Stephen Koranda

Stephen is the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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U.S. Congress
4:39 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Syria Strike Not Popular with Kansas Delegation

The all-Republican Kansas congressional delegation is almost unanimous in its opposition to a U.S. military action in Syria.

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Court Appointments
5:10 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Kansas Senate Confirms Stegall Nomination

The Kansas Senate has confirmed the nomination of Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

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Crime and Courts
7:25 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Kansas House Passes Rewrite Of 'Hard 50' Law

Kansas House has unanimously passed a fix for the state's Hard 50 sentencing law.

The law allows judges to sentence certain convicted murderers to at least 50 years in prison before the possibility for parole.

The House's proposed revision would change the process so that juries also play a part in giving the sentences.

Republican representative Lance Kinzer of Olathe says the fix will help preserve the original intent of the bill:

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Kansas Legislature
3:45 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Hard 50 Fix Clears House Committee

A Kansas House committee Tuesday passed a proposed fix for the state’s Hard 50 sentencing law.

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Court Appointments
3:45 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Hearings On Court of Appeals Nominee To Begin

Kansas Senate hearings begin Tuesday on Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee for the state Court of Appeals.

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Court Appointments
3:43 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Column Questions Kansas Judicial Selection System

Former Republican Kansas Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker and former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Deanell Tacha are skeptical about the new judicial selection system that Kansas has adopted.

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Court of Appeals
3:41 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Committee Seeking Testimony On Court Nominee

A Kansas Senate committee will hold a hearing next week to consider Gov. Sam Brownback's choice to fill an open court seat.

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Civil Rights
4:22 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Governor Marks 50th Anniversary Of March On Washington

Gov. Sam Brownback Wednesday signed a proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Roofing Licenses
3:44 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

State Raising Awareness Of Roofing Law

Under a new law, roofers in Kansas are required to apply for a license to do business.

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Crime and Courts
7:39 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Lawmakers Recommend Fix For KS Hard 50 Law

A legislative committee is recommending a bill to amend the state's so-called Hard 50 sentencing law. The changes would allow juries to decide if convicted murderers deserve 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Under the old system, judges would decide if a crime warranted the harsher sentence of 50 years without parole. But the U.S. Supreme Court recently said judges can't make those decisions.

The bill would also apply some changes retroactively to past crimes. Some attorneys told the committee that it would be unconstitutional to do that.

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