Stephen Koranda

Stephen is the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Government
9:43 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Brownback Outlines Past Accomplishments And Plans For 2014 In State Of The State Address

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his State of the State address, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in the House of Representatives in Topeka, Kan.
Credit (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Chris NeaL)

Governor Sam Brownback took aim at Kansas courts, referenced state history and touted his administration's accomplishments during the annual State of the State address on Wednesday night.

Brownback also unveiled some of his legislative priorities as he spoke before members of the legislature.

The Governor held up what he says are the achievements of his administration over the last three years: building up state financial reserves and balancing the budget during the recession.

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Kansas Budget
8:29 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Education Lawsuit Could Prompt Budget Rewrite

Legislators return to the Kansas Statehouse Monday to kick off the 2014 legislative session.

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Veterans Services
3:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Brownback Proposes More Veterans' Services

Governor Sam Brownback is proposing more services for veterans in Kansas.

The proposal includes a $1.4 million renovation of a veterans' home in Fort Dodge. It would also add 40 beds to a veterans' facility in Winfield.

“We’re a big military state and we’re proud of it, and we want to take care of our veterans and do everything we possibly can,” Brownback said.

In addition, the state would hire four new outreach personnel to help veterans access the benefits they've earned.

Kansas Corporation Commission
5:13 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Brownback Nominates State Senator for KCC Seat

Governor Sam Brownback is nominating a former Kansas Senate majority leader for a seat on the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Brownback has chosen Republican Senator Jay Emler, from Lindsborg, to take the position being vacated by KCC Chairman Mark Sievers.

Brownback says Emler will be a good fit for the commission, which regulates industries including utilities and oil drilling.

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Taxes
3:45 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Chamber Of Commerce Wants To Preserve State Tax Cuts

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce says that in the 2014 legislative session, it will push to protect recently-enacted tax cuts.

The organization released a survey Tuesday of businesses in the state, showing that 57 percent of businesses say the taxes they pay are too high.

Former Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal is the president and CEO of the Kansas Chamber. He says some businesses may not have felt the impact of recent tax cuts yet.

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Taxes
3:01 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Gay Couples Sue to Overturn Kansas Tax Filing Policy

Legally married same-sex couples are suing the Kansas Department of Revenue over a policy that says they must file separate state tax returns.

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Board of Regents
2:56 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Regents Social Media Policy Drawing Criticism

A new social media policy passed by the Kansas Board of Regents is drawing fire.

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Legislation
5:17 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Drug Testing Law For Legislators Has No Penalties

Some Kansas lawmakers could be required to submit to drug testing next legislative session as part of a new law. But it appears there would be no legal or financial consequences if they test positive for drug use.

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Death Penalty
4:14 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

KS Supreme Court Hears Appeals In Carr Brothers Case

The Kansas Supreme Court heard death penalty appeals Tuesday from two brothers convicted in a quadruple murder.

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Kansas Corporation Commission
5:11 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

KCC Chairman Resigns

The chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission has announced he will resign. Mark Sievers has chaired the regulatory board since 2011.

The KCC regulates utilities including electricity, natural gas and telecommunications.

The organization has recently been involved in some controversies. A month ago, a Shawnee County judge fined the agency for violating the state's open meetings act by using a system in which some proposals were approved behind closed doors.

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