from Kansas disagree on what should be done.

Wichita Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo said last week that the federal government supporting wind energy with tax credits is an intrusion into the economy. Pompeo says opposition is growing and he's arguing to let the credit expire.

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8:02 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Statehouse Renovation Drawing To A Close

Statehouse renovation expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013.
Credit Stephen Koranda

A project that has taken more than a decade and cost $300 million is drawing to a close. The renovation of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka should be mostly finished next month. A state panel heard one of the final updates on the project Tuesday.

The project is in the home stretch, but the Statehouse grounds are very much still an active construction site. There's scaffolding on the building, fences block off large sections and construction equipment rumbles around the property.

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7:22 am
Mon November 18, 2013

KCC Commissioner's Comments Cause Disagreement

The Kansas Corporation Commission and an agency that represents utility customers have been butting heads over comments made by a KCC commissioner. The disagreement is over what the commissioner said about how the KCC decides rate increases for utility customers.

In a filing recently, KCC Chair Mark Sievers endorsed a process that uses a formula to decide future rate increases. The more common process is where advocates for utility customers and the utility make arguments before the KCC, and then the KCC decides on the amount of the increase.

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Achievement Tests
4:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

State Board of Education Considering Testing Options

The Kansas State Board of Education is being urged by its analysts to allow more achievement testing options for the state's high school students.

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Education Funding
4:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Committee Continues Studying Education Funding

A special committee in the Kansas Legislature continued talks on school funding Thursday in Topeka.

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Education Funding
4:47 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Legislative Committee Preps For School Funding Issues

A special committee of the Kansas Legislature spent Wednesday learning about how the state funds schools and hearing details on past lawsuits concerning school spending.

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9:09 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Survey Reports Midwestern Economies Impacted After Government Shutdown

An economic index of Midwestern states plummeted last month, and the survey's authors say the government shutdown played a part.

The monthly report from Creighton University is a survey of businesses in nine states, including Kansas. Creighton Professor Ernie Goss calls October a tough month for the region.

"One fourth of the businesses we surveyed said there were negative impacts from the shutdown," says Goss. "I think those will be temporary and we'll see those effects reversed in the weeks and months ahead."

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Voting Laws
4:57 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Lawsuit Over KS Voter ID Law Changing Courts

A lawsuit over the Kansas voter ID law is headed to federal court.

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2014 Election
4:23 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Shawnee County DA Forms Exploratory Committee For Senate Run

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor has officially formed an exploratory committee to gauge a possible run for the U.S. Senate.

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