Stephen Koranda

Stephen is the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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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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Economy
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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2014 Election
4:24 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Shawnee County DA Likely To Challenge Roberts For Senate Seat

Republican Kansas Senator Pat Roberts could have a new challenger in the 2014 U.S. Senate election. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor is reportedly considering a run for the seat.

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Election 2014
6:35 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Paul Davis Names Jill Docking As Running Mate

Democratic lawmaker Paul Davis has named Wichita businesswoman Jill Docking as his running mate in his bid for governor.

In 1996, Docking ran unsuccessfully against current Gov. Brownback for a U.S. Senate seat.

At a rally in Topeka Tuesday, Docking said her decision to run for lieutenant governor has nothing to do with past political races.

She says reckless tax policies and cuts to public education are threatening Kansas' future.

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Education
6:40 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Lawmakers To Tour University Campuses

A group of Kansas lawmakers will begin visiting college and university campuses this week to talk budget issues. The visits come in the wake of nearly $50 million in budget cuts over two years passed by legislators.

Lawmakers have said they want to talk to university officials about efficiency and how they spend money.

Gov. Sam Brownback, who opposed the funding cuts, says he wants lawmakers to learn more about the role of higher education in Kansas and the impact of the cuts.

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Education
7:40 am
Wed October 16, 2013

School Snack Rules Under Review

The Kansas Board of Education reviewed new federal rules Tuesday on food sales in schools slated to take effect next year.

The healthy snack requirements govern the kinds of food items that can be sold to students during the school day. Kansas already has requirements in place that in many cases meet or exceed the new federal rules.

Cheryl Johnson, the director of child nutrition and wellness at the Kansas Department of Education, told the board that much of the work in Kansas will be creating exemptions for certain activities, such as fundraising bake sales in schools.

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Kansas Department of Agriculture
4:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Ag Department Simulation Prompts False Alarm Tweets

An animal disease simulation exercise in central Kansas this week apparently prompted some Twitter users to question whether a real disease outbreak had been detected.

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Courts
7:19 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Justices Mulling Over Education Funding Suit

In the Kansas Supreme Court hearing on school funding this week, justices had some pointed questions for the attorneys.

At issue is whether the state should increase education spending. But how much can we gather about the possible outcome of the case from the questions and comments made by the justices?

Here’s just one example from the oral arguments:

When Justice Eric Rosen pointed out that the state had agreed to increase education funding in a past lawsuit.

“Essentially, it stands before me in my eyes as a broken promise,” said Rosen.

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